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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Gift Distribution, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services

Mission: To provide birthday cheer for children experiencing homelessness and families in-need.

Results: Since inception in February 2012, Beverly's Birthdays has grown to serve over 10,000 children and families through partnerships with more than 50 agencies in 5 counties surrounding Pittsburgh, PA.

Target demographics: Children experiencing homelessness and families in-need

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2015 alone we provided birthday experiences for over 5,000 children and families through our five (5) programs

Geographic areas served: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Programs: Birthday Parties: We host a celebration at the agency for children who have a birthday during that month/season. The guests are the other children in the program and their families (if applicable). The celebrations are staffed by volunteers and the parties include food, dessert, games/entertainment, and treat bags. Our birthday celebrations represent more than just a party. We believe that birthdays are an opportunity to wish a child a happy and healthy new year, and therefore all of our birthday celebrations expose the children to some type of enriching learning experience. Birthday Presents: All of the children we serve receive a birthday cheer bin on their birthday. This bin is filled with gender and age appropriate gifts, which we can customize. All of our bins include a new book and a new toothbrush/toothpaste. A bin contains $40-$50 worth of items. We believe these extra items help reinforce a "“happy, healthy year…filled with cheer." Itty Bitty Birthday Cheer: This program provides birthday cheer bins (filled with essential newborn items) for newborn babies. We also partner with agencies to provide group baby showers. Help support this program by purchasing an item off of our baby shower registry. Classroom Cheer: In many classrooms it is an ongoing tradition for the students to bring a treat to share with their classmates on their birthdays. Families facing financial hardship may not have the means to provide this special experience for their children to share with peers. We work with schools to provide treat bags for qualified children to distribute to their peers on their birthday. In collaboration with The Education Partnership, we also provide teachers in elementary and primary schools throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region with their own Classroom Cheer Kit. This kit contains everything a teacher would need to celebrate their student's birthdays. The kits are filled based on the teacher’s roster. Birthday-in-a-Bag: Pre-assembled bags filled with all of the necessary items to host a small birthday celebration (cake mix, frosting, plates, cups, napkins, party hats, etc.) to our agency partners that they can then distribute to families in-need. Primarily this program services families who are clients of community food banks. Our largest partners in this program are The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the Washington County Food Bank, and the Westmoreland County Food Bank.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I honestly never even thought about children not having a birthday party until Megs started this amazing charity. Celebrating your birthday is something that is so normal for the rest of us that it's hard to imagine not doing it. The number of children this organization has helped is truly amazing! The volunteers work very hard to bring a little bit of fun and joy into these children's lives. I am in awe of exactly how many birthday parties they have but yet there are still more than could benefit from this charity.

Beverly's Birthdays continues to look for more children they can help. I love how they make sure kids have a treat to bring into school on their birthday. I can only imagine how embarrassing it would be for a child to not be able to share a treat with their classmates on their birthday. This organization makes sure these children don't have to worry about that and can focus on celebrating their special day.

You cannot measure just how valuable Beverly's Birthdays is to our community. As they continue to expand and work on touching more children's lives I can't wait to see what they do next!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is so committed to such a simple task, spreading birthday cheer! Such a positive and happy organization to have in the community.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I met Megs two years ago at a rapid talk session facilitated by nonprofit organization, The Sprout Fund. As soon as she began her speech, I was intrigued. The desire to bring joy and celebration to those less fortunate is not an uncommon one. The ability to make it happen is. Megs and her troupe of birthday enthusiasts give to children what no one else can- the value of a birthday and the sense of importance and appreciation. While I am not able to donate enough of my time or earnings to Beverly's Birthdays, I am ever so grateful to have donated what I had. Many cheers for many years of birthday celebrations!

1 Dave I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that brings so much passion, excitement, and commitment to the children of surrounding communities. I had the opportunity to volunteer and to see the shear joy on every kid's face was amazing. I was so impressed that I spoke with the President of my company and we will be putting on a pot luck lunch in to raise money for this organization.

1 Jonathan18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great organization, amazing people, and even a better cause! I'm sure we can all look back and remember how great it was to have a Birthday Party. Every kid deserves that feeling & this organization works tirelessly to make that possible. Beverly's Birthdays is truly a n awesome orginization!!!

1 Cassie6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beverly's birthday is a great organization. I see the photos of the kids at the parities and it's bring a joy to me knowing the won't go another year without a party. Mega Yunn and the entire Beverley's Birthday team are energetic, fun, wonderful people!

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BeverlysBirthdays 10/28/2013

Thank you so much Cassie for the kind words!! We appreciate your support!

psukelly

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The organization started with such heart, and that overflows into every aspect of its operations. Even in my research to become involved, I can feel the energy and excitement that is committed. Not to mention what a tremendous need it fulfills – bringing recognition and joy to populations at risk. There is indeed more to celebrate!