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.
Beverly's Birthday brings light and joy to troubled, impoverished, and homeless children. The children that are so often forgotten by their families and/or society are celebrated on their birthday. If even for just a moment, they can forget all of their worries and just be a kid. That moment of joy that each child experiences is truly a gift.
This non-profit is worth investing in. Because they invest in our children and our future by showing the children that in the darkness there is light and hope for a better tommorrow.
Beverly's Birthdays is an amazing organization that digs deeper than supplying material needs for the communities they serve; they celebrate every individual by gifting them love and hope. They keep true to their mission of spreading cheer to the people they serve, which is such an overlooked need in under-served communities. Maslow's hierarchy states that after the very basic human needs of food and shelter is the need for love and belonging, of recognition. This is where Beverly's Birthdays steps in and goes above and beyond by spending time with the children. It's not just about dropping off goods, it's about building relationships and creating unforgettable memories with the children and families they celebrate.
I've had the pleasure of attending a fundraising event sponsored by Beverly's Birthdays. I was extremely impressed by their professionalism and hospitality. I believe that their cause is one of the more altruistic and impactful of non-profits I've encountered in the past. They are doing great work and I hope they continue to grow in their outstanding contributions to the community.
I've watched this organization grow from grass roots to an amazing community partner. Meg's and Josh work tirelessly to assure that no child, despite sometimes unimaginable situations, go unrecognized on their birthday. Their mission is so pure....it's perfect. Hands down, the most altruistic non-profit I've ever come across!
This organization is the most altruistic group I've ever had the blessing to be associated with. Birthday parties for homeless children are only part of the story. Making a marginalized child feel special and important...well that's just priceless! I can't think of a more worthy cause.
What a caring, unique, and thoughtful organization. With a focus as simple as bringing joy and hope to those in a dark time, it is hard not to love the mission of Beverly's Birthdays. I gladly donate monthly to help the staff carry out that mission; their passion is contagious and thoughtfulness unmatched. Kudos to the entire team!
I have been a supporter of Beverly's Birthdays for at least 3 years. I have had the privilege of interacting with their staff. They are highly motivated & positively professional as they strive to make a difference in the lives of children & allowing US to make a difference in our own lives by being involved with them in whatever capacity we choose. Be it make cupcakes, help with a party, support newborns & their mothers. And when it is all said and done, Beverly's Birthdays is faithful to THANK all who support their efforts. EVERYONE has a Birthday & Everyone should be celebrated.