Community Newsletter
February, 2020
How you've helped your neighbors in need on their road to self-sufficiency.
Family takes advantage of Food Assistance programs to make ends meet

With four children and two adults under one roof, a weekly grocery bill can add up really fast. Thanks to the Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry, Erica* is able to feed her family well and save some extra money for other necessary bills. Some of those bills include medical expenses for her twin daughters, who were diagnosed with epilepsy and autism.

“I use the food pantry to help because my husband works and he makes too much money,” Erica said, explaining his sole income puts them just out of the range to qualify for assistance from the state.

Erica said she has also taken advantage of the nutrition education classes offered by Bootstraps. “They show us how to make meals with the food available,” she said.

Another aspect of Bootstraps programming that has been making a big difference for Erica is the Kids Eat Healthy Initiative, which offers snack bags for children to take to school, as well as to bring home over the weekend to tide them over.

“For me, that’s times four,” she said. “So that adds up to a lot.”

“We have so much we can offer families with kids,” said Food Assistance Supervisor Stephanie Tyler Smith said. “We can fulfill so many needs. And we love it when people are able to make use of those programs.”

*Name changed for privacy
This story was part of the Gifts of Hope series originally published by the Beverly
Citizen/Wicked Local. The full series is available on our blog here .

Tax Preparation for low-income households is underway

Volunteers are hard at work helping local low-income households prepare their taxes. These dedicated volunteers go through many hours of training each year to be well informed about each year's rules. The goal of the program is to be sure each client gets their taxes done correctly and doesn't miss any deductions or credits they may be qualified for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Last tax season, we prepared 355 tax returns and our clients had $471,907 refunded, of which $210,639 was from the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Often refunds are the life line clients need to get caught up on bills or to get that little something they've had to hold off on all year.

Thank you to United Way of Mass Bay and Merrimack Valley for their support of this program.

Get your gift matched by your employer

If your employer has a Matching Gift program, you could double or even triple the impact of your gift. Many companies will match donations their employees make dollar for dollar or more. To see if your company participates, click here then on Matching Gifts to enter your employer name.

And its not too late to donate to get your gift matched if you haven't already done so!
Shaw's Spirit of Giving

Shaw's recently delivered almost 12,000 pounds of food to our Food Pantry. We thank all the Shaw's shoppers for donating to their Spirit of Giving campaign and providing all of this food to help our clients.
Pre-K class celebrates Chinese New Year

The Pre-K class at Garden City Children's Center celebrated Chinese New Year by decorating red envelopes and putting in good luck (change) to donate to "help local friends who have less than we do." Beverly Bootstraps received $215.48!! Thank you!
The Castle raises money and fun

We recently received a $400 donation from The Castle: a Board Game Cafe that they raised from their Great Beverly Photo Scavenger Hunt. Thank you Castle!

Community Yoga
1st Sunday of the Month, at 10am
The Healing Center, 317-319 Rantoul Street, Beverly

The Healing Center   will be holding a Community Yoga class on the 1st Sunday of each month from 10:00-11:00am. This is a basic hatha yoga class where beginners are welcome and encouraged. Practice meaningful, accessible asana, and support a local charity while you're at it! All proceeds will go to Beverly Bootstraps. Bring yourself, some water, and a mat. Mats will be available to borrow if needed!
Suggested Donation: $5-$10 (but any and all contributions are welcome!)

Boots & Blooms Gala
Friday, April 3 at 6:30pm
Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester

Kick up your heels at the Boots & Blooms Gala to give hunger the boot! Enjoy dazzling cocktails, a delectable dinner and a delightful time on the dance floor at the distinctive Cruiseport Gloucester. Not to mention the dramatic floral competition. Tickets and sponsorships available   here .
To learn more, click on these handy links:
35 Park Street, Beverly, MA 01915 978-927-1561