Beverly Bootstraps provides year-round services to local children and families in need. Our Youth & Family programs focus on connecting families with the tools they need to achieve self-sufficiency. We provide children with increased access to food when not in school, school supplies to start off the academic year, opportunities for summer camp and a holiday gift program for families.

Youth & Family

Back-to-School Backpack Program


If you live in Beverly, Manchester, Essex, Hamilton, or Wenham and need assistance with school supplies for your children, distribution will be held at 35 Park Street, Beverly.

2024 Distribution Schedule (Based on parent/caregiver’s last name):

Last names A – C          Monday, August 19         4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Last names D – G         Tuesday, August 20         9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Last names H – L         Friday, August 23             9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Last names M – P         Monday, August 26         4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Last names Q – Z          Tuesday, August 27         9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
A – Z Make-up Day       Thursday, August 29      4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
A – Z Make-up Day       Friday, August 30            9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

During pick-up, you will be asked to show the following paperwork:

  1. Identification for your children (Birth certificate, School ID or Report Card)
  2. Picture ID for yourself
  3. Proof of Beverly, Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester, or Essex residency (mail postmarked within the last 30 days)
  4. Completed Client Update Form. Click here to download >>

*Please fill out your Client Update Form before arrival. Backpacks will be given out once all paperwork is received.

Download Flyer in English >>
Download Translations >>


When kids head back to school each fall, many families need help providing their children with backpacks and school supplies. For over 20 years, the Back-to-School Backpack program has been helping local children be prepared for academic success and lessen the financial burden on families. In 2024, the Beverly Bootstraps goal is to distribute 950 fully stocked backpacks!

There are two ways to help with our 2024 Back-to-School Supply Drive:

Shop using our link. All supplies ordered will be delivered to Beverly Bootstraps.
The deadline for orders is Wednesday, July 24.

Shop locally using our 2024 Supply List >>
Please note: The Community Collection Sites have closed.

Download a flyer for more information >>

Book Bonanza Book Fair

For many parents, summertime brings added financial stress. In 2022, Beverly Bootstraps recognized this need in our community and hosted a book fair to help students kick off their summer reading on a positive note. Our Book Bonanza Book Fair helps alleviate the added stress of affording required summer reading books. Thanks to our generous community donors, we were able to provide nearly 70 children from our service area with summer reading books in 2023.

How to help:

We have partnered with Copper Dog Books, The Book Shop of Beverly Farms, Paper and String Books, and the Paper Asylum to ensure we have summer reading books for students in our service area. Purchase a book to donate at any of these locations and help encourage reading this summer!

Do you need help affording your child’s summer reading books?

Beverly Bootstraps Book Fair
Saturday, July 20, from 11 am – 3 pm
Beverly Middle School Courtyard and Cafe, 502 Cabot Street, Beverly.

Join us for our third annual book fair at Beverly Middle School. This fun event will feature a wide selection of free books, including required summer reading for middle school and high school students, plus information on the local library and more!

Prizes, crafts and snacks will ensure the event promotes literacy in a fun way!

To participate, students must live in our service area and bring a form of ID (student ID, report card, etc.).

For information in English, Español, Português, shqiptare, Kreyòl and عربي, click here >>

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Winter Wishes Holiday Gifts

Clients looking for holiday assistance:  If you would like to receive information when 2024 Winter Wishes Holiday Gifts registration begins, please complete this form >>


Donors: Thanks to the amazing generosity of our community, we brought happiness to 801 children from 369 families during this holiday season.

Many families in our community are not able to purchase presents for their children. Through Winter Wishes Holiday Gifts, donors can provide these children with new clothes, games, and toys. Donors will have the unique opportunity to select a family for which they can purchase holiday gifts. Each family in need will have completed a wish list for donors to shop with. After all, the holidays are all about giving!

In mid-October each year, donors who have previously supported this program, as well as those who have requested to be on the mailing (see the button below to request to be added to the mailing), will be sent a link to the family profiles. Donors will be able to choose which families they would like to sponsor during the holiday season. When a donor finds the family or families that touch their heart, they can select them and easily print their wish lists.

Donors then bring the gifts, unwrapped, to our offices the week after Thanksgiving.

If you would like information about being involved with Winter Wishes Holiday Gifts in 2024, please fill out the form linked below. We will contact you in mid-October with further details. Thank you for your continued support. 2024 Winter Wishes Donor Interest Form >>

Donor questions? Contact Development Coordinator Deb Ploszay at
Read our FAQ's for more information

Kids Eat Healthy Initiative

No kid should go hungry or worry about where their next meal is coming from. As of March 2021, 20.6% of children in Essex County, are food insecure and are faced with these challenges every day. Through the Kids Eat Healthy initiative, we are committed to supporting local children in need of food.

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Summer Camp

Summer Camp is an enriching experience that every child should be able to enjoy. Through the generosity of local donors, each year we are able to provide at-risk children access to a camp experience. Camp slots are provided for free or at greatly reduced prices.

Priority is given to families that have utilized other services offered by Beverly Bootstraps and can prove financial need.

Contact Case Manager for More Info

“If it wasn’t for you, my kids wouldn’t have a holiday. But because of you, I can now see a smile on their faces.”

– Janelle, single mom of two young boys

Thrift Shop will be closed: Monday, July 22.
Join them for their Summer Shine and Save event on Saturday July, 27. They will close at 3pm on Friday, July 26 to prepare for the sale. Learn more >>