Room to Grow was founded in 1998 with the mission of supporting the fundamental needs of babies born into poverty during their first three years of life. They provide one-on-one parenting support and essential baby items for families at their Boston headquarters in the Back Bay. Parents visit Room to Grow once every three months from just before their child’s birth until they turn three. As of 2014, the organization has supported more than 1,000 families in both Boston and New York.
Founder Julie Burns says that “Room to Grow is designed to help low-income mothers who don’t have a family support system to navigate the challenges of motherhood.” The organization works to ensure that parents receive customized support and knowledge to provide a healthy start for their child. Room to Grow is always looking for volunteers and donations for their drives and fundraisers throughout the year so don’t be afraid to reach out!
As a Global Day of Service volunteer, you will be helping to sort and organize donations of baby clothes, toys, and supplies that will later be distributed to families in need. Interested? Be sure to visit Room to Grow’s website, connect with them on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to their YouTube channel for an inside look at the inspiring organization.
To register for Room to Grow and over 30 other sites on Saturday, April 19, 2014 please see our registration page.
- Alison Ishii (SMG ’16)