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Our Mission

Thousands of children are helped each year

We provide low income families with basic necessities such as clothing, diapers, and baby equipment. Your donations help children grow and thrive.

Giving is green

Our earth benefits from keeping gently used baby equipment, toys, and clothing out of the landfill and into the hands of struggling families.

We promote meaningful philanthropy

Community Giving Tree educates student volunteers about local poverty. All volunteers experience the satisfaction of knowing their time will directly help local children.

The community we serve is local

Every year Community Giving Tree distributes basic necessities to more than 11,000 children in northeastern Massachusetts. 

Our History

Community Giving Tree began in 2002 when its founders, Leslie Levenson and Betty Obernesser recognized there were abundant resources to share with families living just a short distance from their community of Boxford, Massachusetts. For seven years, Community Giving Tree volunteers collected and distributed gently used baby equipment and clothing from a donated garage. A Used Toy Fair was held annually to raise operating funds.

In 2009, Community Giving Tree transitioned from a grass roots project to a registered non-profit organization. The garage was torn down, and in June 2010 the organization moved into its 2,400 square foot building in Boxford.  In 2013, the Toy Fair developed into Twice Loved Toy Sales-- a thriving social enterprise for the organization.

Since its founding, Community Giving Tree has grown significantly. Today, Community Giving Tree operates from two sites, one in Boxford and the 3,200 square foot warehouse in Middleton.  Every year, 11,000 children from northeastern Massachusetts are provided with the basic necessities they need to grow and thrive.

Over 11,000 children reached each year

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Agencies Served

Community Giving Tree is proud to work with many agencies and organizations that share our desire to help children and families in northeastern Massachusetts. 

Haverhill

  • Catholic Charities (Healthy Families)
  • Community Action Inc.
  • Community Service Agency
  • Cornerstones
  • Department of Children & Families
  • Dinah's House 
  • Early Intervention
  • Emmaus House
  • Haverhill Public Schools
  • Pregnancy Care Center
  • Safe Harbor
  • Team Coordinating Agency
  • Thom Child
  • Veterans North East Outreach 

LOWELL

  • All Nations Church
  • Ann Sullivan Center
  • The Caleb Group
  • Clarendon Early Education Services, Inc.
  • Community Teamwork
  • Department of Children & Families
  • GRIP: Growing Responsibility and Independence for People (Justice Resource Institute)
  • Hope Dove
  • Institute for Health and Recovery
  • Justice Resource Institute
  • Lifelinks
  • Lowell Community Health Center
  • MSPCC
  • Network Health
  • Thom Child
  • Vinfen

LYNN

    • Catholic Charities (Healthy Families)
    • Center Board
    • Cerebral Palsy Association
    • Children and Family Law Program
    • Department of Children & Families
    • Early Intervention
    • Eliot Community Human Services
    • Fidelity House
    • Gregg Neighborhood House
    • Head Start
    • Institutes for Health and Recovery
    • Lynn Community Health Center
    • Lynn Economic Opportunity
    • Lynn Public Schools
    • Russian Community Association of MA

    Peabody

    • Citizens for Adequate Housing
    • Community Partnership
    • Head Start
    • North American Family Institute
    • North Shore Community Action Programs
    • Northeast Behavioral Health

    Lawrence

    • Arbour Counseling Services
    • Asian Center of Merrimack Valley
    • Beyond Soccer
    • Child Development and Education
    • Coordinated Family-Focused Care
    • Community Day Care
    • Commonwealth Community Care
    • Casa Nueva Vida
    • Catholic Charities
    • Child Care Circuit
    • Christ United Methodist Church
    • Communities Together
    • Compass for Kids
    • Department of Children & Families
    • Department of Youth Services
    • Essex County CASA
    • Family Continuity Program
    • Family Resource Center
    • Family Services of the Merrimack Valley 
    • Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
    • Greater Lawrence Community Action Council – Head Start (GLCAC)
    • Health Quarters
    • Iglesia Cristiana Casa De Restauracion
    • JRI Children's Friend and Family 
    • Lawrence Community Works
    • Lawrence Council on Aging
    • Lawrence Methuen Community Coalition
    • Lawrence Public Schools
    • Lazarus House
    • Legal Justice Access Inc.
    • Merrimack Valley Lead Poisoning Prevention
    • Merrimack Valley People for Peace
    • MSPCC
    • Ministerial Apostolic Church
    • Mentor Net
    • Movement City (Lawrence CommunityWorks)
    • New Hope
    • North American Family Institute
    • Northern Essex Community College
    • Pentucket Medical Associates
    • Phoenix Academy
    • Professional Center for Child Development Andover (Serves Lawrence)
    • Psychological Center
    • SouthBay Community Services 
    • Supportive Care
    • St. Mary’s of the Assumption Pro Life
    • St Vincent DePaul
    • uASPIRE
    • Vinfen
    • YWCA Teen Living Program

    SALEM

    • Children’s Friend
    • Community Service Agency
    • Department of Children & Families
    • Head Start
    • Salem Juvenile Court
    • Salem Public Schools
    • Training Resources of America
    • Youth Parents Program

    ADDITIONAL Towns

    • Addison Gilbert Hospital (Gloucester)
    • Beverly Children’s Learning Center
    • Birth to Three (Ipswich)
    • Boxford Food Pantry
    • Burlington High School
    • Clarendon Family Day Care (Lawrence, Lowell)
    • Connecting Young Moms (Beverly Hospital)
    • Danvers Public Schools
    • DARE Family Services (Newburyport, Danvers)
    • Department of Mental Health (Merrimack Valley)
    • Easter Seals (Merrimack Valley)
    • EMARC (Reading)
    • Early Intervention (Pentucket, Cape Ann, Danvers, Salem)
    • Family Promise (Beverly)
    • Gloucester Housing Authority
    • Gloucester Public Schools
    • Head Start (Beverly, Seacoast)
    • Ipswich Caring
    • Key Program (Methuen)
    • Keys to Degrees (Beverly)
    • Mass. Department of Developmental Services
    • Mass. Family Self-Sufficiency (Methuen)
    • North Shore ARC
    • Northern Essex WIC Program (Beverly)
    • Our Neighbor’s Table (Amesbury)
    • Pathways for Children (Gloucester)
    • Refugee Immigration Ministry (Topsfield)
    • Rotary (North Andover)
    • Shared Living (Merrimac)
    • Solstice Residential Day School (Rowley)
    • Solutions for Living (Medford)
    • St. Ann’s Home (Methuen)
    • Wellspring (Gloucester)
    • Youth Villages North Shore
    No child should have to wear two sweatshirts in the winter to stay warm or carry their books to school in a grocery bag.
    — Social worker, Eliot Community Health Services
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    With generous support from the community we grew from a small garage-based operation to a thriving organization with two locations serving 11,000 children annually.
    — Leslie Levenson, Co-Founder
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    Our Supporters

    Thank you to the local businesses and organizations that support
    Community Giving Tree with generous financial contributions:

    Financial Support

    • The Allyn Foundation

    • Ashland High School National Honor Society

    • Boxford Parks Program

    • Boy Scouts of America, Boxford Troop #51

    • Brogna Law

    • Brookwood Financial Partners

    • Coldwell Banker Topsfield

    • Congregational Church of Topsfield

    • CSL International

    • Cybergrants

    • Digital Federal Credit Union

    • Essex County Community Foundation

    • Fairway Mortgage

    • First Church Wenham

    • First Congregational Church of Georgetown Women's Guild

    • Flowers by Steve, Inc.

    • Forest Foundation

    • Georgetown Flatbread

    • Give with Liberty

    • Gloucester Graphics

    • Governor's Academy

    • Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club

    • Hamilton Wenham Mothers Club

    • Illinois Tool Works

    • Innovent Technologies

    • Instant Replays

    • Institution for Savings

    • Ladies Charitable Society, Boxford

    • Maggie’s Farm, Middleton

    • Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation

    • McCarthy Family Foundation

    • Mystic Runners, Inc.

    • Nathaniel and Elizabeth Stevens Foundation

    • New England Biolabs

    • North Andover Council on Aging

    • North Parish Of North Andover Unitarian Universalist

    • Petards Running Club of Boxford

    • Second Congregational Church of Boxford

    • Sentinel Benefits and Financial Group

    • Shore Country Day

    • Smaha Family Charitable Fund

    • TD Bank Topsfield

    • Tewksbury Congregational Church

    • The TBM Rotary Foundation

    • Valerie's Gallery

    • Whole Foods

    • Window Woman of New England

    In-Kind Support

    • Anton's Cleaners- Coats for Kids

    • Anchor of Hope Diaper Bank

    • Andover Zero Waste Day

    • Children's Drop & Shop

    • Christian Angel Smile Foundation

    • Greater Newburyport Mothers & Families Club

    • Keller Williams Realty- Bikes for Kids

    • Kids Karousel Consignment

    • Tewksbury Zero Waste Day

     

    Our Staff

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    Liz Papell

    Boxford Program Manager
    liz@communitygivingtree.org

    Jean Pagliuca

    Jean Pagliuca

    Executive Director
    jean@communitygivingtree.org

     
     
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    Juanita Kang

    Youth Program Coordinator
    juanita@communitygivingtree.org

    Rosemary Turgeon

    Rosemary Turgeon

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    Kristy Heath

    Communications Manager
    kristy@communitygivingtree.org

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    Kristine Murphy

    Volunteer Program Manager
    Kristine@communitygivingtree.org

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    Erin Johnson

    Online Toy Sales Manager
    erin@communitygivingtree.org

     

    Leslie Levenson

    Co-Founder

    Leslie Levenson


    Community Giving Tree began in 2002 when its founders, Leslie Levenson and Betty Obernesser recognized there were abundant resources to share with families living just a short distance from their community of Boxford, Massachusetts.


    Board of Directors

    Ann Dooley
    Chris Duble

    Melissa Hendricks
    Stephen McGee

    John Moriarty
    KAREN RUBINO


    Advisory Board Members

    Kien Pham Nguyet, MSPCC/Eliott  Healthy Families

    Hope Ma, MSPCC/Eliott Healthy Families  

    Patricia Webber, Healthy Families

    Blanca Duran, Family Services of Merrimack Valley

    Christina Guenard, NFI Massachusetts

    Marie St. Louis, Leo Inc.

    Liz Gross, Anne Sullivan Center

    Sophonnary Pen,  Anne Sulliavan Center

    Carla Caraballo, Lowell Community Health Center 

    Grace Corporan,  FYI/Patch

    Gisel Santana, Healthy Families

    Maria Lopez, MVLPPP

    Kathy McCabe, Clarendan Early Education

    Karen Rubino, Anne Sullivan Center

    Zoveyda Morel,  GLCAC Head Start