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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 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 10,000 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 2008, 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, 10,000 children from northeastern Massachusetts are provided with the basic necessities they need to grow and thrive.

Over 10,000 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
  • Early Intervention
  • Emmaus House
  • Haverhill Public Schools
  • Pregnancy Care Center
  • Safe Harbor
  • Team Coordinating Agency
  • Thom Child

LOWELL

  • Ann Sullivan Center
  • The Caleb Group
  • 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

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
    • Family Resource Center
    • Family Services
    • Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
    • Greater Lawrence Community Action Council – Head Start (GLCAC)
    • Health Quarters
    • Iglesia Cristiana Casa De Restauracion
    • Lawrence Community Works
    • Lawrence Council on Aging
    • Lawrence Methuen Community Coalition
    • Lawrence Public Schools
    • Lazarus House
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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    Our Staff

    Leslie Levenson

    Leslie Levenson

    Exectuive Director
    leslie@communitygivingtree.org

    Gabrielle Burnham

    Garbrielle Burnham

    Boxford Program Manager
    garbrielle@communitygivingtree.org

    Wendy Nichols

    Wendy Nichols

     

    Middleton Program Manager
    wendy@communitygivingtree.org

    Jean Pagliuca

    Jean Pagliuca

    Communications and Outreach Manager
    jean@communitygivingtree.org

     
    Christina Eckert

    Christina Eckert

    Development Director
    christin@communitygivingtree.org

    Rosemary Turgeon

    Rosemary Turgeon

    Volunteer Manager
    rosemary@communitygivingtree.org

    Paige Menchini

    Paige Menchini

    Outreach Coordinator
    paige@communitygivingtree.org

     

    Board of Directors

    Bill Casey
    Chris Duble

    Melissa Hendricks
    John Moriarty

    KAREN RUBINO
    LIZ WILCZAK

    With generous support from the community we grew from a small garage-based operation to a thriving organization with two locations serving 10,000 children annually.
    — Leslie Levenson, Co-Founder
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    Our Supporters

    The following businesses and organizations support our mission.

    Financial Support

    • Amelia Peabody Foundation
    • Charity Girls
    • Clipper Ship Foundation
    • CSL International
    • Cummings Foundation
    • Cybergrants
    • D and P Gleason Charitable Fund
    • EBSCO Publishing
    • Essex County Community Foundation
    • First Church Wenham
    • Flowers by Steve
    • Forest Foundation
    • GE Matching Gift Program
    • International Martial Arts, Topsfield
    • McCarthy Family Foundation
    • New England Biolabs
    • People's United Community Foundation
    • S.E.A Fund
    • Second Congregational Church
    • Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group
    • Smaha Family Charitable Fund
    • Nathaniel and Elizabeth Stevens Foundation
    • St. James Episcopal Church-Groveland
    • Mathew J. and Gilda F. Strazulla Foundation
    • Tewksbury Congregational Church
    • Valerie's Gallery

    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 
    • Supporting Strategies
    • Tewksbury Zero Waste Day