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Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. They reclaim thousands of bicycles each year and ship most of  them overseas to economic development projects through their international programs in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Bikes that don’t get shipped often land in their youth programs where teens learn bicycle safety and mechanics skills in the process of earning bikes to keep for themselves. Their retail bike shop also reconditions and sells some of the donated bikes that they receive, employing many graduates of their programs. The Shop’s profit from the bicycle sales, parts sales and repairs goes towards funding their youth and international work.

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Boomerangs is owned and operated by AIDS Action Committee of MA, Inc., New England’s first and largest AIDS organization. All proceeds from Boomerangs support AIDS Action’s work to prevent new infections, support those affected and tackle the root causes of HIV/AIDS. 

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Cradles to Crayons provides children ages 0 to 12 with some of the most important basics of life—free of charge. In other words, they provide all the physical goods that children need to be safe, protected from the elements and ready to learn. And by supplying them with high-quality used or new goods, they make children feel valued.

They partner with social-service organizations to connect communities that have surplus resources—new or used items in good condition—with communities that desperately need access to those resources. When you donate to Cradles to Crayons, you can be absolutely sure that your donation will go to a deserving local child, for whom the donation was specifically requested.

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From the Pumpkin Patch is dedicated to providing Halloween costumes to children from low-income families. Just prior to Halloween, they host an event where children are invited to pick out a FREE costume to wear on Halloween – and any other day they feel like it! Over the last four years they have given away hundreds of costumes and have watched as children screamed in delight at finding the perfect costume, listened to parents describe how this is the first costume their children have ever had and marveled at the generosity of all the families who donated items.

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A for-profit fundraiser that collects used books, sponsors used book sales and gives half of the profits of these sales to their non-profit partners. Other books are sold or donated.

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HGRM collects and redistributes furniture and household goods free of charge to individuals and families in need. 

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More Than Words (MTW) is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. By working as a team to manage their own retail and online used book business, café and community space, youth develop the employment skills, leadership and self-confidence they need to successfully transition to adulthood.

In addition to store-based job training, youth are engaged in personal transition planning and case management to support their progress towards employment and education. The MTW model is premised on the belief that when at-risk youth are challenged with authentic and increasing responsibilities in a business setting and have high expectations and a culture of support, they can and will address their personal barriers, create concrete action plans for their lives, and become thriving members of society.

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The North Shore Fairy Godmother Project is an organization that collects donations of new and gently worn formal dresses and accessories and donates them to financially disadvantaged high school students in Massachusetts so they can attend their high school formal occasions in style.

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The Paper Retriever program recycles newspapers, magazines, catalogs and mail, which reduces landfill use, saves water and energy. 

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The WGIRLS created Project Glam to provide underprivileged girls with prom dresses and accompanying accessories so that they are able to enjoy the rite of passage of their high school prom.

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Reading Tree is a non-profit organization that collects books from schools, libraries, and individuals who no longer want them, and sends them to schools and libraries which desperately need them. They care about less affluent people who do not have enough books to sustain educational and intellectual growth and are condemned to ignorance, illiteracy and poverty. Since their inception, they have provided more than five million books to needy areas ranging from Haiti, India, the Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, the Gambia, and Tanzania, to the newly independent states of the former USSR (including Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia). They provide books to schools and libraries globally, on five continents, and to needy areas here in the U.S.

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Since 1974 poor and homeless women, age 18-80, have found an oasis of hope and nourishment at Rosie’s Place. The mission of Rosie’s Place is to help women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Many of the women they assist are working and in housing but simply can’t make ends meet. Some are newly homeless, while other women have been living on the streets for years. Approximately one-third of their guests have children. Some of their guests are living with HIV/AIDS or have hidden disabilities such as addiction or mental illnesses that prevent them from effectively integrating into society. 

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Second Chances’ mission is to provide clothing to people in need, inform supporters about issues affecting their community and help people connect with local organizations or issues that resonate with their values, skills and personal experiences. Since 2005, Second Chances has provided free clothing, shoes, accessories and gift cards to more than 1,900 lower income and homeless people and have recycled or reused over 300,000 pounds of clothing, shoes and accessories. 

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Solutions at Work was founded by a group of homeless individuals in Cambridge in 1989. Their mission is to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing individuals and families with opportunities to strengthen their self-confidence, professional skills and financial stability. They envision a Greater Boston in which homeless and poor people have the resources, opportunities and partners they need to achieve self-sufficiency.

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The Teddy Bear Brigade’s mission is to bring comfort, security and love to children in need through the gift of a stuffed animal. They provide new and gently loved stuffed animals to children in need around the world. The gift of a stuffed animal is such a simple yet effective way to show a child that they are loved. 

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