Coats for Kids
by Claudia Snell - December 1, 2008 10:37pm
The Coats for Kids program provides the necessary winter outerwear to enable children in Worcester to come to school each day ready to learn. It all started 20 years ago as the brainchild of Paula Harrity, runs the Volunteer Office at the Worcester Public Schools. Her efforts are now supported by The Junior League of Worcester and the Worcester Educational Development Foundation (see below for more information about these organizations).
Over the past 20 years, Coats for Kids has provided approximately 25,000 new coats to children in need.
The Worcester Junior League initially joined forces with Paula Harrity as the fiscal agent for the project. Later, their involvement expanded to include a more hands-on roll: shopping, bagging and delivering coats.
This year the effort was joined by the Worcester Educational Development Foundation. They have taken on the fiscal responsibility for the project. The Junior League continues to raise funds, shop, bag and deliver coats.
About the organizations:
The Junior League of Worcester is a local non-profit – organization of women, committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
The Worcester Educational Development Foundation (WEDF), was founded in 2005 to help support programs and facilities benefiting the students and teachers of the Worcester Public School System.
Would you like to help?
The Coats for Kids project accepts monetary donations throughout the year. Whether large or small, all contributions are greatly appreciated and tax deductible.
Please make check payable to WEDF/Coats for Kids and mail to:
42 Whitman Road
Worcester, MA 01609
Junior League of Worcester, Coats for Kids page
Resources include contact information, thank you cards from some of the children who have received coats, lists of sponsors and a place to make an online donation.
Other ways to support the Worcester Public Schools:
Visit the Worcester Public Schools online to see a list of supplies needed or to find out how to volunteer.
Photo Credit: Christina Roberts