The Boston Cares Bed Project


The Boston Cares Bed Project offers fun, hands on experience to all volunteers, with all levels of experience, to give back to members of their community.

Volunteers serve together to build twin bed frames from start to finish. Once completed, these bed frames are donated to agencies who work with families transitioning out of homelessness.

Interested in engaging your team? Boston Cares can set up a Bed Build project for your company at one of our host locations, or even in your office parking lot. Please note that building beds does have a supply and project management cost.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: 

Kacey Sanfilippo, Director, Corporate & Community Engagement, ksanfilippo@bostoncares.org or 617-422-0910 x212

**Please note, opportunities may be limited or delayed based on evolving Covid-19 safety precautions. 

Do you know a nonprofit agency interested in distributing beds to famililes in need? Please complete this survey!


Why Beds?

This unique volunteer opportunity was first established when realized that children under 18 make up 60 percent of the 13,000 people experiencing family homelessness here in Massachusetts, and do not have access to their own beds when transitioning from shelters to new residencies. Studies find that children who do not have access to their own bed or sleeping space experience greater challenges in school, issues with lower self-esteem, and underdeveloped social-emotional skills. These issues can be addressed by providing families of the Boston area with a key component to ensuring a good night’s sleep, a bed frame! This project offers fun, hands on experience to all volunteers with all levels of experience to give back to members of their community. 


Corporate Engagement

Boston Cares engages a variety of corporate groups each year in our signature Bed Project. It not only serves a need in the community, but also functions as a great team building activity. Working in small teams, co-workers come together to sand, build, and paint their own bed frame. Boston Cares provides everything needed down to the last screw, and our staff is there to engage and help volunteers throughout the entire process. No previous construction experience required!

Ready to build? - Contact Kacey Sanfillipo, Associate Director of Corporate Engagement at ksanfilippo@bostoncares.org or 617-422-0910 x 212.


Nonprofit Agency Partners

The completed bed frames are donated to local nonprofit agencies who work with families transitioning out of homelessness.

If you are a nonprofit agency interested in learning more about becoming a Bed Project beneficiary please fill out this form here. For immediate needs please contact Casey Mullane, Senior Manager for Corporate Engagement at cmullane@bostoncares.org or 617-422-0910 X 204.


Featured Bed Build Events

Boston Cares Annual Holiday Bed Build:

Hosted each year in early December, the Holiday Bed Build gives corporate groups and individuals an opportunity to build beds to be donated to families in need. Check out our 2019 flyer for reference here: 2019 Holiday Bed Build Flyer

Boston Cares Annual MLK Day of Service Bed Build:

In partnership with the Mayor of Boston, Boston Public Schools, the Massachusetts Service Alliance, and with the support of corporate partners, Boston Cares engages 600+ volunteers each year at an MLK Day of Service event. Many of our corporate partners support this day of service each January by participating in a Boston Cares Bed Build.

Corporate Partners interested in building at the next MLK Day of Service can contact Kacey Sanfillipo, Associate Director of Corporate Engagement at ksanfilippo@bostoncares.org or 617-422-0910 x 212.


RECOGNITION & MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE BOSTON CARES BED PROJECT

Thank you to the HandsOn Network for honoring us with the 2015 George W. Romney Affiliate Excellence Award for the Bed Project! This award honors the excellence and success of an Affiliate in making a meaningful difference through volunteering and service in their community. See the news here and on the Points of Light site.
 
“One of the most exciting things about Boston Care’s Bed Project is that it can be replicated by our global network of over 250 affiliates, so they are not only helping children in Massachusetts, but around the world,” said Alison Doerfler, executive director of HandsOn Network, an enterprise of Points of Light."
 
Boston Business Journal
Christian Science Monitor