The Boston Cares Bed Project


More than 1,500 Greater Boston school children do not have a bed, which affects their self-esteem, ability to learn, and likelihood of graduating from high school. These children are sharing beds with other family members, sleeping on the couch, or sleeping on the floor. There is a similar need for toddler beds, for pre-school age children who have outgrown their crib. The epidemic of bed bugs also can force a family to replace all their beds and bedding at once, which is unaffordable for most low-income families.  To address this need, Boston Cares launched the Bed Project in 2014.

Boston Cares worked with two skilled furniture makers, Nick Roulleau and Eli Cleveland, to develop a simple bed design that could be built in a streamlined manner without sacrificing quality. The beds are made using the same method as the finest of furniture, adapted for rapid, accurate production by minimally trained volunteers. The beds are both easy to assemble and transport.

The Bed Project engages teams of volunteers to assemble bed frames and prepare them for distribution to our more than 30 partners across New England - organizations who are directly serving low-income families in need or transitioning out of homelessness.  As participants in The Bed Project, teams of corporate volunteers work together to craft a quality project for those in need.  Interested in engaging your team?  Boston Cares and 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

Associate Director, Corporate Engagement

ksanfilippo@bostoncares.org or 617-422-0910 x212 

Interested in joining an existing Bed Build event?  Stay tuned for details on our annual Make A Difference Day event on October  28th, engaging individual and corporate volunteers in a the bed building experience.  www.bostoncares.org/madd.

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




Thank you to those companies and organizations that have built beds through The Bed Project, including:

AARP

Bain
Beam Suntory
Boston Scientific
CBRE
Communispace
Consigli
Corporate Reimbursement Services, Inc.
EMC Corporation
EMD Millipore
Gates Millennium Scholarship Program
MaPS
New England Regional Council of Carpenters/New England Carpenters Training Fund
The Rashi School
Shire
State House News Service
Target

Trip Advisor
TJX
Vertex


SUPPORTERS

Exeter Lumber

Individual donors
 
Massachusetts Service Alliance

Office of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh

The Rashi School
 
Target 

The Well Coffee Shop

BED BUILDING PARTNERS & HOSTS

  • Medford Vocational Technical High School
  • Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Building PathwaysInternational Union of Elevator Carpenters (IUEC) 
  • New England Regional Council of Carpenters/New England Carpenters’ Training Fund 
  • Woodcraft Supply, Walpole


 BED DISTRIBUTION PARTNERS   

  • Bethany Christian Services, Franklin, NH
  • Catholic Charities, Lynn
  • Children's Services of Roxbury
  • Dorchester House Multi-Service Center                                                     
  • The Family Nurturing Center
  • Fresh Start Furniture, Hudson
  • Friendly House, Worcester
  • Growth and Development Clinic at Boston Medical Center, Boston
  • Harbor DCF, Chelsea
  • Heading Home
  • Horizons for Homeless Children, Boston
  • the Home for Little Wanderers
  • Household Goods Recycling
  • Manchester Community Health Center, Manchester, NH
  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
  • Mission of Deeds, Reading
  • Project Hope
  • Project Home Again, Lawrence
  • Riverside Community Care
  • South Bay Mental Health Center
  • South Boston Neighborhood House
  • Southern New Hampshire Service, Manchester, NH
  • Touchstone Furniture Depot 
  • Victory Programs
  • Vincent Newborn Necessities Program at The Vincent Club, for the benefit of the MGH Chelsea Healthcare Center
  • The Wish Project, Lowell
  • Worcester Housing Authority
  • Women’s Freedom Shelter, Brattleboro, VT
  • Youth Connect, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
  • Youth Villages
  • YWCA, Worcester

BED DESIGN & REFINEMENT

  • Nick Roulleau, owner of Mansfield Fine Furniture
  • Eli Cleveland, Production Assistant on the WGBH series Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac
  • Ned Harubin, New England Carpenters’ Training Fund 

 

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."