Make-A-Change Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping every underprivileged child with hardships such as neglect, abuse, parental drug addiction, and any other situations that may impair their chance to grow with love and guidance. Our mission is to provide unforgettable memories and impactful education to encourage hope and success in their lives.
75% of foster care children are behind grade level
50% of foster care youth won't receive a high school diploma
31% of children in Massachusetts foster care have a service plan to be adopted
56% of children in foster care who have been neglected due to substance abuse reported to using street drugs
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“Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.”
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
“You can’t choose the life you’re born into, but you can choose the life you were born to live.”
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become”
FAQS ABOUT MAKE-A-CHANGE INC.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We help kids by providing impactful memories and faith/financial education. This could be taking a child on a day trip to a sporting event, concert or amusement park and providing education during that one on one time. Each child that we help one on one will then be mentored by a director, foster care parent, or qualified volunteer of our organization over time. Other things we do for kids may include, group activities, sports, pizza outings etc.
WHEN DID WE START THIS ORGANIZATION?
We started on June 22, 2016, what we like to call Make-A-Change Day!
WHERE DO WE SERVE?
We serve our local community in Central Massachusetts.
WHY DID WE START MAKE-A-CHANGE INC.?
Make-A-Change Inc. started when Josh and Emily Therrien had a vision of starting an organization dedicated to impacting kids in a major way, who may otherwise never get the chances we are going to be offering kids. Josh lost his father at a year old to a drug overdose, then his mother to a drug overdose while in college. Fortunately when Josh was 9, his aunt and uncle raised him, taking him in and showing him what love and faith was to support the needs he had as a child. When he was 22 years old and his wife was 19, they became foster parents of their 2 nieces, currently they have 3 kids when their baby nephew was added to the family. This life journey put Emily and Josh on a mission to start an organization to live out their calling of changing kids lives.
HOW DO WE FIND KIDS TO HELP?
Make-A-Change Inc. works with DCF offices, churches, schools, and current leaders in the organization to ensure that the children we are working with fit the needs that Make-A-Change Inc. is looking to fill.