Charity Guild, Inc.

Brockton, MA   |  www.thecharityguild.org

Mission

The Guild was founded in 1971 by a group of 17 concerned women. At that time, Brockton was experiencing a decline of its predominant industries, footwear and textile manufacturing. The economic downturn resulted in many basic needs going unmet, and the Guild responded directly by providing food and clothing to the needy. The official mission of The Charity Guild is to provide basic and necessary services to those unable to meet their primary needs of food, clothing and household goods.

Ruling year info

1978

Principal Officer

Mr. Michael Molyneux

Main address

PO Box 4856 501 Main Street, P.O. Box 4856

Brockton, MA 02303 USA

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Formerly known as

Guild of the Greater Brockton Catholic Charities Center, Inc.

The Guild of Catholic Charities of the Old Colony Area, Inc,

EIN

04-2622200

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Thrift Shops (P29)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The primary problem we address is food insufficiency in and around the city of Brockton, Mass.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Emergency Free Food Pantry

Our Food Pantry provides groceries and some personal care items to those in need of food. Clients may return every two months. A single person will receive two bags, one containing staples like pasta and soup and the other containing meat, produce and dairy products when available. A client with children or elderly family members at home will get additional bags. Some of this food might be selected for the needs of children or elderly people on low-salt or low-sugar diets.

Population(s) Served

This program provides free clothing -- and occasionally small household items -- from our Thrift Shop to people who are homeless, victims of domestic violence and in shelters with their children, and/or victims of fire or other disasters. Those with a referral from another agency can take home two outfits.

Population(s) Served

To better serve our growing number of elderly clients (12% of the total in 2010-11), the Guild has begin home delivery of groceries to senior clients who are homebound. They receive food once a month instead of the usual two-month wait and their number has grown to 40. The program is tailored to the elderly who have dietary limitations because of high blood pressure, diabetes or other conditions. In total, the Guild must spend about $20,000 out of pocket a year for these special foods, either for home delivery or for clients who come into the pantry. These are items that are not usually donated.

Population(s) Served

A collaboration between The Charity Guild and the Children's Museum in Easton, MA, lets children use their imagination and prepare to become lifelong learners. On four or five Saturday mornings for the past two years, children and parents who are clients of The Guild have had the opportunity to ride buses from The Guild to the museum for two hours of creative play and an activity -- directed by museum staff -- in art, science or crafts. All the children are low-income, nearly all are from Brockton and some probably never have been inside a museum before. In 2011, a total of 200 adults and children (some of them repeat visitors) attended the five sessions.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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We operate a busy food pantry every Tuesday through Thursday morning, and we aim to provide several days' worth of groceries -- including meat, fruit and vegetables and dairy products -- to those who visit the pantry. Typically they may return in two months' time. Most of our clients are elderly or children under 18.
We also try to help people obtain clothes and small furnishings at a bargain price in our thrift shop, which also provides two ourfits at no charge to those who are demonstrably homeless or in crisis.
By helping with these basic needss, we aim to give our clients more control over their lives and become more involved in their community.

Our strategies are to win support from foundations and individual and business donors and to spend our funds wisely to obtain the most nutritious food we can. To that wend, we work with trusted partrners like the Greater Boston Food Bank.

We have a devoted following in and around Brockton that began with our 17 founders in 1971. We are a membership organization with more than 200 on the rolls, two dozen voluteers in addition to our board and a dedicated staff of 10, all part time.

For one thing, we have upgraded the quality of the food we distribute, partly by buying more fresh organically grown locally sourced produce.
In the past year we have further professionalized our organization with new bylaws, an improved employee-volunteer handbook and application forms.
We would like to continue these improvements and collaborate furtrher with other local nonprofits. One activity would be to offer health screenings.

Financials

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Charity Guild, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/21/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Nancy Gustafson

Community Volunteer

Term: 2016 - 2018

Geraldine Creedon

Mass. House of Representatives

Susan Nicastro

Self-employed

Patricia Dykeman

Community Volunteer

Nancy Gustafson

Retired

Marijo Martin

Retired

Laura Murphy

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

Suzanne O'Donnell

Community Volunteer

Stephanie Spencer

Community Volunteer

Barbara Janelli

Retired

Diane Nadeau

Community Volunteer

Katherine Feodoroff

City of Brockton

Arlene Giannaros

Retired

Diane Prince

Retired

Brenda Smith-Burke

Blue Hills Regional Technical School

John Murphy

Advertising, Marketing & Graphic Design Professional