We were founded in 1997 with the purposes of funding Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Hartsprings Foundation collects used, unwanted clothing and small household items on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Thanks to our partnership with Savers thrift stores, you can support Hartsprings Foundation by donating gently used clothing and small household items you no longer need at specified Savers locations. Savers purchases the donated goods from Hartsprings, providing us with revenue to help us fund 6 Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs.
To date, Hartsprings has generated millions of dollars in funding for these agencies. The funding is used to help provide more than 2,500 at-risk children with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change the lives for the better … forever.
Big Brothers Big Sisters programs match local at-risk children with a volunteer Big Brothers or Big Sisters mentor through community-based and school-based programs. Research has found that Little Brothers and Sisters who participate are:
- 46% less likely to start using drugs
- 27% less likely to start drinking
- 52% less likely to skip a day of school
- More confident in their schoolwork
- Get along better with their families
In addition, your donations to Hartsprings also help to protect and preserve our environment, keeping more than 5 million pounds of clothing and small household items out of local landfills each year.