Peabody Cares

Making a Positive Impact on Peabody Students Overcoming Challenges

This year, the Peabody Education Foundation launched a new initiative called “Peabody Cares”. This initiative brings together a dynamic coalition of community volunteers, dedicated faculty members, and local businesses and nonprofits, all united in a shared mission to make a positive impact on the lives of students facing challenges.

Committed to fostering a sense of community and empathy, Peabody Cares operates as a collaborative force, channeling the collective energy and expertise of its diverse participants. Through strategic partnerships and a shared vision, we aim to spearhead a range of initiatives that are specifically designed to uplift and enrich the lives of students who find themselves in need.

This initiative serves as a testament to the power of community-driven efforts, illustrating how the combined resources and talents of volunteers, faculty members, and local businesses can create a positive ripple effect in the lives of students who require assistance.

Recent Peabody Cares Projects:

We will be adding projects to our Peabody Cares initiative throughout the year. Check out what projects we recently completed and check back soon for newly added projects!

Blanket Project

The first initiative under Peabody Cares is the blanket project. Under the blanket project, approximately 200 students throughout the Peabody School District will receive handmade tie fleece blankets this holiday season.

In the Fall, Peabody school teacher, Jill Houlden, approached the PEF for assistance in funding the project. Jill originally started the blanket making project several years prior at the McCarthy School for students in need during the holiday season. This year, recognizing the substantial need across the entire district, the count of blankets surged to nearly 200.

Over the past several weeks, volunteers throughout the community have come together to assemble the blankets in time for the holidays. The blankets will be distributed by the schools over the next week to students in elementary schools, the middle school, and the high school.

Special thanks to Jill Houlden for her time and effort in coordinating the blanket making project; the Peabody Education Foundation for both funding the project and providing volunteers to make some of the blankets; the Girls PVMHS Volleyball and Field Hockey teams; the Sunday Funday Group; members of the Peabody Public Schools Staff; the AOH; Stone Paper; GraVoc; Maria Champigny; and numerous other volunteers throughout the community who helped assemble the blankets.

Peabody Education Foundation

The Peabody Education Foundation provides unique programs and advanced technology to thousands of students and teachers who might otherwise not enjoy such experiences due to budget constraints.

P.O. Box 233
Peabody, MA 01960