The Massachusetts Child: Helping Children in Need

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WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO

The Massachusetts Child is a charitable corporation founded by the MTA in 1996. The Mass Child program reimburses MTA preK-12 local associations for expenses that directly benefit students in need, making it possible for them to succeed. The Mass Child Board of Directors reviews requests on a case-by-case basis to confirm they meet the guidelines. Locals with 500 or fewer members may receive up to $1,000 per school year. Locals with more than 500 members are eligible to receive $2 per additional member.

THREE CATEGORIES FOR REIMBURSEMENTS

  • EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
    Mass Child can help make sure that a student has the necessary supplies and can participate in the educational activities that will help him or her succeed. With greater frequency, Mass Child is being asked to cover purchases of electronic devices and classroom extensions such as trips and after-school activities. Please contact Mass Child before committing your local’s funds to purchase an educational need that falls outside of traditional classroom essentials, such as backpacks, notebooks and binders. With reusable items, the board will often approve reimbursement only if the purchases remain with the school district for future use by other students in need.
  • PERSONAL NEEDS
    Mass Child is always there to make sure a student has appropriate attire, footwear and prescription glasses. The Mass Child has been able to assist in providing students with personal hygiene products but cannot help in paying for medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Gift certificates and gift cards are not reimbursable. The Mass Child board, because of its bylaws and mission, must carefully consider each request for personal needs. Locals are strongly encouraged to contact Mass Child before making such expenditures.
  • CRISIS NEEDS
    When a school-aged child’s family is affected by an unforeseen crisis, Mass Child recognizes this as an immediate need. Mass Child supports locals that help children recoup personal items and school supplies lost to fire and other natural disasters. The ability of Mass Child to assist following crises is made on a case-by-case basis.

HOW DOES MY LOCAL GET REIMBURSED?

THE MASS CHILD BOARD REQUESTS THAT THESE STEPS BE FOLLOWED.

  • SEND AN E-MAIL detailing your request to Mass Child President Christine Mulroney at clmulroney@gmail.com or MTA staff consultant Scott McLennan at smclennan@massteacher.org. After confirming the request meets the guidelines, your local may proceed with purchases.
  • GO SHOPPING Make the appropriate purchases using local association funds.
  • SUBMIT A REIMBURSEMENT FORM signed by the local association president with RECEIPTS or other PROOFS OF PURCHASE no later than JUNE 18, 2015.
  • REIMBURSEMENT CHECKS will be made out to the local association once the board approves the reimbursement form.

MTA locals can seek reimbursement at any time during the school year. The board meets several times during the school year so that reimbursement checks can be issued quickly. Based on past experience, there should be enough funding to accommodate all requests. However, requests from locals will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. Click the following link to download the reimbursement form.