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 reimbursement equal to $2 per member.

THREE CATEGORIES FOR REIMBURSEMENTS

  • EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
    The Mass Child can help make sure that a student has the necessary supplies and can participate in educational activities. With greater frequency, the Mass Child is being asked to cover purchases of electronic devices and for classroom extensions such as trips and after-school activities. Please contact the 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. Mass Child funds cannot be used to purchase items that a school district should be supplying to all students. 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. The Mass Child also offers an additional $250 “Back to School” grant to locals for the purchase of school supplies by Nov. 30 for children in need. Consider giving a child a backpack filled with notebooks, pens and binders.
  • PERSONAL NEEDS
    The 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 The Mass Child before making such expenditures.
  • CRISIS NEEDS
    When a school-aged child’s family is affected by an unforeseen crisis, The Mass Child recognizes this as an immediate need. The Mass Child supports locals that help children recoup personal items and school supplies lost to fire and other natural disasters. The ability of The Mass Child to assist following crises is made on a case-by-case basis.

Still have questions? 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. We urge you to ask before you buy so you know your local’s funds are eligible for reimbursement.

HOW DOES MY LOCAL GET REIMBURSED?

THE MASS CHILD BOARD REQUESTS THAT THESE STEPS BE FOLLOWED.

  • 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. Send receipts that only show purchases related to Mass Child.
  • REIMBURSEMENT CHECKS will be made out to the local association once the board approves the reimbursement form. For the 2015-16 school year, the board will meet Sept. 24, Nov. 19, Jan. 14, March 3, April 28 and June 16. Requests received after June 13 will be considered for the 2016-17 funding cycle. Reimbursement forms may be downloaded at massteacher.org/masschild or by calling the MTA Communications Division at 617.878.8265.

Click the following link to download the reimbursement form.