Community Involvement

Local Community

Love is the spirit of our church, and service our law. Beverly Bootstraps Community Services is our church-sponsored local community program. This and other programs are described below. To learn more about social action at First Parish or to volunteer, contact the Social Action Committee via the church office. We welcome your help, even if is only for a few hours.

World Community

ASAPROSAR in El Salvador is our church-sponsored international program. We support ASAPROSAR’s “Barefoot Angels” Urban Youth Program by conducting an annual Learn and Serve Volunteer Trip (described below) and through donations of money, clothing, toys, school supplies, and toiletries. To learn about the Learn and Serve Trip,  please and contact Carol Ballantyne or Martha Brennan.

First Parish also supports the Guest At Your Table program of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (see below).

Monday Night Suppers

On the 2nd Monday of the month (5:30-7:00 pm), volunteers prepare and serve meals to 50-60 guests next door at the First Baptist Church, 221 Cabot Street, Beverly.

  • In the past, Three Star Pizza in Beverly has generously donated pizza and pasta each month. Thank you Three Star Pizza!
  • Volunteers usually provide dessert.

Here is what one young person wrote about her experience:

“My community service project for school in sixth grade was to help out at one of the dinners. When we shared our projects I realized that I had touched many more lives than any of my classmates. I know that economy is down and I know that many people are unemployed but something hit last Monday night supper. I had never seen anyone other than adults at these dinners but last Monday we served three young children all younger than me. This woke me up and I realized that the Monday and Tuesday night suppers help so many people that truly need it.”

If you and your older child are interested in volunteering, contact Coordinator Fran Gerrior.

Tuesday Night Suppers

Every Tuesday evening (from 5:30-7:00) volunteers serve supper to 30-40 guests at First Parish.

  • The food is purchased and prepared by volunteers through funds from the congregation and a generous donation from Beverly Hospital.
  • Helping to serve meals can be a rewarding way to spend 1½ hours doing something to benefit others.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ron Sweet and Nat Carpenter.

Beverly Bootstraps

As part of our commitment to Beverly Bootstraps:


The Salvadoran Association for Rural Health (ASAPROSAR) is a multi-service non-governmental community service organization based in Santa Ana, El Salvador.

It was founded in 1986 by Dr. Vicky Guzman, a Salvadoran doctor. ASAPROSAR is staffed by Salvadoran physicians, social workers, health promoters, teachers, and other professional outreach workers.

The Barefoot Angels Program seeks to eradicate high-risk child labor primarily in Santa Ana’s bus terminal marketplace and municipal city dump.

  • Many boys and girls (ages 6-18) who are forced to work in these areas become victims of gang associations, prostitution, and related violence.
  • ASAPROSAR offers the youth a program of physical and psychological health and quality educational training. It is the only alternative for youth living and working in the streets and on the margins of western Salvadoran society.

Members of First Parish lead an annual Learn and Serve Volunteer Trip.

  • The purpose of the trip is to build relationships and encourage cross-cultural understanding.
  • Create opportunities for individuals to use their talents and interests in partnership with Salvadorans to work on projects that benefit local communities.
  • Visitors gain knowledge about another culture, experience personal growth and learn that they can make the world a better place.
  • Participants need not be members of First Parish Church.

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225 Cabot St

Beverly, MA 01915


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