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beCause Parties


Our Story

Most people can remember events in their childhood that inspired them and made them feel important, such as birthday parties! These events most-likely had positive, lifelong impacts that helped shape who they are today. Unfortunately, many others rarely experience these moments and are also affected as a result.

beCause Parties founder, Vanessa Meadows, experienced both. Due to severe and prolonged abuse she is acutely sensitive to the needs of children and the importance of finding hope in the midst of terrible hardship. In adulthood, the negative effects of her abuse continue to resonate with her daily. However, the positive impact one birthday party had on her as a child has been a constant source of strength for her throughout her life; it was one of the few times she felt special and empowered. It lit a spark in her that has burned ever since.

One of the ways she has learned to cope with her trauma has been to throw parties for her loved ones and friends. For her, parties are like hugs. They are also moments of fun and joy for everyone to look forward to, as well as remember.

Following her parties, Vanessa would often have unused and reusable supplies left over that she didn't want to throw away. Over time, she began to notice an accumulation and felt others might have the same issue. Having founded an organization in college and volunteering a great deal throughout her life, it was only natural that the idea for this foundation would come to her; to use these supplies to provide parties for others who could benefit from them as she once did. Because why? beCause Parties!

Why is there a need?

As of 2013 in Maryland, 14% of children live below the poverty line* and over 30,000 children are homeless**. Life is about survival. There is often little to no time or money for fun or celebrating special days like birthdays, including gifts. Shelters, too, have limited funds for celebrating special events. That means thousands of opportunities to enrich, inspire, encourage, and strengthen selfconfidence are missed each year. This organization aims to address this issue because we believe birthday parties aren't just a childhood right, they are a necessity. We believe parties are vital, teachable moments that say to children, "You are important, you are safe, the sky is the limit, and so much more!" We are unique in that we provide and host personalized, individual birthday parties to inspire underprivileged youth.


Check out these links for additional information:

      Link 1: Application
      Link 2: Brochure
 
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