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beCause Parties was started by SAG Actress, Vanessa Meadows.
It's only natural she would want to help people through parties.
Her lifelong passion for storytelling through art & performance lead her to see parties as a from of storytelling.
This nonprofit exists to change the stories of kids-in-need's lives by gifting them a party that's all about them!
When you strengthen a child's foundation with encouragement & heart, you reinforce amazing successes in their future.
Why is there a Need?
Vanessa has planned & hosted parties since she was five years old. She can also empathize with those who have experienced extreme childhood trauma.
She didn't know it at the time, but throwing parties was one of the ways she had learned to cope with her trauma.
Amidst a dark & tumultuous childhood, she experienced a spark of hope. A birthday party planned just for her! For the first time, she felt visible & empowered.
Parties Tell a Story. Our Job is to Make Their Life a Better Story With Our Parties.
Birthday parties can be invaluable to our self-esteem! They are consistent reminders that we are important, valued, and loved. They are celebratory moments of joy, positive memories, hugs, fun & safety. Unfortunately, many of the underprivileged youth we are trying to reach have never received a birthday party.
As Vanessa can attest, birthday parties can change lives. They can be an essential ingredient in a healthy childhood and becoming a healthy adult.
Our birthday parties provide all of this and so much more.
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 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 self-confidence 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.
*beCause Parties is overseen by the Community Foundation of Carroll County
"Hi there! Thank you so very much for your interest in our organization! I'd also like to thank the Community Foundation of Carroll County, the Carroll County Small Business Development Center, Erin Ruby (logo designer/creator) and all of our donors and supporters! We brought the idea to the table, but you helped us turn that passion into something real! Many, many thanks!"
Vanessa Meadows, Founder of beCause Parties
Vanessa has volunteered independently and with multiple organizations over the years including the Humane Society, Cat Coalition of Central New York, Carroll County Food Sunday, and most-recently with the Red Cross during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.
Along with her ongoing work in the entertainment industry, she is also a certified speaker (NAMI),
"health-esteem" guide, & group fitness instructor (AFAA).
Previously, while attending college at Potsdam, she founded and presided over an animal welfare education group called, "Spread the Word," who's purpose was to educate the community and student body about issues concerning animal welfare and how they could help!
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