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Financial Contributions
Volunteers and Interns

Financial Contributions

Your tax-deductible donation enables the SPARK Center to continue serving as a model program for children whose problems exclude them from mainstream childcare settings.

To make a donation, please send a check made payable to:

       The SPARK Center at BMC
       255 River Street
       Mattapan, MA 02126

Be sure to include your full name, address, and e-mail address if you wish, so we may thank you and acknowledge your tax-deductible contribution.

Donate Online:  in the gift designation box, be sure to select "SPARK/Pediatric Aids".

We also accept in-kind donations, from diapers to digital cameras, and more. Please email Leanne.Burke@bmc.org, call Leanne at 617.414.0511, or click the link below to view SPARK's current Wish List of items.

Why Your Gift is Needed

The SPARK Center recently lost significant institutional (BMC) funds, but continues to rely on other BMC assistance. SPARK also relies on state and federal grant support, and the generosity of private foundations, individual donors and volunteers. Unfortunately, in recent years, federal budget cuts have weakened critical services to the neediest, including childcare and special services to children living with HIV/AIDS. Most children at SPARK live in poverty with parents and caregivers who struggle daily to maintain the integrity of their families.

The SPARK Center recognizes the importance of providing high quality medical and psychotherapeutic services free of charge to its unique population. Your contributions help us meet the individual needs of each SPARK child and maintain excellence in staff training, programming and all aspects of our special facilities. Undesignated donations for specialty teachers, general operating expenses, special equipment and classroom supplies are also greatly appreciated.


We do not have any events scheduled at this time, however, you may make a donation through the Donate Online link above, or check our Wish List for items we need.
Thank you.

Volunteers and Interns

Volunteer assistance with children and with daily demands of program operation are always welcome. Internship and training opportunities offer another exciting way to get involved. For more information about volunteering or interning at SPARK, please call Barbara Armandt at 617.414.0504.  Call us and come for a visit. Together we can meet the challenge!

Contact Us

Barbara Hughes
Program Coordinator / Director of Events
Call: 617.414.0502
Fax: 617.534.2057
Email: SPARK@bmc.org


Boston Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics
The SPARK Center
(Supporting Parents & Resilient Kids)
255 River Street
Mattapan, MA 02126


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