How Can You Help?

There are so many ways to help us grow. Read below for some things you can do. If you have a talent, resource, or special item you think would benefit our program, we are REAL eager to know about it! Contact us by mail at 17 Atlantic Street, Lynn, MA 01902, by phone

at 978-993-4425 or email

Donate Books

The idea is so simple...we take gently used and new books to a site and set up a "book shop" or fill a Little Free Library where families can come to choose a book to take home forever. They do not have to sign in or answer any questions. They do not need to show identification. We help them choose books which are appropriate for their reading level and interest. There is no cost associated with this. All of the books we give out have been donated by libraries, Friends of the Library groups, and private families.


Since 2013, we have collected and distributed over 125,000 children's books in Lynn! We have also built & placed over 40 little free libraries in the community. 


Since the children in these communities have a hard time finding access to books,  we have been delivering books to them at local programs & food pantries including Girls Inc., the Open Door (Gloucester) and St. Stephen's Lynn.  We have recently expanded to the Lynn Community Health Center & during this past summer had a booth at the Lynn Farmers' Market (sponsored by the Food Project.) We hope to expand our "forever" bookshelves to Bootstraps (Beverly) and Haven from Hunger (Peabody)! 



The REAL Program provides teaching, listening and sharing opportunities for future, current and retired educators who are interested in making a difference. We always welcome volunteers to share their skills! Read about our service learning model here.


And the opportunities are not limited! You could opt to:

  • help manage a book shelf at a local shelter

  • offer a workshop

  • help at a food pantry

  • tutor

  • be a Guest Reader

  • and more!


We have so much going on... 


Another amazing leg of the REAL Program is a "Before Home" Program which is housed in Lynn on Ocean Street. The students from the Brickett School walk to the program after school for a healthy snack, homework assistance and fun programs like art and hip hop dance.  The parents of the students are invited to learn English during the time their children are attending The REAL Program. 


The REAL Program coordinates a Partner School Program for service learning opportunities and mentorship! We are proud to be working with the Brickett, Tracy and Lynn English Schools in Lynn; Glen Urquhart School of Beverly Farms; Pingree School of South Hamilton; Governor's Academy in Byfield and Swampscott High School.


The REAL Program is the host of the annual Legacy of Teaching Institute for Early Childhood Educators held at the Riverside School in Danvers in March each year.


Join us! You make a REAL difference.




Just like anything else, we need money to run our program! Donations of any amount are REALly appreciated. Mail your contribution to 17 Atlantic Street, Lynn, MA 01902 or use the handy online donation form by clicking the button below.

Zipper Pulls
are here!


Your Child...
or Yourself!

Would you like to enroll your child in the program? Just fill out the form below and mail it to 17 Atlantic Street, Lynn, MA 01902. We will get back to you as soon as we can! (Parents can enroll in English classes as well!)


a Child

If you'd like to make a more specific donation you can sponsor one of our children for a year in the program. Please contact us for more information via email by clicking on the button below, or call Jan at

Come To
Our Annual Fundraiser!

Our annual fundraiser, A REAL Night Out happens every fall. Check back to see what day we will throw our party in 2020! It's the event of the year (in our humble opinion)! We have great raffle items, live and silent auctions and a full menu of delicious catered food. You REALly don't want to miss it :) 


All proceeds from the REAL Night Out are used directly for The REAL Program.

Donate to REAL When You Shop At Amazon

Are you an Amazon shopper? If you use AmazonSmile and designate
The REAL Program as your charity, every eligible purchase you make 
will automatically result in a donation to REAL! How easy is that?! To set it up, simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device (you may also want to add a bookmark to make it even easier to return). On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select The REAL Program as your charitable organization before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection every time you return, so all you have to do is shop!

We all say THANK YOU for your REAL support!