Step by Step Foundation Inc
“Step by Step Foundation” is a 501 (c)(3) non- profit organization in Waterbury, Connecticut that collects cans and plastic bottles, turns them in, and uses that money to provide food, clothing, and supplies to individuals in need #HelpingOthersOneStepAtATime
Our Story and Mission
In March 2019, my brother Matthew Keating (Co-Founder, Executive Vice President) donated a box of non-perishable items to a local food bank here in Waterbury, CT. When my brother made that donation, he saw what a big of an impact it had. When I (Co-Founder, President: Michael Keating) came back from my internship in Orlando, FL, I wanted to follow in my brothers footsteps and help give back to my community in any way I could. In June 2019, my brother and I officially launched our own foundation called “Step by Step: Helping Others One Step At A Time”. With still being broke students, we came up with the idea of raising money to help others in need through bottle and can donations. Our friends and family ran with this idea and in no time they all started to give us all of their bottles and cans. We would return these recyclables and use 100% of that money to give back to local food banks, homeless shelters, low income elderly homes, and individuals in need in our community. Since June 2019, my brother and I have received over 300,000 Bottles/Cans (and counting) and have donated an estimated amount of over $37,000 worth of donations to help individuals in need. We’ve used the money we’ve received from bottle, can, and monetary donations to donate to over 20 incredible organizations in the Waterbury area and beyond that helps the homeless and less fortunate. On May 9 2020, Step by Step Foundation Inc., officially became a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Everybody thinks they have to do something big to make a difference but our mission at Step by Step is to show everyone that you don’t need to do something big to make a difference. You can make a difference by just doing something small and helping others one step at a time.
Check down below to see the Step by Step team, our monthly donation segment, our Homeless and Less Fortunate Outreach Program, places we’ve donated to, our 7 day prayer challenge, our local sponsors, ways to donate, ways to volunteer, and OUR OFFICAL BOTTLE COUNT!!!
Meet the Team
Without the help of my friends and family none of this would be possible. Thank you to this amazing team who have put in an immense amount of their own time and energy in to make this vision from God a reality. From left to right:
-Michael Gannon (Volunteer)
-Nick Hernandez (Board Member, Age 22)
-Robert Anchini (Volunteer Coordinator, Age 17)
-Matthew Keating (Co-Founder, Executive VP : Age 18)
-Anthony Marchetti (Volunteer)
-Mike Keating (Co-Founder, President : Age 22)
-Max Pape (VP : Age 21)
-Leo Fiore (Volunteer)
– Mira Chartier (Secretary, Age 22)
-Julia Mehlin (Board member, Age 17)
-Brianna Gervickas (Volunteer)
-Sophie Pape (Board member, Age 16)
-Tanner Linhard, Not shown in Picture (Board Member, Age 18)
Step By Step 3rd Annual Coat Drive
Throughout the entire month of October, we will be collecting coats, hats, gloves, scarves etc. to give away for free to indivuials in need in our community.
Our drop off location is 73 Herschel Ave in Waterbury, CT where you can drop off any day and any time in front of the big Step by Step sign in the driveway. If a drop off is not possible, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us via social media.
Step by Step’s Homeless and Less Fortunate Outreach Program
Contact us via email at email@example.com if you have anything new or used and would like to donate! Step by Step still collects gentle used clothing, shoes, non-perishable items and supplies every month and donates it for free to individuals in need outside of Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries on the last Monday of every month! If you have anything you would like to donate please drop them off any day and any time at 73 Herschel Ave in Waterbury, CT in front of the big Step by Step sign! Thank you so much again. We truly appreciate all your support!!
Places we’ve had the pleasure to donate to
- Exchange Place Towers low income elderly home (Waterbury, CT: Top and Bottom Picture)
- Departments of Children and Families in Waterbury, CT
- Community Health and Wellness Center (Torrington, CT: Fourth Picture)
- CDC Hospitality Center (Waterbury, CT)
- Rock Of Ages Christian Church Food Bank (Waterbury, CT; 2nd picture)
- St. Vincent De Paul homeless shelter (Waterbury, CT)
- Center for Human Development CHD (Waterbury CT)
- Dugan School (Waterbury, CT)
- Multiple Waterbury Public School’s Classroom Supplies (Third Picture)
- Compassion International (we sponsor a 5 year old child named Aisha in Tanzania 🙂 )
- Friends of the Homeless (Springfield, MA)
- Western Mass. Food Bank (Hatfield, MA)
- Hawthorn Foundation for Kids with Autism (Manhatanville College)
- Countryside Apartments (Wolcott, CT)
- Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries (GWIM; Waterbury, CT)
- Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center, INC. (Middletown, CT)
- Families in Gambia, West Africa (5th Picture)
- Thy Eagles Nest Donation Center (Wolcott, CT)
- Seymour Middle School (Seymour, CT)
- Cheshire Food Pantry (Cheshire, CT)
- God Provides Ministries INT. (Waterbury, CT)
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Hope and Pregnancy Center (Cheshire, CT)
- Miss Lil’s Outreach Program (Waterbury, CT)
As a Christian based organization, our goal is to serve and provide for others through our love for Jesus. At Step by Step, we feel called to be ministers in our community. To be a minister is to be Christ – like by being his hands and feet. We strive to emulate this in our hometown of Waterbury, CT. Our organization is just a vessel to spread God’s love and service to our local community.
“For Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many”- Mark 10:45 +
7 Day Prayer Challenge
We understand that people may not always have the money or bottle/cans donations to give but if you could keep our organization in your prayers in would truly mean a lot to us. Prayer has been the building block for this foundation in terms of allowing God to guide us towards the greatest ways to help others in our community. We would love for you to join us in our 7 Day Prayer Challenge where you can help us pray for our organization and community!!
PDF Link Below!!
Since we’ve started, we’ve been grateful enough to have gotten incredible support from many great places in Connecticut. We would like to highlight these great places that have helped us out on our journey so you can support them as well.
– Alplex Automotive: Autobody & Towing Waterbury, CT http://www.alplexautobody.com/
– Community Health and Wellness Center Torrington, CT https://www.chwctorr.org/
– Charter Oak Asset Management Cheshire, CT http://www.charteroakinc.com/
– East Mountain Golf Course http://golfwaterbury.foreupwebsites.com/east-mountain/
– Electric Appliance Parts Company Waterbury, CT http://www.ea-part.com/
– Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria in Waterbury, CT https://www.pepespizzeria.com/waterbury
– Mathnasium Waterbury, CT https://www.mathnasium.com/naugatuckvalley
– Newington Rotary Club https://www.newingtonrotary.org/
– The Common Bond Market https://www.thecommonbondmarket.com/
– Tidal Horse Company based out of Waterbury, CT https://tidalhorse.com/
Ways to Give Back
Be a part of the Movement!!!
Bottle and Can Donations!!
Our bread and butter to raise money is through your bottle and can donations. This organization has been blessed to receive bottle donations from over 100 different families and organizations. If possible, we would appreciate it if you could separate your cans and plastic bottles into separate bags when you donate. This is not forced but would be greatly appreciated.
1) Our drop off location is at 73 Herschel Ave Waterbury, CT. You can drop off your cans and plastic bottles at any day and time under the big Step by Step sign in the driveway. Unfortunately we are not accepting any glass bottles at this time due to limited space and resources. Thank you so much in advance! We truly appreciate all your support!! Email us if you have any questions!
Step by Step is always looking for high school and college students to help us deliver food to our local food banks, throw events for the low income elderly, help us sort bottles at the end of every month and more! If you are interested, please email us or contact us via social media!
Stay updated on how you can volunteer by following us on Instagram and Facebook
If you want to help out with a cash donation we would more than appreciate your generosity. Every little bit helps!!!
Step by Step Foundation INC. is now located on Amazon Smile 🙂 With every purchase you make on amazon smile, amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to our organization. If you would like to connect our organization to your amazon smile account, the link is down below. Thank you!!!