"It's been fun to watch Lisa as she got started with her idea - figuring out how to add illustrations from classic children's books to chairs and tables. Lisa thinks through which book would be best for each piece and how to feature the illustrations, title, and perhaps some text to maximum effect. I continue to be amazed by her artistic sense as the inspiration for each project takes hold. I'm so happy to watch her enthusiasm for books evolve into sharing her projects with her admirers."
Sue Young, Long-time Needham Resident
Library Foundation of Needham, Board Member
Mother of two, grandmother of 6
"Beautiful heirloom quality furniture personalized with a favorite book. A treasure!"
Mother of five, grandmother of five
Owner, The Saltbox School
A Home Based Program for Early Learning and Discovery!
"Storytime Crafts, created by Lisa Vergara, to promote literacy through acts of kindness throughout the community continues to impact the lives of many . Lisa’s outstanding artistic and creative talents along with her unbridled enthusiasm, energy, devotion, and direction are truly awe inspiring. She is a wonderful role model for the many young student volunteers who participate on her activities. It is truly an honor to support her in her missions as she helps change lives in such a very positive way."
J Kenneth Davison. MD
Needham resident, retired anesthesiologist
"I truly believe that when passion is the main driver in life’s work, great things come of it. Storytime Crafts is the product of true passion, love and commitment that the founder, Lisa Vergara, has for her work. Having known Lisa for many years, I have seen first hand what it looks like to passionately make a dream a reality and dedicate your life to helping others. That is exactly how Storytime Crafts came to life.
I personally have been a professional dancer in New England for 4 years, which has given me the amazing opportunity to participate in countless community events and volunteer work. After watching Lisa build Storytime Crafts, I had the chance to volunteer and read at her “Read to Succeed” literacy event at the Lincoln Elementary School in Revere. It was a day I will never forget and I feel so blessed to have been a part of it.
The Storytime Crafts mission statement is to “promote literacy through art, kindness and community” – this is exactly what I got to see first hand that day. I met dozens of smiling, laughing and excited children whose happiness was all derived from literature, which is exactly what Lisa set out to do. I hope to continue to support the Storytime Crafts mission since I truly resonate with the mission and all that it does for the communities we live in and beyond."
Marketing Manager, Keurig Dr Pepper
"Storytime Crafts founder Lisa Vergara of Needham, MA, is an impactful nonprofit leader. Storytime Crafts has a clear mission and purpose of creating diverse book-rich environments for children. Ms. Vergara has assembled talented and skilled volunteers dedicated to supporting the organization’s grassroots literacy initiative.
The ratio of program expenses to total expenses is such that a donor can rest assured that their donation will go as far as possible.
Ms. Vergara has displayed an ability to inspire and engage volunteers and constituents/members as passionate partners and spokespersons. Further, Ms. Vergara has shown a willingness to partner with other nonprofits working to address the same issues, regarding those organizations as allies as opposed to competitors.
Accordingly, I am pleased to be a partner with Storytime Crafts."
Chase Legal Services
"As one of the Temple Beth Shalom team, I was delighted by the Lifting Literacy presentation. And, I am so appreciative of the work you continue to do."
Harriet Goldin (one of the organizers of TBS Lifting Literacy Project) and President, Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education