My Brother’s Keeper

Our Brother’s Keeper has an extraordinarily humble beginning in which its founders Jim Orcutt and his wife, Terry co-founded the organization twenty-six years ago, serving families from the cellar of their home. Their friends and family collected soda cans for the 5-cent returnable deposit, the first fundraising effort for My Brother’s Keeper.

Today, they are blessed with thousands of supporters, two modern facilities in Easton and Dartmouth, 11 employees, a fleet of 9 vehicles, and 3,000 student, business, and individual volunteers each year. Their annual budget is approximately $3,200,000, which represents a combination of financial donations and in-kind donations (gifts of goods and services).

The organization has 4,000 volunteers who deliver furniture, food, and hope to 9,000 homes each year to families in need across Eastern Massachusetts. They deliver throughout the year and have made an impressive 140,000 total deliveries of furniture and food since their founding. They are the only charity in Southeastern Massachusetts to provide furniture assistance free of charge.

They rely solely on private charitable donations with more than 90% of every dollar going towards program services.

The story of Jim and Terry Orcutt is so powerful that it has attracted thousands of volunteers from all faith backgrounds since its inception to help deliver goods to families each year. Anyone living within their specified service area in Southeastern Massachusetts is eligible to receive their help, regardless of religion.

My Brother’s Keeper is 100% privately funded. Because they are a Christian community, they do not accept any local, state, or federal funding. And unlike many charities, no donated items are ever sold. My Brother’s Keeper relies wholly on the generosity of individuals, families, businesses, churches and foundations.

My Brothers Keeper is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all services are provided free of charge.

The vision of My Brother’s Keeper is solidified by the following prayer written in 1991 by founders Jim and Terry Orcutt.  In 2010, it was issued a certificate of registration with United States Copyright Office.

“My Brother’s Keeper” Prayer


When I have food, Help me remember the hungry.

When I lie in my bed, Help me remember those who sleep on the floor.

When I have a warm home, Help me remember the homeless.

When I have work, Help me remember those without jobs.

When I experience the joy of giving to my children,

Help me remember the agony of those who must watch their children go without.

By remembering, Help me destroy my indifference and arouse my compassion.

Make me concerned enough to act in your name, to help those who cry out to you

for that which I so often take for granted.