Four Concord Non-Profits Receive Grants Totaling $51,500 from Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation
Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation completed its twelfth year of community-based philanthropy with two rounds of grants, announced in May and November, totaling $320,300.
The following Concord-based organizations were among the recipients, who gathered for a ceremony of thanks and recognition at the Middlesex Savings Bank operations center in Westborough on November 5:
Domestic Violence Services Network - $15,000 to help maintain and expand DVSN’s court program to serve individuals and families living with domestic violence. Executive director Jacquelin Apsler represented the network at the ceremony.
The Nature Connection - $6,500 to support “Transforming Elders’ Quality of Life,” a project designed for the unique physical and cognitive needs of seniors at various phases of aging, including those with memory loss and Alzheimer's disease.
Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) - $15,000 for a relief fund that helps to bring restorative justice as a complement to the criminal justice system by: covering C4RJ’s offender participation fee for those with financial need; offering stipends for therapy for offenders and victims; and identifying possible therapy needs for crime victims. Development chair Jeff Campbell attended the ceremony and spoke on behalf of C4RJ.
Jericho Road Project - $15,000 to support program expansion into 33 communities of MetroWest; funds will be used to recruit, train, and place executive talent on the boards of non-profit organizations that serve local communities. Project executive director Dan Holin accepted the contribution and expressed his thanks to attendees.
The Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation has disbursed more than $3.1 million since its founding in 2000. During 2012, non-profit organizations with locations in 13 communities of MetroWest were recipients of foundation grants that supported a variety of causes including: care for the elderly; food and shelter for lower-income individuals of all ages; health care; legal services; housing; prevention of domestic violence; and assistance for adults and children with special needs.
Other agencies that received grants in the current year were:
• Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Framingham Clubhouse: $15,000
• Caritas Communities, Bedford Veterans’ Quarters: Case Management and Counseling Support: $7,500
• Framingham Downtown Renaissance; Main Street Program: $15,000
• Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders (HOME); in-home counseling services to low-income elders encountering home displacement threats: $15,000
• Making It Happen, Framingham High School; Advanced Placement Program support: $4,500
• Neighbor Brigade, Wayland; Staffing support for volunteer services in 27 communities: $11,000
• Reach Beyond Domestic Violence, Waltham; Community-based support services to adults and children who have suffered from domestic violence: $15,000
• Special Olympics of Massachusetts, Marlborough; Unified Interscholastic Program support: $15,000
• The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN); Capacity-building for advancement program: $15,000
• The Food Project, Lincoln; Hunger relief and youth development: $9,000
• Wayside Youth and Family Support, Framingham; Campus transition support: $15,000
• A Place to Turn, Natick; Community Development Program - Food for Families in need: $5,000
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Assabet Valley, Maynard; “Beyond the Bell” After-School Program support: $15,000
• Charles River Center, Needham; Funding to support additional residential facility: $15,000
• Families for Depression Awareness, Waltham ; Teen Depression Program support: $15,000
• Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, Westford; Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative: $15,000
• Infant Toddler Children’s Center, Acton; Tuition support for low-income, pre-schoolers in Acton, Boxborough, Harvard, and Littleton: $10,000
• Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE), Framingham; Fitness and Wellness Program at Shillman House: $15,000
• Metrowest Mediation Services, Framingham; Divorce mediation training for volunteers: $4,300
• Natick Historical Society; Documentation, relocation, and restoration planning for Sawin House, Natick’s first homestead: $10,000
• Natick Visiting Nurse Association (VNA); Support for purchase of tablet PCs by trained practitioners: $10,000
• Parmenter VNA and Community Care, Wayland; Support for children attending Camp Erin Bereavement program: $10,000
• Samaritans, Inc., Framingham; Support for computerizing Suicide Crisis Helpline and upgrading teen-to-teen IM chat service: $7.500