Northern Berkshire and Suffolk County Nonprofits Get Funding
January 16, 2014 Five human services nonprofits in northern Berkshire county each received a grant of $10,000 to assist with literacy training, health insurance enrollment, fighting homelessness, combating underage drinking, and supporting youth development, while a Revere anti-poverty agency received $3,000 from assets seized during drug trafficking prosecutions to keep kids and teens away from drugs, gangs, and risky behavior.
The City of North Adams Office of Community Development distributed funds to five local agencies from a block grant awarded to the city from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Receiving the grants, which are funding one-year initiatives that will run through Nov. 30, were the following:
- Berkshire Community Action Council, Great Barrington, will use the funding for Low Income Home Energy Fuel Assistance & Emergency Services Program and for other financial literacy training.
- Ecu-Health Care, North Adams, will use the funding to help support its health coverage outreach and enrollment services during this critically important first year of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Area residents will require much assistance and guidance applying for and enrolling in the new health coverage opportunities under national health reform.
- Family Life Support Center/Louison House, Adams, will use the funding to support the Supportive Services Program (SSO), preventing and mitigating homelessness for sixty North Adams residents.
- Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, North Adams, will use the funding to support the nb21 North Adams group that formed in 2013. The mission of the group is to research and implement community strategies to reduce underage drinking and other drug use.
- Northern Berkshire YMCA, North Adams, will use the funding to support youth development and afterschool/job-related childcare initiatives.
Revere Youth Athletic Group Gets $3K from Suffolk County District Attorney
Community Action Programs Inter-City
(CAPIC), a Revere nonprofit that addresses the needs of families in poverty to help them achieve and maintain self-sufficiency, this week received $3,000 from the Suffolk County district attorneys office. The funds came from assets seized during drug trafficking prosecutions.
As part of his offices annual Asset Forfeiture Community Reinvestment Program, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley presented a check for $3,000 to fund sporting goods, uniforms, and travel expenses for the Police Activities League basketball team. The team draws players receiving services through CAPIC.
Each year we donate tens of thousands of dollars in free cash grants to Suffolk County groups that work directly with young people," Conley said. They arent police or prosecutors, but they do some of the most effective crime fighting around by giving kids and teens positive role models and healthy choices. Im proud to be a part of their team."
The DAs office said groups across Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop will split about $50,000 in cash awards through the same program.