MetroWest Health Foundation Gives $953K to 16 Nonprofits
December 2, 2014 The MetroWest Health Foundation last week announced it has awarded $953,400 to 16 nonprofit organizations to support efforts to expand access to health insurance and health services in the region.
Martin Cohen, president of the MetroWest Health Foundation
, said, These grants will target many of our areas most vulnerable residents. By supporting programs such as South Middlesex Opportunity Councils outreach to homeless families, the MetroWest Free Medical Program in Sudbury, and the Latino Health Insurance Program, we can help connect area residents to health insurance and ultimately to quality medical care and supportive services.
MetroWest is loosely bounded by Routes 128 on the east, Route 495 on the west, Route 2 on the north, and Route 109 on the south.
Organizations receiving grants are:
- A Place to Turn $5,000 to purchase healthy food for the food pantry.
- Community Legal Aid $105,000 to support a medical-legal partnership with the Kennedy Health Center in Milford.
- Doc Wayne Youth Services $20,000 to offer sports oriented therapy groups for youth 6-11 who are residents of the Framingham Housing Authority.
- Edwards Church, United Church of Christ $6,200 to support the new Framingham Community Access Point for Veterans. 2
- Employment Options $20,000 to improve the organization's training venue to better prepare individuals in their journey to well -being and healthy recovery.
- Franklin Council on Aging $9,610 to offer in-home respite care relief for caregivers of elders in Franklin and Bellingham.
- Latino Health Insurance Program $61,909 to enroll residents in health insurance programs and connect them to primary and preventive health services.
- MetroWest Free Medical Program $63,021 to support outreach, health insurance enrollment and education in order to reduce the rates of uninsured adults and children without health insurance.
- MetroWest Legal Services $120,002 to support a medical-legal partnership with the Kennedy Health Center in Framingham.
- Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation $172,906 to improve the access to care and health of those who lack a primary care provider.
- Natick Service Council $71,573 to offer first-time offending youth who are in possession or under the influence of alcohol or marijuana an education/intervention as an alternative to traditional means of discipline.
- Natick Service Council $5,000 to purchase healthy food for the food pantry.
- Natick Visiting Nurse Association $217,575 to provide prescription drug assistance to the uninsured and underinsured in the MetroWest area.
- Senior Support Foundation $8,500 to offer evidence based fall prevention programming through the Holliston, Dover & Sherborn Councils on Aging.
- South Middlesex Opportunity Council $54,604 to provide access to primary and preventive health care services and nutritional counseling to homeless families residing in motels and scattered site housing.
- United Way of Tri-County $3,500 to enable the "Call2Talk" program to be accredited as a crisis center by the American Association of Suicidology.
The foundation at the same time announced nearly $97,000 in grants to local government entities.