March 25, 2019
Wells Fargo, Essex National Heritage Comm. Award Grants

April 15, 2018 — Wells Fargo & Company recently announced that it awarded $62,500 to seven Massachusetts nonprofits that provide community development, education, and human services, while the Essex National Heritage Commission granted $24,000 to nonprofits working to implement educational, interpretive, and preservation projects in Essex County.

Greg O’Brien, executive vice president for Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking in New England, said, “We have personal connections to the people in our communities, many of whom we proudly call our customers, and we likewise see first-hand a broad spectrum of challenges.”

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Community Servings, Jamaica Plain: $10,000 to support a culinary arts job training program that prepares medically tailored meals for individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses.

  • Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, Framingham: $10,000 to provide comprehensive out-of-school support that helps reduce achievement gaps among at-risk immigrant children.

  • Junior Achievement of Springfield, Springfield: $7,500 to support the Pathways to 21st Century Skills program to help students develop the skills needed to become highly skilled, autonomous employees.

  • Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, statewide: $10,000 to find adoptive homes for Massachusetts children and teens in foster care with a focus on those hardest to place.

  • Raising a Reader, Holyoke: $5,000 to increase early literacy skills and family engagement of children and their parents throughout Holyoke.

  • Rise Above Foundation, Northbridge: $10,000 to provide Massachusetts youth in foster care with access to extracurricular activities.

  • YMCA of MetroNorth, Lynn: $10,000 to support the Youth Center at the Lynn YMCA that provides youth with a variety of positive out-of-school time activities that develop the next generation of healthy and productive citizens.

Essex Heritage Awards Partnership Grants 12 Nonprofits

The Essex National Heritage Commission, a Salem-based nonprofit that develops public/private partnerships to support heritage organizations and sites in the 34 communities in of Essex County, recently announced it awarded $24,000 to 12 local nonprofits working to implement educational, interpretive, and preservation projects throughout the North Shore and the Merrimack Valley.

Each of the following organization's received a $2,000 grant:
  • Andover Historical Society, Andover, to augment a lack of local history in the school curriculum.

  • Bread and Roses Heritage Committee, Lawrence, fund The Bread and Roses Labor Day Heritage Festival, which commemorates the Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912.

  • Hamilton Hall, Salem, to develop inclusive narrative content about John Redmond’s life and the role that he played in Salem and Hamilton Hall’s early history.

  • Historical Society of Old Newbury, Newburyport, to update the museum, which was last updated in 1995.

  • Lowell’s Maritime Foundation/Lowell’s Boat Shop, Amesbury, for structural repair, stabilization, and shoring of facility footings and foundation piers.

  • Marblehead Museum, Marblehead, to continue re-stabilizing 20 front windows of the building.

  • Middleton Stream Team, Middleton, to construct an unpaved walking path in the Henry Tragert Town Common.

  • Peabody Historical Society and Museum, Peabody, to develop and provide three new interpretive displays clarifying witch trial history.

  • Thacher Island Association, Rockport, to provide safe and easy access for the public to visit the lighthouse.

  • Theater in the Open, Newburyport, to repair the roof and replace exterior shingles of the Maudslay Gatekeeper’s House garage and garden.

  • Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, to replace deteriorating clapboarding of various materials.

  • Wenham Historical Association and Museum, Wenham, for an interactive exhibit devoted to Col. Timothy Pickering's life in Wenham.

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