December 9, 2018
 
Funds to Fight Opioids; Proposals Sought; Record Sales

October 9, 2018 — Wayside Youth and Family Support Network gets $480K to fight opioids crisis... Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters renames... Greater Lowell Community Foundation and Greater Lowell Community Foundation seek grant proposals... Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival reports record ticket sales.

Wayside Youth and Family Support Network Gets $480K to Fight Opioids Crisis

The Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, a Framingham-based nonprofit that provides mental health counseling and family support services to children, young adults and families in Massachusetts, recently was awarded $480,000 for a program to provide counseling and advocacy to children and families affected by opioids in Worcester County, along with Middlesex and Norfolk counties.

The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with an effort to fight opioid addiction through prevention, treatment and enforcement, according to a report in the Worcester Business Journal (WBJ).

Opioids were implicated in 1,909 deaths in Massachusetts last year, and 1,018, with 78 occurring in Worcester, during the first half of 2-2018, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

"The Department of Justice did not specify how Worcester's funds would be used. But it's the second notable initiative in Worcester toward battling opioids in the past month," the WBJ reported. "In September, UMass Memorial Health Care announced it has created an opioid task force to collect data on opioid use, establish priorities for patient care initiatives and catalog efforts to prevent and treat opioid use."

Greater Lowell Community Foundation Invites Nonprofit to Seek Grants

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation recently announced that it is inviting nonprofits to apply for grants that address issues relating to social education, elder services, children's services, and water resources and the environment.

The Discretionary Grants Program aims to improve the quality of life for residents in 20 communities: Ashby, Ayer, Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Lowell, Pepperell, Shirley, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Westford, and Wilmington.

Deadline to apply: Oct. 29. Details.

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Seeking Grant Proposals

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation today announced it is accepting proposals for its Youth for Community Improvement program, now entering its 19th year.

Proposals are sought for projects that focus on academic enrichment of young people, health and wellness of young people, and youth leadership and civic engagement. To be eligible for funding proposals must incorporate “youth voices” in a significant aspect of program planning, implementation, evaluation, or leadership.

Deadline to apply: Nov. 12. More information available by emailing to Sarah Shugrue or calling her at 508-755-0980.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Reports Record Ticket Sales

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, a Becket nonprofit that runs an international dance festival, professional school, and archives, today announced that its recently concluded 86th season racked up $2.5 million in ticket sales, an increase of 13% over last year.

More than 40,000 tickets were sold, an increase of 5%, when compared with last year. Ticket sales were made to 10,000 unique buyers, an increase of 8% over 2017 levels and the largest number since the organization began tracking this particular indicator in 2005, the organization said.

“We celebrate the success of Festival 2018 and look forward to the future as we continue to grow and develop new programs and forge new partnerships. As an organization, we have dramatically shifted our thinking beyond our summer festival to how we can serve the dance field nationally and internationally and Berkshire County at large with year-round ongoing programs and offerings. We’re excited to see how engagement with all of these communities grows,” said Director Pamela Tatge.

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