February 20, 2020
Funds Raised for Health Care, Conservation; New Name, Hire

October 16, 2018 — Friendship Home raises $500K for overnight respite center...Buzzards Bay Coalition raises $162K via annual bike ride...Brockton Visiting Nurse Association raises $85K for specialty care...Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly rebrands as 2Life Communities...Letters Foundation names director of letters and grants.

Friendship Home Raises $500K for Overnight Respite Center

Friendship Home, a Norwell-based nonprofit that supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by providing respite and support services, recently announced it raised $500,000 for its overnight respite program.

Friendship Home’s Home Away from Home opened in 2012, welcoming 10 guests every weekend, which gives families much needed respite from the daily demands of caring for their loved ones. Friendship Home’s Home Away from Home is the only non-medial overnight respite facility in southeastern Massachusetts for adults with developmental disabilities who do not have medical needs

“We greatly appreciate the commitment of the donors to our overnight respite program. Respite is the No. 1 service requested by families caring for their loved one with developmental disabilities,” said Heather Dwyer, director of development.

Buzzards Bay Coalition Raises $162K via Annual Bike Ride

The Buzzards Bay Coalition, a nonprofit based in New Bedford that works to restore and protection Buzzards Bay and its watershed, recently announced it raised $162,000 to support its education, conservation, research, and advocacy work.

The twelfth annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride attracted a record 242 cyclists to raise funds to support ongoing education, conservation, research, and advocacy work.

“The Watershed Ride is a unique opportunity to see all of our region’s diverse landscapes, from streams and salt marshes to cities and cranberry bogs,” said Coalition President Mark Rasmussen, who also completed the 75-mile route. “Being on a bike is one of the best ways to experience how all of these communities are connected to Buzzards Bay.”

The Watershed Ride drew cyclists of, from 13 to 80 years of age, from more than 90 communities in 11 states, coming from as far away as Colorado and Texas. More than half of riders participated as part of one of 25 teams, which are made up of groups of friends and family who train, fundraise and ride the course together.

Brockton Visiting Nurse Association Raises $85K for Specialty Care

The Brockton Visiting Nurse Association, a Brockton-based nonprofit of health care services, yesterday announced it raised $85K via its annual golf tournament.

Funds raised through the 29th annual golf tournament, held Sept. 17 at Thorny Lea Golf Club in Brockton, will support the organization's diabetes education, palliative care, and wound care programs. Sponsors included The Carney Family, Horizon Beverage Company, Inc., ACS Services, Rockland Trust IMG, Byram Healthcare and SageView Advisory Group. Long time volunteer William J. (Bill) Adams, Sr., was honored.

Brockton VNA has served southeastern Massachusetts since it was founded in 1906, and today meets the needs of patients in more than 30 communities.

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly Rebrands as 2Life Communities

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, a Bostonb-based nonprofit founded in1965 to provide affordable housing for seniors, yesterday announced it has changed its name to 2Life Communities.

“As we’ve continued to evolve, we needed a name that reflected our growing aspirations, the ways in which we are now engaging with the larger world and the opportunities we have to change the conversation around the issue of optimal aging,” said Donna Kalikow, board chairman 2Life Communities. “With our new name and brand in place we are now better positioned as a developer, manager, service provider, and champion for the aging in community model.”

The new name, 2Life Communities, is intended to capture the central Jewish tenet of “L’Chaim,” Hebrew meaning "to life," and to express enthusiasm for the second phase of life.

The new name and brand comes as the organization is about to finish modernization of its Golda Meir House campus in Newton, completes construction on the new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House on its Brighton campus by the end of 2018, and prepares for a spring groundbreaking on a project on Harvard Street in Coolidge Corner in Brookline in partnership with Congregation Kehillah Israel.

2Life Communities said aging in community is crucial to battling the public health crisis of social isolation and loneliness in older adults, which research demonstrates lead to increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and dementia. Though aging in place is the model most often associated with independence in the U.S. today, 2Life Communities noted, "in reality quite the opposite is true; it leads to the very social isolation and onset of health issues that 2Life Communities is trying to prevent every day."

Letters Foundation Names Director of Letters and Grants

The Letters Foundation, a Boston based nonprofit that provides humanitarian grants to people experiencing a crisis, recently announced Tyra Sidberry has been named director of letters and grants.

Tyra, who brings nearly 30 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropy world, will be responsible for overseeing the foundation’s grant-making portfolio. For the past two years, Tyra has been serving as a volunteer with the Letters Foundation.

“We are honored to have Tyra as a leading member of our team. She has an impressive career in philanthropy and the work she has done to make philanthropy more equitable and inclusive in Boston is unparalleled. She has been a passionate volunteer for the Letters Foundation since we opened our doors in the fall of 2016, playing an important part in helping us to grant over $4.5 million to those in need,” said Amy Kingman, executive director of the Letters Foundation.

Earlier, Sidberry was a program director for TSNE MissonWorks for 10 years and also for The Hyams Director for seven years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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