February 20, 2020
 
Gr. Worcester Comm. Foundation Grants $1.5M to 131 Nonprofits

December 16, 2019 — The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, based in Worcester, today announced it granted $1,551,500 to 131 area nonprofits, including funding to support programs spanning civic life, the arts and the environment, early childhood development, economic security, healthy communities, and youth development and education.

“Community Grants reflect the Foundation’s commitment to improving the region and providing opportunities for people to benefit from Worcester’s momentum,” said Barbara Fields, president and chief executive officer of Greater Worcester Community Foundation.“As this is my first year, I am excited to see the scope of the community grants. It is essential that our community’s nonprofits receive the resources they need to continue their work."

Receiving the grants were the following organizations:
  • Abby's House: $18,000 for shelter, housing, and advocacy operations
  • Advocates: $5,000 for recovery aftercare
  • African Community Education Program: $18,000 for family outreach and education programming, and $20,000 for youth academic and social-emotional programming
  • Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts New Hampshire Chapter: $5,000 for increasing core services through volunteer-powered delivery
  • Angels Net Foundation: $5,000 for educational and social programs for immigrant and refugee youth
  • Anna Maria College: $2,500 for OpporTUNEity Music Connections
  • Appalachian Mountain Club: $2,500 for Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) Worcester Summit Site 2020
  • Apple Tree Arts: $7,000 for Head Start preschool music outreach program
  • ArtsWorcester: $8,000 for member exhibitions
  • Ascentria Community Services: $17,500 for Immigration Legal Assistance Program (ILAP)
  • Auburn Youth & Family Services: $7,500 for youth and family support programs and services
  • Audio Journal: $5,500 for Audio Journal
  • Bancroft School: $15,000 for Worcester Partnership (WP)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest: $17,500 for Worcester Area Mentoring Program
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County: $5,000 for after school mentorship program in Athol
  • Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club: $5,000 for 2020 summer program camperships
  • Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley: $5,000 for general operations
  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester: $25,000 for youth development programs
  • Building Futures: $10,000 for Camp Lakeside
  • Camp Putnam: $8,000 for overnight camp experiences
  • Center for Health Impact: $18,000 for Enhancing the Future of Children through Cultural and Linguistic Navigation (EFC)
  • Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance: $10,000 for Public Education & Advocacy (PE&A)
  • Children's Friend: $8,000 for Gender Wellness Initiative (GWI)
  • Clark University: $7,500 for Adam Achiever Program
  • Clinton Adult Learning Center: $7,500 for core programs for adult learners
  • Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester: $2,500 for strengthening and diversifying community engagement in the CHIP
  • Community Harvest Project: $12,000 for volunteer farming program
  • Community Healthlink: $12,500 for Together For Kids
  • Community Legal Aid: $17,500 for Greater Worcester Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
  • Community Servings: 9000 for nutrition program for residents affected by critical and chronic illnesses
  • Creative Hub Worcester: $2,500 for after school program
  • Crocodile River Music/African Arts in Education: $5,000 for community enrichment through African music and arts
  • Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health: $2,500 for vocational programs for youth with developmental, behavioral, emotional and learning challenges
  • Discovery Museum: $4,000 for Discovery Science: Worcester
  • Dismas House of Massachusetts: $15,000 for Prisoner Reentry Program
  • Dress for Success Worcester: $5,000 for More Than A Suit
  • EcoTarium (Worcester Natural History Society): $7,500 for 2020 Countdown to Kindergarten Program
  • Edward Street Child Services: $25,000 for Early Childhood Matters, and $58,000 for Master Teacher Consultation Program
  • Elder Services of Worcester Area: $7,500 for nutrition program
  • Family Health Center of Worcester: $20,000 for dental care for un/underinsured low-income individuals, $10,000 for Health Care for Homeless Families Program, $7,500 for Positive Directions Summer Jump Start, $15,000 for Baby Café——, and $12,000 for Centering Pregnancy
  • Fathering Fathers Inc.: $2,500 for REAL MENtors
  • Fresh Start Furniture Bank: $5,000 for Furniture Distribution Center
  • Friendly House: $20,000 for Frances Perkins Transitional Housing Program, and $5,000 for youth program
  • Friends of St Luke's: $7,500 for St. Luke's guesthouse
  • Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library: $5,000 for English Conversation Circle, and $2,500 for Memory Cafe
  • Genesis Club House: $20,000 for supported education with young adult focus
  • Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts: $5,000 for It's A Girl's World
  • Girls Incorporated of Worcester: $5,000 for Eureka! Program, and $17,500 for general operations
  • Greater Worcester Land Trust: $7,000 for community based environmental conservation
  • Growing Places Garden Project: $8,500 for equitable healthy food access in north central MA
  • Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester: $7,500 for general program support
  • Hope Coalition: $10,000 for peer leadership program, and $15,000 for Worcester ACTs (Addresses Childhood Trauma)
  • Horizons for Homeless Children: $2,500 for Worcester Playspace Program
  • House of Peace & Education: $5,000 for HOPE for Kids
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester: $10,000 for program support
  • Jeremiah's Inn: $8,000 for Nutrition Center
  • Joy of Music Program: $10,000 for financial aid
  • Kennedy-Donovan Center: $10,000 for Fostering Early Connections - Building Parent Confidence and Competency
  • Latino Education Institute: $15,000 for ENLACE (Encouraging Latinos to Achieve Excellence) Program
  • Latino Education Institute: $25,000 for Early Connections Program
  • Let's Get Ready: $5,000 for Worcester college access programs
  • Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester: $20,000 for English language literacy for economic security: job seekers and other adult immigrants and refugees, and $5,000 for English language literacy for immigrants and refugee parents helping schoolchildren
  • Literacy Volunteers of South Central Massachusetts: $8,500 for ESOL tutoring programs
  • Living In Freedom Together (LIFT): $10,000 for drop-in center
  • Main South Community Development Corporation: $10,000 for Grand Street Commons: affordable housing development
  • Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange: $5,000 for finding adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care in Worcester County
  • Massachusetts Audubon Society Inc.: $15,000 for nature education and recreation programs for Worcester youth
  • Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities (MassEdCO): $10,000 for Collegiate Success Institute (CSI), and $12,500 for On Our Way
  • Matthew 25: $5,000 for Pleasant Street affordable housing project
  • Montachusett Opportunity Council: $8,000 for homework help center
  • Music Worcester: $8,000 for Perspectives: Exploring & Expanding Programmatic Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
  • Nativity School of Worcester: $7,500 for graduate support program
  • NEADS Inc.: $7,500 for service / assistance dog training
  • Net of Compassion: $7,500 for Main Street Saturday program
  • New Hope: $10,000 for MJ Ledenham Center visitation services
  • NewVue Communities: $10,000 for community stewards program
  • North Brookfield Youth Center: $10,000 for after-school and summer programs
  • North Star Family Services: $10,000 for Family Pathways Project
  • Notre Dame Health Care: $5,000 for Educational Bridge Center
  • Open Sky Community Services: $18,000 for Safe Homes, and $12,500 for South County Homeless Assistance Program (SCHAP)
  • Our Father's House: $15,000 for ensuring health and wellness in homeless children
  • Pathways for Change: $12,000 for sexual assault prevention and survivor services
  • Pernet Family Health Service: $15,000 for Mental Health Collaborative
  • Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts: $5,000 for sex education and outreach to Worcester's Latinx community and others
  • Preservation Worcester: 9500 for operating support
  • Project New Hope: $2,500 for Rebuilding with Honor ”“ Easing the Transition to Civilian Life for Veterans and Their Families
  • Quinsigamond Community College Foundation: $10,000 for Women in Technology STEM program
  • Rachel's Table: $12,000 for support for food programs
  • Rainbow Child Development Center: $23,000 for early education programs
  • Reach Out and Read: $10,000 for Worcester Rx for Success
  • Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC): $10,000 for comprehensive case management
  • Regional Environmental Council: $18,000 for general operations
  • Render Creative/Main IDEA: $7,500 for operating support
  • Rise Above Foundation: $5,000 for activities for foster youth
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC): $10,000 for Greater Worcester Housing Connection: Triage Center Winter Emergency Resources
  • Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts: $25,000 for building healthy Asian and Arabic speaking communities
  • Spanish American Center: $6,000 for Nos Ayudamos Mutuamente (Helping Ourselves)
  • Straight Ahead Ministries: $12,500 for Worcester youth re-entry program
  • Tasks for Transit: $2,500 for WRTA single-day bus pass program
  • Tenacity: 6000 for summer tennis and reading program
  • The CASA Project: $25,000 for early childhood support services
  • The Shine Initiative: $7,500 for Mindmatters Teams
  • Together for Kids Coalition: $22,000 for early childhood strategic plan implementation
  • Tri-Valley: $10,000 for nutrition program
  • United Way of Central Massachusetts: $60,000 for Summer Literacy Initiative - Funders Collaborative, and $18,000 for YouthConnect Worcester 2020
  • United Way of Tri-County: $2,500 for Wheat Community Connections
  • Visitation House: $2,500 for Bridging Back to Economic Resiliency
  • VSA Massachusetts: $5,000 for Open Door Gallery at the Worcester Art Museum
  • WCUW Inc.: $10,000 for The Voices of Worcester Sharing Passion, Heritage and Love of Community
  • Whitin Community Center: $8,000 for youth outreach program
  • Worcester Academy: $2,500 for Summer Scholars
  • Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team: $5,000 for Moratorium Now
  • Worcester Area Mission Society (WAMS): $2,500 for Summer CUBS (Comprehension and Understanding Bring Success)
  • Worcester Center for Performing Arts (Hanover Theatre): $5,000 for Adopt-A-School WPS Partnership
  • Worcester Chamber Music Society: $8,000 for Neighborhood Strings
  • Worcester Common Ground: $10,000 for community building and affordable housing
  • Worcester Community Action Council Inc.: $10,000 for Worcester Youth Leadership Institute
  • Worcester Community Housing Resources: $10,000 for community housing and economic stability
  • Worcester Community Skateshop: $2,500 for youth skate program Spring/Summer 2020
  • Worcester Cultural Coalition: $10,000 for implementing the Evolution of Worcester: the Creative City
  • Worcester Earn a Bike Inc.: $2,500 for youth program support
  • Worcester Education Collaborative: $12,500 for operating support
  • Worcester Interfaith: $10,000 for A Worcester That Works for Everyone
  • Worcester Jewish Community Center: $10,000 for access to quality programming for all
  • Worcester Public Library Foundation: $5,000 for 2020 summer reading program, and $5,000 for 2019 summer reading program
  • Worcester Regional Research Bureau: $8,500 for operating support
  • Worcester Youth Center: $15,000 for support for core programs
  • Worcester Youth Orchestras: $5,000 for financial aid and scholarship program
  • YMCA of Central Massachusetts: $8,000 for minority achievers program, and $11,000 for Summer Play
  • Youth Opportunities Upheld (YOU): $10,000 for Dynamy Youth Academy
  • YWCA of Central Massachusetts: $20,000 for Domestic Violence Services, $10,000 for Girls CHOICE (Choosing Hope, Opportunity and Independence through Careers and Education), and $5,000 for racial equity program

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