Cambridge Comm. Foundation Grants $358K to 44 Nonprofits
November 25, 2017 The Cambridge Community Foundation recently announced it has granted $358,000 to 44 area nonprofits that serve city residents by providing services relating to urgent needs, education, economic security, health, seniors, immigration, civic engagement, and the arts.
Geeta Pradhan, president of the Cambridge Community Foundation, said, "Cambridge is a vibrant community, a center of the innovation economy and a well-loved place to live and work, but significant challenges affect many who live here.
Grants were made to the following nonprofits:
- The Bridge Fund of Massachusetts: $5,000 to prevent eviction/foreclosure of people at risk of homelessness.
- CASPAR, Inc.: $15,000 to support the FirstStep Outreach and Emergency Services Center & Shelter, which work to keep Cambridges homeless residents safe from harm. CASPAR is the only wet shelter in the area, which allows people who are currently using drugs or alcohol to spend the night.
- Food For Free: $15,000 for food rescue and distribution, serving more than 100 community food programs, reaching 30,000 food-insecure people in the region each year, of whom 10,000 are Cambridge residents.
- Greater Boston Food Bank: $5,000 to provide meals to individuals in need in Cambridge and to strengthen the organizations network of support for local families.
- Homeowners Rehab, Inc.: $15,000 for the Home Improvement Program, promoting affordable housing for existing homeowners and their low- to moderate-income tenants.
- HomeStart: $10,000 for ongoing support of Cambridge Housing Services for community-based support services for homeless and formerly homeless Cambridge residents.
- Project Manna: $4,000 for Mass Ave Baptist Churchs outreach program to homeless and hungry people through a soup kitchen and food pantry.
- Y2Y Shelter: $7,500 to help support the nations first student-run homeless shelter for young adults ages 18-24 in Harvard Square.
- Youth on Fire: $7,500 to support this program of AIDS Action Committee, a drop-in center at 1 Church Street for homeless and street-involved youth offering a broad array of services and care.
- Agassiz Baldwin Community: $2,500 to help sustain the scholarship fund for children to attend the After-School Program and the Outback Summer Program.
- Breakthrough Greater Boston: $15,000 to continue to strengthen Cambridge programs that address summer learning loss, support the Full STEAM Ahead curriculum, and support students emotional learning.
- Cambridge Camping: $15,000 to support two camps: Cambridge Adventure Day Camp and Daybreak Day Camp.
- Cambridge Community Center: $10,000 for Out-of-School Time programming.
- Friends of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School: $1,000 to develop a better and more current website.
- Cambridge School Volunteers, Inc. : $7,500 to support CSVs college and career mentorship program.
- CitySprouts: $3,500 to support the after-school and summer program in Cambridge; develop a new curriculum unit on climate change and social justice; and track STEM learning.
- Enroot: $15,000 to support wrap-around support for low-income, new immigrant students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. This funding will support increased post-secondary planning and improved workforce readiness for 80 students and their mentors.
- Innovators for Purpose: $7,500 to support a bundle of programs hosted at MIT and the Cambridge Public Library and designed to inspire young people in grades 7 through 12 to develop their identities as designers, scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs.
- Playworks New England: $5,000 to support the Fletcher Maynard Academy TeamUp program, which teaches healthy play for all 260 students.
- Tutoring Plus of Cambridge Inc.: $15,000 to provide support for tutoring programs for elementary and middle school students in Fletcher Maynard Academy, Cambridge Street Upper School and Fresh Pond Apartments.
HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH
- Cambridge Housing Authority: $15,000 to support the Work Force program, a youth development program serving 210 teenagers in public housing that is focused on preparation for success in college and careers.
- Just-A-Start Corporation: $20,000 for education and workforce training. This includes the Biomedical Careers Program; a Financial Capability Program; a new IT careers program; YouthBuild to give high-risk youth a second chance at post-secondary education; and the Youth Program, offering high school students career readiness opportunities.
- Boston Area Rape Crisis Center: $2,500 to support basic needs for survivors of sexual assault and their families.
- Community Conversations: Sister to Sister: $7,500 to bring together key stakeholders for facilitated conversations on health, focusing on racial and gender disparities and access to appropriate health care.
- The Guidance Center of Riverside Community Care: $10,000 to strengthen staff expertise and provide professional development.
- Tunefoolery Music, Inc. : $1,000 for coaching and skill-building workshops to highlight the talents of people in mental health recovery.
IMMIGRANT AND LEGAL SERVICES
- East End House: $30,000 to strengthen family and community programming.
- MA Alliance of Portuguese Speakers: $10,000 to help seniors with basic life issues and provide case management, including health screenings and recreational activities.
- Paine Senior Services: $5,000 for case management, advocacy and counseling services to Cambridge seniors.
- Community Dispute Settlement Center: $10,000 to help low- and moderate-income residents address conflicts in their lives and to provide mediation services to resolve these conflicts.
- Community Legal Services & Counseling Center: $15,000 to support free legal assistance and psychological counseling in the areas of immigration, homelessness prevention, family law and disability.
- Many Helping Hands 365: $5,000 to support the 8th annual Cambridge-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service for service projects in Central Square, and to support the website and resource guide to encourage volunteering in the city throughout the year.
- Beyond the 4th Wall: $5,000 to use drama for youth development with middle- and high-school youth.
- Cambridge Art Association: $2,000 to help fund an exhibition program including gallery as well as non -traditional spaces, giving visual artists their first non-studio exhibits.
- Cambridge Creativity Commons: $8,000 to help deepen teaching and learning through arts integrated with science and technology projects, known as STEAM.
- Cambridge Performance Project: $2,000 to support arts programs at 10 elementary and middle school as well as adult classes, focused on dance, theater, puppetry, clowning and yoga.
- Cambridge Symphony Orchestra: $1,500 to help fund the free Pops on the Lawn Concert to introduce a diverse audience to classical music.
- Community Art Center: $12,500 for general operating expenses for school-age child care, teen media and public arts programming, and community programs in the Port.
- Community Music Center of Boston: $1,500 for music therapy services for individuals and groups, working with the Cambridge Public Schools, including the Special Start preschool program.
- Dance in the Schools: $1,500 to help bring dance teachers to all 12 Cambridge elementary schools.
- Jean Appolon Expressions: $1,500 to offer intensive and apprentice programs to teach local teenagers and build social connections using traditional Caribbean dance. The program is based at the Dance Complex.
- Liars & Believers: $1,500 to develop a one-day, hands-on puppetry workshop for children and families that is focused on immigration and cooperation.
- Longy School of Music of Bard College: $6,500 for general operating support and community outreach, including the Sistema Side by Side series as well as more than 180 public concerts and partnerships with arts organizations.
- North Cambridge Family Opera: $2,500 to support the cost of a composer to teach songwriting to local students, integrating elements from the schools science curriculum into song, and preparing them to perform at the Cambridge Science Festival.