Essex Co. Comm. Foundation Gives $252K for Local Youth

June 19, 2018 — Essex County Community Foundation, a nonprofit based in Danvers, recently announced it awarded $252,000 in grants to 42 Massachusetts and New Hampshire nonprofits that provide high-quality summer programming for underserved youth in Lawrence, Methuen, Andover, and North Andover.

Last year, funding from the foundation's Greater Lawrence Summer Fund enabled nearly 9,000 youth to participate in summer programs.

“The Greater Lawrence Summer Fund really helps to close the opportunity gap for a lot of young people,” said Beth Francis, president and CEO of the Essex County Community Foundation. “This not only means that children are able to experience summer camp or learn something new through enrichment activities, but teens and young adults are being connected to educational and employment opportunities too.”

The following organizations received the new grants:
  • ACT Lawrence
  • Acting Out Theater
  • Bellesini Academy
  • Beyond Soccer
  • Boy Scouts of America, Spirit of Adventure Council
  • Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence
  • Brooks School
  • Challenge Unlimited
  • Children’s Center of Faith United Methodist Church
  • Communities Together, Inc.
  • Community Day Charter Public Schools
  • Elevated Thought Foundation
  • Esperanza Academy
  • Essex Art Center
  • Everyone’s A Player
  • Family Services of the Merrimack Valley
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
  • Greater Lawrence Community Boating
  • Groundwork Lawrence
  • Lawrence CommunityWorks
  • Lawrence Family Development
  • Lawrence History Center
  • Lawrence Public Library
  • Let’s Get Ready
  • Merrimack Valley Immigrant & Education Center
  • Merrimack Valley YMCA
  • Methuen Arlington Neighborhood
  • Northern Essex Community College Foundation
  • Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School
  • Phillips Academy Andover
  • Pingree School
  • Si, Se Puede
  • SquashBusters
  • St. Ann’s Home and School
  • Straight Ahead Ministry – Lawrence
  • Teach for America – Massachusetts
  • The Governor’s Academy
  • uAspire
  • UNH Tech Camp
  • Up With Music
  • Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation
  • Youth Development Organization
Elizabeth Sweeney, CEO of Family Services of the Merrimack Valley in Lawrence that teaches life skills and champions emotional wellness, which received funding for its Summer Adventure Days program, said, “Not only are these outdoor learning outings physically, mentally, and socially challenging, but they keep youth safe and engaged during the summer.”