Seven Framingham Non-Profits Receive Grants Totaling $76,300 from Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation
Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation completed its twelfth year of community-based philanthropy with two rounds of grants, announced in May and November, totaling $320,300.
The following Framingham-based organizations were among the recipients, who gathered for a ceremony of thanks and recognition at the Middlesex Savings Bank operations center in Westborough on November 5:
Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest - $15,000 for scholarships for 21 at-risk youth to attend out-of-school summer programs at the Framingham Clubhouse. Club president Fran Hurley attended the ceremony and extended his thanks to the foundation.
Framingham Downtown Renaissance - $15,000 to support the Main Street program, an economic development tool to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts. Dr. Dale Hamel, executive vice president, and Holli Andrews, executive director, attended.
Making It Happen (Framingham High School) - $4,500 to help boost enrollment of students from underrepresented demographic groups in honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes. History department chairman Greg Lagan represented the high school.
Wayside Youth & Family Support - $15,000 for basic needs such as clothing, medication, toiletries and bedding for boys and girls aged 12-18 who are making the transition from another setting to the Wayside Campus in Framingham. Assistant Program Director Jacob Hanson spoke on behalf of the agency.
Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) - $15,000 for the Fitness and Wellness Program at Shillman House, Framingham; program includes exercise regimens, fall prevention strategies, health education seminars, wellness clinics, and nutrition and cooking demonstrations. CEO Amy Schectman was on hand to thank Middlesex for its support.
Metrowest Mediation Services - $4.300 for divorce-mediation training for four mediation volunteers, who will provide mediation as an early-intervention method for resolving disputes. Susan Ostberg, executive director, represented the agency at the reception.
Samaritans, Inc. - $7,500 to help computerize Suicide Helpline operations and to upgrade the teen-to-teen, online “IM Here” chat service in the Samaritans’ Framingham office. Eileen Davis, Director of the Samaritans’ New Service Initiatives, accepted the funds on behalf of the agency.
The Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation has disbursed more than $3.1 million since its founding in 2000. During 2012, non-profit organizations with locations in 13 communities of MetroWest were recipients of foundation grants that supported a variety of causes including: care for the elderly; food and shelter for lower-income individuals of all ages; health care; legal services; housing; prevention of domestic violence; and assistance for adults and children with special needs.
Other agencies that received grants in the current year were:
• Caritas Communities, Bedford Veterans’ Quarters: Case Management and Counseling Support: $7,500
• Domestic Violence Services Network, Concord; Court Program support: $15,000
• Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders (HOME); in-home counseling services to low-income elders encountering home displacement threats: $15,000
• Neighbor Brigade, Wayland; Staffing support for volunteer services in 27 communities: $11,000
• Reach Beyond Domestic Violence, Waltham; Community-based support services to adults and children who have suffered from domestic violence: $15,000
• Special Olympics of Massachusetts, Marlborough; Unified Interscholastic Program support: $15,000
• The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN); Capacity-building for advancement program: $15,000
• The Food Project, Lincoln; Hunger relief and youth development: $9,000
• The Nature Connection, Concord; Transforming the Elder’s Quality of Life project: $6,500
• A Place to Turn, Natick; Community Development Program - Food for Families in need: $5,000
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Assabet Valley, Maynard; “Beyond the Bell” After-School Program support: $15,000
• Charles River Center, Needham; Funding to support additional residential facility: $15,000
• Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ), Concord; Relief Fund support covering 13 communities: $15,000
• Families for Depression Awareness, Waltham ; Teen Depression Program support: $15,000
• Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, Westford; Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative: $15,000
• Infant Toddler Children’s Center, Acton; Tuition support for low-income, pre-
• Natick Historical Society; Documentation, relocation, and restoration planning for Sawin House, Natick’s first homestead: $10,000
• Natick Visiting Nurse Association (VNA); Support for purchase of tablet PCs by trained practitioners: $10,000
• Parmenter VNA and Community Care, Wayland; Support for children attending Camp Erin Bereavement program: $10,000
• Jericho Road Project, Concord; Expansion of board training and recruitment program for non-profit organizations to 33 MetroWest communities: $15,000.