United Way of North Central Massachusetts awarded 38 health and human services grants targeting 22 communities throughout the region.
“In awarding this critical grants, United Way of North Central Massachusetts fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person, right here in North Central Massachusetts,” said Phil Grzewinski, president of United Way of North Central Massachusetts.
The grants are made possible through United Way’s annual campaign, which raises fund through corporate donations and employee payroll giving.
Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster received at $8,591 grant for its Power Hour After School and Summer Brain Gain programs, which are designed to engage youth in learning, encourage academic success and become life long learners.
A $4,211 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg’s Project Learn program will develop positive and effective study habits while addressing and decreasing behavioral problems during school hours through leaning successful methods of information retention through a reward system.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester received a $16,002 grant for food and emergency assistance, which provides food, clothing and shelter to individuals and families in need in North Central Massachusetts.
A $16,845 grant to Children’s Aid & Family Service, Inc., Fitchburg, for their Strengthening Families Initiative will be used to support at-risk families throughout the region through collaboration with Strengthening Families Alliance, which includes 15 partner organizations.
Fitchburg’s Community Health Connections, Inc. $28,636 grant will be used to provide substance abuse counseling, personal addiction identification, while working through the stages of addition and rehabilitation in order to prevent the outcome of relapse.
A $19,371 grant to Fitchburg Public Schools 21st Century Scholars Afterschool Learning Center will help students meet state and local standards in reading and math.
Fitchburg Public Schools Afterschool Learning Center also received a $8,422 grant for Fitchburg High School Plato Credit Recovery Program, which will address the need of students who had been or are on the verge of dropping out of high school.
A $4,462 grant to Gardner Community Action Committee, Inc. will be used for its Fellowship Table, which helps feed families in need. The organization received another grant for $9,012 for its food distribution and emergency assistance program. It also secured $6,317 grant to provide medical transportation services.
GVNA HealthCare, Inc. in Gardner received $10,949 for its food pantry.
Two grants were awarded to House of Peace and Education, Inc. in Gardner. Hope for Kids received $14,149 , which will be used for low-income children in K-12 in Gardner and neighboring communities to bridge the gap between home and school. It also received a $12,633 grant for Project Contact Summer Camp, which provides a positive summer camp experience for those who would not otherwise have one.
L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc. of Fitchburg received a $13,897 grant for its Passages/Transition to Independent Living program that assists older adolescents and young adults to take charge of their lives and reach their fullest potential.
A $14,234 grant to Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area, Fitchburg will be used to promotes and foster literacy, teach adults to read, write and speak English.
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc. of Ayer will use its $8,422 for its food pantry program.
Montachusett Home Care Corporation of Leominster received $10,401 for its Volunteer Companion / Escort program, which helps elders and disabled adults to enable them to continue living independently.
Leominster-based Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network received $17,687 grant to help families transition back to permanent housing through case management and benefit assistance.
Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc. in Fitchburg received three grants, $7,748 for its Care Services/Food Resources program, which is a multi-service program that provides resources to individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the area. Its Leona Fleming Food Pantry received a $11,286 grant and their MOC Homework Center program, $8,422.
A $105,728 grant to Mount Wachusett Community College will be used for United Way Youth Venture, which empowers young people by providing them all the tools necessary to create civic-minded organizations, clubs or businesses.
Our Father’s House, Inc., Fitchburg received a $17,687 grant for homeless outreach work in North Central Massachusetts.
A $21,056 grant toPathways to Change, Inc., Worcester, for its SAYE program will be used to develop the peer leadership potential of young males in addressing the male culture of violence, and particularly sexual violence towards women and children.
Leominster-based Spanish American Center, Inc. received a $15,008 grant for its food pantry.
The Arc of Opportunity in North Central Massachusetts was awarded a $9,601 grant for its Family Support & Advocacy program, which provides individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and their families, with support groups, information referral for community resources, arts and recreation activities, and sibling support workshops.
Three grants were awarded to The Salvation Army, Fitchburg. A $23,582 grant to Bridging the Gap program, which addresses multiple determinants of emerging anti-social behavior in first time juvenile offenders and other at/high risk youth. A $20,213 grant for Comprehensive Emergency Assistance program will be used to help with food assistance, rental/mortgage, utility assistance, emergency disaster services, camp experiences, seasonal assistance, referrals, clothing and furniture. Their Summer Fun program received $12,044, which provides breakfast and lunch for income eligible kids 0-18, as well as educational, craft and recreational programs with a mentoring component for children 13 and up—during the summer months.
United Neighbors of Fitchburg, Inc. received a $17,687 grant to address the prevention of youth violence, drug abuse and teen pregnancy. Geared to engage low-income children and youth with a collaboration of existing, successful programs.
The YMCA of Central Massachusetts Montachusett Community Branch, Fitchburg, received three grants. A $12,465 grant to Camp Lowe scholarship program will allow for 75 children to attend Camp Lowe for one week during the summer months. The Teen Center received a $16,845 grant, which provides services to help develop their social and leadership skills through structured activities, homework help, classes, volunteerism, and involvement in the community. The Youth Program received a $13,476 grant, which provides services to youth of recreational activities that enhance academic, social development in a safe, supportive and supervised environment.
The YWCA of Central Massachusetts, Worcester received a $4,830 grant for its Aralia Emergency Shelter, which provides North Central Massachusetts woman a confidential emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse and their children who are in imminent danger of physical harm. It also received a $25,772 grant for its Community Outreach & Prevention program, which serves the needs of victims and survivors of domestic violence and their children through a 24 hour hotline, 90 day emergency shelter, crisis intervention, high risk assessment, individual counseling, support groups, advocates in six District Courts.
The United Way of North Central Massachusetts, www.uwncm.org, is working to advance the common good by creating opportunities for all. Its focus is on education, health and financial stability initiatives in: Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Devens, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Shirley, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster and Winchendon.
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