Two Wayland Non-Profits Receive Grants Totaling $21,000 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 Wayland-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:
Neighbor Brigade - $11,000 to assist staff augmentation in order to expand Neighbor Brigade into new towns, and to respond to healthcare organizations seeking to refer patients who need a helping hand from a community-based resource. Volunteer Sue Parente represented Neighbor Brigade at the ceremony.
Parmenter VNA and Community Care - $10,000 to support participation in the Camp Erin Bereavement program, which serves children who have lost a parent, sibling, or loved one. Children’s Bereavement Specialist Jennifer Wiles accepted the contribution on behalf of Parmenter and explained the Camp Erin program.
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:
• Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Framingham Clubhouse: $15,000
• Caritas Communities, Bedford Veterans’ Quarters: Case Management and Counseling Support: $7,500
• Domestic Violence Services Network, Concord; Court Program support: $15,000
• Framingham Downtown Renaissance; Main Street Program: $15,000
• Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders (HOME); in-home counseling services to low-income elders encountering home displacement threats: $15,000
• Making It Happen, Framingham High School; Advanced Placement Program support: $4,500
• 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
• Wayside Youth and Family Support, Framingham; Campus transition support: $15,000
• 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-schoolers in Acton, Boxborough, Harvard, and Littleton: $10,000
• Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE), Framingham; Fitness and Wellness Program at Shillman House: $15,000
• Metrowest Mediation Services, Framingham; Divorce mediation training for volunteers: $4,300
• 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
• Samaritans, Inc., Framingham; Support for computerizing Suicide Crisis Helpline and upgrading teen-to-teen IM chat service: $7.500
• Jericho Road Project, Concord; Expansion of board training and recruitment program for non-profit organizations to 33 MetroWest communities: $15,000