Charles River Center Receives $15,000 Grant 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.
Among the recipients was the Charles River Center, which was awarded a $15,000 contribution to support the building of a five-bedroom, fully accessible home in Needham for adults with moderate to severe developmental disabilities.
Center president John Grugan represented the organization at a ceremony of thanks and recognition for grantees at the Middlesex Savings Bank operations center in Westborough on November 5. He thanked the foundation for its generosity and explained the Center’s mission of enhancing the quality of life for adults and children who have developmental disabilities.
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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Parmenter VNA and Community Care, Wayland; Support for children attending Camp Erin Bereavement program: $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