March 29, 2017
 
Social Capital Inc., Parenting Journey, HopeHealth Get Grants

August 1, 2014 — Social Capital Inc., a Woburn nonprofit that seeks to strengthen communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives, Parenting Journey, a Somerville nonprofit that helps parents build stronger families, and Hyannis-based HopeHealth, which provides hospice, palliative care, and other services in eastern Massachusetts, recently received grants of at least $25,000.

Social Capital Inc. (SCI) announced that it has received a grant of $25,000, from the Cabot Family Charitable Trust, that it will use to adapt its community web portal to support the Healthy Chelsea Coalition in its effort to reduce obesity and prevent obesity-related diseases.

Based in the Community Health Improvement Team of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Chelsea HealthCare Center, Healthy Chelsea was formed to address the need to promote community wellness, with a focus on improving the environmental and social conditions of Chelsea neighborhoods to make healthy eating and physical activity a daily reality for Chelsea residents.

SCI currently serves 14 eastern Massachusetts communities. Since SCI’s founding in 2002, it has implemented online engagement tools and strategies in the context of broader community building efforts. SCI and Healthy Chelsea have developed a partnership based on their shared commitment to leveraging social networks to promote good health outcomes, building upon the evidence that social networks have a profound influence on individual health.

To date, SCI has implemented local web portals in six other communities, connecting residents to community events and services.

Parenting Journey Gets $35K as a Champion of Action

Parenting Journey, which helps parents build stronger families, has been named a Champion in Action by Citizens Bank and NECN, and will receive $35,000 in unrestricted funding, media coverage, and extensive promotional and volunteer support.

Parenting Journey currently serves nearly 400 families annually at its Somerville facility. The grant will enable the organization to increase the number of local families who can participate in its programs and help fund the launch of additional innovative programs.

"Parenting Journey is proud to be named a Champion in Action by Citizens and NECN in recognition of the contribution we make to strengthening our community," said Maury Peterson, executive director of Parenting Journey. "The award will enable us to reach even more families in our area and launch new programs, and, through its promotional support, will help raise awareness about our organization and our work."

Jerry Sargent, president of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, Massachusetts, said, “Parenting Journey is a fantastic program to strengthen families in Massachusetts. Citizens is proud to present them with this award to support their work to help parents develop skills that benefit the entire family.”

Champions in Action is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program designed to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities. It provides support for small nonprofit organizations to recognize their contributions to communities throughout Massachusetts.

As a Champion in Action, Parenting Journey will receive:
  • A $35,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from Citizens Bank
  • Media coverage from NECN, including public service announcements and television profiles over the course of six months
  • Volunteer support from Citizens’ and NECN’s employees
  • The opportunity for the organization’s executive director to participate in a “President-to-President” mentorship with Citizens Bank’s Sargent
  • Extensive public relations support
  • Promotional support highlighting the Champion in Action on all Citizens Bank branch digital content network screens and on its ATMs
  • Exposure on Citizens Bank and NECN websites.

HopeHealth Gets $40K to Expand Care for Memory Impaired

HopeHealth announced that it received a $40,000 grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation to expand its CARES program, which provides opportunities for people with memory impairment and their care partners to participate in two separate support groups.

“We are grateful to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation for its support of our CARES program and help in expanding this program,” said David Rehm, president & CEO of HopeHealth. “These educational support groups for caregivers provide ongoing opportunities to discuss issues related to coping with the disease and provide a supportive setting in which to share stories and experiences. And those with dementia benefit from the chance to share as well, often developing meaningful friendships.”

Currently, CARES groups are held monthly in 13 locations in eastern Massachusetts, including Bourne, Carver, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Harwich, Mashpee, and Wellfleet. The new funding will enable the organization to add three meetings per month within HopeHealth’s service area.

HopeHealth, formerly known as Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod, for more than 30 years has been providing services for people experiencing serious illness and loss. In January 2012, Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands affiliated with the non-profit to enhance and expand its programs and community services.

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