August 16, 2017
 
Mass. Nonprofits Get Funding, Offer Grants, Launch New Initiatives

March 4, 2017 — Family and Community Resources and Sunshine Village get funding for updates and renovations... Greater Lowell Community Foundation seeks grant applicants... Girls Inc. of Worcester launches coding initiative... National Organization for Rare Disorders begins awareness campaign.

Family and Community Resources Gets $25K from Lowe's

Family and Community Resources (FCR), a Brockton nonprofit that provides a range of services for children, adolescents, and adult victims of trauma, recently announced it was awarded $25,000 as part of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation's Community Impact Grant program.

FCR said the funds will allow it to complete much needed updates to its main office building in Brockton, and will new include carpeting, replacement windows, and new fencing around the property and parking lot.

Established in 1977, FCR has developed a model program for state for Child Witness to Violence Services and implemented state's first program placing an advocate for victims of domestic violence in housing and juvenile court. Last year, in collaboration with the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, FCR received one of six national grants to train medical personnel in the signs of and appropriate response to victims of family violence.

Sunshine Village Gets $2M Funding for Renovations

Sunshine Village, nonprofit in Chicopee that provides a range of services for adults with developmental disabilities, last week received funding from MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, to make interior and exterior renovations to its Davis and Casey buildings. Westfield Bank purchased the bond.

Renovations include redesigning the front entryway and installing new windows and mechanical, engineering, and plumbing systems in the Davis Building; and installing new insulation, painting, and flooring in the Casey Building. The organization is also using proceeds to reconfigure its parking lot; install new lighting, signage, and walkways; and buy office equipment and furnishings.

Sunshine Village Executive Director Gina Kos said, “MassDevelopment proved to be invaluable...as we planned the renovation of these buildings to accommodate agency growth."

Founded in 1967 to improve the lives of people with disabilities, including people on the autism spectrum, Sunshine Village today serves more than 425 adults through programs that include community and life engagement programs and employment services.

Greater Lowell Community Foundation Seeking Grant Applicants

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation, based in Lowell, earlier this week issue a call for applications from nonprofits that serve youth and are providing programs that focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics).

The foundation indicated a preference for, but not a requirement, that the selected organization use the grant, funded by Juniper Networks, to fund a specific project, as opposed to general operations, and that the grant be awarded to an organization with an annual budget of less than $1 million.

Deadline to apply: March 31. Details.

Girls Inc. of Worcester Launches Made with Code initiative

Girls Inc. of Worcester, a nonprofit focused on building leadership skills for girls, this week announced it is launching Made with Code initiative, sponsored by Google, which aims to inspire ages 13 to 18 to learn to code and see coding as a means to pursue careers.

Girls will meet regularly and take part in coding activities that range from very basic to advanced interactive sessions, in a hands-on, fun, and friendly environment, enabling them to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“We are so excited to participate in Google’s Made with Code initiative, and are eager to see the lasting effects it will have on the girls’ lives’” said Victoria Waterman, executive director of Girls Inc. of Worcester. “It is so important to diminish any limiting barriers and stereotypes and expose these girls to career fields they may have otherwise never thought to be possible, which is exactly what this program will help us do.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders Launches Awareness Campaign

The Massachusetts office of National Organization for Rare Disorders, based in Quincy, a nonprofit that advocates for patients and families affected by rare diseases, last week announced it will participate in a yearlong campaign aimed at building awareness "to inspire and encourage those living outside of the community to get involved in ways big or small."

A public service announcement (PSA), the first for the organization, features the voices and stories of many living with a rare disease.

Throughout the year, PSA will be updated to include more community stories, supporting NORD’s 34-year mission of providing education, advocacy, patient support and research to help all people with rare diseases. There are approximately 7,000 known rare diseases, most of which are life-altering and for which there is no treatment.

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