November 17, 2017
 
Two Foundations Grant $137K to 11 Nashoba Valley Nonprofits

May 18, 2017 — The Greater Lowell Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts recently announced that they have awarded $137,247 to 11 nonprofits to help improve the health of residents in the Nashoba Valley.

Receiving the grants from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation , based in Lowell, and the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, based in Fitchburg, also were the following:
  • Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg: $7,500 for its Triple Play: Healthy Minds, Bodies, and Souls program, which provides daily activities to get youth physically active, challenge their minds and develop social-emotional skills.

  • Community Healthlink: $10,000 to enhance school-based mental health supports in Ayer, Dunstable, Groton, Lunenberg, and Shirley.

  • Cooperative Elder Services, Inc.: $7,800 to update its furnishings so at-risk participants are able to fully participate in every therapeutic activity.

  • LUK, Inc.: $16,000 for its Raising Resilient Kids program, which will provide trauma-informed parenting workshops to caregivers of children who have experienced one or more traumatic event(s).

  • MAB Community Services: $5,500 for its Nashoba Valley Visually Impaired Elders Program to help improve the health of older adults who are blind or visually impaired, through access to specialized in-home low vision exams by certified occupational therapists.

  • Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc.: $15,000 for the Family Pathways Project, which offers critical stress-reducing therapies to homeless families.

  • Our Father's House: $16,000 for the Ensuring Health Wellness in Homeless Children program to enable a nurse practitioner to visit the shelter monthly to provide physicals, immunizations, dental health, and mental health referrals.

  • Seven Hills Family Services: $19,447 to purchase equipment to create a multisensory environment for therapy to those with autism, developmental disabilities, dementia or brain injury.

  • The SHINE Initiative: $15,000 to acquaint high school students with a genuine understanding of mental illness.

  • Townsend Congregational Church: $15,000 to offer a multi-disciplinary approach for at-risk youth pre-disposed to experimenting with drugs, as well as create awareness of drug issues.

  • Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Health: $10,000 to formalize its staff and associated therapists' preparedness to address clients’ health vulnerabilities, and to ensure that policies and procedures are developed and implemented to ensure best practice in their management and care.
The Nashoba Valley refers to the area in northwestern Middlesex County and northeastern Worcester County, near the interchange of Interstate 495 and Massachusetts Route 2.

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