July 22, 2018
Five Worcester Nonprofits Get $342K to Assist Young People

August 13, 2017 — The Greater Worcester Community Foundation this week announced it has awarded $342,000 to five Worcester nonprofits that provide a broad range of behavioral and mental health services.

The funds, provided through the Fairlawn Foundation Fund, were awarded to organizations that "are striving to have meaningful, measureable impact on the mental health of young people."

Receiving the funds were the following:
  • CASA Project: $100,000 to pilot an innovative, collaborative approach to ensure that children in the foster care system who require mental health services get access to them in a timely manner with fewer barriers.

  • Children’s Friend: $50,000 to increase the ability of schools and area organizations to address the needs of LGBTQI youth and their families, this pilot will include close collaboration with a school district and the development of supportive education and training materials.

  • Community Healthlink: $50,000 to expand a program that integrates wellness interventions into children’s behavioral health services for children with serious emotional disorders, improving their overall health and quality of life.

  • Genesis Club: $57,000 to work with area high schools to insure that teens who would benefit from the Club’s mental health support services are informed about and tracked into the program.

  • HOPE Coalition: $85,000 for the Worcester ACTs (Addressing Childhood Trauma) partnership that seeks to provide mental health supports to young children who are exposed to violence, and their families, addressing short-term issues with the hope of preventing long-term challenges.
Since it was established in 1975, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to cultural educational, human service, and civic organizations, and currently stewards a charitable endowment exceeding $140 million through more than 600 named funds, all created by local citizens.

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