December 15, 2017
 
Funds Given for Food, Children, Care Workers; Proposals Sought

September 19, 2017 — Greater Boston Food Bank gets donation for distribution trucks...Boston nonprofits focused on children receive grants...Rewarding Work Resources gets technology grant...Greater Worcester Community Foundation awards grants for Brookfield residents... Greater Lowell Community Foundation issues call for grant applications.

Greater Boston Food Bank Gets $250K for Food Distribution Trucks

Citizens Bank announced that it donated $250,000 today to the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to support its food distribution truck operation in connection with Hunger Action Month.

The donation was included in $415,000 that the bank has given across the state to fight hunger. Other receiving funding were Community Servings in Boston, Family Pantry of Cape Cod in Harwich, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in Hatfield, and the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell.

According to the GBFB, more than 500,000 people in Eastern Massachusetts are food insecure and don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

According to Feeding America, one in 10 residents of Massachusetts, including one in eight children, suffers from food insecurity. The food insecurity rate ranges from 8.1% in Essex County to 14.9% in Suffolk County.

Four Boston Nonprofits Get $49K for Children-Focused Initiatives

The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation today announced it has granted $49,000 to four Boston-based nonprofits that provide a range of services to children, as follows:

Rewarding Work Resources Gets $10K Technology Grant

Rewarding Work Resources, a Brookline nonprofit that helps people with disabilities, the elderly, and their families hire personal care assistants and direct care workers, recently announced that it received a $10,000 technology grant from the attorney general's office to support an automated job board that is improving the way individuals with disabilities hire in-home caregivers.

“We optimistically projected a total of 80 to 100 job postings per month, but we are seeing almost double that amount. The quality and variety of jobs that are posted are also helping us recruit workers, who complete a free online profile before they can apply for a position on our job board. The 1,600 jobs we’ve posted so far have attracted more than 11,000 applications,” said Rewarding Work President Elenore Parker.

Founded as a nonprofit in 2004, Rewarding Work operates in conjunction with the Massachusetts PCA Workforce Council and the state Department of Developmental Services.

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Awards Brookfield Grants

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, based in Worcester, recently announced it has granted $8,595 to local nonprofits that will implement project and programs over the next year to strengthen the Brookfield community. Receiving the funds were:
  • A.P.P.L.E. Seed, Inc. to support the printing costs for the Brookfield Citizen.

  • A.P.P.L.E. Seed, Inc. to purchase trees for the George Washington Memorial Highway project.

  • Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church to purchase and install ramps and lifts for the Handicapped Accessibility Project.

  • Council on Aging, Brookfield to support a “Hats off for Seniors” concert for senior citizens

  • Merrick Public Library for the pre-school music program to conduct weekly musical story hour at Merrick Library for young children.

Greater Lowell Community Foundation Issues Call for Grant Applications

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation in Lowell recently issued a call for applications from nonprofits for proposals aimed at serving the local area.

The foundation said it will award $139,000 for projects related to opioid abuse prevention and treatment, elders, children, and water resources/environment.

The grants program aims to improve the quality of life for residents in 20 communities: Ashby, Ayer, Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Lowell, Pepperell, Shirley, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Westford, and Wilmington.

Deadline to apply: Oct. 17. Details.

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