October 23, 2018
BCNC in Capital Campaign; Old Colony YMCA Gets $125K

October 9, 2017 — The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center recently announced a $3.5 million capital campaign to enhance its capacity and "support families in their quest to build a better life," and the Old Colony YMCA announced it has been awarded a $125,000 grant to prevent substance use among youth.

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center Aims to Raise $3.5M

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), a nonprofit based in Boston and Quincy that provides education and family services to Asian immigrants and the Asian American community of Greater Boston, announced it has launched a $3.5 million capital campaign to enhance its capacity and "support families in their quest to build a better life."

BCNC said the campaign has raised 75% toward its goal during its so-called quiet phase.

BCNC cited demographic data that it shows Boston’s Chinese residents rank at the bottom in almost all indicators of wellness, earning lower incomes and having lower high school completion rates, compared to black and white Bostonians.

"While Asians are the fastest growing racial group in the state and country, many face rapid displacement in Boston’s housing market, and are pushed to working class suburbs and 'gateway' cities with few supports and services, increasing demand for BCNC’s family‐centered services in Boston, Quincy and Malden," BCNC said.

BCNC said its “Build a Better Life” campaign will help it:
  1. Meet evolving community needs through creation of the Pao Arts Center, an arts and cultural center aimed at preserving and strengthening Chinatown’s cultural vitality and community bonds; and through expansion of services at BCNC’s Quincy site and a pilot program in Malden.

  2. Enhance innovative services by strengthening its family centered approach through increasing case management capacity for vulnerable families in crisis, enhancing BCNC’s workforce Initiatives, and by investing in technology and operations to support agency growth.

  3. Build sustainability through building a reserve fund and an endowment to strengthen BCNC’s financial health and ensure continual, high quality programs and services.

Old Colony YMCA to Get $125K to Prevent Substance Use Among Youth

The Old Colony YMCA in Brockton recently announced that it and the Easton Wings of Hope Coalition were awarded a five-year, $125,000 grant through the White House Drug Policy Office to involve and engage the local community to prevent substance use among youth.

“Prevention is a powerful tool to counteract drug use in our community, and we will use this funding to help youth in Easton make healthy choices about substance use,” said Vincent Marturano, president and CEO of the Old Colony YMCA.

“Our goal is to make Easton a safe and drug-free place for our youth,” added Kristin Harrison, Founder of Wings of Hope.

The local organizations were among 719 grantees across the country to share Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grants totaling $89 million.

“We’re losing more than 60,000 people per year to drug overdose, but if we can stop young people from starting to use drugs in the first place, we can save lives,” said Richard Baum, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy. “Our local DFC coalitions are a key part of this effort because they are bringing together parents groups, schools, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, businesses, and others to prevent drug use and improve the health of the community.”

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