February 24, 2018
 
President Retires; Toy Library; $80K Donation; 39 Acres Acquired

January 15, 2018 — President of Crossroads to step down after 11 years...Cape Cod Toy Library launched, seeks facility...Atlantis Charter School gets $80K donation... Trustees acquires 39 acres in Southborough.

President of Crossroads to Step Down after 11 Years

Crossroads, a Duxbury-based nonprofit that provides summer camp and year-round mentoring programs for at-risk youth, recently announced that Deb Samuels, its president for the last 11 years, will step down from the post next month.

A Crossroads spokesperson said the organization expected to name a successor by the end of this month.

Under Samuels' leadership, the annual operating budget of Crossroads grew from $2 million to $4.5 million. Today it serves 1,100 youth with a staff of 30 full-time and 200 seasonal employees.

During her tenure, Samuels oversaw the introduction of a 10-year youth development program model, a tripling in annual fundraising, including securing two multi-year capacity building grants, the launch of an $8 million capital campaign, the launch of new brand identity, and the establishment of 60 high-quality community partnerships with schools, colleges and universities, corporations, government agencies and complementary non-profits.

Cape Cod Toy Library Launched, Seeks Facility

The Cape Cod Toy Library (CCTL) last week announced that it has organized as a nonprofit that aims to provide enriching, accessible, culturally sensitive, educational environments and resources that promote learning through play experiences to foster healthy child development.

Deb Willsea, founder and president, said CCTL has launched a campaign to raised $100,000 to secure a build on Route 28 in Harwichport that will provide a large play space, a play therapy room, meeting spaces, a workshop for toy repairs.

"Our goal is to create a Cape Cod Toy Library as a central hub for operations and programs, a mobile toy library and satellite toy libraries, to provide year-round, public access to high-quality educational resources and engaging play-based, exploratory, creative learning opportunities for Cape children and families, childcare providers, early intervention practitioners, educators and community organizations," she said.

She noted that while several hundred toy libraries exists worldwide, each is tailored to serve a local constituency.

Willsea was co-founder of a toy library in Rochester, N.Y., now the Toy Library at Lincoln Branch Library, part of the Rochester public library system.

Atlantis Charter School Gets $80K Donation

BayCoast Bank last week announced it has donated $80,000 donation to Atlantis Charter School, a Fall River nonprofit that was one of the first charter schools in Massachusetts, to support its recently launched $2.5 million capital campaign to help fund construction of a new, $35 million, state-of-the-art campus.

“We are extremely grateful to BayCoast Bank for their generosity. Funds raised through this capital campaign will help us provide students with an optimized learning environment, and allow us to invest more money directly in academic programs, such as our innovative Career Academy program,” said Robert Beatty, Executive Director at Atlantis Charter School.

Construction of Atlantis’ new waterfront campus is due to be completed in the spring of 2018. The 98,000-square-foot facility will feature three wings of open-concept classrooms, cafeterias, common spaces and a gymnasium. The waterfront will provide access to recreational activities, such as rowing and sailing. In addition, there will be an athletic stadium to support multiple varsity, club, elementary and middle-school sports across the community.

Trustees Acquires 39 Acres in Southborough

The Trustees, the largest conservation and preservation nonprofit in Massachusetts, headquartered in Boston, last week announced it has acquired 39 acres of agricultural land adjacent to its Chestnut Hill Farm property in Southborough.

The land includes the remaining one-third of the original property owned by the Beals family who gifted 131 acres at the heart of the farm to The Trustees in 2010. Before that, the family already protected, with widespread support from the Southborough community, portions of the property through donations of land and conservation restrictions.

Over the last two years, the Trustees has returned agricultural activities to Chestnut Hill Farm, making it once-again a working, community farm featuring a 200-member Community Supported Agriculture program, year-round events, and a new livestock program

Since 2015, The Trustees said it has raised more than $1 million in donations from several foundations and individual donors to fund improvements at the farm, including the recent purchase of the additional acreage at a significantly reduced cost.

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