February 19, 2019
Grants Awarded; MSPCC to Close Office; Dimock Marcom Dir.

January 22, 2018 — Nonprofits in Westfield and Cape awarded grants totaling $90K... Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children to close office...Dimock Center appoints marketing and communications director.

Westfield Athenaeum Receives $30K to Renovate Boys & Girls Library

Westfield Athenaeum, a Westfield nonprofit that provides educational, cultural, recreational, and informational resources and programs, last week announced it received a $30,000 grant to renovate the Boys & Girls Library.

The grant, from the United Bank Foundation Massachusetts, will help create a family learning center, reading nook, upgraded computer workstations, information areas and activity alcoves. The organization said the enhanced space and configuration will offer flexibility in the use of the library while ensuring visitors have a safe and secure experience to enjoy.

"Any donation in the historic Westfield Athenaeum is a sound investment in the community as it ensures residents of all ages and backgrounds can continue to benefit from this educational, leisurely, or professional resource,” said Dena M. Hall, president of the United Bank Foundation.

Cape Abilities Gets $20K for Equipment Purchase

Cape Abilities , a Hyannis-based nonprofit that serves individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod by educating, counseling, and providing residential, therapeutic, social, and employment supports, recently announced it received a $20,000 grant from the Massachusetts State Council - Knights of Columbus to provide multi-sensory equipment for its Day Habilitation program sites in Hyannis and the Lower Cape.

The funds were raised by the Knights of Columbus through its annual Tootsie Roll Campaign, which raises funds to assist persons of all ages with intellectual disabilities, and children with physical disabilities who have not reached their 20th birthday.

"We are sincerely grateful for our longstanding partnership with the Knights of Columbus, who are dedicated to supporting individuals with disabilities," noted Rosalie Edes, president and executive director at Cape Abilities. "As we expand our services to respond to identified needs, we have a strong focus on ensuring that we offer supports that reflect best practice, and the generosity of the Knights of Columbus allows us to do just that. We are honored to receive this gift."

Cape Cod Foundation Grants $40K to Local Nonprofits

The Cape Cod Foundation, last week announced it awarded $40,000 in grants to 11 local nonprofit organizations that support domesticated animals and wildlife.

Recipients of the funds, awarded through the Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals, were:
  • Animal Rescue League of Boston, $2,000 to support medical and surgical costs for procedures that animals in the Brewster shelter need prior to adoption.

  • Center for Coastal Studies, $4,000 to support saving endangered whales and sea turtles that are trapped and/or injured from being entangled in ropes and nets.

  • Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), $2,500 to support the spay/neuter program.

  • Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals, $3,000 to support the Lucky Whiskers and Wags program which provides veterinary care for shelter and privately owned pets with extreme medical cases.

  • National Marine Life Center, $3,500 to support the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program.

  • New England Society for Abandoned Animals, $5,000 to support spay/neuter costs and basic medical care.

  • Pegasus Foundation, $7,000 to support Cape Wildlife Center for treatment and care of wild animals.

  • People for Cats, $2,500 to support spay/neuter costs and veterinary care for cats whose owners need financial assistance.

  • Second Chance Animal Rescue, $2,500 to support spay/neuter costs for animals on Martha’s Vineyard.

  • The Sampson Fund for Veterinary Care, $6,000 To support rehabilitative treatment for critically ill or injured dogs and cats, particularly in life-threatening cases, when their owners cannot afford treatment.

  • Wild Care, $2,000 to support the Critical Care Clinic and Wildlife Nursery.

MSPCC to Close Cape and Islands Office

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), based in Boston, which provides a range of services that protect rights and well-being of children and families across the state, last week announced it will close its Hyannis office, its only site on the Cape and Islands, in March

"An unsustainable deficit" was offered as the reason for the closure, stemming from insufficient reimbursements from MassHealth, the Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program in Massachusetts, according to a report in The Cape Cod Times.

The closure, set for march, will strand about 19 employees, according to the report.

The MSPCC reportedly is speaking with the Justice Resource Institute and Family Continuity to take on clients and employees.

Dimock Center Appoints New Marketing and Communications Director

The Dimock Center, a nonprofit located in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood that provides low cost health and human services, today announced it has appointed Taisha Hendrickson as director of marketing and communications.

Raquel Rosenblatt, Vice president of institutional advancement, said, "Taisha’s efforts will directly support our current strategic plan, focused on increasing Dimock’s reach in the community and enhancing our integrated model of care.”

Hendrickson has more than 10 years of corporate marketing and communications leadership experience. Prior to Dimock, she served as a manager of marketing and public relations at East Boston Savings. Previously, she held marketing positions at Liberty Mutual Insurance and Arbella Insurance Group.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and communications degree from Bentley University and a master’s degree from New England College of Business and Finance

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