December 18, 2018
Grant Requests; Funds Raised; Green Housing to Be Built

February 27, 2018 — United Way of Pioneer Valley now accepting grant applications... Massachusetts Marine Trades Association raises $24K...Cape Abilities to get grant from the Massachusetts Bankers Association...North Shore CDC to create 46 new units of affordable housing...Staffers at Project Bread and UTEC, Inc. honored for their work.

United Way of Pioneer Valley Now Accepting Grant Applications

United Way of Pioneer Valley, based in Springfield, recently that it is seeking applicants for funding to support programs and services for organizations that provide temporary and short-term food, shelter, and heating assistance to stabilize individuals and families facing an emergency.

The grants, to be awarded for a period of 24 months from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2020, are meant to support and sustain strong communities in Hampden County, South Hadley, and Granby, Massachusetts. The three areas of focus are:
  • Shelter: Short-term housing for people who are homeless, escaping domestic violence, and/or displaced due to a natural disaster, fire, etc.

  • Food: Support short-term food assistance for people facing economic hardship and/or isolation (homebound), with the goal of moving them to food security. This will include food pantries, meal services, and completing SNAP applications.

  • Heating Assistance: Short-term heating assistance for individuals and families whose household incomes are 201% - 350% of federal poverty levels and 60% - 80% state median income levels, and therefore not eligible for public assistance, up to $500 per household per year.
Deadline to apply: March 9. Details.

Massachusetts Marine Trades Association Raises $24K

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, a nonprofit based in Foxboro that works to advance the marine trades and the boating public, announced it recently raised $24,100 by auctioning off a boat online.

Half the funds will support the organization's Kids In Boating initiative, an effort to support nonprofit youth boating programs with a focus on getting more youth on the water in a safe and smart manner. The other half will support the youth boating initiative, with the other half to support the association's scholarship program for people entering boating industry training programs.

Funds were raised via an online boat auction that concluded at the New England Boat Show earlier this month. The winning bid was $24,200, up from last year's $22,500 for a similar vessel.

"At the end of the day from a sustainability standpoint the boating industry needs more young people to get involved in the family friendly and healthy activity of recreational boating, said Randall Lyons, the association's executive director.

Cape Abilities to Get Grant from the Massachusetts Bankers Association

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 will receive a $5,000 grant from the Massachusetts Bankers Association Charitable Foundation. Cape Cod Five nominated the organization to receive the grant.

"Cape Cod Five has been a longstanding stalwart partner of Cape Abilities and we are honored that they nominated us for this recognition and we truly appreciate the generosity of the MBA Charitable Foundation," noted Rosalie Edes, president and executive director of Cape Abilities. "Grants like this go directly to fund the services that make a difference in the lives of those we serve."

North Shore CDC to Create 46 New Units of Affordable Housing

North Shore Community Development Coalition, a Salem nonprofit that invests in real estate, community and civic engagement, and neighborhood-based programming in Salem, Gloucester, Peabody, and Beverly, recently announced it received approval from the City of Salem to build 46 new homes in Salem.

The new project, called The Lighthouses, includes two new buildings in Salem’s Point neighborhood that will be 100% affordable.

A 21-unit building will be constructed at 34 Peabody Street that is part of the growing, innovative district around the South River. It also is in the heart of North Shore CDC’s newly-launched Punto Urban Art Museum, an open air museum of street art. The second building, at the corner of Leavitt & Congress Street, will house 25 studio and two bedroom apartments and 1500 square feet of retail space.

Both buildings will be built using the Passive House standards, an internationally-recognized green building standard, and will be the first buildings of their kind to be built on the North Shore.

Nonprofit Staffers Honored for Helping Fulfill Their Organizations' Missions

Two long-time nonprofit staffers were honored today for their work that enable their organizations to serve their communities.

Khara Burns, hotline director at Project Bread, in Boston, the state’s leading anti-hunger organization, and Mao Kang, streetworker at UTEC, Inc. in Lowell, which works with youth to help them avoid violence and emerge from poverty, were recipients of this year's Light of Dawnn awards.

The award, which comes with a $5,000 honorarium, honor the memory of Dawnn Jaffier, who was killed in 2014, who had worked the West End House Boys and Girls Club, Playworks, City Year, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston.

Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh were on hand as the awards were presented today. Walsh noted, "Dawnn and her spirit will not be forgotten, and I congratulate this year's award winners who make a difference throughout our city. Thank you for making the City of Boston proud."

Also receiving a Light of Dawnn award was Shalaun Brown, Operations Manager at Codman Academy Public Charter School.

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