March 24, 2019
Grants Awarded; Funds Raised; Facility Expansion to Begin

June 12, 2018 — Veterans Legal Services to receive up to $75K... New Bedford Education Foundation awards summer grants...Friendship Home’s walk raises record-setting $22K... Community Health Center of Cape Cod gets grant...Work begins on Outer Cape Health Services facility in Harwich Port.

Veterans Legal Services to Receive up to $75K

Veterans Legal Services (VLS), a Boston nonprofit that promotes self-sufficiency, stability, and financial security of homeless and low-income veterans through free and accessible legal services, recently was awarded support services and up to $75,000 to build its capacity and refine its strategic growth objectives.

Social Venture Partners Boston, a Charlestown-based philanthropic organization that provides funding to help Greater Boston nonprofits, will provide VLS with up to three years of support, including up to $75,000 in unrestricted funds and access to a pool of highly skilled business professionals to help the organization.

According to SVP, "VLS has experienced impressive growth since 2010, quadrupling both its staff size and budget.," and plans to develop a sustainable growth path to enable statewide expansion over the next several years.

The grant was made in connection with a shift by SVP to an annual renewal model rather than guaranteeing three years of funding/support up front.

New Bedford Education Foundation Awards Summer Grants

The New Bedford Education Foundation, based in New Bedford, recently announced it has granted $23,500 to 10 nonprofit organizations that plan to work with nearly 3,500 New Bedford Public School children throughout the city this summer.

“We are pleased to award this critical funding to organizations that will engage thousands of New Bedford Public Schools’ students in innovative, interactive, inter-disciplinary learning programs that provide experiential learning opportunities.” said Gig Lang, committee chair for the New Bedford Education Foundation’s Summer Grants program.

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • The ARC of Greater New Bedford: $500 for The Kids on the Block program
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater New Bedford: $2,000 for the TRIPLE Play program
  • Community Boating Center:$3,500 for its Summer Youth Sailing Program
  • Culture*Park Theater: $2,000 for its Stories to Stage program
  • Dream Out Loud: $3,750 for its Creative Careers Summer Program
  • New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!: $2,000to fund the artmobile
  • SeaLab Marine Science Education Center: $1,500 for its scholarship fund
  • YMCA Southcoast:$750 for its Sharing the Harvest Summer Education Program
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited: $3,000 for its Explore Your Environment: GEAR program
  • YWCA of Southeastern MA: $4,500 for its YWKids School Age Program

Friendship Home’s Walk Raises Record-Setting $22,000

Friendship Home, a Norwell nonprofit that provides respite programs and support services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, recently announced that it raised $22,000 through an annual walk, setting a record.

The funds will support Friendship Home's social recreational program that runs monthly theme parties, biweekly Friendship Clubs, and weekend outings.

“The Walk is always such a spirited, heartwarming day and this year was no exception. It is wonderful to see so many people walking for programs that support our loved ones,” said Michele O’Hara, who chaired the event. Currently, Friendship Home serves more than 200 families throughout and beyond the South Shore.

Community Health Center of Cape Cod Gets Grant

Community Health Center of Cape Cod, based in Mashpee, recently announced it received a $10,000 from the Cape and Islands United Way to support its Caring for Patients with Complex Care Needs Program.

The primary care-based program addresses needs of patients with complex needs and multiple co-morbidities, including patients living with diabetes, focusing on patients who may have one or more chronic continuous or episodic health conditions expected to last 12 or more months.

Community Health Center of Cape Cod, now celebrating its twentieth anniversary, provides access to health care for adults and children regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Services include primary and preventive care, dental care, behavioral health, women’s health, optometry, pharmacy and coordinated case management at locations in Mashpee, Falmouth and Bourne.

Work Begins on Outer Cape Health Services Facility in Harwich Port

Work has started on a new facility in Harwich Port for Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS), a nonprofit community health center serving the Lower and Outer Cape with locations in Harwich, Wellfleet, and Provincetown.

The 18,000-square-foot building will provide 18 new examination and consultation rooms, a dispensing pharmacy, lab drawing facilities, a community wellness space, administrative offices supporting specialized services for Women Infants and Children (WIC), along with health insurance eligibility and enrollment services for the community.

Patricia Nadle, CEO of OCHS, said, “Relocating and expanding the existing Harwich facility enables OCHS to meet growing healthcare needs by providing new and essential services to more people.”

The project start was announced by Delphi Construction, which will manage the $6 million job.

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