September 24, 2018
 
ED for EforAll, Grants, Leaders Honored, Rebranding, Closing

September 2, 2018 — EforAll Expands to Cape Cod, names executive director...Berkshire Bank gives $25K to four nonprofits... Leaders recognized for advancing women's rights... Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters rebrands...The Somerville Home to close after 120 years.

EforAll Expands to Cape Cod, Names Christin Marshall as Executive Director

Entrepreneurship for All, a nonprofit that started in Lowell which supports entrepreneurship through mentorship and other activities, recently announced that it has expanded to Cape Cod and named Christin Marshall as executive director of EforAll Cape Cod.

Marshall is a 2017 graduate of EforAll’s South Coast Accelerator Program where she founded Camp Timeout, a summer camp experience for grownups. Earlier, she worked as a program coordinator for Barnstable County AmeriCorps. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international business from Maryville College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

"EforAll, on a basic level, helps people with a business idea to launch those businesses. It does that in two primary ways," Marshall told NPR for the Cape and Islands. "We have pitched contests that are kind of like Shark Tank. So, if you apply, and you get accepted, you have two and a half minutes to pitch to a panel of judges and win some seed money for your business."

EforAll was founded in 2010 as the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, and rebranded in 2014 as an independent nonprofit organization. In addition to Lowell and Cape Cod, EforAll has sites in Fall River, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lynn, and New Bedford.

Berkshire Bank Gives $25K to Massachusetts Nonprofits

Berkshire Bank Foundation recently announced it granted $10,000 to YMCA Training, a program of the YMCA of Greater Boston, an intensive, 20-week program that aims to prepare participants with technical and job readiness skills. Specifically, the grant will support a Financial Services Training program.

The foundation also provide grants of $5,000 each to:
  • Community Harvest Project in North Grafton, a farm that engages volunteers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables to provide to those experiencing hunger. The grant will support it volunteer farming program.

  • Irish International Immigrant Center in Boston, which assists newcomers to successfully transition to new lives in Greater Boston and the United States. The grant will support redesign of the organization's website.

  • Revitalize Community Development Corporation in Springfield, which critical repairs, modifications and rehabilitation on the homes and non-profit facilities of low-income families with children, the elderly, military veterans and people with disabilities. The grant will support information technology infrastructure.

Two Nonprofit Leaders Recognized for Advancing Women's Rights

Two Boston nonprofit leaders are being recognized by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus as "outstanding women leaders who have demonstrated a firm commitment to advancing the political, economic and social rights for women."

Clementina Chéry, co-founder, president, and chief executive officer of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a nonprofit based in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, which provides support to survivors of homicide, will receive this year’s Jane M. Swift Commitment to Public Service Award "for her dedication to ensuring that all families of homicide victims are treated with dignity and compassion, regardless of the circumstances." After her 15-year-old son was murdered in the crossfire of a shootout in 1994, Chéry and her family founded the Peace Institute as a center of healing, teaching, and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, grief, trauma, and loss.

Also to be honored is Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, chief executive officer of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), a nonprofit affordable housing community in the South End neighborhood of Boston. Under her leadership, IBA became the largest Latino-led nonprofit organization in Greater Boston. In addition, Calderón-Rosado was co-founder of the Greater Boston Latino Network and a founding member of the Margarita Muñiz Academy, the first dual-language innovation high school in Massachusetts.

Both women will be recognized, along with four others, at the Annual Tribute to Abigail Adams to be held Oct. 10 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston

Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters Rebrands

The Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters, a Cambridge-based nonprofit that supports Massachusetts state parks, recently changed its name to the Massachusetts Conservation Voters (MCV).

The organization said it "will still work to make Beacon Hill environmentally aware and responsive, but with our new name will come a new focus on our state parks and forests." For now it will focus its effort "on the diminishing support for the vital work" of state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

Executive Director Doug Pizzi, quoted this week in The Springfield Republican said, the state’s environment budget “suffered devastating reductions” during the great recession, and properties run by the DCR still suffer from deferred maintenance.

“In a state that has one of the oldest and largest state park systems, MCV is one of the few organizations whose sole focus is on giving residents and visitors the world class public parks they deserve,” he said.

The Somerville Home to Close after 120 Years

The Somerville Home, a nonprofit which has been providing residential services to the elderly and disabled individuals of the community since it was founded 120 years ago, will discontinue operations and close its building by the end of 2018.

“The state’s rate of reimbursement, which is far below the cost of delivering care, has led the Board of Directors to conclude that the rest home model is no longer financially sustainable for this organization,” Edwin Smith, the organization's board chair was quoted in The Somerville Times.

“After such a long history serving the community, we are deeply saddened to have reached this juncture. We are in the process of finding new homes for our residents and, working in close collaboration with families and the community, we are committed to ensuring a smooth transition for all.”

The organization's 26 employees will reportedly receive assistance transitioning to new jobs.

The board is looking into repurposing the building, constructed in 1927 as a state-of-the-art retirement/rest home, that will benefit Somerville.

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