January 24, 2019
 
Corporate Donations; Grants; Postal Hikes; Guilty Plea

November 20, 2018 — Corporate donations made to Father Bill’s & MainSpring and Essex County Community Foundation...Cape Cod Young Professionals give to local nonprofits...Postage rates due to rise...Ex-nonprofit director pleads guilty to larceny.

Father Bill’s & MainSpring Gets $25K from Ameriprise Financial

Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), a Brockton-based provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in southern Massachusetts, recently announced it has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Ameriprise Financial.

The funding will benefit FBMS’ WorkExpress program, a social enterprise in Quincy and Brockton that helps individuals experiencing homelessness gain confidence and attain more self-sufficiency through employment experience.

“Many of the men and women who enter our emergency shelters are motivated to get back to work in order to move into housing of their own,” said John Yazwinski, president and CEO of FBMS. “However, it can be very difficult for our guests to re-enter the workforce due to employment barriers such as high transportation costs and a lack of job training. Thanks to generous funders like Ameriprise, our WorkExpress program provides guests with an opportunity for paid employment, supportive case management, and a pathway toward permanent housing.”

Essex County Community Foundation Gets $15K for Disaster Relief Fund

The Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) last week received a $15,000 donation from Jaffarian Volvo Toyota to support the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund, which was created to help those impacted by explosions on Sept. 13 caused by a gas leak that damaged homes and structures in Lawrence, North Andover, and Andover.

"When tragedy strikes our friends and neighbors, it's incredible to see how the business community rallies around them," said Crystal Bates, ECCF's director of development and communications. "ECCF is so grateful for support from Jaffarian, which will have a big impact now and in the coming weeks and months as the individuals and families affected by the fires work to rebuild their lives."

As of Nov. 9, nearly 9,000 stipend gifts have been distributed via area nonprofits to households and businesses still without gas in the first phase of funding from the relief fund. More than 12,000 applications for assistance from the fund have been received.

Cape Cod Young Professionals $10K to Local Nonprofits

Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP), a West Yarmouth-based nonprofit that works to create a supportive community for young people living and working on Cape Cod, recently awarded $10,000 in grants to six local nonprofits serving the Cape Cod community through its Giving Circle Grant Program.

"The Giving Circle Grant Program helps CCYP expand its community impact by funding creative projects and programs that address key needs for young professionals age 45-and-under on Cape Cod, like year-round housing, child care, and career development,” said CCYP Chief Executive Officer Lauren Barker. “We are pleased to support these programs, which each meet a critical need for young workers in our community."

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Cape Cod Child Development, $1,000
  • Cape Cod Children’s Place, $2,000
  • Community Development Partnership, $2,000
  • Housing Assistance Corporation, $2,000
  • Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, $1,000
  • YMCA Cape Cod, $2,000

Postage Rates Due to Rise on Jan. 27

Massachusetts nonprofits that are putting the final touches on their 2019 budgets may want to adjust their spending projections to take into account new postal rates due to take effect Jan. 27.

Last week the Postal Regulatory Commission approved rate hikes for the U.S. Postal Service, as follows:
  • Forever stamps will increase from 50 cents to 55 cents.
  • Metered letters will increase from 47 cents to 50 cents.
  • Each additional ounce will decrease from 21 cents to 15 cents.
  • Retail small flat rate box will increase from $7.20 to $7.90.
Rates will also increase for other flat rate box and envelope products.

Ex-Nonprofit Director Pleads Guilty to Larceny

The former director of family support at LifeLinks, a Chelmsford nonprofit that provides services to families of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, last week pleaded guilty Middlesex Superior Court to a single charge of larceny in connection with embezzling $135,552 from the organization, according to a report in The Lowell Sun.

Judge Bruce Henry sentenced Amy Young to two years of probation and ordered she not be employed in a fiduciary or financial capacity during the term of the probation, the paper reported.

Young initially pleaded not guilty to the charge at her Oct. 2 arraignment.

The embezzlement scheme was discovered in about July 16, 2016 when LifeLink's finance department sought back-up documentation with respect to items Young had submitted for approval and had been paid, according to the attorney general's office said. One of those items, reportedly was reimbursement for a purported "Family Support Parents Night Out" party. Case managers at the nonprofit told their superiors that the event had not been held.

Young was suspended from her job on Aug. 31, 2016, and fired the next day, according to papers filed by the AG.

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