June 18, 2019
'Unprecedented' Gift; Grants for Youth; New Dir. of Development

December 25, 2018 — Ellie Fund gets 'unprecedented' donation of $325K...Greater Worcester Community Foundation Youth Committee awards grants...YOU, Inc. names director of development.

Ellie Fund Gets $325K from ARS Restoration Specialists

The Ellie Fund, a Needham nonprofit that provides support services for breast cancer patients to support recovery and healing, recently announced it received "an unprecedented donation" of $325,000 from ARS Restoration Specialists.

“We are in absolute awe of the continued generosity the ARS team has demonstrated over the past five years," said Ellie Fund Executive Director Meredith Bryan. "Their contributions, totaling more than one million dollars, have been instrumental in our ability to provide critical services to more than 800 breast cancer patients each year and will enable us to continue providing assistance to 1,000 patients in 2019."

The Ellie Fund said the contribution will "help jump start a year of continued growth for the local nonprofit."

In 2018, the Ellie Fund launched its Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Program, which extended services offered by its Healing Together Patient and Family Care Program to meet the needs of patients with a metastatic diagnosis.

“We continue to be impressed by the generosity of so many clients and friends for ARS’s charitable giving initiatives,” said Steve Sorkin, chief sales officer at ARS. “ARS is proud to continue to support the Ellie Fund’s mission of providing services to patients and their families battling breast cancer.”

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Youth Committee Awards Grants

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation recently announced that Youth for Community Improvement (YCI), a young person led grant-making committee of the foundation, awarded $25,300 to local organizations supporting youth.

YCI, which received 33 requests, awarded funds related to academic enrichment, health and wellness of young people, and youth leadership and civic engagement emerged to the following organizations:
  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester to support their youth led leadership programs.
  • Hope Coalition to support implementation of youth-led trainings for adults.
  • Main South Community Development Corporation for a free community concert organized by students from South High School, Claremont and University Park Campus School.
  • Muslim Community Link to help facilitate employment training and workshop opportunities for youth.
  • Nativity School of Worcester to support winter and spring arts nights.
  • Pernet Family Health Service to help facilitate youth summer jobs program.
  • Quinsigamond Community College to support a sex education course for Gateway to College students.
  • Shrewsbury High School for the purchase of a hydroponic gardening system for the Chemistry Club.
  • Worcester Interfaith to support youth led advocacy work within their Voices for Youth Employment program.
  • YMCA of Central Massachusetts to support a mock legislative program for young people, and implementation of a youth led sexual harassment and sexting workshop.

YOU, Inc. Names Director of Development

YOU, Inc. (Youth Opportunities Upheld), a Worcester-based nonprofit that provides youth and family health behavioral services in central Massachusetts, recently announced that Charisse Murphy, who served as director of the group's community service program from 2009 to 2016, will rejoin the organization as director of development.

Since leaving in 2016, Murphy served as a grants and development associate for Worcester nonprofit LUK, Inc., according to a report in the Worcester Business Journal.

In 2015, Murphy founded EmPOWER ME!, which seeks to inspire young girls, ages 10 – 18, to gain confidence to form positive relationships with other girls and enhance their leadership capabilities.

Murphy earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and criminal justice and a master's degree in human service and leadership from Northeastern University.

Founded in 1969 to redirect youthful offenders to become contributing members of the community, YOU, Inc. today, with a staff of 650 employees, serves 15,000 you and family members annually. For the year ending June 30, 2017, YOU Inc. reported $33.9 million in revenue, of which $426,000 came from contributions and grants, and $35.3 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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