December 13, 2019
Central Mass. Health Foundation Grants $793K to 11 Nonprofits

October 27, 2019 — The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, based in Worcester, recently announced it has awarded $793,702 to 11 Worcester County nonprofits to support community partnerships, financial education, housing, legal assistance for immigrants, and telemedicine, among other projects.

Receiving the grants from The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts were the following:
  • Abby's House: $75,012 to identify unmet advocacy and health needs of clients and expand access to services through collaborations.

  • Ascentria Community Services: $81,600 to expand its low-cost Immigration Legal Assistance Program from limited to full representation in immigration matters.

  • Community Legal Aid: $86,482 to hire a housing attorney who will raise funds by representing low-income tenants in eviction and conditions cases where attorney’s fees can be collected from the landlord.

  • Friendly House: $34,160 to purchase of a refrigerated van to transport meals for its After School and Summer Meals Program for low-income children, a project in partnership with the City of Worcester.

  • GAAMHA, Inc. : $43,288 to hire a part-time positive behavior supports clinician for its community-based day programs in Gardner and Orange.

  • LUK, Inc. : $104,648 to utilize telehealth to increase access to behavioral health services and family visitations in the North Central area.

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts: $100,800 to ramp up its door-to-door grassroots organizing to assist in complete counts for the 2020 Census and to re-engage the Worcester community.

  • Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation: $28,000 to train three staff members to provide first-time homebuyer assistance to expand its offerings related to financial skills building.

  • Quinsigamond Community College: $45,809 to develop and implement an oral health career pathway for students in dental assisting programs at three local secondary and post-secondary schools into the Dental Hygiene Program at the college.

  • Seven Hills Foundation: $109,903 to create a new workforce training program with sustainable farming as a potential career path for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council : $84,000 for the installation of an automatic fire sprinkler system and handicap accessible features in a building in Fitchburg that it is renovating.

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