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July 9, 2020
Anti-Racism Grants; Funds for Defibrillators, Telehealth Services

June 16, 2020 — Greater Worcester Community Foundation offering grants to nonprofits to fight racism. Bridgewell gets $128K for defibrillators. LUK awarded $29k to create remote medical services.

Gr. Worcester Comm. Foundation Offering Grants to Nonprofits to fight Racism

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF), based in Worcester, recently announced a new grant program to support nonprofits that commit to anti-racism work, following responses of people and institutions across the country who are examining racism following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

GWCF said the grant program is a starting point for dialogue, learning, collaborative action, and healing, “designed to help organizations take next steps in the journey to becoming more equitable in practice, policy, leadership, and impact.”

Those eligible for the program include nonprofit organizations, community organizers, and houses of worship. Up to $2,000 will be awarded.

Deadline to apply: June 26. Details.

Bridgewell Gets $128K for Defibrillators

Bridgewell, a Lynnfield nonprofit that supports individuals with developmental and psychiatric disabilities, recently was granted $128,000 from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund to buy defibrillators for its residences and day programs.

The grant, reported by The Salem News, "will allow Bridgewell to buy defibrillators for all 25 of its residences, all of its day program locations, and its headquarters. The agency said the need for the defibrillators is immediate because most of its clients have health concerns and are at risk."

LUK Awarded $29k to Create Remote Medical Services

LUK, a Fitchburg nonprofit human services agency that supports children and families with a wide array of programs, recently was award a $28,919 grant to provide patients with tablets and mobile hot spots they can use to join behavioral health telehealth sessions.

The grant, announced last week by Rep. Lori Trahan, reported in The Sentinel and Enterprise, will also to help the organization acquire laptops with accessories for clinicians to provide services to patients.

Beth Barto, CEO of LUK, was quoted, "This funding will help us provide equipment for families so they can access their counselor through video conferencing during the pandemic. We believe this technology helps families feel more connected which is essential to well-being."

Added Trahan, “Although our health care system has been focused on getting us through the coronavirus pandemic, access to other medical services, especially for mental health and addiction, has never been more important. I’m proud to announce this federal investment in LUK, who will use these funds to help their incredible staff provide telehealth services to central Massachusetts families in need as we continue to navigate this public health crisis."

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