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July 9, 2020
 
Gr. Lowell Comm. Foundation Grants $1M to 12 Nonprofits
Greater Lowell Community Foundation

June 8, 2020 — The Greater Lowell Community Foundation last week announced it granted $1,064,161 in emergency funding to 12 local nonprofits providing crucial assistance to the most vulnerable populations, including the elderly, low-income, and homeless in Greater Lowell who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Data shows that Greater Lowell nonprofits on the front lines of the COVID-19 response are experiencing both an increase in demand for services and a decline in revenues due to canceled fundraisers, closed doors, and decreased donations,” said Jay Linnehan president and CEO of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF).

Receiving funding were the following:

  • Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, to address food insecurity, basic needs and emergency shelter for pan-Asian survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence for Greater Lowell

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell, to provide family care packages

  • The Center for Hope and Healing, to provide mobile services and resources for abuse survivors

  • Coalition for a Better Acre, to provide job training job placement for clients

  • Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, to address elder food insecurity

  • Eliot Presbyterian Church, for day programming for the homeless population

  • Lowell Community Health Center, to deploy an emergency COVID community response coordinator to address social determinants of health among patients affected by the pandemic

  • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, to address food insecurity, essential supplies, and personal protective equipment

  • The Minute Man Arc for Human Services, for hazard pay for essential staff

  • Minuteman Senior Services, to address elder food insecurity

  • UTEC, to provide essential supplies per week to impoverished young adults’ homes

  • The Wish Project, for additional staffing and transportation to support new service model during the pandemic

To date, all 20 GLCF communities served—Ashby, Ayer, Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Lowell, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsboro, Westford, Wilmington—have received grant support from the GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

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