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May 18, 2022
Gr. Lowell Comm. Foundation Grants $525K to 13 Nonprofits
Greater Lowell Community Foundation

April 14, 2022 — The Greater Lowell Community Foundation, based in Lowell, yesterday announced it granted $525,860 to 13 area nonprofits working to alleviate hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic through emergency food, housing, educational, and youth program support, and by providing essential supplies and services.

“Greater Lowell nonprofits have demonstrated incredible resiliency throughout the pandemic,” said Jay Linnehan, president and CEO of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF). “Through the partnership with the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Department of Housing and Community Development, GLCF continued supporting nonprofit programs vital to our community through this latest round of funding.”

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • Alternative House, Lowell: $25,000 to provide language access to reduce health disparities

  • Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Boston: $15,000 for Lowell Program to provide in-language information, and to create new in-language documents and FAQs to empower victims/survivors of domestic and dating violence victims.

  • Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Lowell: $15,000 to offer continued COVID- 19 related assistance to Cambodian community in Lowell.

  • Catie's Closet, Dracut: $25,000 to underwrite two of their signature programs: In-School Closets enabling students to "shop" for what they need onsite in the privacy of their own school.

  • The Center for Hope and Healing, Lowell: $30,000 to enhance their Driving Hope mobile outreach services and provide necessary basic/household needs to survivors and families.

  • Coalition for a Better Acre, Lowell: $65,000 to support full time Health Access Program at CBA Walk-In Center.

  • Community Teamwork, Lowell: $95,000 to support renters and homeowners with financial assistance for rent/mortgage and utility and to address the basic needs of youth at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

  • Dignity Matters, Framingham: $15,000 to provide low-income women and girls in Greater Lowell with menstrual care.

  • International Institute of New England, Lowell: $50,000 to address housing and food insecurity for refugee and immigrant households in Lowell, and to also provide mental health support for some of their female clients.

  • Life Connection Center, Lowell: $50,000 to address transportation needs and improve hygiene stations.

  • Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell: $95,000 to reduce health disparities and ensure health equity for low-income, immigrant and refugee populations.

  • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Lowell: $25,000 to assist low-income Portuguese-speaking clients in Lowell with rent and utility payments.

  • Northeast Legal Aid, Lowell: $25.860 to address the need for housing assistance in Lowell.

Maria Crooker-Capone, executive director of Alternative House, said the funding will enable her organization to support survivors of domestic violence through many additional obstacles they may be facing at this point in their lives.

“The funding helps us immediately respond to the urgent needs of our immigrant and refugee clients so they can avoid homelessness and hunger, as we support them on their path towards self-sufficiency,” said Caroline Hanson Rowe, Lowell managing director of the International Institute of New England.”

Added Isa Woldeguiorguis, executive director at The Center for Hope and Healing, “These grant funds allow us to support survivors of sexual violence in our Greater Lowell community, who are still disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic even after these two years.”

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