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April 16, 2021
No. Central Mass. Nonprofits Get $175K to Boost Region’s Health

March 11, 2021 — The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts in Fitchburg and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation in Lowell recently announced they jointly awarded $174,898 to 15 nonprofits working to advance the health and well-being of residents in the Nashoba Valley.

Stephen Adams, president of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts., said, “We were impressed by the caliber of the applicants and are pleased to be able to support their efforts across areas including food insecurity, health care access, shelter, mental health services and more.”

“These are impactful grants and we greatly appreciate the hard work and diligence of the volunteer advisory committee in prioritizing the health needs of residents in our local communities,” said Jay Linnehan, president and CEO of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • Able to Serve — New England: $1,500 for its Hope for Women with Children project
  • Advocates: $20,000 for its Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Local Seniors program

  • Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg: $10,000 for its After-School COVID Program

  • Clear Path for Veterans—New England: $20,000 for Brain Retrain Neural Mapping and integrated health and wellness program for veterans

  • Doctor Franklin Perkins School, Lancaster: $15,000 for behavioral health services in the Nashoba Valley

  • Habitat for Humanity, North Central Massachusetts, Acton: $20,000 for its Critical Home Repair Program supporting economically distressed families in Nashoba Valley

  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell: $10,000 for critical home repair for seniors

  • Littleton Community Farm: $9,598 for hunger relief

  • Living Water Fellowship, Ayer: $5,000 for its Stone Soup Kitchen Ministries

  • North Star Family Services, Leominster: $20,000 for its Family and Children Wellness Initiative

  • Our Father’s House, Fitchburg: $16,000 for its Ensuring Health Wellness in Homeless Children project

  • Townsend Ecumenical Outreach: $7,800 for its Healthy Food for Vulnerable Populations project

  • United Methodist Action Reach: $5,000 for its Mission by Youth

  • Virginia Thurston Healing Garden: $10,000 for its Equitable Access to Psychosocial Therapeutic Services for Cancer Patients, Families & Caregivers project

  • VNA Care Network: $5,000 for its Removing Barriers to Health: Nursing and Social Work Case Management program

In addition, $6,313 was granted to the Ashby Fire and EMS for provider training and skill maintenance.

The grants came from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund, which supports nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and other agencies to advance the health of residents in 13 communities: Ashby, Ayer, Bolton, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford.

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