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May 18, 2022
Worcester, Cape Cod Nonprofits Get $138K to Provide Basic Aid

May 2, 2022 — Community foundations serving the Worcester area and Cape Cod recently announced they granted $138,300 to 25 nonprofit organizations that provide basic services, including those that aim to alleviate hunger and provide shelter.

Worcester Nonprofits Get $98,300 to Address Hunger

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF), based in Worcester, last week announced it granted $98,300 to 21 nonprofits for projects that offer direct service and/or advocacy for federal nutrition programs.

“We are proud to be more than a decade into our partnership with the Worcester County Food Bank in supporting the community through these grants” said GWCF President Jim Ayres. “The pandemic shined a spotlight on the fact that so many households struggle with food insecurity year after year. To be able to have a small impact on that big issue means a great deal.”

The grants came from the Worcester County Food Bank, which partners with area nonprofits to eliminate hunger.

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • Abby's House: $10,000
  • AIDS Project Worcester: $2,500
  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester:$2,600
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester: $5,000
  • CENTRO: $2,900
  • Community Harvest Project: $10,000
  • Friends of Grafton: $1,400
  • Ginny's Helping Hand, Inc.: $5,000
  • Growing Places Garden Project: $9,500.
  • Indian Lake Community Association: $4,000
  • Jeremiah's Inn: $5,000
  • Living In Freedom Together: $5,000
  • Overlook Food Awareness Resources of Massachusetts: $3,200
  • Pernet Family Health Service: $5,000
  • Rachel's Table : $2,000
  • Regional Environmental Council: $5,000
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council: $950
  • Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts: $5,000
  • Winchendon Community Action Committee: $3,000
  • Worcester Islamic Center Social Services: $9,750
  • YWCA of Central Massachusetts: $1,500

Cape Cod Foundation Grants $40K to Aid Region’s Most Vulnerable Populations

The Cape Cod Foundation, based in South Yarmouth, last week announced it granted $40,000 to four nonprofits working to provide pandemic relief for the region’s most vulnerable populations.

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • Behavioral Health Innovators, Chatham: $20,000 to support the new Cape Cod PASS Program in select Barnstable County high schools.

  • Duffy Health Center, Hyannis: $10,000 to support “In from the Streets”, a community-wide program, which offers temporary motel shelter and case management services to individuals experiencing homelessness who are medically frail or at-risk due to severe weather.

  • Dream Day Cape Cod, Brewster: $5,000 to support COVID 19 testing kits for their camp, which provides respite programs to children with serious and/or life-threatening illnesses and their families.

  • Harwich Ecumenical Council for Housing, Harwich Port: $5,000 to support continued operations for The Children’s Center, which provides affordable childcare for low-income working families on Cape Cod.

The foundation also announced it deployed a third wave of funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development’s Community Foundations Grant Program for COVID-19 Relief through its Strategic Emergency Response Fund.

The recent wave brought an additional $417,777 in relief funding to 10 qualifying nonprofit organizations: Catholic Social Services of Fall River, Health Imperatives, Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, Cape Cod Council of Churches, Independence House, Kennedy Donovan Center, Harwich Ecumenical Council for Housing, Cape Cod Children’s Place, Monomoy Community Services, and Homeless Prevention Council.

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