Mass. Nonprofits Receive Grants for Renovations, Services

November 7, 2017 — Father Bill’s & MainSpring gets $100K for new elevator... Youth Enrichment Services receives $80K for sports programs...DOVE awarded $20K to support services at shelter...Community Foundation of Southeastern Mass. grants $20K to South Coast organizations.

Father Bill’s & MainSpring Awarded $100K to Fund New Elevator

Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), a Brockton-based provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in southern Massachusetts, recently announced it received a $100,000 donation from the Yawkey Foundations to help fund installation of a new elevator.

“The elevator will allow guests with physical limitations and disabilities, including the shelter’s increasing senior population, have access to beds on the upper floors,” according to FBMS.

FBMS said the cost of the new elevator for its Brockton shelter will total $250,000, and represents the final phase of a $840,000 fundraising campaign. launched three years ago, to fund shelter accessibility and renovations to the shelter’s healthcare clinic, according to a report in The Brockton Enterprise.

Also supporting the campaign were Franklin Square Foundation, Charlesbank Homes, Goddard Health Foundation, the Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance; Medtronic, and the Ada Bacon Trust.

Youth Enrichment Services Receives $80K for Sports-Based Programs

Youth Enrichment Services (YES), a Boston nonprofit that provides inner city youth with outdoor, enrichment, and leadership development programs, announced that it recently received an $80,000 Youth Programming Wellness grant from Target Corporation

YES said the grant will help an estimated 900 Boston youth be physically active outdoors, learn about nutritious food, and inspire them to build healthy habits for life.

“Similar to Target, YES believes deeply in the transformative power of active outdoor activities and wellness education,” says Executive Director Bryan Van Dorpe. “We are deeply grateful for a second year of generous financial support from Target. All of us at YES look forward partnering with Target to give even more Boston youth the opportunity to be active, eat healthy, and experience sports-based activities in the outdoors.”

YES, founded in 1968, serves more than 1,600 children and teens annually from Boston’s most ethnically diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods through its Operation SnowSports, Outdoor Adventure, Track & Field, and YES Academy programs.

DOVE Gets $20K to Support Services at Shelter

DOVE (DOmestic Violence Ended), a Quincy nonprofit that is committed to partnering with diverse communities, families, and individuals impacted by domestic violence, recently announced it received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation.

The grant will support services of its 18-bed shelter.

“We at DOVE are absolutely thrilled about this grant from The Mary Kay Foundation and its continued commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence,” said Sue Chandler, executive director. “Mary Kay Foundation’s support will enhance DOVE’s ability to provide safety planning as well as education and job search coaching, financial planning, and housing search assistance to our shelter guests, enabling them better long-term safety and economic stability.”

DOVE was one of 150 domestic violence shelters across the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam to receive a grant awarded during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

Community Foundation of Southeastern Mass. Awards $20K to Local Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, based in New Bedford, which serves 41 cities in towns in the SouthCoast region, announced that it recently awarded $20,000 in grants to four local programs focused on child abuse prevention and treatment; economic self-sufficiency; and victims of domestic violence.

The grants, $5,000 each from the Hawthorn Medical Associates Charitable Fund, were awarded to:
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County, Fall River, for its Can We Teach these Kids to Dance? initiative, a Developmental Approach for Addressing Sexual Behavior Problems in Youth.

  • Child & Family Services, Fall River, for its Caring Network program to provide free psycho-educational groups to children between the ages of 4-14 that have witnessed violence in their home, school, or community.

  • The Women’s Fund of Southeastern Mass., New Bedford, for its LifeWork Project to provide financial incentives and matching funds for women participating in the five-year program.

  • The YWCA of Southeastern Mass., New Bedford, for its Financial Literacy for Women program.