Nonprofits in North Adams, Boston, Barnstable Get Funds

March 26, 2018 — Berkshire Nursing Families in North Adams, the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center in Boston, and the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable recently received or raised funds to support lactation and parenting support, strengthen services for youth and family, and protect wildlife.

Berkshire Nursing Families Raises $42K via Trivia Night Contest

Berkshire Nursing Families, a North Adams nonprofit that promotes and supports breastfeeding, recently raised $42,000 at the 16th Berkshire Nursing Families Trivia Night, during which 32 teams competed.

The event surpassed last year's record by $9,000, according to a report in The Berkshire Eagle, aided by the efforts of local business sponsors and nearly 100 raffle prize donors.

Founded in 1988, Berkshire Nursing Families provides education, lactation consultation, a 7-day-a-week breastfeeding hotline, and home visits, all free of charge, to every family who needs them. The organization said that when it was established only 50% of families in Northern Berkshire County breastfed their children for even one day, well below the national average, while today the community is outpacing the nation and the rest of the state.

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center Gets $25K for Youth Center

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), a nonprofit based in Boston and Quincy that provides education and family services to Asian immigrants and the Asian American community of Greater Boston, recently announced it received a $25,000 grant from the Rockland Trust Peoples Federal Foundation.

The funds will be will be used to strengthen BCNC’s Youth Center and Family Services for the Asian community.

BCNC is the largest nonprofit social service provider for Asian families in the Greater Boston area, supporting more than 2,600 children, youth, and adults each year at four locations in Boston and Quincy. It aims to ensure that the children, youth, and families its serves have the resources and supports to achieve greater economic success and social well-being. BCNC provides families access to resources and services, opportunities to learn and acquire skills, and a community of mutual support and encouragement

Cape Wildlife Center Gets $30K to Support Animal Treatment

The Cape Wildlife Center (CWC), nonprofit wildlife hospital and education center located in Barnstable, recently was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Orenda Wildlife Land Trust.

“We are grateful for this critical infusion of cash support that will help us treat thousands of patients in need this year,” said CWC Executive Director Zak Mertz, quoted in The Barnstable Patriot.

“A key sector of our mission is all about the animals and safeguarding their environment,” said David H. Tately, president of the Orenda board of directors, the paper reported. “This grant aligns perfectly with missions of each organization.”

Each year, CWC provides veterinary care and rehabilitation to 2,000 sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals, representing 225 different species including bats, raptors, red foxes, grey squirrels, eastern cottontails, muskrats, fishers, otters, songbirds, turtles and shorebirds, while educating the public on environmental conservation.

The new Cape Wildlife Center is a partnership between the Pegasus Foundation, the Friends of Cape Wildlife, and the New England Wildlife Center.