Grants Awarded to Nonprofits on Cape Ann, No. Shore, Cambridge

March 31, 2018 — Nonprofits on Cape Ann and the North Shore recently were awarded grants to support fishing families, food access programs, and mental health children's services, while others in Cambridge and Boston were awarded grants for workforce training programs.

Cape Ann and the North Shore Share Grants

Five nonprofits located on Cape Ann and the North Shore were recently awarded grants to support fishing families, food access programs, and mental health children's services.

The grants, reported in the Gloucester Times, were provided by Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals, as follows:
  • Fishing Partnership Support Services in Gloucester, which supports the health, safety, and economic security of commercial fishermen and their families: $10,000 to train at least 24 additional fishermen to safely administer Narcan, or naxolone, an opioid antidote, onboard vessels.

    J.J. Barrett, president of the nonprofit, was quoted saying, "Ambulances don't go out where fishermen fish, and because fishing is so hard on the body, fishermen are more vulnerable to pain and injury. They're not addicts, but they need to control pain in order to keep working. Sometimes they'll be out there, and maybe they have a particularly tough day and make a mistake with their medication. That's how overdose can happen, and they'd better have Narcan out there with them."

  • The Open Door in Gloucester, which works to alleviate hunger in Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Manchester, and Rockport: $20,000 to increase food access at its Gloucester and Ipswich centers.

    Executive Director Julie LaFontaine said her organization has seen a 17% increase this year in the number of households it serves over last year, when it helped 7,747 people, providing 1.8 million pounds of food, according to the paper.

Other grants, of unspecified amounts, were made to Beverly Bootstraps in Beverly, which provides resources that include access to food, housing stability, adult and youth education, and counseling, and Pathways for Children in Gloucester, a provider of education and care programs on the North Shore.

Three Nonprofit Share $15K for Workforce Training

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and Life Science Cares this week announced that they will provide $15,000 to three nonprofits to support programs that train young adults and adults for careers in the life sciences industry.

“A central piece of our mission is developing a workforce ready to fill key life science jobs in the region,” said MLSC President & CEO Travis McCready. “No one entity is responsible for the healthy state of our economy. I applaud the work of these nonprofits for their dedication to our collective commitment to creating opportunities for people to contribute to and benefit from our world class ecosystem.”

The funds will support:
  • Just-A-Start Corporation, a Cambridge-based nonprofit community development corporation, specifically its Biomedical Careers Program, a nine-month program provides instruction in biology, chemistry, medical terminology, and computer and laboratory skills.

  • The Possible Project (TPP), a Cambridge-based nonprofit that uses entrepreneurship as a vehicle for students to develop social/emotional and job-readiness skills such as teamwork, critical thinking and professionalism additionally. Students enroll in TPP for three years and progress through six levels.

  • Year Up, a Boston-based national nonprofit that provides urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support to help them reach their potential through a rigorous 12-month employment-training program, which combines hands-on technical and professional skill development, stipends, professional internships, and wraparound services. Students prepare for entry-level roles at Boston’s leading employers, as well as the pursuit of continued higher education.
“The education and training programs run by Just-A-Start, The Possible Project and Year Up are building a bridge to close the opportunity gap for men and women without access or means to earn higher education,” said Life Science Cares Executive Director Sarah MacDonald.