Capacity Building; Rent Hike Spurs Move; Gift Aids Capital Campaign

February 4, 2020 — Ellis enters capacity-building partnership with Neighborhood Villages... Rising rent spurs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts to relocate... Girls Inc. of the Valley gets $75K gift.

Ellis Enters Capacity-Building Partnership with Neighborhood Villages

Ellis, a Boston nonprofit that provides intervention and counseling services to children, disabled adults, elders, and families, today announced it has entered into a capacity-building partnership with another Boston nonprofit.

The partnership with Neighborhood Villages, which promotes strong communities through delivery of quality, affordable child care and education, will fund two positions, an operations manager and a family support navigator, who will be hired by and work for Ellis.

Lauren Cook, chief executive officer of Ellis, said, the new staffers will free up early childhood specialists to function more efficiently, which will "help us do our jobs better." She added that "we are proud to be at the forefront of Neighborhood Villages’ vision to create systems change in early childhood that includes an infusion of critical support at the micro level.”

Ellis joins a cohort that includes The Epiphany School and East Boston Social Centers.

Ellis currently employs 54 people and annually serves 300 children from different economic backgrounds from Boston neighborhoods, as well from outside the city.

Rising Rent Spurs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts to Relocate

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts (BBBSEM), a Boston-based nonprofit that provides adult mentors to help youth reach their full potential, last week relocated its headquarters—from Federal Street to High Street—a move prompted to save money in light of rising rents.

The new 9,000-square-foot space will enable (BBBSEM) to save $100,000 annually, or about 20%, from what it had been paying for the older 14,000-square-foot site that it had occupied for 14 years. BBBSEM said the new space features a modern, open concept, flexible workstations, video conferencing, and new technology infrastructure.

At the ribbon cutting, which also introduced newly appointed board members emeritus, BBBSEM President and CEO Wendy Foster said the move will enable the organization to serve as a greater hub for staff to support mentors, the youth it serves, and their families.

Girls Inc. of the Valley Gets $75K Gift

Girls Inc. of the Valley in Holyoke, a nonprofit that works with girls to help them reach their full potential, announced that PeoplesBank presented a $75,000 gift to the organization's at the annual Girls Inc. Business Leaders Reception last week.

Girls Inc. of the Valley is in the midst of a $5 million fundraising campaign with three primary goals: to build a permanent home in downtown Holyoke; expand school-based programming in Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke: and extend STEM education programming.

“PeoplesBank has been investing in the Girls Inc. of the Valley Experience for years, long before I became the executive director,” said Executive Director Suzanne Parker. “They are a company that truly walks the talk when it comes to community care and involvement. The bank’s employees have volunteered for events and hosted girls on field trips, and bank leaders have lent their expertise as board and committee members.”

Tom Senecal, president and CEO of PeoplesBank, said the bank made the gift because Girls Inc. of the Valley "consistently demonstrates the actual outcomes of their programs, and because they have shown such a strong and unwavering commitment to the communities they serve."

Girls Inc. of the Valley originated in 1981 at the Girls Club of Holyoke. It adopted its current name in 1990 when the national office of Girls Clubs of America changed its name to Girls Inc.