Circle Health Awards Grants to Target Pressing Health Issues
February 7, 2020 Circle Health, a nonprofit collaboration of physicians, hospitals, other health providers, and organizations, based in Lowell, today announced it has awarded $10,000 grants to each of two eastern Massachusetts nonprofits, funds aimed at targeting some of the region's most pressing health priorities.
Receiving the grants from Circle Health were:
The grantees will be honored at the 15th annual Circle Health Ball for Community Health Initiatives next month.
Girls, Inc. of Greater Lowell, a Lowell nonprofit that works with girls to help them reach their full potential, will be the beneficiary of a live Fund-a-Need drive the night of the ball and its fund its Strong Self, Strong Families program, which was developed specifically to address challenging dynamics involving excessive bullying, domestic and family violence, custodial instability, and related substance abuse. Last year's event raised $70,000 for Caties Closet, a Dracut nonprofit that provides an in-school resource of clothing and basic necessities to students living below the poverty line.
The Circle Health grants are awarded to agencies addressing health priorities that were identified in the 2019 Greater Lowell Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by Lowell General Hospital, the Greater Lowell Health Alliance, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Amanda Kelley, a COMPASS family specialist, said," The commercial sexual exploitation of children is a growing, often silent, epidemic impacting the lives of many of our youth. This grant will allow us the opportunity to spread awareness, education, prevention and hope to a population silenced by trauma.
COMPASS joined the Lowell Taskforce to End Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children when it was founded more than three years ago in conjunction with several other local service agencies. This group, spearheaded by the Greater Lowell Department of Children and Families, provides opportunities for trainings, awareness, outreach, and a place for local service providers to expand their collective impact in greater Lowell.
According to COMPASS, the commercial sexual exploitation of children is pervasive and the long-term effects are devastating for the youth and their families.