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May 12, 2021
Partnership; Nonprofit Professionals Lauded; Free Leadership Course

March 30, 2021 — Carroll Center for the Blind forms strategic partnership. Nonprofit professionals celebrated as health leaders. Mass. nonprofit leaders invited to apply for Community Fellows Program.

Carroll Center for the Blind Forms Strategic Partnership

The Carroll Center for the Blind, a Newton nonprofit that provides rehabilitation, skills training, and educational opportunities to blind and visually-impaired persons, which recently received a $50,000 donation from Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Massachusetts & Rhode Island (PLAN of MA & RI), last week announced it forged a strategic partnership with PLAN of MA & RI to further support individuals with vision loss and their families.

Joan McGrath, executive director of PLAN of MA & RI, a nonprofit based in Needham and Providence, provides quality trustee/fiduciary services, said, “It made so much sense to me and our board of directors to support the Carroll Center for the Blind because of the tremendous strides they are making to help people live their most productive lives. That’s what we’re about, so our missions are truly aligned.”

“We’ve been serving individuals of all ages and all stages of vision loss, many of whom may also have additional disabilities, for nearly 85 years,” said Gregory J. Donnelly, president and CEO of the Carroll Center for the Blind. “Partnering with PLAN of MA & RI to deliver transformational products and services for our clients will allow us to place our clients on the best path for success in the journey with vision loss. Together, working as one team, we will provide the very best care and support to those in need.”

The organizations said the two-year partnership will help educate clients and families in the Carroll Center network about the critical need for financial security. Special needs trusts are important financial vehicles for people with disabilities as they can preserve assets and protect eligibility for public benefits.

Nonprofit Professionals Celebrated as Health Leaders

The MetroWest Health Foundation, based in Framingham, last week cited three nonprofit professionals at Framingham-based organizations for their leadership in the health field, as follows:

  • Kathryn Condon Grace, staff attorney with MetroWest Legal Services, which provides free civil legal aid to low-income people and victims of crime, where she runs the Medical-Legal Partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Framingham. She provides training on legal issues to medical staff, consultations with care providers and direct legal representation for clients in legal matters that impact their health.

  • Paula Kaminow, vice president for operations at the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, which provides comprehensive health care to nearly 29,000 patients. Her leadership has focused on ensuring that patients are at the center of the organizations work, and has promoted health equity as key to improving public health in the region.
  • Jeanne Sherlock, chief operating officer of the MetroWest YMCA, which provides programs that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, where she manages the day-to-day operations of all the Y’s programming and community engagement. When COVID-19 disrupted normal, Sherlock and her staff pivoted to provide needed community services, including emergency childcare and becoming a major distribution site in Framingham for toiletries and food.

The foundation also cite the staff of the Framingham Health Department “for their collective efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to address the racial and ethnic disparities that the pandemic has so vividly spotlighted.”

Mass. Nonprofit Leaders Invited to Apply for Community Fellows Program

The Institute for Nonprofit Practice, a Boston-based nonprofit that helps educate nonprofit leaders, recently announced it is accepting applications for its Community Fellows Program (CFP), a tuition-free nonprofit management and leadership certificate program.

The program seeks early-career professionals who are committed to and actively working within nonprofit, organizing, or public sector careers, motivated by social justice, and looking to build their personal and community leadership skills.

CFP participants convene three times each month: twice for a 4-hour student commitment, and another for a two hour commitment.

Information sessions are being held through April. Details.

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