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Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund Awards Multiple Health-Related Grants

Jun 02, 2017 05:09AM ● By Theresa Gilman

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.)

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation  and the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts awarded 14 grants from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund to help improve the health of residents in 13 area communities.

“The volunteer grant committee once again did a wonderful job prioritizing these important grants for the community,” said Jay Linnehan, executive director of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

“These grants will help improve people’s health in the Nashoba region,” said Phil Grzewinski, president of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg received $7,500 for their Triple Play: Healthy Minds, Bodies, and Souls program, which provides daily activities to get youth physically active, challenge their minds and develop social-emotional skills.
  • Community Healthlink’s $10,000 grant will enhance school-based mental health supports in Ayer, Dunstable, Groton, Lunenberg and Shirley.
  • A $7,800 grant to Cooperative Elder Services, Inc., will update its furnishings so at-risk participants are able to fully participate in every therapeutic activity.
  • LUK, Inc. received a $16,000 grant for its Raising Resilient Kids program, which will provide trauma-informed parenting workshops to caregivers of children who have experienced one or more traumatic event(s).
  • Lunenburg Fire Department will purchase a ‘ROSC-U CPR’ device, a miniature chest compressor which increases cardiac arrest survival rates, with its $11,000 grant.
  • A $5,500 grant to MAB Community Services, Inc.'s Nashoba Valley Visually Impaired Elders Program will help improve the health of older adults who are blind or visually impaired, through access to specialized in-home low vision exams by certified occupational therapists.
  • Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. will use its $15,000 grant for their Family Pathways Project, which offers critical stress-reducing therapies to homeless families.
  • A $16,000 grant to Our Father's House’s program, Ensuring Health Wellness in Homeless Children, will allow a nurse practitioner to visit the shelter monthly to provide physicals, immunizations, dental health, and mental health referrals.
  • Pepperell Fire Department received $13,981 to purchase a ‘Lucas2 Chest Compression System,’ which replaces manual chest compressions during CPR.
  • A $19,447 grant to Seven Hills Family Services will be used to purchase equipment to create a multisensory environment for therapy to those with autism, developmental disabilities, dementia or brain injury.
  • The SHINE Initiative will use its $15,000 grant to acquaint high school students with a genuine understanding of mental illness that will empower them to effectively acknowledge, recognize and manage their illness, how to be a supportive caregiver to someone who is living with a mental disorder, and how they can help raise awareness and educate their peers at school.
  • A $15,000 grant to the Townsend Congregational Church will be used to offer a multi-disciplinary approach for at-risk youth pre-disposed to experimenting with drugs, as well as create awareness of drug issues.
  • Townsend Fire-EMS Department will also purchase a Lucas CPR machine with their $13,923 grant.
  • A $10,000 grant to the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Health will be used to formalize its staff and associated therapists' preparedness to address clients’ health vulnerabilities, and to ensure that policies and procedures are developed and implemented to ensure best practice in their management and care.

Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund provides annual distributions to nonprofit organizations, municipalities and other agencies, to advance the health of residents in 13 communities originally served by the hospital, including Ashby, Ayer, Bolton, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford.  

Recipients of the grants were selected by the Fund Advisory Committee, comprised of local leaders in business, health care and education.

Founded in 1997, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation improves the quality of life in Greater Lowell by building philanthropic resources, connecting donors to nonprofit organizations and programs, making effective grants, and providing leadership to address community issues. The Foundation leverages the philanthropic spirit of citizens, families, corporations and nonprofits to best meet the challenges of changing times. The generosity of our donors has enabled the Foundation to award more than $11 million to the Greater Lowell community since 1999.  

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts was created in 2001 to serve the charitable interest of donors in Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Barre, Bolton, Clinton, Devens, Erving, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, New Salem, Orange, Pepperell, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Shirley, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, Warwick, Wendell, Westminster and Winchendon.

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