Nashoba Community Health Care Fund Awards Grants to Help Improve the Health of Local Communities

For Immediate Release (Feb. 12, 2014) – The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation awarded 14 grants to help improve the health of residents in 13 communities in the region.

“The breadth and reach of these grants is very impressive,” said Phil Grzewinski, president of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts. “Nearly $137,000 will be invested in high- quality programs,” said Susan Winship, executive director of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

The Ayer Fire Department purchased an automated CPR device through its $13,910 grant.

Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg’s $7,500 grant will fund its summer  program "Passport to Fun,” which promotes health and fitness activities for Lunenburg youth.

Community Legal Aid, Inc. of Town received a $15, 000 grant to provide domestic violence legal aid to senior citizens living in the Nashoba Valley region.

Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. of Town will use a $5,000 grant for its Scholarship Program for Frail Elders, which funds health services for elders residing in the Nashoba Valley.

Indian Hill Music, based in Littleton, will expand its Music Therapy Outreach program through an $8,500 grant.

A $20,000 grant to Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc., Devens, will support its program, Lifting & Feeding Our Neighbors.

L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc. of Town will use its $18,000 grant to provide suicide prevention services to youth in the Nashoba Valley region.

A $5,000 grant to MAB Community Services, Inc. of Town will provide vision care to the low-income population.

Our Father's House, Inc. of Fitchburg received a $16,000 grant to provide nutrition to homeless families in Devens.

Pathways for Change, Inc. of Town will expand its program of teaching young males non-violent behavior in the Nashoba Valley region through its $10,000 grant.

Shirley Council on Aging received a $4,500 grant to provide extended transportation to hospitals outside the region.

Teenage Anxiety & Depression Solutions of Town will use a $12,000 grant to create a local hotline for suicide prevention.

Westford Against Substance Abuse will spread awareness of the dangers of substance abuse and shed light on effective treatment practices through its $5,000 grant.

A $7,500 grant to Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. of Town will provide education and supportive services to local residents.

The 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.


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