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The Foundation has made early childhood education a priority in its funding. According to research, a child’s first eight years are the most critical for human development, and the Foundation believes that building a solid base during these years is the most effective way to assure a productive life rooted in behavioral and physical health.
These early Childhood grants are focused on four critical areas: increasing the quality and accessibility of formal early education for low-income children; improving the health of young children and their mothers; supporting parents and families in their roles as teachers, caregivers, and supporters of their children’s development; and, helping to eliminate summer learning loss among low-income children in greater Worcester.
The organizations receiving funding are:
● Edward Street Child Services
● Family Health Center of Worcester
● Guild of St. Agnes of Worcester
● HOPE Coalition
● Horizons for Homeless Children
● House of Peace & Education
● Jewish Family & Children’s Service
● Latino Education Institute
● Pernet Family Health Service
● Rainbow Child Development Center
● The CASA Project
● Tri-Community YMCA
● United Way of Central MA
● Worcester Comprehensive Education & Care
● Worcester Public Library Foundation
Greater Worcester Community Foundation today announced the recipients of its 2017 Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund. A number of the organizations receiving grants will provide support or creation of primary care outreach services to vulnerable populations, disease prevention, and health promotion programming. Some of the programs will also bring health services directly to those who need it most, removing the barriers that prevent people from receiving services such as lack of transportation, cultural competency of providers, language differences, or others.
Those organizations receiving funding are:
●Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
●Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester
●Dismas House of Central Massachusetts
●Family Health Center of Worcester
●Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Services
●Pathways for Change
●Pernet Family Health Service
●Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
●Reliant Medical Group Foundation
●Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts
●Worcester Youth Center
●Youth Opportunities Upheld (YOU), Inc.
On behalf of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s board of directors, Chair of the Board Gerald M. Gates and President and CEO Ann T. Lisi sent a letter April 27 urging Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and State Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo to follow through on increased funding for Early Education and Care in fiscal year 2018 state budget proposals. Quality early education and care helps prepare young children for K-12 education and to thrive for a successful academic future.
The letter focuses on the particular needs of the Central Massachusetts community reading “With only 38% of Worcester’s children reading at grade level by third grade, it’s clear that we have much more work to do. Through its Early Childhood Initiative, the Foundation is devoting significant resources to create conditions that prepare our youngest children to succeed in school and in life – including universal access to quality early education.”
Over the past two years, the Foundation has made early childhood education a priority in its funding initiatives, and is looking forward to working with the legislature on a solution that will benefit the community and future of the Commonwealth’s children, but particularly those in Central Massachusetts.
“If you don’t have a secure and healthy start in life, everything else is just playing catch up,” said Lisi. “We are invested all that we can through local nonprofits to make our community work for ALL kids. It is our shared public investment, however, that makes the greater difference. We applaud and urge our leaders in state government to follow through on this essential investment in children through budget deliberations.”
Speaker DeLeo has worked with the business community towards reversing that trend over the past two budget cycles. Recently Governor Baker’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget recommended a $28 Million boost in funding for early education and care. This public investment is an important step to indicate the Commonwealth’s concern for its youngest residents and families.
The Alice C. A. Sibley Fund was established in 2004 at the Foundation as a permanent endowment to serve area residents who have limited access to eye care and specialty ophthalmology services. We have approximately $24,000 available each year for local direct services in optical health. The Mary B. Grogan Fund for Youth, created in 2001, in dedication of Mary Grogan’s decades of leadership in the Worcester County 4-H Foundation, the fund specifically benefits young residents of Millbury.
Alice C.A. Sibley Fund
The Foundation today announced the awarding of $60,158 through the Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger that will help serve the food security needs of Central Massachusetts. The Fund seeks to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to the problem of hunger through advocacy and programs that incorporate practices that have shown promise throughout the country or here in Worcester County.
The following organizations received grants from the Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger:
The Fund to End Hunger was established in 2011 to support hunger-relief organizations that provide direct service as well as anti-hunger advocacy organizations.
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