Grantee Stories

Southeast Asian Coalition

The Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts provides the 8,700 Southeast Asians living in Worcester with educational and job training as well as economic, social and cultural support.

“The Foundation was one of our first supporters, both with grants and organizational guidance,” says Thuha Le, executive director. “They helped us gain a clear mission and goals and form an experienced board of directors.

“We continue to gain valuable technical support from the Foundation. Its Nonprofit Support Center provides excellent leadership training to our board and executives that keeps us moving ahead.” 

Tenacity Summer Tennis and Reading Program

A Foundation grant helped bring the Tenacity Summer Tennis and Reading Program to Worcester. While improving their reading skills, kids learning tennis, a sport that challenges them in mind and body.  

“Both tennis and reading are huge enablers,” says Ned Eames, founding CEO of Tenacity, Inc., a former tennis pro and Doherty Memorial High School graduate. “As our students learn what they’re capable of, they feel better about themselves.”

“We promoted the program and word spread fast,” says volunteer Ellen Ferrante, former CEO of Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital.  “On our last day, we couldn’t get the kids to go home.”

Camp Putnam

A week at Camp Putnam Residential Summer Camp can change a child’s life. Almost all campers receive financial assistance. The Camp’s sliding fee starts at $80. “If a parent can’t afford that, the child attends for free,” says Camp Director Todd D. Stewart. Foundation grants help fund the stays of kids from six to 12 years of age. 

“We succeed with kids who aren’t successful elsewhere,” says Todd. “Here, kids get a fresh start. They’re too busy having fun to act out. We provide a healthy, safe summer experience. Campers learn teamwork as they build a campfire, swim and canoe.”