Grants allocated in 2017-2018
Carlisle Council on Aging: Aiming to improve the quality of life for Carlisle’s seniors, funds will provide for expanded staff positions and the intergenerational Connections program between the COA and CCHS students.
Concord Council on Aging: Support for three staff positions – volunteer coordinator, outreach coordinator, and social services coordinator – which provide seniors with opportunities that enhance their physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual well-being.
Cooperative Elder Services: Scholarships for frail elders and disabled adults who are unable to afford the daily cost of attending this health and social day care center.
Minuteman Senior Services: Funding for Meals on Wheels, health benefits counseling, elder protective services, caregiver support, and the aging information center, all of which help seniors age comfortably in the setting of their choice.
MENTAL HEALTH & PHYSICAL DISABILITIES
Discovery Museum: Funding for the Museum’s Especially for Me program, which supports those on the autism spectrum, deaf or hard of hearing, or blind or low vision.
The Eliot Center: To reduce fees or co-pays for residents of Concord and Carlisle seeking mental health and substance abuse services, crisis intervention, therapy, or case management services.
Grow A Strong Family: To host seminars and webinars providing information and strategies specific to the needs of families managing the mental health diagnosis of a loved one.
Minute Man Arc for Human Services, Inc.: Funding to fill gaps in state reimbursement for an early intervention program, as well as funding for a family services program, both of which enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.
Nashoba Learning Group: Providing for care and clinical services to prevent problem behavior and allow success in the community for Concord residents with Autism Spectrum disorders in the school program.
The Nature Connection: Supporting nature-based educational and therapeutic programs for people with limited access to the natural world, and helping to provide training and support for professional and family caregivers serving Concord elders.
FOOD, HEALTH AND SAFETY
Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ): Partial funding for a staff position for this community-police partnership that offers a restorative justice process that responds to crime in ways that “heal, hold accountable, and put right.”
Concord Carlisle Community Services Coordinator: Aiding Concord and Carlisle residents in applying for fuel assistance, food assistance, mental health services, financial assistance, and in accessing other community resources.
Dignity In Asylum (DIAS): To provide transitional housing for 3-4 asylum seekers residing in Concord.
Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN): Supporting the recruitment, training, and supervision of victim advocates, as well as a coordinated and compassionate community response to — and support for — victims of domestic violence in Concord and Carlisle.
Emerson Hospital Pediatric Intervention: Adding a book to the preschool age Pediatric Coping Kit, which contains stress reduction tools designed to aid children’s emotional well-being in the hospital environment.
Gaining Ground: Salaries for an additional field crew member and farm manager for the next growing season, to provide organic produce for hunger relief to local food pantries and meal programs within a twenty mile radius of Concord.
Household Goods: Operations at Household Goods, which distributes recycled household items to over 7,000 needy individuals and families in local communities each year.
MetroWest Legal Services: Provision of direct legal services to poor, elderly, and disabled residents of Concord and Carlisle.
Open Table: Purchase of specific food items not provided through donations for Open Table’s community dinners in Concord.
EDUCATION & PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS
Center for Parents and Teachers: Staff salaries for CPT to provide educational programming through high quality, low cost workshops and forums for parents and teachers.
Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education: Scholarships to CCACE students for course fees including music lessons, Driver Education classes, and hundreds of online courses offered in collaboration with ed2go.
Concord Public Schools, Teen Buddy Program: Program activities, supplies, and staff stipends for this social mentoring program pairing “at risk” elementary school aged children with high school students.
Concord Carlisle Youth Services Coordinator: Funding for this role which builds a network to connect families, schools, and organizations to resources that support youth social, emotional, and developmental needs.
Concord Area Preschool Association (CAPA): Scholarships for Concord and Carlisle families who could not otherwise afford the cost of preschool for their children.
Concord Children’s Center: Tuition assistance for income qualifying families with infants through grade 2.
Concord Recreation: Scholarships for Concord and Carlisle families to enable their children to attend summer camp.
English at Large: Budget support for individual and small group instruction through a volunteer network to adult immigrants and other newcomers who want to acquire English language skills.
First Connections: Aiding the cost of providing comprehensive parenting education and support services to families with children from birth through age eight.
ThinkGive: Integration of the ThinkGive program into Concord and Carlisle elementary and middle schools, enabling students in grades 4-8 to develop empathy, compassion, and strengthen their understanding of how they can impact the world around them.