Other News

  •  Massachusetts ranks 9th nationally when it comes to women’s health and safety, earning a grade of “B-” on women’s health and well-being and “B+” on women’s reproductive rights, according to a recent report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the latest in a series from the Status of Women in the States: 2015 report. "While Massachusetts overall ranks well, women in the SouthCoast, especially poor women and women of color, face major challenges — with higher rates of teen pregnancy, smoking during pregnancy, obesity and related diseases," said Valerie Bassett, Executive Director of the Women's Fund of Southeastern Mass. "We can do better." Read about it in The Standard-Times


  •    The SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project is a website launched by the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative to gather and analyze data related to quality of life issues in New Bedford and Fall River in order to promote informed conversation and decision making. Visit the website at www.southcoastindicators.org for more information.



  • Fall River Alumni Network websiteAt a press conference April 28, Fall River area leaders announced the launch of the Fall River Alumni Network (FRAN), a social networking tool to reach and involve former Fall River citizens wherever they may currently reside in the revitalization of Fall River. FRAN is a fund of the Community Foundation. This much anticipated tool, under development for the past 18 months, was created to encourage absentee Fall River alumni to invest their time, money and ideas in projects back home. Read the full press release

  • SEEAL Environmental Merit AwardMore than 16,000 SouthCoast residents are now taking the SouthCoast Energy Challenge and are committed to reducing their energy consumption. The Energy Challenge, a project of SEEAL, is a region-wide energy efficiency campaign to mobilize 15% of SouthCoast households to take energy saving actions.