Summer's Last Blast returned to the beautiful Destruction Brook Farm in South Dartmouth, on Sept. 11, and was a resounding success! The annual gala celebration attracted more than 500 guests - a record - and raised over $130,000 for Community Foundation operations! Many thanks to our hosts, George J. Leontire, Esq., and William J. Milbury, and to our many sponsors, including Gold Sponsors Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corp., Barry Investment Advisors, and BayCoast Bank. Click the photo above for a full photo album.
- 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
At 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
- The BankFive Foundation, a Community Foundation fund, recently awarded $25,000 to Coastline Elderly Services for a Meals on Wheels delivery vehicle. For a full press release
- Sara Feijo, a reporter at the Cambridge Chronicle and Tab and a Durfee High School/UMass Dartmouth graduate, has been awarded the third annual MacGregor Fiske Novice Journalist Award. A $1,000 stipend check was presented to Ms. Feijo on May 14 during a ceremony at The Chronicle & Tab headquarters in Somerville. Read the press release Pictured, Editor Amy Saltzman (left) with Sara Feijo at the Cambridge Chronicle & Tab
- 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.