The Hawthorn Medical Associates Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Mass. has awarded $23,000 in grants to five regional programs focused on women and children in need. The grants were awarded at a press conference October 14 at New Bedford City Hall, and featured remarks by Mayor Jon Mitchell, Hawthorn Medical Finance Manager Joanne Vicente, CF President Craig Dutra, and Program Officer Lauren Maher Patrick. The grantees are pictured at left (from left), Debra Scholes from Catholic Social Services; Gail Fortes from the YWCA; Anne Sampaio and Cindy Poyant from Child & Family Services; and Valerie Bassett from the Women's Fund. Missing is The Women's Center. For a full press release
- Summer's Last Blast X was a smashing success! Held on Sept. 5 at the beautiful Destruction Brook Farm in South Dartmouth, the annual gala celebration attracted a record 460 guests and raised more than $110,000 for Community Foundation operations! Many thanks to our hosts. George J. Leontire, Esq., and Will J. Milbury, and to our many sponsors, including Gold Sponsors Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corp., Barry Investment Advisors, BayCoast Bank, and Old North Advisors.
- CFSEMA's scholarship program, the foundation of our focus on increasing educational attainment and opportunity for our region, has grown tremendously over the past two years. In 2013, CFSEMA awarded about $275,000 in scholarships from 34 funds to graduating high school seniors from 20 cities and towns, as well as current college students. This represents a significant increase from the $170,000 in scholarships awarded in 2010. CFSEMA also manages 75 educational funds, including five local education foundations, 59 scholarship funds, 11 educational funds for individual schools and programs, an early literacy initiative, and an adult education grant program. The Foundation is also host to the New Bedford Education Roundtable.
The SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project is a website recently 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.
More than 12,000 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. The Energy Challenge also recently received the prestigious Environmental Merit Award for 2014 from the New England Environmental Protection Agency (see photo above, from award presentation on Earth Day). For a full press release