The Hawthorn Medical Associates Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation has awarded $20,000 in grants to four local programs focused on women and children in need. Grants of $5,000 each were awarded to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater New Bedford, to support the addition of youth programming within the New Bedford Wellness Initiative, specifically, teaching life skills through basketball; Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County (CAC), for Protecting Our Children from Sexual Abuse: Advice for a Sex Offender Treatment Provider; The Women’s Fund of Southeastern Mass. for its LifeWork Project to provide financial incentives and matching funds for women participating in the five-year program; and to the YWCA of Southeastern Mass. for its Financial Literacy for Women program. Pictured are participants in the 2016 LifeWork graduation. Read the full story
- Leadership SouthCoast, the region's community leadership development program which is fiscally sponsored by the Community Foundation, has selected 37 participants for its class of 2017 – the largest in the organization’s 12-year history. The group will convene for a two-day kick-off retreat in January and will then meet one day a month through September to explore topics of regional importance including economic development, education, public health, environmental sustainability, government, and criminal justice. See the class list
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 for more information.
The Bank Five Foundation, a fund of the Community Foundation, recently awarded $5,000 to Partners in Housing, Inc. for bedroom furnishings at the O’Connor-Sisson House for Veterans on Route 6 in Dartmouth. Read the full press release. Pictured (L-R): Andrea Amaral Rodrigues, VP Marketing Manager at BankFive, William R. Eccles, Jr., President & CEO at BankFive, Connie Desbiens, Executive Director at Dartmouth Housing Authority, and John Vasconcellos, President at CFSEMA.
The Community Foundation hosted its 21st Annual Meeting on October 18 at the grand and historic main branch of the New Bedford Free Public Library. In his keynote remarks, recently appointed President John Vasconcellos talked about building on the legacy of the Foundation's first two decades as well as "the need for our future work to be driven and informed by a set of values that will serve us going forward." Also on the agenda was the election of two new board members, Colleen C. Carney and Erik Domingues, M.D., FAAD, who is pictured at left with John Vasconcellos. Read the full press release for more about the meeting. Click the photo above for more images; photos by Robert Hughes