Greater Lowell Community Foundation Awards GranteesMar 25, 2017 07:10AM ● By Theresa Gilman
(Editor's Note: the following information was submitted by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.)
Merrimack Valley Food Bank Receives
$5,500 To Support Mobile Pantry
The Merrimack Valley Food Bank received $5,500 through the Greater Lowell Community Foundation’s Discretionary Grant Program to support its Mobile Pantry Program.
The Mobile Pantry Program is designed to help maintain the good health of homebound elderly and disabled Greater Lowell residents. The individuals served through the Mobile Pantry have no other way of purchasing groceries for themselves. The program provides bags that contain foods specific to clients’ dietary requirements and include information regarding local health and social services resources.
Lowell Youth Activities Program
Awarded $3,500 To Support Stem Programs For Lowell Housing Authority Youth
Lowell Youth Activities Program at the Lowell Housing Authority received $3,500 through the Greater Lowell Community Foundation’s Discretionary Grant Program to support Science on Wheels: Traveling STEM Workshops.
The Traveling STEM Workshops, provided by The Discovery Museums, will allow participants in Lowell Youth Activities Program’s after-school programs to explore relevant concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math via structured, hands-on activities. Many of these youth live in multi-generational households where language barriers and minimal education levels lead to a reduced parental involvement in the children’s studies and school activities.
Zack’s Team Foundation Awarded
$11,500 To Support Zack’s House Recovery Home For Young Men
The Zack’s Team Foundation received $11,500 through the Greater Lowell Community Foundation’s Discretionary Grant Program to support Zack’s House a recovery home for young men.
Zack’s Team Foundation, in partnership with the Lowell House, is renovating a home in Lowell to create a sober house specifically designed for young men in early recovery. This recovery home will be the first of its kind in the Greater Lowell. It fill a major gap in support programs focusing on the long-term recovery and sobriety of young men, as there are very few sober beds available in Merrimack Valley for this particularly vulnerable population.
Through its most recent Discretionary Grant Program, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation supported 17 nonprofit organizations with $131,500 of which $71,500 was designated to address opioid abuse prevention and education programs. Last year, the Community Foundation awarded $1.2 million to nonprofits and students in total grant distributions.
ABOUT THE GREATER LOWELL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Founded in 1997, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation improves the quality of life in Greater Lowell by building philanthropic resources, connecting donors to nonprofit organizations and programs, making effective grants, and providing leadership to address community issues. The Foundation leverages the philanthropic spirit of citizens, families, corporations and nonprofits to best meet the challenges of changing times. The generosity of our donors has enabled the Foundation to award more than $10 million to the Greater Lowell community since 1999.