Six SE Mass. Nonprofits Get $40K for Children, Families

September 21, 2019 — The Anthony F. Cordeiro Charitable Foundation recently announced it has granted $40,000 to six nonprofits in southeastern Massachusetts that provide programs and services to support children and families.

Receiving funding from the foundation’s first grant cycle of 2019 were the following:
Animal Rescue League of Fall River (ARLFR), Fall River: $1,500 to help fund the construction of new cat towers to properly shelter rescue animals. Funds will provide additional towers to accommodate shelter cats that are cleaner, safer, and healthier.

ARLFR, which began as the Faxon Animal Rescue League of Greater Fall River, offers programs to assist pet owners, including bereavement counseling, a volunteer program, foster care, special medical funds, community outreach, and a humane education program that is taught both on site as well as in the schools throughout southeastern Massachusetts.

The Boys & Girls Club, Fall River: $5,000 to support the Kids Café program, which serves healthy dinners to children Tuesday through Friday and lunches on Saturday afternoons. Approximately 60% of the club’s attendees participate in the meal program. The Kids Café enables parents to work beyond school hours knowing that their children will receive a healthy meal. Saturday lunches ensure that children will receive at least one nutritious meal over the weekend.

Incorporated as The Boys Club of Fall River in 1892, adopted its current name in 1982. In 2005, it expanded its facilities on Bedford Street with an 18,000-square-foot, three level addition. Today, it offers programs that foster education and career development, healthy lifestyles, and citizenship.

Child and Family Services, New Bedford: $25,000 to continue its work healing and strengthening the lives of area families. Funds were raised via the foundation’s annual golf tournament held this summer.

Child & Family Services, one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in southeastern Massachusetts, began as the New Bedford Orphans’ Home in 1843 to help children left homeless and without families during the whaling era. In 1999 it changed its name from New Bedford Child & Family Service to Child & Family Services to reflect the broader geography it serves.

First Step Inn, Fall River: $2,500 to support the shelter’s Home Basket Initiative that provides small appliances and tangible household products, including pots, pans, silverware, plates, potholders, toothbrushes, and wastebaskets to formerly homeless individuals who are transitioning into a new home.

The First Step Inn provides safe shelter and daily nutritious meals to the homeless persons in Fall River, as well as case management services that connect people to housing, employment, mainstream resources, primary, and behavioral healthcare, as well as other services.

To The Moon and Back (TTMAB), Plymouth: $1,500 to help children born substance exposed and their caregivers by hosting support groups and providing peer support to families by increasing their awareness of existing community resources.

TTMAB provides bi-monthly support groups for caregivers (foster and adoptive parents, relative and non-relative) of children born with substance exposure and serves as a welcoming resource for caregivers to connect with their peers.

YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts New Bedford: $4,500 to support the residential housing facility’s expansion to another residential housing facility. “Another Woman’s Place” slated to open in the fall. Funds will help purchase items for the program’s newest residents, including kitchen items, bedding, lamps, couches, and storage sheds.

Incorporated in 1911 as the Young Women’s Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) of New Bedford, the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts today provides opportunities to help women and their families reach their fullest potential by addressing racial and gender inequities, advocating for racial justice, economic advancement, and the empowerment of women and girls.


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