Nonprofits win grants from Cordeiro Foundation

FALL RIVER — The Anthony F. Cordeiro Charitable Foundation recently announced that in its second grant cycle of 2020, grants totaling $37,850 were awarded to six area nonprofit organizations for a variety of activities that support the organization’s mission.

The Anthony F. Cordeiro Charitable Foundation serves communities within Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Its mission is to enrich the lives of families and children who are burdened by life’s challenges by providing access to vital resources including health and mental health services, food and shelter. Funding is awarded twice a year to nonprofit organizations that provide vital services and programming.

The second round of awards for 2020 announced are:
Southcoast Hospitals Group (New Bedford)
$2,500 was granted to support the Wellness Van that enables Southcoast Hospitals Group to provide more services to local residents. This includes maintaining COVID-19 testing in addition to offering flu, pneumonia and pediatric vaccination clinics, preventative screenings and health education.

Forever Paws (Fall River)
$1,000 was granted to this pet shelter to help two severely abused animals on the road to recovery and eventual adoption. The pets — a cat named Molly who lost her eye, and a black Labrador retriever named Giovanni Cannoli who suffers from heart-related issues — have since been adopted and are doing well.

Child and Family Services (New Bedford)
$25,000 raised from The Cordeiro Foundation’s annual golf tournament in September went to Child and Family Services continue its exceptional work healing and strengthening the lives of area families. Funds will be used to support CFS’ Adoption programs, which help find homes for the children who spend their days in the foster care system, as well as their Caring Network, providing free counseling to children traumatized by domestic and/or community violence.
Camp Ellie Mae (Swansea)

$3,000 was granted to support the organization’s overnight summer camp for young girls ages 3 to 18 to encourage leadership and life skills and to build their self-esteem. The girls will experience real outdoor camping, and the policy of no electronic devices ensures that they will focus on the group experience rather than the distractions and isolation often associated with social media.

Medicine Horse (Tiverton)
$1,500 was granted to help provide equine-assisted psychotherapy sessions to frontline COVID-19 healthcare workers that address issues including anxiety, depression and trauma. The treatment team consists of an equine specialist, a licensed mental health professional and several horses. As this type of therapy is not reimbursed by insurance, this grant will be used to help cover the cost of treatment so participants will not have to pay out-of-pocket for the service.

The Boston Home (Boston)
$4,850 was granted to purchase a Hausmann Electric Tilt Table and Folding Parallel Bars for its resident and outpatient clients. The mission of the Boston Home is to enable adults with advanced multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders to live as independently as possible through exceptional clinical care, compassion and innovative programs. The Hausmann Electric Tilt Table enables participants to progress from wheelchair-level sitting to partial weight-bearing standing leveraging TBH’s overhead lift system as needed. The folding parallel bars provide the next step to the Electric Tilt Table, allowing participants to move from a seated to standing position and even the possibility of walking short distances.

“Due to the extraordinary circumstances of 2020, we focused last year’s first-round awards on immediate health and safety needs relating to the pandemic,” said Melanie Cordeiro, executive director of the Cordeiro Charitable Foundation. “Our second-round of grants was specifically targeted to address a myriad of mental and physical health and wellness issues that were identified as the year progressed that significantly impacted individuals, families, children and even animals.”

The foundation is now accepting grant applications for its first round of funding for 2021. The foundation accepts applications from area nonprofit organizations in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island whose programs align with its mission.

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