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Greater Lowell Community Foundation eyes Nashoba Valley Health

Living Water Fellowship in Ayer received a $5,000 grant from the Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund for Stone Soup Kitchen. Above, Stone Soup Kitchen team members get to work packing food in bags before the pantry opens to clients. PHOTO COURTESY OF GREATER LOWELL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Living Water Fellowship in Ayer received a $5,000 grant from the Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund for Stone Soup Kitchen. Above, Stone Soup Kitchen team members get to work packing food in bags before the pantry opens to clients. PHOTO COURTESY OF GREATER LOWELL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
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LOWELL — The Greater Lowell Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts recently awarded nearly $182,000 in grants to 16 local nonprofits from the Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund to help improve the health of area residents.

Priority was given to proposals pertaining to prevention of health problems, access to health care, elder, youth, and adolescent health, mental health, and health care service provision.

Recipients of the grants were selected by the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund Advisory Committee, comprised of local leaders in business, health care and education.

“The Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund provides impactful grants,” said Jay Linnehan, president and CEO of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. “We greatly appreciate the hard work and diligence of the volunteer advisory committee in prioritizing the health needs of residents in our local communities.”

Stephen Adams, president of the North Center foundation, said the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund plays an important role in the quality of life throughout the region.

“We were impressed by the caliber of the applicants and are pleased to be able to support their efforts across areas including food insecurity, health care access, shelter, mental health services and more,” Adams said.

Below is a list of the Nashoba Valley Healthcare Grant recipients, what the funding will be used for and how much they received:

  • Able to Serve-New England Inc. (Lowell): Hope for Women with Children in Nashoba Valley – $1,500
  • Advocates (Framingham): Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Local Seniors – $20,000
  • Ashby Fire and EMS (Ashby): Improvement of provider training and skill maintenance in rural EMS system – $6,313
  • Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg (Lunenburg): BGCL After-school (COVID) Program – $10,000
  • Clear Path for Veterans New England (Devens): Brain Retrain Neural Mapping, an Integrated Health and Wellness Program for Veterans – $20,000
  • Doctor Franklin Perkins School (Lancaster): Perkins Behavioral Health Services in the Nashoba Valley – $15,000
  • Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts Inc. (Acton): Critical Home Repair Program Supporting Economically Distressed Families from Nashoba Valley – $20,000
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell (Westford): Critical home repair program for seniors – $10,000
  • Littleton Community Farm (Littleton): Growing for Expanded Hunger Relief – $9,598
  • Living Water Fellowship (Ayer): Stone Soup Kitchen Ministries – $5,000
  • North Star Family Services Inc. (Leominster): North Star – Family and Children Wellness Initiative -$20,000
  • Our Father’s House (Fitchburg): Ensuring Health Wellness in Homeless Children – $16,000
  • Townsend Ecumenical Outreach (Townsend): Healthy Food For Vulnerable Populations – $7,800
  • United Methodist Action Reach out in Mission by Youth: Elder Services Home Repairs in Westford, Chelmsford and Groton – $5,000
  • Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Inc. (Harvard): Equitable Access to Psychosocial Therapeutic Services for Cancer Patients, Families & Caregivers – $10,000
  • VNA Care Network Inc. (Lowell): Removing Barriers to Health: Nursing and Social Work Case Management – $5,000

The Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund provides annual distributions to nonprofit organizations, municipalities and other agencies to advance the health of residents in 13 communities, including Ashby, Ayer, Bolton, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford.

For more information on the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, please visit glcfoundation.org.