Two agencies are receiving grants from the Foundation for the first time; three have previously been awarded grants. The recipients, amounts of their awards, purposes of the grants, and history of grants from the foundation, with links to available websites:
The Family Van in Roxbury Crossing received $25,000 to support the agency’s youth initiative, including volunteer training and health priorities. The agency, which provides free preventive health services, education and referrals to youth in Boston’s underserved neighborhoods, received a grant of $10,000 in 2013 from the Foundation to support its initiative targeting high-risk youth age 12-24. www.familyvan.org
Peer Health Exchange was awarded $25,000 to train college students to teach comprehensive health education to 4,100 high-school students who otherwise would not receive this education. The agency received grants of $15,000 in 2012 and $20,000 in 2010 to train college students to develop a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. www.peerhealthexchange.org
Women’s Lunch Place received $10,000 to support the agency’s mission of improving the health and well-being for women experiencing poverty or homelessness. Located in Boston’s Back Bay section, the agency serves more than 200 women every day. This grant is the agency’s first from the Foundation. www.womenslunchplace.org
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center in Cambridge received a grant of $10,000 to support the training of medical professionals at Boston Medical Center and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Founded in 1973, with a mission to end sexual violence, the agency has received three previous grants from the Foundation, in 2004, 2006, and 2007, totaling $55,000. www.barcc.org
Sunday Special Needs Swim, a program of the YMCA of Greater Boston was awarded $5,000 to provide for the cost of special needs teachers who conduct swim sessions for special needs children. This is the program’s first grant from the Foundation. www.ymcaboston.org
The grants to the agencies were five of 12 awards totaling $196,500 made by the foundation for 2014 to agencies across the state to support health and medical services that address a variety of health and medical services, including HIV testing, training for rape crisis counselors, teen health services, violence prevention, and heath care for the uninsured and underinsured.
The Massachusetts Medical Society & Alliance Charitable Foundation is a supporting organization of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the statewide association of physicians, and works on behalf of physicians and their families to improve the health and well-being of people across the Commonwealth. It supports physician-led volunteer initiatives that provide free care to the uninsured and increased access to care for the underserved.
More information on the MMS and Alliance Charitable Foundation may be found at www.mmsfoundation.org.