AUBURN, Mass. - The Auburn Foundation, an endowed fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, distributed $16,000 in May to Auburn non-profits.
The projects and events that benefited were a children’s summer theater camp, science-based hand-on learning for elementary school children, enhancements to the Pappas Recreational Complex, heating assistance for families and summer youth programs.
Here are the grant recipients:
--Auburn Youth and Family Services received $3,000 for its Summer Youth Development Program. The program will serve about 60 kids. A major focus of all of the programs is to strengthen and support family relationships, and the non-profit said that summertime is the perfect opportunity to plan and implement several family events.
--Friends of the Pappas Recreation Complex received $4,000 for dugouts at the Dr. Arthur and Dr. Martha Pappas Recreation Complex. This money will help purchase baseball/softball dugouts for three fields at the complex.
--Keeping Auburn Warm received $2,500, which will go toward fuel assistance for low-income residents. The program will assist those in need to pay for home heating and fuel. Auburn residents must apply for this assistance and meet income eligibility guidelines.
--Massachusetts Audubon Society received $5,000 for its Plant Science Program. This is a program for all third grade classes in Auburn, which takes place at the Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center. The program is designed to increase students’ knowledge of plant parts and to address the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework, as well as linking it to the real world through habitat study.
--Auburn’s Department of Recreation & Culture received $1,500 for the Auburn Children’s Summer Theater Camp. This three-week program exposes students to all aspects of theater production. In two years, this program has become highly regarded and anticipated by the residents of Auburn. The dates this summer are July 9 through 20, and the performance is called Pom Pom Zombies, a lively comedic musical.
The Auburn Foundation is a permanent charitable resource created in 2002 by lifelong residents Arthur M. Pappas, M.D. and Martha R. Pappas. In the 10 year history of the Auburn Foundation, 54 grants have been awarded totaling more than $156,000. A volunteer advisory committee comprised of current and former Auburn residents reviewed the grant proposals and recommended awards.