AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn Youth and Family Services and the Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester received $10,000 and $5,000 grants, respectively, from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation for its spring cycle.
The $10,000 will provide high impact programs and activities for Auburn children, and the $5,000 will be used to support the local music school.
The Greater Worcester Community Foundation approved $623,602 through discretionary grants derived from endowments, which were created by local citizens to support changing community needs.
Grants were paid to 61 organizations to support a range of topics, including summer education programs through Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, English language adult education classes at Spanish American Center, a summer meal program at Rachel’s Table and planting and caring for trees through the Worcester Tree Initiative.
“Discretionary grants fulfill the foundation’s strategy of uplifting the community. We identify key organizations in Central Massachusetts, understand their impact and challenges and provide funding where it is needed most,” said Ann T. Lisi, president and CEO of the foundation. “The grants were well distributed this year among several program areas, including one-quarter for organizations working to improve education, one-half benefiting general human services, and one-quarter for community development agencies and organizations dedicated to the arts and the environment.”
The Greater Worcester Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1975 by local citizens who envisioned a coordinated endowment as a means to build a cohesive and vibrant community and to respond to changing conditions.
In its 37 years, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation has awarded more than $75 million to cultural, educational, human service and civic organizations and has built a charitable endowment exceeding $110 million in over 450 named funds created by area citizens.
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