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Foundation Donates $357,020 to 53 New England Charities

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA - During the 2009-10 season the Boston Bruins Foundation donated a total of $357,020 through 53 grants to a wide array of charitable organizations in the New England area. The organizations ranged from those devoted to helping underprivileged children and children with disabilities to creating a safe environment for communities to grow into healthy spaces. For a complete list of organizations and the amount donated to each please see below.

The Boston Bruins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation whose mission is to assist charitable organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. Since its inception in July 2003 by the Jacobs Family, it has raised more than $5 million dollars through a series of fundraising events. The Foundation, which provides grants to organizations that meet the standards of its mission, concentrates on athletics, academics, health, and community outreach programs that assist in helping enrich the lives of children throughout New England.

AccesSport America ($5,000)- A national non-profit organization founded in 1995, inspires higher function and fitness for children and adults of all disabilities through high-challenge sports. Programs are designed to promote each person's highest physical and athletic potential while cultivating social and emotional well-being.

America SCORES New England (5,000)- Their mission statement is “to empower students in urban communities using soccer, writing, creative expression, and service-learning. With teamwork as the unifying value, we inspire youths to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students, and become agents of change in their communities.” Today, they serve more than 6,000 youths in 14 cities since being founded in 1994.

American Heart Association ($5,000)- Their mission statement is “to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.” They accomplish this through the promotion of awareness towards the signs of stroke and other heart related diseases. They also promote healthy lifestyles for people of all ages and provide information on diets, exercise plans and other lifestyle changes that will help reduce the risk for heart disease.

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence ($2,500)- ATASK primarily serves Asian families and individuals in Massachusetts and New England who suffer from or are at risk of suffering from domestic violence. Their clients include a range of Asian ethnic populations. ATASK embraces and represents all ages, cultures, abilities, and sexual preferences.

Best Buddies Massachusetts ($5,000)- Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989, Best Buddies will positively impact more than 400,000 individuals this year. Best Buddies also is systematically implementing our 2010 initiative that will witness the organization's continued significant growth, both domestically and overseas. Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute services to the community that equate to more than $70 million USD.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater New Bedford - Child & Family Services, Inc. ($5,000)- Child & Family Services has been enhancing the lives of thousands of people in the Greater New Bedford area since 1843. They help children, adults, and families deal with tough times and struggles they face. They offer more than 20 programs and serve more than 13,000 people each year in Fall River, Hyannis, Lawrence and New Bedford. They provide quality services to volunteers and children between the ages of 7-14 years who reside in the area between Dartmouth and Wareham. Through a committed one on one relationship with a caring individual, children will benefit from the relationship and have that assistance to grow into caring, responsible adults.

Bird Street Community Center ($2,500)- Upham's Corner Community Center - It is a private, nonprofit organization providing high quality, affordable childcare and recreational, educational and developmental activities for children and youth in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. They serve more than 900 youth between the ages of 5 and 22 year-round with a variety of programs that encourage and promote their intellectual, physical, and social development. Their mission is to provide low income high-risk youth with all of the critical programs and services that allow inner city children and youth to rise above poverty, to become the first in their families to graduate from college, to lead the community as a place of peace and prosperity, and to thrive as the adults of tomorrow. Bird Street provides these programs and services in an environment that is youth-friendly, safe, and supportive of the potential that is possible when families, schools, and agencies work together to nurture the young.

Birthday Wishes, Inc. ($7,500)- Their mission is to bring birthday parties to homeless children. Birthday Wishes recognizes the importance of a birthday in a child's life and believes that the gift of a birthday celebration provides normalcy, joy and hope in these children's otherwise unsettled lives. Their “grassroots philosophy fosters the spirit of volunteerism and community service in the adults, children and families who donate their time and resources to our mission.”

Boston Children's Chorus ($2,500)- The Boston Children’s Chorus harnesses the power and joy of music to unite our city’s diverse communities and inspire social change. Their singers “transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music.” Through intensive choral training and high-profile public performance experience (locally, throughout the U.S. and around the world), they learn discipline, develop leadership skills, and proudly represent the city of Boston as ambassadors of harmony.

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence ($5,000)- Their mission statement is to maintain a Club for all youth without distinction to race, gender, color or creed, to provide behavior guidance and to promote the health, social, educational, vocational, and character development for all of our members. Provides college counseling and scholarship assistance for high school members.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc. ($15,000)- Founded nearly 30 years ago, Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ mission is to enable high-risk, runaway and homeless youth to achieve a healthy and productive adulthood through prevention, intervention, and education services. Serving 2,433 youth ages 14 - 24 each year, Bridge offers a comprehensive range of health, educational, career and housing services. Bridge is the only agency in the Boston area to provide a continuum of age-appropriate services.

Camp Harbor View Foundation, Inc. ($5,000)- Created to offer Boston children a true summer camp experience, Camp Harbor View is an initiative of the not-for-profit Camp Harbor View Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the City of Boston and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. They offer 700 children ages 11 to 14 living in Boston’s at-risk neighborhoods the opportunity to leave the city during the day and participate in a four-week summer camp program. Offering the traditional activities that summer camp is known for, such as hiking, arts and crafts, sports and swimming, Camp Harbor View also includes innovative programs that strive to build children’s confidence and leadership strengths. Collaboration with their Program Partners provides the campers the opportunity for learning and discovery through a wide range of programs and activities brought to us by experts in their field.

Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc. ($12,500)- As one of the largest providers of social services in Massachusetts, Catholic Charities of Boston offers nearly 140 programs and services in 40 locations around Eastern Massachusetts from Lawrence to Brockton and Natick to Boston. Their Basic Needs Service sites throughout Eastern Massachusetts helped 178,650 of Boston’s neediest neighbors of all faiths. Their goal is to maintain a strong commitment that has guided it for more than 100 years and remain focused on their mission of building a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people.

Center for Social Development and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston - Camp Shriver ($5,000)- For thirty years, the goal of the Center for Social Development & Education (CSDE) has been to enhance the overall quality of life of children who are at risk for adverse outcomes due to environmental, behavioral, or genetic factors. Unique to CSDE's mission is the value it places on the social development of children and adolescents who have learning or behavioral problems, and on fostering relationships with families and schools to ensure the development of a socially competent and well-adjusted student. Camp Shriver is an inclusive summer program for children with and without intellectual disabilities. The goals of the camp are: To provide sports; and other recreational and enrichment activities for all participants, to use sports as a vehicle for improving not only campers’ sports skills and overall motor development, but also their self-esteem, social skills, and confidence in building relationships with peers and to create an atmosphere of understanding, learning, and sharing so that campers from diverse backgrounds with and without disabilities can engage in positive peer relationships and develop new friendships.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech ($5,000)- Clarke provides deaf and hard of hearing children with the listening, learning, and spoken language skills they need to succeed. Annually, more than 800 children and their families benefit from programs and services provided by Clarke in five different locations: Boston, New York City, Jacksonville, North Hampton, and Philadelphia.

Cove Center for Grieving Children ($2,000)- The Cove provides family and school-based programs utilizing the peer support group concept for helping children, teens and families work with their unresolved grief due to the death of someone significant in their lives and other traumatic losses. The Cove also provides professional development and training for adults working with children and teens.

Cradles to Crayons ($25,000)- Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002, with the mission of providing to children ages 0 to 12 some of the most important basics of life-free of charge. These basics include clothing, school supplies, toys, and much more. In other words, we provide all the physical goods that children need to be safe, protected from the elements, and ready to learn. They then supply the children with high-quality used or new goods. Cradles to Crayons partners with social-service organizations to connect communities that have surplus resources-new or used items in good condition-with communities that desperately need access to those resources.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ($10,000)- The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease. The Foundation is the leading organization in the United States devoted to cystic fibrosis. It funds and accredits more than 115 CF care centers, 95 adult care programs and 50 affiliate programs, and more than 70 chapters and branch offices nationwide.

Dream Day on Cape Cod ($5,000)- They are dedicated to the special children it serves, Dream Day on Cape Cod continues to provide fun, friends and a peaceful haven for children with life-threatening illness and their families. We accomplish this through summer camps, dream day family events, volunteers and fundraising.

East End House ($5,000)- Originally established in 1875, East End House is a not-for-profit, multi-service community center and social service agency with an on-going commitment to a diverse population, providing programs and services to strengthen family and community. East End House is the center of community life, a safe haven welcoming, linking, and collaborating with individuals of all ages, their families, businesses, and community institutions to create innovative programs in pursuit of excellence on a sound fiscal basis.

Everybody Wins Metro Boston, Inc. ($7,500)- Everybody Wins! Metro Boston (EWMB) is the Boston-based affiliate of Everybody Wins! USA; a national literacy and mentoring nonprofit organization that increases children’s opportunities for success in school and in life through one-to-one reading experiences with caring adults. Everybody Wins! signature program, Power Lunch, is a lunchtime reading and mentoring program proven to improve reading skills and attitudes toward reading. Each week, volunteers from businesses and community groups travel to local elementary schools during the lunch hour for one-to-one reading with students, promoting the skills and love of reading through reading aloud, sharing favorite stories, and talking about books. Their mission is to reach children while they are young, stimulate their interest in reading and learning, and encourage them to believe that they, too, can be successful.

Family Reach ($5,000)- Their mission is to provide financial relief and heartfelt support to families fighting cancer. The majority of the funds raised are dedicated to families with a child or young adult who is being treated for a pediatric or other type of cancer. They have also designated a portion of funds for other special cases, including other adult cancers and catastrophic illnesses. The common element is that children are involved and impacted, either directly as patients, or indirectly within the family.

Franciscan Hospital for Children ($20,000)- Since 1949, Franciscan Hospital for Children has pioneered clinical, therapeutic and educational programs for children with a variety of disabilities. Through the years, as one of the nation's largest pediatric rehabilitation hospitals, they have expanded our complement of programs and services for children with special health care needs, as well as for children from the local community. They continuum of care includes inpatient, residential, educational, surgical, outpatient and home care programs, a combination of services for children that is hard to find anywhere else. At Franciscan Hospital for Children, they promote the integrity and well being of children and their caregivers through their quality of care. This allows each child the opportunity to achieve the maximum potential in an atmosphere of respect, compassion and dignity. Through family-centered programs, their physicians, nurses, clinicians and educators are committed to helping children reach their full potential.

Generations, Inc. ($7,500)- Senior citizens all over the nation will contribute mightily to the nurturing, mentoring, and academic success of children who are struggling with the effects of poverty. Children will contribute mightily to the happiness, well-being, and sense of community for senior citizens. Generations Incorporated unites older adults and youth in partnership to strengthen individuals and communities. In recent years, their mission has been realized through our Experience Corps program. Through the program, they recruit, train, and support hundreds of senior citizens to serve as literacy volunteers to thousands of children who are not proficient in literacy.

Groton Dunstable Education Foundation ($5,000)- The Groton Dunstable Education Foundation is a volunteer non-profit organization committed to enhancing the success of our public schools by providing private funding for innovative, inspiring programs and opportunities. This community driven foundation believes that each child deserves an excellent educational experience and that supported and successful schools are fundamental elements of our special communities.

Healthy Girls, Healthy Women Program of Health Resources in Action (HRiA) ($3,000)- Health Resources in Action is a non-profit, public health and medical research funding organization committed to helping people live healthier lives and creating healthy communities through prevention, health promotion, policy and research. This particular program is geared towards helping women create positive views of themselves through healthy lifestyles at a young age.

Horizons for Homeless Children ($5,000)- Horizons for Homeless Children helps children learn how to play, to share, to read, and to enjoy exploring their worlds. They help parents learn how to be nurturing and involved in the growth and development of their children, and help them learn and grow through job training, GED and college courses. They also help to stabilize families so that they can weather any crisis, and thus help to break the cycle of homelessness that too often occurs.

House of Peace and Education ($2,500)- HOPE was founded in 1996 in response to high levels of poverty and a growing trend of violence in the greater Gardner area of Massachusetts. Since that time, HOPE has helped hundreds of at risk children and women to reclaim their futures. From the outset, the four HOPE founders worked to establish the organization with strength so that in time it might be transferred to the care of the Greater Gardner community to carry on its mission. The founders envisioned that “circles of community” would widen as HOPE grew. Their intent was to provide service for and with their neighbors without distinction, continuing the 350-year history of the Sisters of St. Joseph to serve the “dear neighbor,” especially those in need.

Jumpstart ($25,000)- Jumpstart is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. To support this mission, they bring college students and community volunteers together with preschool children in low-income communities for a full school year of individualized mentoring and tutoring. Jumpstart’s research-based curriculum is focused on building language, literacy, social and emotional skills in preschool children, while providing our volunteers with a rewarding way to have lasting impact in their communities.

Lazarus House ($5,000)- now provides a continuum of services to people who are in dire need of life's most basic necessities, and their mission is to see the "face of Jesus" in all people they serve. “We help to prevent homelessness by providing food orders from our food pantry for those who cannot afford to pay both the rent and buy food. If that fails, we provide shelter. All of our guests are assigned an advocate who will assist them with a tailored plan for reconstructing their lives in a way that will allow them to be active and productive members of the community. We provide free medical and dental services. A pre-school room affords our guests the ability to keep appointments and interviews for jobs, housing and social services without having their children accompany them. It also enables them to focus on their needs and gives their children the opportunity to be just that-children. Our job-training program offers an extensive learning environment where English classes, life skills and job training skills are taught. After completion of their classroom studies, our students begin a seven-month paid work internship at our cleaning company.”

March of Dimes ($5,000)- Massachusetts Chapter - Their mission is t improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. We carry out this mission through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies' lives.

Martha's Vineyard Boys and Girls Club, Inc. ($2,000)- They are dedicated to their Mission Statement: To provide quality programs and services to all ages of the Island-wide youth population that will prepare them for healthy and productive lives through professionally developed programs that help to develop self-esteem, leadership skills, personal values, and mutual respect, in fun and safe environments.

Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation ($5,000)- The Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation (MASF), organizer of the Bay State Summer and Winter Games, provides quality Olympic-style athletic competitions and developmental programs for Massachusetts’s amateur athletes of all ages and abilities. The MASF operates statewide and year-round to promote personal development, education, physical fitness, teamwork, sportsmanship and mutual respect. The MASF is a member of the National Congress of State Games, which is comprised of almost 40 states nationwide that conduct State Games events. Their mission statement is - "To promote personal development, education, fitness, teamwork and sportsmanship through athletic competitions and scholarship programs for the people of Massachusetts.”

Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress ($5,000)- Their mission is to ensure individuals with Down syndrome in Massachusetts are valued, included, and given the opportunities to pursue fulfilling lives by providing information, networking opportunities, and advocacy for people with Down syndrome and their families, educators, health care professionals, and the community-at-large.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - STEM Program ($10,000)- The Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Program is a year-round academic enrichment opportunity provided free of charge to talented middle school students who want to get ahead in math and science. During the summer, STEM offers a five-week Summer Institute on MIT’s campus for students entering sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth grade. Taught by MIT undergraduates, the Summer Institute courses combine lectures, projects and experiments to support learning. Participants learn college-level material, get to play a racquet sport, take field trips to places like the Museum of Science and meet some very interesting people. During the academic year, STEM offers a nine-month Mentoring Program, which matches each of our middle school participants with an MIT student mentor, who shares similar interests. One Saturday each month, the mentors and mentees gather on MIT’s campus for brunch and a series of structured and unstructured social and academic exchanges.

Massachusetts Special Hockey Association ($5,000)- The association is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to young children with Down syndrome to learn and play hockey in a friendly and fun environment. The MSHA manifests itself in the form of the Boston Bear Cups, a member of the American Special Hockey Association.

More Opportunities for Neighborhood Youth (MONEY) ($1,500)- The Mikail R. Russo More Opportunities for Neighborhood Youth Athletic Foundation was created to ease the cost of youth athletics. The memorial foundation’s mission is to help Maine teams, organizations, and individual athletes who show need.

Mount Washington Valley Masonic Angel Fund ($1,500)- The Fund provides modest assistance to children in need who do not fit the criteria for the usual social-service programs. Such assistance might be to provide a pair of glasses, a coat, shoes, field trip fees or minor health services. MAF benevolences can cover almost any need that will enhance a child's learning experience - some Masonic Angel Funds even provide scholarships for music and fine arts instruction. Applications for assistance will be fulfilled via confidential requests from local school principals, counselors and school nurses. For example, if the nurse discovers a child who needs a winter coat she simply makes a request to the Trustees of the Angel Fund who will issue a check to the principal or nurse in an appropriate amount.

Nantucket S.T.A.R ($2,500)- Their mission is to provide specialized, therapeutic, accessible recreation, and adaptive sports to children with a wide range of challenges and disabilities. Their goal is to leave no child left behind due to the degree of challenges, be it physical, mental, emotional, or neurological. The program was founded in 2003 due to a great need in the community for recreation and sports for children with special needs. Now, alongside their peers, children on Nantucket with special needs have access to sports, after-school activities and playgroups.

On Belay ($2,520)- On Belay provides unique adventure based programs that build community among children 9-19 who have or have had a family member with cancer.

Partners for Youth with Disabilities ($10,000)- Their mission statement “committed to empowering young people with disabilities to reach their full potential. We do this by providing high quality one-to-one and group mentoring programs where caring adults act as positive role models and provide support, understanding and guidance for youth as they strive to reach their personal, educational and career goals.”

Perkins School for the Blind ($10,000)- Perkins School for the Blind is committed to providing education and services that build productive, meaningful lives for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired with or without other disabilities.

Progeria Research Foundation ($5,000)- Their mission statement is “to discover the cure and effective treatment for Progeria and its aging related disorders”. Today, PRF is the only non-profit organization solely dedicated to finding treatments and the cure for Progeria, and is now being hailed as a model for disease-research organizations and a prime example of successful translational research, moving from the lab to treatments at a pace virtually unheard of in the scientific community.

Raw Art Works ($2,500)- RAW provides innovative ways for young people to engage in art-making that can and does transform their lives. Through untraditional art concepts, RAW gives children and teens the opportunity to express what's really going on in their lives. After kids render their emotions and experiences in color, it's often easier to put what they're feeling into words. At RAW, every child is given the tools to succeed--both in art and in life.

ReadBoston ($10,000)- In partnership with communities, the BRA plans Boston's future while respecting its past. We prepare our residents for new opportunities through training, human service and job creation. The BRA guides physical, social, and economic change in Boston's neighborhoods and its downtown to shape a more prosperous, sustainable, and beautiful city for all.

Revolving Museum ($3,000)- The Revolving Museum is an evolving laboratory of creative expression for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities who seek to experience the transformative power of art. Through public art, exhibitions, and educational programs they promote artistic exploration and appreciation, encourage community participation and growth, and provide opportunities for individual empowerment and collective change.

Special Olympics Massachusetts ($10,000)- The mission of Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of well-coached Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Massachusetts also provides athletes with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, prepare for entry into school and community programs, express courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics Athletes, and the community.

Sports Legacy Institute ($7,500)- The mission of the Sports Legacy Institute is to advance the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. SLI was founded in 2007 to “Solve the Sports Concussion Crisis,” and in 2009, SLI launched programs to also serve our military veterans. SLI is primarily focused on the study of the degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, a condition caused by repetitive concussive and sub-concussive brain injuries.

Starlight Children's Foundation ($7,500)- Starlight brings together experts from pediatric health care, technology and entertainment to create programs that educate, entertain and inspire seriously ill children. Whether it’s finding friends online, learning more about a disease, or just spending time together as a family, Starlight’s programs help children and families cope with the challenges they face daily.

Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children ($20,000)- Floating Hospital for Children is a full-service children's hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. As part of Tufts Medical Center, Floating Hospital for Children is the principal teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children offers a comprehensive range of pediatric services from prevention and primary care to the most sophisticated treatment of rare and unusual conditions. Our focus and mission every day is to improve the lives of children and their families. At our children's hospital we treat each child as if they are our own.

Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger ($1,000)- The mission of the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger is to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters. Since 1993 our outreach programs have substantially enhanced Vermont’s nutrition safety net and increased access to nutritious foods.

W.h.y. M.e., Inc. ($5,000)- Why Me is a Worcester Based non-profit organization created to help Central New England families cope with childhood cancer. Why Me is not affiliated with any national organization. All funds are raised directly by the Why Me organization and no funding comes from hospital partners.

WriteBoston ($5,000)- Founded in 2002, WriteBoston is a citywide initiative that seeks to foster a “culture of writing” in all public high schools in Boston. WriteBoston works to improve writing proficiency among high school students by matching teachers with expert writing coaches and creating opportunities for students to engage in the writing process with peers and community members.
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