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Webster Five Foundation Champions Local Nonprofits with Over $62,000 in Charitable Giving

Auburn, MA – The Webster Five Foundation is proud to announce their second round of grant recipients for 2024. This quarter, the Foundation has awarded $62,670 in grants to 17 organizations, 15 of which are based in Worcester County.

Each quarter, the Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations or programs that support expanding or improving access to education, culture and the arts, social services, charitable activities and community development.

In this grant cycle, the following organizations were awarded funding from the Webster Five Foundation:

  • Apple Tree Arts — $2,000 to provide financial aid assistance to support the full spectrum of students enrolled in Apple Tree Arts’ Music Program. The mission of Apple Tree Arts is to enrich their communities by providing high-quality performing arts education and experiences for all ages, identities and abilities.
  • CASA Project — $10,000 to its Child Court Advocacy program. The mission of CASA Project is to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected and vulnerable children through amplifying their voices in court and supporting them on their paths towards a permanent home.
  • Catholic Charities Worcester County — $2,000 to support the Catholic Charities’ Emergency Services fund for individuals in the Worcester area. Catholic Charities is dedicated to strengthening families and assisting individuals in need, regardless of their racial, ethnic, cultural or religious backgrounds, ability to pay, or mental, physical or developmental challenges.
  • Dismas House of Massachusetts — $5,000 to help cover utility expenses for Dismas’ program houses. The mission of Dismas House is to reconcile homeless former prisoners to society, and society to them, through the development of a supportive community.
  • Dress for Success Worcester — $4,000 to support its Career Coaching: Preparation for Workforce Success program. This organization aims to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
  • Habitat for Humanity MetroWest Greater Worcester — $3,000 to assist with the costs of building two single-family affordable homes on Sunderland Road. Since 1985, this nonprofit has been dedicated to building homes, communities and hope for local families and veterans.
  • Kennedy-Donovan Center Inc. — $2,000 to support its South Central Early Intervention program for children ages 0-3, which provides families with the resources and support necessary to positively impact their child’s developmental trajectory. The center serves 7,500 individuals annually, offering a wide range of developmental services across six regions of Massachusetts.
  • Main South Community Development Center — $5,000 to help fund its affordable commercial condominium project at 807 Main Street. The Main South CDC is a neighborhood based and governed organization that, through inclusive decision-making, continues to create a neighborhood of opportunity for all and promote their core principles of social justice and racial equity.
  • Nativity School of Worcester — $5,000 as the first installment of a $15,000 multi-year grant to support the Julie Power Girls Division Campaign, part of a $20 million initiative to expand educational opportunities. The Nativity School of Worcester is an accredited, independent Jesuit middle school that provides a quality, all-scholarship education to underserved boys of all faiths. The Foundation will fund two additional $5,000 grants in 2025 and 2026.
  • Organization for Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Worcester — $2,000 to support its continued expansion of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) program offerings to local area nonprofit organizations. ONE Worcester provides skill-based volunteer business consulting services to Worcester-area nonprofits in areas such as strategic planning, finance and human resources.
  • Our Bright Future — $2,500 to sponsor the cost of attendance for five students in the STEMing into Sports Summer Program. This program combines STEM education with physical activities, aiming to develop future leaders through engaging and educational experiences. This organization is committed to empowering youth and nurturing the development of future leaders through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM).
  • Operation ABLE of Greater Boston — $1,500 to support its Economic Empowerment Through Financial Management and Wealth Building program. This organization’s mission is to provide employment and training to mature workers 45 and older from economically, racially and occupationally diverse backgrounds.
  • Pocasset Pokanoket Land Trust (PPLT) — $1,500 and a match of up to $1,000 grant for the Direct Services for Basic Needs Insufficiencies program, which provides essential resources such as food, fuel and shelter to Indigenous communities. PPLT is dedicated to preserving Indigenous culture and supporting the American Indian communities of the Northeast.
  • Rainbow Child Development Center (RCDC) — $6,170 to benefit its Preschool Interactive STEAM Program. RCDC’s mission is to enrich the lives of underserved children and their families by providing educational and therapeutic programs and services.
  • Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services Inc. (SYFS) — $8,000 to help expand its school-based services to include summer months. The mission of SYFS is to strengthen the emotional and social well-being of individuals and families through equitable access to mental health counseling and social services programs.
  • Worcester Chamber Music Society Inc. — $1,000 to support its Neighborhood Strings program providing equitable access to music instruction to Worcester schools. This organization strives to cultivate an appreciation for classical music, building a vibrant, inclusive and diverse community through inspiring concerts and education.
  • Worcester Children’s Chorus — $1,000 for its Tuition Assistance program. This organization unites diverse youth in an inclusive community to foster choral excellence, self-discovery and cultural enrichment through collaboration, education and performance as a vibrant part of Worcester’s arts and cultural landscape.

“As a community bank, we recognize the vital role that local nonprofits play in creating a thriving and inclusive society,” said Don Doyle, President/CEO, Webster Five. “The organizations receiving grants this quarter have demonstrated exceptional commitment and innovative approaches to addressing community challenges, and at Webster Five, we’re honored to support their efforts.”

Since its inception in 1996, the Foundation has awarded $4,040,370 to 296 organizations. The next round of grant recipients will be awarded this summer. To learn more about the Webster Five Foundation, click here.