MDF Announces COVID-19 Emergency Grant Recipients
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mildred’s Dream Foundation proudly offered our first grant opportunity to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations who have faced challenges as a result of the pandemic. Our goal was to distribute emergency funding targeted to provide short-term, immediate relief to organizations dedicated to developing and implementing programs and resources that align with the MDF’s focus areas –
Physical and Mental Health and Well Being and support for individuals and families affected by cancer, mental health issues and other health issues.
Violence and abuse prevention and survivor support.
Education initiatives which promote access to education as well as a celebration of diversity and inclusion.
We received over 30 applications for this unique grant opportunity. Each was reviewed in great detail by our Grant Committee and evaluated based on several predetermined criteria. Thanks to the generosity of participants in the first annual MDF Charity Classic, and the support of so many others, we are thrilled to award 15 exceptional organizations with $5,000 grants to support their outstanding and impactful work. Below, please find a list of the organizations receiving funding including their mission statement and link to their website where you can learn more about their work and how you can get involved.
A Better Chance, Glastonbury, CT (Education)
The mission of Glastonbury, A Better Chance (ABC) is to offer young men of color, demonstrated ability, good character and need, the opportunity to obtain an excellent education in the town of Glastonbury, CT.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Holyoke, MA (Education)
The mission of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke (BGCGH) is to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc., Boston, MA (Violence and abuse prevention and survivor support)
The mission of Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc. is to deliver solutions to end domestic violence through intervention, awareness and prevention.
Christina Seix Academy, Trenton, NJ (Education)
The mission of Christin Seix Academy is to empower extraordinary young people to grow "From Potential to Achievement” by addressing the systemic educational and other barriers that have historically held back children from marginalized communities. Christina Seix Academy prepares students to succeed in highly selective independent schools, which in turn provide them with rigorous academic development and access to a vast array of experiences, resources, and networks.
Communities United, INC., Lexington, MA (Physical and Mental Health and Well Being)
The mission of Communities United is to provide high quality education and family services to a diverse population of children, ages 4 months to 5 years. They strive to ensure the success of the child, empower the family and strengthen the community.
Franciscan Hospital for Children, Inc., Brighton, MA (Physical and Mental Health and Well Being)
The mission of Franciscan Children’s is to provide a compassionate and positive environment where children with complex medical, mental health, and educational needs receive specialized care from experts who are committed to excellence, innovation, and family support… so that children can reach their fullest potential and live their best life.
Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center, Kingston, MA (Physical and Mental Health and Well Being)
The mission of Hope Floats is to provide bereavement support and education to adults, children, teens, and their families who are grieving, dealing with illness, or facing other life challenges. Their free support services bring hope and healing to those in need.
Horizons Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM (Education)
The mission of Horizons Albuquerque is to "Change the life trajectory of low-income students by instilling in them the joy of learning, the skills for success, and the inspiration to realize their dreams." The Horizons learning model is a data driven enrichment program with decades of results from affiliate sites indicating that its model of intense focus on reading, math, science, art and confidence building activities not only decreases summer learning loss, but provides students and families with support and strategies to access year-round educational success and opportunities that otherwise generally remain out of reach to its low income target population.
Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, Inc., New York, NY (Physical and Mental Health and Well Being)
The mission of Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter is to provide New Yorkers who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with a home, a community, and access to the services that they need to thrive. They create innovative solutions and engage community partners to provide housing and support that can transform lives.
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Waltham, MA (Violence and abuse prevention and survivor support)
The mission of REACH is to work with survivors of domestic violence to foster safety and support while engaging communities to promote healthy relationships.
Saint Columbkille Partnership School, Brighton, MA (Education)
The mission of Saint Columbkille Partnership School is to provide a community of families, educators, and partners inspired by the values of the Gospel. They are committed to the education of children of all backgrounds in an environment that cultivates respect, mutuality and care. Rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, they search for the truth with joy, practice the good with conviction, and contemplate the beautiful as we prepare students for lives of faith, service and leadership.
The Caleb Group, Swampscott, MA (Physical and Mental Health and Well Being) The mission of The Caleb Group is to provide secure, affordable homes and builds stable communities that offer diverse populations the tools and resources to empower individuals to make positive changes in their lives.
The Center for Carceral Communities at UPenn, Philadelphia, PA (Physical and Mental Health and Well Being)
The mission of The Center for Carceral Communities, an initiative of the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, is to work collaboratively with neighborhoods in West Philadelphia to help people with a history of incarceration re-engage with the community. The Center seeks to reverse the community-to-prison pipeline by helping participants harness their strengths and become leaders in the community.
The Lank Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Needham, MA (Physical and Mental Health and Well Being)
The mission of The Lank Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, a member hospital of Beth Israel Lahey Health, is to provide safe, high-quality, community-based health care and access to tertiary care regardless of the patient's ability to pay, race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, genetics, disability, military service or any other legally protected status.
Walker, Needham, MA (Physical and Mental Health and Well Being)
The mission of Walker is to transform the lives of children and youth who are facing complex emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges by partnering with these children and youth, their families, and communities to nurture hope, build strengths, and develop lifelong skills. Their vision is that all children will thrive in their family, school, and community.
We’d like to congratulate all our grant recipients and thank all our donors and supporters who made this opportunity possible. It is because of their generosity that we are able to provide immediate relief to these organizations during these difficult and unprecedented times. If you would like to get involved and help MDF continue to support organizations in need, we have a number of events and fundraising initiatives coming up…
MDF Fall Step Challenge
Monday, October 5th – Sunday, October 18th
Teams of 4 will band together and compete weekly for the most cumulative average steps and chance to bring home prizes.
To register, visit https://fallstep.givesmart.com.
MDF Trivia Night
Tuesday, October 20th & Tuesday, November 17th @ 7:30pm (via Zoom)
Teams of 4 will play virtual trivia with MDF featuring 4 topics of 10 questions each and a final challenge question and chance to bring home prizes.
To register, visit https://falltrivia.givesmart.com.
MDF Comedy Show
Saturday, April 10th, 2021 at Gillette Stadium (may be virtual pending COVID-19 restrictions), Join MDF for an evening of comedy featuring Lenny Clarke and Steve Sweeny to name a few, raffle and auction prizes, and so much more, all for a great cause!
For sponsorship opportunities, tickets, and more, visit https://MDFComedy2021.givesmart.com.
MDF is dedicated to providing funding to organizations that have limited financial resources to carry out their missions. We proudly donate 100% of the money we raise from our events and fundraising activities. All costs associated with MDF events and operations are funded by donations from the Piltch family.