MDF Announces 2021 Grant Recipients
In 2021, Mildred’s Dream Foundation accepted grant requests from 501(c)3 non-profit organizations with the goal of distributing needed funds 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 were extremely pleased by the increased number of applicants during this grant cycle. Each of the more than 60 applications was reviewed and evaluated in great detail by our dedicated Grant Committee. We are thrilled to announce that MDF is distributing over $350,000 in this grant cycle to 26 deserving organizations!
We’d like to thank you—our donors and supporters—whose generosity and dedication throughout 2021 made these grants possible. MDF proudly donates 100% of the money raised through our fundraising activities to non-profits through the annual grant program.
Please join us in congratulating our 2021 grant recipients listed below. MDF was created in appreciation of the lifetime work of Mildred “Millie” Piltch and we’re confident that Millie would be honored to support each and every recipient.
To learn more about MDF, our upcoming events, and how you can support our mission, please visit our website.
Physical and Mental Health and Well Being and support for individuals and families affected by cancer, mental health issues and other health issues
Alzheimer's Association MA/NH, Waltham, MA
The mission of the Alzheimer's Association is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
The mission of Asian Women for Health (AWFH) is to advance Asian women’s health and wellbeing through a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to education, advocacy, and support.
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham, Needham, MA
The mission of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham (BID Needham), a member hospital of Beth Israel Lahey Health, is to provides 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.
Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc., Boston, MA
The mission of Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc. is to deliver solutions to end domestic violence through intervention, awareness and prevention.
Children's Oncology Services of MA (The Boston House), Brookline, MA
The mission of The Boston House: Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer is to serve as a home away from home for children with cancer and other life-threatening hematological diseases and their families. As an essential part of their overall care, The House provides families with no-cost and convenient accommodations in a safe and comfortable home-like setting. There, children, families, and caregivers find comfort and support among staff, volunteers, and other families facing the life-changing realities of childhood cancer.
Communities United, INC., Lexington, MA
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.
Home Base, Charlestown, MA
The mission of Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, is to heal the invisible wounds for Veterans of all eras, Service Members, Military Families, and Families of the Fallen through world-class clinical care, wellness, education, and research.
Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center, Kingston, MA
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.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of MA, Woburn, MA
The mission of NAMI Mass is to improve the quality of life for those diagnosed with mental health conditions and their families. They do this by providing education classes, support groups and advocacy on a state and local level. They seek to improve the public’s awareness and understanding of mental health conditions and ensure that all people impacted by a mental health condition receive the support they need in a timely fashion. Their work is centered around the lived experience expertise of those most impacted by mental health conditions—people living with these conditions and their families. The overarching purpose of their educational work is to create conversations about mental health, reduce stigma and misinformation, and convey that recovery is possible.
Neighborhood Coalitions for Shelter, Inc., New York, NY
The mission of Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter’s is to provide New Yorkers who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with a home, a community and access to the services they need to thrive. They create innovative solutions and engage community partners to provide housing and support that can transform lives.
The Caleb Group, Swampscott, MA
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.
Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, Inc., Framingham, MA
The mission of Wayside is to “Empower children, young adults, and families to achieve greater independence and emotional well-being.” Their core values are strength, hope and resiliency. Wayside believes in a strength-based approach, focusing on affirmative and inspirational strategies that promote sustainable change. They believe in the power of hope as a central factor in providing motivational resources necessary for change. Shared hope for a positive future is the underpinning of all that they do. Positive expectations promote psychological and physical well-being. Staff focus on developing hope-inspiring strategies that mobilize resources for sustaining healthy change. They firmly believe all people have the inherent ability to rebound, learn, and grow from life’s difficult experiences; they are supportive partners as people engage in the process of personal change.
Why Not Prosper, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Their mission is to help women from prison systems discover their own strength by providing them with the support and resources that will empower them to become responsible, economically self-sufficient and contributing members of the community.
Education initiatives which promote access to education as well as a celebration of diversity and inclusion
A Better Chance, Glastonbury, CT
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.
Dean College, Franklin, MA
The mission of Dean College is to provide all students with the opportunity to discover and exceed their greatest aspirations. A personal and transformative community since 1865, Dean tirelessly inspires their students to unimagined heights through personalized support and integrated delivery of academic, co-curricular and experiential learning. Their graduates are lifelong learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility, and demonstrate leadership. This is The Dean Difference.
First Tee of Massachusetts, Norton, MA
The mission of First Tee of Massachusetts is to teach life skills and character values through golf. They build experiences that build character and empower kids to navigate a lifetime of new challenges.
Food Education Fund, New York, NY
The mission of Food Education Fund is to prepare and empower their students to continue their education and cultivate sustainable careers through experiential learning in culinary arts, hospitality, and entrepreneurship.
Immigrant Family Services Institute, Mattapan, MA
The mission of Immigrant Family Services Institute is to expedite the successful integration of recent immigrants into the social and economic fabric of the United States with justice and dignity.
Saint Columbkille Partnership School, Brighton, MA
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.
School on Wheels of Massachusetts, East Bridgewater, MA
The mission of School on Wheels of Massachusetts’ (SOWMA) is to support the academic, social and emotional growth of students impacted by homelessness. Their vision is for all students to have the support necessary to be successful in school and achieve a productive future that will help end the cycle of homelessness.
South Shore Support Service, Weymouth, MA
The mission of South Shore Support is to empower each person to make informed life choices. They support the individual's pursuit of a quality of life, which is free from self-imposed and/or external barriers. The satisfaction of the people they serve is the primary measure of our success.
Violence and abuse prevention and survivor support
Health Imperatives, Inc., Brockton, MA
The mission of Health Imperatives’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of low-income, vulnerable families and individuals in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Jane Doe Inc., Boston, MA
The mission of Jane Doe Inc.' s is to bring together organizations and people committed to ending domestic violence and sexual assault. They create social change by addressing the root causes of this violence and promote safety, justice and healing for survivors. JDI advocates for responsive public policy, raises awareness, promotes collaboration, and supports its member organizations to provide comprehensive prevention and intervention services. They are guided by the voices of survivors.
Living In Freedom Together, Inc. (LIFT), Worcester, MA
The mission of LIFT is to end systems of prostitution through the implementation of the LIFT Equality Model. Their vision is a world where systems of prostitution no longer exist, and people no longer feel it is their right to purchase access to another human’s body.
Love Life Now Foundation, Avon, MA
The mission of Love Life Now Foundation (LLN) is to improve the lives of survivors of domestic violence. LLN promotes awareness against domestic violence and helps connect shelters to communities served. LLN helps coordinate care and in turn engages communities to learn how they can be part of the solution in ending the epidemic and the disparities that have come with it.
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Waltham, MA
The mission of REACH is to work with survivors of domestic violence to foster safety and support while engaging communities to promote healthy relationships.