Grand Circle associates selected five worthy winners from dozens of qualified applicants
Grand Circle Foundation is proud to give back to destinations along the path of Grand Circle Travel and OAT itineraries around the world. And we're also proud to give back close to home. At our Boston headquarters, the spirit of community service thrives, as volunteers give back through food banks, homeless shelters, and charitable events throughout the Boston area.
One way in which associates get involved is through the Associates' Fund, which allows a team of associates to make the determination of how $25,000, provided by Grand Circle Foundation, will be allocated among various local charitable organizations. These organizations must be Boston-based nonprofits with an operating budget of $3 million or less, and grants are awarded for use on a specific project, rather than general administrative or operating costs. For consideration, proposals must focus on one of two areas: youth education and discovery, or elder involvement and education. And the more creative the approach, the better! The grants are one year in duration.
Although grants can range from $500 to $5,000, all five of this year's recipients will receive a check for the maximum amount by year-end. Congratulations to our latest winners:
Birthday Wishes: By bringing birthday parties to homeless children, Birthday Wishes' mission is to provide a sense of normalcy, joy and hope in these children's otherwise unsettled lives. Since 2002, the organization has rapidly grown to serve 165 shelters in Massachusetts, Long Island, and New York. Our grant will specifically fund parties for children in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Allston. (Special thanks to Executive Director and Co-founder Lisa Vasiloff, shown at the center of the photo at left, who stopped by Foundation headquarters to deliver a certificate of appreciation.)
Community Rowing, Inc.: Located on the Charles River, an internationally recognized attraction for rowing, Community Rowing, Inc (CRI). was the first public rowing club in Boston and remains one of the largest in the United States. The organization is committed to its mission of enriching the greater community by providing broad based programs for youth and adults, novice to elite skill levels. Our grant will support the expansion of CRI's G-ROW program, which fosters relationship-building through rowing for girls in the Boston Public Schools.
Good Sports: Also a 2010 winner, this unique organization serves as a conduit between donors and community organizations that offer programs to help disadvantaged youth lay the foundation for active, healthy lifestyles. Good Sports works directly with sporting goods companies to provide sports equipment, footwear, and apparel. Our grant will provide free tennis lessons to children in Roxbury via the Franklin Tennis Association.
Inner City Weightlifting: Designed to provide a positive outlet for would-be gang members looking for a way out, Inner City Weightlifting serves young people from age 12-22 who live in neighborhoods with Boston's most prevalent gang presence. Our grant will equip the weight room in the organization's new South Boston training facility.
The DREAM Program: DREAM ("Directing through Recreation, Education, Adventure, and Mentoring") is a non-profit mentoring program that pairs college students with children living in subsidized housing developments. Our grant will support summer programs for 90 youths involved in the Village Mentoring Program, which combines one-on-one mentoring, team building, and community development program to create empowering experiences for both the children and their mentors.
Congratulations to all our winners, who share Grand Circle Foundation's passion for changing the lives of young people in inner city Boston.
Featured in our August 2011 E-Newsletter. Read the full issue here.