We are pleased to announce that the Southborough Community Fund (SCF) awarded $50,000 to 12 local nonprofit organizations and town agencies on Monday, November 16, 2015 at Pilgrim Church. Recipients of the 2015 SCF Grant Awards are:

Assabet Valley Mastersingers (AVM)

The Assabet Valley Mastersingers is dedicated to perpetuating the love and appreciation of choral music. With a commitment to performance excellence and innovative programming, local talented vocalists and instrumentalists perform celebrated masterworks, lesser known masterworks and commissioned works.

This grant will support funding for Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast” to be performed at St. Mark’s Performing Arts Center on March 13, 2016. 

The Friends of the Southborough Council on Aging (COA) (2 grants)

The Friends of the Southborough COA provides financial support to the Senior center for programs, supplies, and services. The mission of the COA is to advance the well-being of the senior population through policy making and advocacy, enhancing the dignity and interests of Southborough Seniors.

Grant #1 will help fund six “Art 4 Healing Workshops” for seniors, helping them express feelings related to bereavement and loss through painting and the language of color. 

Grant #2 will fund a program of eight healthy nutrition education sessions specific to seniors’ needs, including healthy breakfast ideas, making soup from scratch, and other ways to prepare meals with healthy food options. It will be open to all seniors and held at the Senior Center kitchen.

Heritage Chorale, Inc. 

The mission of the Heritage Chorale is to perform a wide variety of high quality choral music and inspire in themselves and their audience a greater love and understanding of music.

This grant will support the performance of “Shakespeare & Friends” at St. Mark’s Performing Arts Center on May 14, 2016. This performance is part of a series targeted to children and families in the MetroWest area. 

HOPEworldwide Food Bank

The mission of HOPEworldwide is to provide healthy food and other required items to a need MetroWest population in a manner that provides dignity to clients.

This grant will provide support for healthier options for clients (which includes many Southborough families,) including a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables to augment the processed and packaged foods traditionally offered by most food banks.

New Hope, Inc.

New Hope’s mission is to end domestic and sexual violence in our communities. They work towards this goal by providing full-spectrum, trauma-informed care to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, regardless of race, age, income level, gender, or sexual orientation.

This grant will support New Hope in its continuing efforts to build its network of local community resources, specifically distributing information and building awareness of their services in Southborough. 

Southborough Fire Department

This grant will provide partial support for the purchase of Thermal Imaging Camera, an essential piece of equipment which enhances the safety of firefighters and the effectiveness of locating victims in low visibility environments. 

Southborough Friends of Youth Commission (SYFS)

SYFS is a community resource that offers guidance and support to children and families who are in need or in crisis. They offer a variety of both preventative and treatment services, in and out of the schools, including early intervention programs, mental health education for school personnel and parents, counseling/crisis intervention, and programs connecting families and resources. They also provide programs that offer fun and strengthening activities for youth and the community at large.

This grant will provide Youth Camperships for those in need so that more children in town can receive a positive and meaningful camp experience. 

Southborough Open Land Foundation

SOLF works to preserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of the Town of Southborough in order to maintain and improve the quality of life for present and future generations.

This grant will support an environmental education program for residents to learn about the growing beaver population in Southborough and what appropriate strategies can be employed to address problems for homes near an increasing number of beaver lodges and dams. 

Southborough Recreation Department

Southborough Recreation Department offers a variety of fun and affordable programs that satisfy the needs and interests of residents young and old.

This grant will provide partial support for the funding required to replace the Fay Memorial Playground on Central Street. 

Southborough Town Agency Collaborative

The collaborative of Southborough includes the Food Pantry, Senior Center and Youth and Family Services. They work together to provide services, referrals and assistance to town residents in need of support. It also provides financial assistance to households in emergency situations. The three groups work together with the Fire and Police Department to share information and resources in order to assist residents short and long term.

This grant will create a pool of emergency funds designated to assist with urgent, essential services for Southborough residents in need. Areas of assistance include food insecurity, utilities, transportation, heating fuel, medications and other essential services. 

Pilgrim Church- Messiah Community Chorus

The Messiah Community Chorus comprised of 40-50 volunteer vocalists, supported by a professionally hired full orchestra and vocal soloists presents an annual performance of George Friedrich Handel’s “Messiah.” As an annual tradition that dates back to the early 1970s, the concert is performed at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in downtown Southborough.

This sponsorship and matching grant challenge will support the 2015 performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at Pilgrim Church in Southborough

Woodward Memorial School- Woodward Green Team

The Green Team’s mission is to inform the school community – students, parents and staff – about reducing environmental impact through education and implementation of enhanced recycling, composting and gardening.

This grant will support a Styrofoam recycling event on April 9, 2016, providing funds for rental equipment during the day.