Heywood Healthcare Charitable Foundation Awards $60,000

Published in the Gardner News 4/22/2015 7:47:00 AM

Gardner – The Heywood Healthcare Charitable Found­ation recently awarded $60,000 in grants to seven local agencies. 

The following organizations received $10,000 in funding: The A.E.D. Foundation to develop a community recovery and resource center in the Greater Gardner Area; Gardner Public Schools to support a drug prevention program for fourth-grade students; Com­munity Health Connections for the purchase of portable dental equipment to provide dental services to elder populations; LUK, Inc. for the expansion of the ALLSTARS program into the Heywood Healthcare service area and Noonday Farm, Inc. to provide organic produce and address food insecurity with low income families. 

Additionally, the Athol YMCA received $6, 000 for diabetes prevention programming and Quabbin Mediation was granted $4,000 to expand restorative justice practices in the Athol Hospital service area. 

“It’s quite rewarding to present these organizations with funding for these critical initiatives,” stated Dawn Casavant, Heywood Healthcare’s vice president for external affairs and chief philanthropy officer, who also serves as the executive director for the Charitable Foundation. 

“Although we could not fund all requests at this time, I am confident that these projects will have a positive impact on our region. The Community Investment Com­mittee and I look forward to supporting more health and wellness initiatives in the future,” Ms. Casavant said.

Over 25 applications were received by the Community Investment Committee, which passed along its recommendations to the Foundation. 

Established in 2013, the Heywood Healthcare Charit­able Foundation raises and distributes funds to address the healthcare needs of the region. 

The foundation expects to award annual community grants and will continue to raise funds to support critical community initiatives. Anyone interested in supporting the foundation should contact Dawn Casavant at 978-630-6431 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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