Beers for Good Makes Four Grants
Bill White, Planning Concepts, Inc
August 29, 2015
Fitchburg, Mass. Beers for Good made an $11,000 donation to four local nonprofits from the proceeds of hosting the Nashua River Brewers Festival.
Civic Days and Red Raiders Lending Library each received $1,000, and LUK and Growing Places both received $4,500.
According to Liz Murphy of Fitchburg, in 2008 a small group of city employees including their family and friends, created Beers for Good to promote Fitchburg’s Riverfront Park and raise funds for local charities.
“With the help of the Community Foundation, we’re proud to say we met our objectives. Working in partnership with the Foundation, Beers for Good has been able to donate more than $60,000 to date, to assist local charities with their important work in the community,” said Murphy.
In addition to providing annual support to local causes, Murphy said the group created an endowment fund at the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, as a way to create a permanent source of income for their work.
Civic Days is an annual event the week of the 4th of July for Fitchburg area residents, which include duck races, a block party, parade and fireworks.
Red Raiders Lending Library’s grant will be used to purchase new books for the library, which are located in Fitchburg Public Schools.
According to Erin Vasington, founder of Red Raiders Lending Library, the classroom libraries are important because many students have limited access to quality books. “The grant money will have a huge impact on the students in Fitchburg, and will be greatly appreciated by both the students and teachers.”
LUK will use the grant for its Peers 4 Prevention Program, which is designed to prevent operating under the influence crashes by young people in Fitchburg and Leominster. Teams of trained youths, 16-20 years old, use leadership and presentation skills, teamwork, program evaluation, as well as alcohol and drug use prevention strategies in their program.
“LUK is thankful for the generous donation from Nashua River Brewers Festival's Beers for Good,” said Richard A. Hooks Wayman, CEO of LUK.
Growing Places will use its grant to build the permanent capacity of a recently piloted Teaching Garden, with classes in Fitchburg and Leominster.
According to Joanne Foster, executive director of Growing Places, the program is a model that provides an opportunity for people to learn how to grow, harvest and prepare healthy fruits and vegetables. Once a month, a Teaching Garden will host a garden-to-table cooking class.
Since its inception, the foundation has awarded over $40 million in grants and distributions from 170 funds that have been established by individuals, families and organizations.
The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, with over $35 million in charitable assets, was created in 2001 to serve the charitable interest of donors in Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Barre, Devens, Erving, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, New Salem, Orange, Pepperell, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Shirley, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, Warwick, Wendell, Westminster and Winchendon.