Marshall Home Fund Presents Grants to Programs Helping Older Adults

The following information was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

Watertown’s Marshall Home Fund held its annual grant award ceremony on May 15, providing nearly $70,000 to 13 local organizations that serve older adults. Though its grant making, MHF helps Watertown be an age friendly community, one where older residents can be healthy and productive. The World Health Organization and the AARP have established specific goals for a community seeking to be age friendly. The 2018 grantees of the Marshall Home Fund will
provide programs and services that address many of these goals, as summarized below. Direct health, mental health, and social services for vulnerable individuals: Springwell’s Elder Independence and Safety Fund ($7,000); Watertown Council on Aging’s Emergency Assistance Block Grant ($750); Wayside Youth and Family Support Network’s Annual Health Fair at the Housing Authority ($1,500); and Watertown Health Department’s Compassionate Connections VIII Program addressing challenges associated with severe clutter ($2,500).

Marshall Home Fund Presenting Grants at Awards Ceremony

The following information was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

Please join the Marshall Home Fund at its annual Program Grant Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 15, 3:30 p.m. at the Watertown Public Library. The MHF will distribute a total of $70,000 to the following organizations for programs that will benefit Watertown’s older adults: MetroWest Community Development, Mosesian Center for Arts, New Repertory Theater, Perkins School for the Blind, Project Literacy, Springwell, Watertown Council on Aging, Watertown Families Together, Watertown Farmer’s Market. Watertown Fire
Department, Watertown Health Department, Wayside Youth and Family Support. Established in 2005, the Marshall Home Fund is a nonprofit, community-based charitable foundation dedicated to serving Watertown’s older adult population. MHF also provides financial assistance to elderly individuals in urgent need.

Grant Information Session for Groups Providing Services for Older Adults in Watertown

Groups that provide services to older adults in Watertown can get help applying for grants from the Marshall Home Fund. The Fund sent out the following information:

Do you provide services or programs for older adults living in Watertown?  If so, consider attending the Marshall Home Fund’s annual Grant Information Session on February 8, 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the WSB room, Watertown Public Library, 123 Main St., Watertown. (Snow date February 13). The Marshall Home Fund provides modest grants to public and non-profit organizations addressing the health, housing, transportation and well being of adults 55 and older. Come learn about our 2018 priorities and our revised grant application, which will be due March 16, 2018.

Marshall Home Fund Hosting Ceremony to Award Grants to Help Older Adults

Please join the Marshall Home Fund at its annual Program Grant Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 17 – 3:30 pm at the Watertown Public Library, the group announced. The MHF will distribute a total of $68,000 to the following organizations for programs that will benefit Watertown’s older adults: Beaverbrook STEP, Care Dimensions, Lexington Chamber Music, MetroWest Community Development, Mosesian Center for Arts, New Rep Theater, Perkins School for the Blind, Project Literacy, Springwell, Watertown Council on Aging, Watertown Family Network, Watertown Health Department, Watertown Prosperity, Windsor House. Established in 2005, the Marshall Home Fund is a nonprofit, community-based charitable foundation dedicated to serving Watertown’s older adult population. MHF also provides financial assistance to elderly individuals in urgent need. These individuals must be referred to MHF by local agencies, town officials, or organizations.

Watertown-Based Charitable Fund Seeks Part-Time Administrator

The Marshall Home Fund, a non‐profit charitable fund providing financial assistance to Watertown seniors and to organizations serving older adults in Watertown, seeks a part‐time Administrator. Duties will include:
• being the primary contact for information about the Fund
• facilitating communications between grant recipients and the Board of Directors;
• providing clerical and communications support to a volunteer Board of Directors and to board committees;
• maintaining records; electronic and paper;
• helping to promote the fund’s activities within the community. The successful candidate will:
• have the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and be able to take meeting minutes;
• possess excellent organizational skills;
• be proficient in Microsoft Office Applications including Excel;
• be knowledgeable in general office procedures;
• demonstrate a high level of maturity, ability to work independently and take initiative, while closely and accurately coordinating efforts with Board officers, committee chairs, and other Board members;
• have the ability to be discrete, tactful and diplomatic, insuring the confidentiality of individual assistance grant transactions. Salary: depends on experience

Start Date: December, 2016

Opening: Part‐time (approximately 6‐8 hours per week). Hours are generally flexible, except for pre‐arranged Board and committee meetings.

Marshall Home Fund Giving Out Nearly $60,000 in Grants to Area Groups

The Marshall Home Fund (MHF) is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual program grant awards to benefit Watertown residents ages 55 and over. This spring, MHF will have disseminated a half million dollars in program and individual grants to agencies and organizations that serve older adults in the community. Please join MHF in celebration of this new and exciting milestone—the Program Grant Awards Ceremony is Thursday, May 19, 3:30 p.m. at the Watertown Public Library during which MHF will award nearly $60,000 to the following organizations:

Arsenal Center for the Arts: The Open Door Project will encourage a variety of art activities for older adults, including an allotment of concert tickets for the Senior Center and a new intergenerational partnership with the Watertown Children’s Theatre. Care Dimensions: Complementary Therapies for Watertown Hospice Patients will provide aromatherapy, art and music therapy, massage, and Reiki to improve the well-being of Watertown residents who are receiving hospice care. MetroWest Collaborative Development: The Ready Renter Program provides information and referrals to Watertown residents who are seeking affordable housing.

Marshall Home Fund Seeks Grant Proposals for Programs for People 55+

The Marshall Home Fund (MHF) is soliciting program grant proposals for the year 2016-2017 that focus on the needs of older residents in Watertown. Since its inception in 2005, MHF has awarded over $450,000 to both public and private nonprofit agencies that serve Watertown residents ages 55 and over. Last spring, MHF gave more than $55,000 to support nearly 20 projects providing a wide range of program and services to elders in the community. Once again, MHF is looking forward to helping local agencies advance their goals in the coming year. Grant applications should address health, housing, transportation, and other quality of life issues for seniors in the community.

Grant Creates Programs for Residents 55+ on Mental Health First Aid, Financial Literacy

The Marshall Home Fund (MHF) is pleased to announce financial support for two new training programs to benefit Watertown residents ages 55 and over. The trainings to be provided by Wayside Youth & Family Support Multi Service Center this spring will offer older adult residents important skills and information related to 1) “Mental Health First Aid” and 2) financial literacy for retirees and those interested in retirement planning. “We are glad to see a grant like this especially as we look to issues that are arising in our community. The two most prevalent are elder money management and how to assess mental health concerns in a loved one,” stated Seda Aghamianz, Chair of MHF’s Allocations Committee, which awarded this off-cycle grant to Wayside at the end of 2015. National training program teaches about crisis management, resilience, and recovery Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a national training certification program where members of the general public learn the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to de-escalate crisis situations and provide comfort, and when and where to refer someone for services. It also teaches about recovery and resiliency — “the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.”

Wayside already has MHFA certified many individuals from a variety of groups in town, and is eager to extend this opportunity to older adults who have adult children with mental health and substance use disorders, as well as those who are raising grandchildren and need information and resources to help them better manage challenges their family members may experience.