Watertown Community Foundation Awards $14.5K in Health Grants

The Watertown Community Foundation (WCF) is pleased to announce the awarding of the Fall 2019 Healthy Watertown Grants.  A total of $14,500 will be distributed in support of organizations that work to create new or existing programs to keep our community healthy.    

Five of this year’s grantees address the growing challenge of food insecurity among all ages within our community.  These include support of preschoolers and their families with Communities United: Cooking with Kids and Families Program, helping the Watertown Boys and Girls Club provide Healthy Lunch and Snacks during School Vacations, a Summer Supper Club for Seniors and funds for the SNAP Match Program at the Watertown Farmers Market. 

Grantees include: 

Watertown Police Free Community Narcan Program  

Communities United: Cooking with Kids and Families  

Boys and Girls Club – School Vacation Healthy Lunch and Snack Program  

Watertown for All Ages: Travel Resources for Older Residents  

Watertown Council on Aging: Summer Supper Club for Seniors 

Watertown Council on Aging: Food Pantry New Shelving 

Zen Art II For Mind-Body Wellness for Seniors  

Watertown Farmers Market SNAP Match Program  

W.A.T.E.R  Erase the Stigma: Recovery is Possible (Education) Event 

For questions, please contact Jan Singer at jan.singer@watertownfoundation.org.   

The Watertown Community Foundation works to build and sustain a vibrant, close-knit community in Watertown – now, and for future generations. To accomplish this, WCF raises funds from people and partner institutions, awards grants to non-profits and community projects, and builds networks of donors, grantees, program participants and stakeholders. 

Since its inception in 2003, WCF has awarded over $1,000,000 in grants to programs and organizations serving Watertown.  

WCF Board of Directors  

David Siegel and Darshna Varia, Co-Presidents; Robert Airasian; Albrik Avanessian; Emily Barclay;  Lauren Coughlin Unsworth; Eleanor Donato; William B. Ford; Antonia O’Hara; Maria Panaggio-Phillips; Ashley Morris; Mary Ann Mulligan; Tony Paolillo; Lora Sabin; Robert Shay;  Elaina Themistos; and Kathryn White. 

See How to Donate to Watertown Organizations on #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, Dec. 3 is Giving Tuesday, and if you would like to give locally, here are a few opportunities. The following came from the donation information provided by these Watertown-based groups:

Watertown Community Foundation

There is no better way to see the true impact of your donation than to give where you live. We hope you’ll think of the Watertown Community Foundation on #GivingTuesday. Make a local impact every single day of the year.

Watertown Food Drive Provided Food for Hundreds of Residents

The Watertown Community Foundation’s food drive held in October brought in hundreds of bags of donation. Here are just some of them. A food drive organized by the Watertown Community Foundation this October, in conjunction with Watertown schools and businesses provided hundreds of bags of food for the two local food pantries. The directors of the food pantries thanked the organizers and people who donated to the drive. “Just want to say that we are so grateful for everyone’s help, we have very well stocked shelves which is wonderful with winter coming,” said Beverly Concannon, director of the St.

Applications Available for 2019 Watertown Healthy Grants

The Watertown Community Foundation (WCF) announces the release of the Fall 2019 Healthy Watertown Grants to support organizations that work to create new or existing programs to keep our community healthy. A total of $10,000 will be distributed through these health grants. Past Healthy Grant awardees have included: Local food pantries; nutrition and meal programs for school age children and seniors; programs and services fostering healthy aging; mental health first aid training for first responders; programs designed to combat the opioid crisis and provide services and supports for individuals and families struggling with substance use disorders; and health-related programs for infants and their families. Eligible organizations may apply for a maximum of $2500. The average amount awarded will range from $500 to $2500.

Watertown Community Foundation Taking Applications for Education Grants

The following announcement came from the Watertown Community Foundation:

The Watertown Community Foundation (WCF) has merged with the Watertown Education Foundation (WEF) and announces the release of the Fall 2018 School Program Grants. This program focuses solely on Watertown’s public schools and seeks to support activities that improve instruction and learning. 

The application form is available online. Grant requests of up to $2,500 will be considered, though the average amount awarded will likely range from $500 to $1,000. Where partnerships of two or more schools or organizations are involved an award of up to $5,000 will be considered. A total of $35.000 will be awarded.

October Drive Collecting Items for Food Pantries in Watertown

Items collected for the Watertown Community Foundation’s food drive in January. The Foundation is organizing another one in the month of October. The Watertown Community Foundation will once again organize a food drive to collect items for the two food pantries in town at a time when donations are typically down. Items are being collected at the Watertown Public Schools, as well as the Watertown Police Station and Watertown Free Public Library and several local businesses. As always, items will also be accepted at the Watertown Food Pantry (80 Mt.

Two Nights of Puppet Theater at Watertown’s Plumbing Museum

The Plumbing Museum will be hosting two evenings of puppet theater featuring several performers. The shows features five premier performances with original costumes and music. The scripts were written acted and directed by Massachusetts playwrights and puppeteers. Featured performers are: Rosalita the puppet, Behind The Mask Studio & Theatre, Driscoll Productions, John Minigan, and Patti Cassidy. The shows will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 at The Plumbing Museum 80 Rosedale Road in Watertown.

Five New Members Join Watertown Community Foundation Board

The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Community Foundation:

The Watertown Community Foundation announces the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board are Lauren Unsworth, Ashley Morris, Maria Panaggio-Phillips, Tony Paolillo, and Antonia O’Hara. “All five of our newest Board members are dedicated to our mission of building and sustaining a vibrant, close-knit community. Each brings expertise, experience, and energy for today and the future. We are delighted to welcome them as partners as we continue to strengthen our community here in Watertown,” said Jan Singer, Executive Director.