SouthCoast Region Nonprofits Receive Second Round of Grants

NEW BEDFORD, MA (WLNE) – The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts is awarding the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund $325,000 in unrestricted operating grants for nonprofits across the SouthCoast region.

The $325,000 worth of grants will be used for health organizations working with the most vulnerable populations on top of the heightened challenge of food security.

Partnering with the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, the Community Foundation is able to provide this second round of grants.

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund focuses on supporting frontline workers and vulnerable populations, like the homeless or people with disabilities. Visit for more information.

John Vasconcellos, President of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, says he’s “very proud to support the great efforts of organizations, big and small,” to provide access to food for those in his community. He’s also very supportive of the Community Health Centers in his area, who “represent the best of our community’s ability to care for its most vulnerable.” Vasconcellos is overall very excited for the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund to help the residents of Southeastern Massachusetts out, as “the impact of the pandemic has been significant in our region and we appreciate the partnership.”

One of the grantees, Citizens for Citizens Inc. of Fall River, have had issues with food security since COVID-19, struggling to access food and basic necessity supplies needed to supply those in need.

Executive Director of Citizens for Citizens Inc. of Fall River, Elizabeth Berube, is very thankful for the grant money from the Community Foundation and says “Without this support we would not be able to serve the additional families who are facing food security due to their recent loss of income and limited access to food sources.”

Another grantee is the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, Inc. from the Fund. Their CEO, Cheryl Bartlett, is grateful for the donors who have made access to needed resources possible, as the grants and donations received “helps to insure we will be here for our patient not only today but for the foreseeable future.”

M.O. L.I.F.E. Inc. also is a grantee and Human Resources Generalist, Kelly O’Connor, says the funds will help their food pantry meet the need for nutrition across the New Bedford area and “help us to adequately compensate and protect our devoted front-line direct care staff who continue to provide essential and support services to individuals with developmental disabilities.”

Donations to the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund can be made on their website and for any general questions and inquiries about the fund, email


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