The Hawthorn Medical Associates Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts has awarded $20,000 in grants to four local programs focused on child-abuse prevention and treatment, economic self-sufficiency and victims of domestic violence.
“This year, Hawthorn has committed our support to tackle serious issues affecting local women and children,” said James Gularek, CEO of Dartmouth-based Hawthorn Medical Associates. “The organizations that are receiving support from the Hawthorn Charitable Fund will have programs in place that will make a real difference in the communities we serve.”
Community Foundation President John Vasconcellos said: “Hawthorn Medical has a tremendous commitment to use philanthropy to create real impact for women and children facing significant challenges. These grants to several of our trusted nonprofit partners ensure that effective programs are available to those who need them most and contribute to our vision of a healthy and secure southeastern Massachusetts for all.”
Child & Family Services received a $5,000 award for its Caring Network program to provide free psycho-educational groups to children between ages 4-14 who have witnessed violence in their homes, schools, or communities. Staff members conduct groups for children once per week for a period of 8 to 10 weeks to address the violence children are exposed to every day through society, family, media and neighborhoods. The groups help children work productively through the trauma associated with witnessing violence.
Other recipients include: Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County, The Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts, and The YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts.
The grants are the result of a $500,000 endowment by Hawthorn Medical Associates at the Community Foundation. Hawthorn Medical Associates was founded in 1970. More information is available at hawthornmed.com.