Grant Recipients

Grant Recipients

Since WCF was established in 2003, we have distributed over $630,000 in grants to programs and organizations that help make Watertown a great community.

2016-2017 Schools Grant Program Recipients

WCF Awards $75,000 Grants – Spring 2016

13 Educational Program Grants totaling $22,943 were given to:

* Cunniff Elementary School for an afterschool parent-child book club fostering reading for pleasure and academic success.

* Historical Society of Watertown for a welcome folder for new Watertown homeowners providing them with information about the town and its history.

* Hosmer Elementary School – Library for a student choice book program in which 4th and 5th grade students read and vote for their favorite books.

* Perkins School for the Blind for their Watertown newspaper accessibility project.

* Saheli Support for South Asian Women and Families for a Girls College Readiness Program in Watertown to help break cultural and literacy barriers to higher education by strengthening personal skills and family support among Asian immigrant girls.

* Watertown Community Conversations for new approaches to public discourse to build community, create support for new ways of working together, and to promote related skills among a diverse group of Watertown leaders.

* Watertown Free Public Library to fund workshops on how to use the HATCH Makerspace equipment.

* Watertown High School so special education students can attend Appalachian Mountain Club’s Mountain Classroom.

* Watertown High School Guidance Dept. to take students on visits to two nearby colleges to help students make informed post high school plans.

* Watertown High School Library to continue its book club.

* Watertown Middle School PTO to provide all students with a free planner/organizer to help them keep track of their assignments and community service hours.

* Watertown Public Schools – School Gardens to fund garden-related curricula for the respective grade levels at all of the public elementary schools

* World in Watertown for the 2017 Watertown Unity Breakfast on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

11 Institutional Support Grants totaling $52,500 were given to the following to support their ongoing operations in Watertown:

* Arsenal Center for the Arts

* Friends of Project Literacy

* Metro West Collaborative Development

* New Repertory Theatre

* Parent Child Home Program – Watertown

* Sancta Maria’s Windsor House Adult Day Health

* Springwell, Inc.

* Watertown Boys and Girls Club

* Watertown Family Network

* Watertown Prosperity, Inc.

* Wayside Multi Service Center

WCF Awards $12,550 in Health Grants in 2015 

The Watertown Community Foundation (WCF) Board of Directors has awarded $12,550 in “Healthy Watertown” grants funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation to the following organizations serving Watertown.

Improbable Players: A grant to continue alcohol and drug abuse education for the 6th grade students at Watertown Middle School.

Watertown Health Dept. and Live Well Watertown: A grant to help implement an after school wellness program that prepares high school students to educate and empower middle school students to make healthy lifestyle choices when enter high school.

Watertown Health Dept. and Watertown Police Dept.: A grant to help fund a substance abuse task force coordinator to raise awareness of substance use disorder in the community and further goals of prevention and education, and support, intervention, treatment and recovery.

Watertown High School Counseling and Academic Program: A grant for transportation so WHS students with emotional and behavioral disabilities can attend tours at two nearby colleges.

Watertown High School Feminist Coalition: A grant to this student organization so they can provide healthy relationship and consent training to the WHS community through speaker presentations and workshops.

Watertown High School Special Education Dept.: A grant to fund a hiking field trip and a “community breakfasts” baking program and other social events for WHS special education students.

Watertown Police Dept.: A grant to procure a supply of Narcan for police use at overdose incidents and to provide doses to Watertown residents who have loved ones with an opiate addiction.

Watertown Public Schools: A grant to continue to help fund a garden coordinator to implement the integrated curriculum and key components of a permanent garden program that serves students, families and teachers at Watertown’s public elementary schools.

Watertown Youth Coalition, Watertown Public Schools, and World in Watertown: A grant to help continue the Healthy Youth SPEAK (Sharing Personal Experience and Knowledge) Week Project, an initiative that brings educational speakers and activities to Watertown High and Middle Schools to educate students, faculty and parents about healthy decision-making and substance abuse, bullying, and suicide prevention while also promoting respect for diversity in Watertown.

 

2015 WCF Awarded $74,000 in Education Grants

13 Educational Program Grants Totaling $23,550

Friends of Watertown Music to purchase new and repair existing instruments to ensure that sufficient instruments are available for Watertown’s free instruction program that starts in fourth grade.

Historical Society of Watertown to publish a self-guided bicycle tour booklet, “Wheels Along the River: Past, Present and Future.”

Improbable Players to collaborate with Watertown Middle School faculty to facilitate six theater workshops about substance abuse prevention and healthy choices for eighth graders.

Perkins School for the Blind to help fund accessible audio and online access to the content of the Watertown newspaper for people who are blind or visually impaired in the community, using state-of-the-art text-to-speech technology and an accessible web portal to the Perkins “Newsline” talking newspaper service.

Revels to help fund “Twelfth Night, Saturday, January 9, 2016” – a Watertown multi-disciplinary family arts event that celebrates ancient cultural traditions associated with the winter solstice.

Watertown Community Gardens to help fund its educational workshops, summer youth crew, and organic garden tour.

Watertown Cultural Council to help fund a community mural project in the Coolidge Square neighborhood that will engage Watertown High School students under the direction of a professional artist.

Watertown Free Public Library to help fund classes and operations at the HATCH Makerspace for the benefit of the entire Watertown community.

Watertown High School Drama to help purchase a new sound and/or light board for the WHS Shaw Auditorium.

Watertown High School Library to fund student access to current young adult literature, and provide a setting for students to develop their interest in books and explore works of literature in a relaxed, extracurricular environment.

Watertown High School Mountain Classroom to fund 15 special education students who have been diagnosed with emotional and/or behavioral disabilities to attend the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Mountain Classroom for three days and two nights.

Watertown Middle School to “Empower Student Writers through Inquiry” by helping to fund collaborative curriculum development with the Critical Explorers organization building on the Critical Explorers – WMS social studies curriculum.

World in Watertown to help fund Watertown’s 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Unity Breakfast.  It brings together hundreds of people representing Watertown’s diverse population.  The program includes a keynote speaker, recognition of a community leader, student essays, and chorale presentations.

12 Institutional Support grants Totaling $50,500 of Unrestricted funds

Arsenal Center for the Artsto encourage everyone to learn the joy of the arts through visual art classes and exhibitions, as well as through music, theater and literary programs.  To increase free access to arts education programs for Watertown’s underserved children, families, and seniors.

Beaverbrook STEP to help fund a full complement of community-based programs, supports, and services for Watertown adults with intellectual, developmental, physical, and related disabilities; including those with mental health, behavioral, and medical needs.  STEP has identified an urgent need for Guardianship and Conservator Services for its population of adults who are disabled.

Friends of Project Literacy to assist adult basic education learners, both speakers of other languages and English speakers, by providing free educational services that help adult learners find their place within the community, to be seen and heard, and to belong.  Provide opportunities for adults to improve their English language skills for employment, parenting, and preparation for higher education or self-improvement.

Metro West Collaborative Development to help fund the organization of residents, mobilization of resources, and identification of ideas that improve the quality of life for residents of Watertown and other Metro West communities by:

  • Creating and preserving affordable homes,
  • Supporting economic development that strengthens neighborhoods and the town,
  • Building alliances with partners and constituencies in order to increase and build support for community development.

New Repertory Theater to help New Rep produce plays that speak powerfully to the essential ideas of our time.  Expand and challenge the human spirit of both artists and audience.  Provide education and outreach including in-school programming and access to underserved Watertown audiences.

Parent Child Home Program – Watertown to provide early learning and parent support to educationally at-risk families (with children ages 16 months to 4 years) in Watertown through home visits and group experiences to develop parent-child interactions that support the school readiness of the family.

Sancta Maria’s Windsor House Adult Day Health to help keep adults in their community by providing high quality adult day health services and dignified supportive housing to Watertown adults whose special needs place them at high risk of living in an institutional setting.

Springwell to help fund the Watertown Nutrition Program for Seniors, which will bring over 39,000 free meals to seniors in Watertown this year as well as individualized nutritional counseling to seniors at risk of malnutrition.

Watertown Boys and Girls Clubs to help enable all local young people, especially those who most need the club, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  Average daily attendance has increased from 80 kids a day two years ago to over 120 kids a day today.

Watertown Family Network to help provide local families with the support, information, and referrals needed as they rear the next generation.  Help WFN continue programs, events, and education on which the young families in Watertown rely.

Watertown Prosperity, Inc. to identify needs of the least well-off individuals in Watertown and develop programs to assist with those needs.  Focusing on educational programs for youth and needed services for the elderly and disabled populations.

Wayside Multi Service Center to provide a continuum of community-based services promoting the health and well-being of Watertown residents.  Substance abuse and violence prevention programming, leadership and social justice initiatives, school-based and after school enrichment programs, and community-wide collaborations.

 

2014 WCF Awarded a Total of  $109,693

$19,000 in “Healthy Watertown” Grants – Fall 2014

Ten grants were funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation as follows:

Families for Depression Awareness:  A grant to conduct a Teen Depression Program in Watertown to educate a minimum of 100 families.

Improbable Players: A grant to present WMS 6th graders with a performance about substance abuse prevention and healthy choices as well as to provide six related theater workshops for the 7th graders.

Lowell Elementary School:  A grant to expand the school’s Learning Garden so each grade level will have designated space for curriculum-connected, project-based learning.

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Patrick’s Church:  A grant to purchase nutritious food.

Watertown Food Pantry:  A grant to purchase nutritious food.

Watertown Public Schools:  A grant to help fund a pilot position for a Garden Coordinator whose job will be to help sustain the existing outdoor classrooms/gardens and support an integrated curriculum that links food to culture, health, and the environment.

Watertown Public Schools and Friends:  A grant to launch a Speaker Series, consisting of three events focused on the topic of “Healthy Technology Use for Adolescents.”

Watertown Public Schools – Special Education:  A grant for more nutrition, fitness education and healthy life skills; specifically, a swimming program for special ed. students at Watertown Middle School.

Watertown Youth Coalition, Watertown Public Schools and World in Watertown:  A grant to continue the Healthy Watertown SPEAK (Sharing Personal Experience and Knowledge) Project, an initiative that brings educational speakers and activities to Watertown High and Middle Schools to educate students, faculty and parents about healthy decision-making and substance abuse, bullying, and suicide prevention while also promoting respect for diversity in Watertown.

Watertown Youth Soccer:  A grant to expand WYS’s all-inclusive soccer program to also provide a nutrition program and guidance specifically combating childhood obesity

$38,500 in Institutional Support Grants – Spring 2014

Ten grants funded by WCF’s Arsenal Education Income Fund as follows:

Arsenal Center for the Arts to encourage everyone to learn the joy of the arts through visual art classes and exhibitions, as well as through music, theater and literary programs.  To increase access to arts education programs for Watertown’s underserved children, families, and seniors.  To increase the number of scholarships and free services offered to the Watertown community.

Friends of Project Literacy to assist adult basic education learners, both speakers of other languages and English speakers, by providing educational services that help adult learners find their place within the community, to be seen and heard, and to belong.  Provide opportunities for adults to improve their English language skills for employment, parenting, and preparation for higher education or self-improvement.

New Repertory Theatre to help New Rep produce plays that speak powerfully to the essential ideas of our time.  Expand and challenge the human spirit of both artists and audience.  Provide education and outreach including in-school programming and access to underserved audiences.

Parent Child Home Program – Watertown to provide early learning and parent support to educationally at-risk families (with children ages 16 months to 4 years) in Watertown through home visits and group experiences to develop parent-child interactions that support the school readiness of the family.

Sancta Maria’s Windsor House Adult Day Health to help keep adults in their community by providing high quality adult day health services and dignified supportive housing to Watertown adults whose special needs place them at high risk of living in an institutional setting.  Activities to increase self-esteem and cognitive and physical strength as fits each client’s ability, especially adults with Alzheimer’s disease and those diagnosed with mental illness.

Springwell to help fund the Watertown Nutrition Program for Seniors, which will bring over 33,000 free meals to seniors in Watertown this year as well as individualized nutritional counseling to seniors at risk of malnutrition.  Also, the Community Dining Program at Woodland Towers in Watertown provides increased opportunities to socialize.

Watertown Boys and Girls Club to enable all young people, especially those who most need the club, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  To help the club further enhance its educational offerings such as Power Hour — a homework help and tutoring program.

Watertown Family Network to help provide local families with the support, information, and referrals needed as they rear the next generation.  Help WFN continue programs, events, and education on which the young families in Watertown rely.

Watertown Prosperity, Inc. to identify needs of the least well-off individuals in Watertown and develop programs to assist with those needs.  Focusing on educational programs for youth and needed services for elderly.

Wayside Multi Service Center to provide a continuum of community-based services promoting the health and well-being of Watertown residents.  Substance abuse and violence prevention programming, leadership and social justice initiatives, school-based and after school enrichment programs, and community-wide collaborations.

$31,500 in Educational Program Grants – Spring 2014

14 grants funded by WCF’s Arsenal Education Income Fund as follows:

Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE) to help educate artists with Asperger’s Syndrome in the AANE Artist Collaborative about how to showcase their art and manage/expand their Art Gallery in Watertown.

Critical Explorers, Inc. to involve all Watertown Middle School 7th graders in a multi-disciplinary, thematic unit called The Water Project.  Students will build their understanding of the complex history, science, and politics of water and share their learning with the Watertown community.

Historical Society of Watertown to acquire a freestanding, reusable display case for rotating exhibits.

Hosmer Elementary School to create an organic edible garden on the Hosmer grounds to be used as a hands-on garden classroom by teachers and students, and to be supported, maintained and enjoyed by Hosmer families.

Lowell Elementary School to use technology to improve student literacy as well as 4th and 5th graders’ understanding of the content they read.

Perkins School for the Blind to help fund accessible audio and online access to the content of the Watertown newspaper for people who are blind or visually impaired in the community, using state-of-the-art text-to-speech technology and an accessible web portal to the Perkins “Newsline” talking newspaper service.

United Cerebral Palsy Association of MetroBoston, Inc. to support its creative arts and recreational program and to expand classes to children with disabilities and increase collaboration with seniors and local artists in Watertown.

Watertown Council on Aging/Senior Center to provide a series of classes for older adults in which participants learn and practice the Alexander Technique.  The classes are small to allow for individualized attention.

Watertown Cultural Council to help fund a community mural project in Watertown Square that will engage experienced student artists and recruit additional students to design and create a mural under the direction of a professional artist.

Watertown Free Public Library to help fund an off-site Makerspace for the benefit of the entire Watertown community.  A Makerspace is a dedicated space where community members may go to create anything from basic carpentry projects to tech projects such as 3D printing.  The space will have equipment, tools, and materials in various formats available for users.

Watertown High School Drama to purchase sound equipment so eventually the program will not need to rent it.

Watertown High School Library to fund student access to current young adult literature, and provide a setting for students to develop their interest in books and explore works of literature in a relaxed, extracurricular environment.

Watertown High School Robotics to help fund the team which aims to interest students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) career choices by competition with other teams in the development of robotic remote-controlled vehicles.

World in Watertown to help fund the 2015 (15th annual) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Unity Breakfast, a Watertown tradition.  It brings together hundreds of people representing Watertown’s diverse population to continue the fight to end prejudice and racism.  The program includes a keynote speaker, recognition of a community leader, student essays, and chorale presentations.

$1,000 in $500 Riverfront Mini-Grants – 2014

Two grants were funded by the Bilezikian Family Foundation as follows:

Charles River Conservancy – Riverfront Cleanup

Watertown Family Network – Nature Walk

Miscellaneous Grants – 2014

Various grants were awarded to the following:

Block Parties for Philanthropy

Helen Robinson Wright Charitable Fund – for emergency assistance

Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation – for Watertown Riverfront Park Restoration Project – Phase I

Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation – for Extension of the Watertown Greenway (Bike Path)

Wayside Multi-Service Center
– for Watertown’s Social Service Resource Specialist (SSRS)

2013 WCF Awarded a Total of  $76,562

$15,000 in “Healthy Watertown” Grants – Fall 2013

Six grants were funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation as follows:

Improbable Players: A grant to collaborate with health teachers and guidance counselors at the Watertown Middle School to facilitate theater workshops about substance abuse prevention and healthy choices to promote the message that most middle school students in Massachusetts do not drink or abuse drugs.

Lowell Elementary School – PTO: A grant for an evening program for Watertown parents (of 4th and 5th grade students) with an expert on adolescence speaking on adolescent health issues.  This program is designed to promote healthy social and emotional development in youth and address high-risk behaviors among Watertown’s middle and high school populations.

Sancta Maria’s Windsor House Adult Day Health: A grant to help create a substantial activity program appropriate for its increasing “younger population” of adults diagnosed with various forms of mental illness and to subsidize the cost for clients from Watertown.  A structured day program, such as Sancta Maria’s Windsor House’s, provides the stability needed by this younger population and activities that help these participants stay independent and improve memory cognition.

Watertown Community Gardens: A grant to continue community building and environmental stewardship by running seasonal workshops; publishing an e-newsletter; partnering with Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice, and the Environment to sponsor the semi-annual Life-Friendly Garden Tour; and to expand the Community Gardens’ successful and fun Summer Youth Garden Crew.

Watertown Health Department: A grant for a “Risk Factor Screening and Referral Services Program” that will support Watertown persons with barriers to accessing health care.  It will help people with language/cultural barriers as well as those unable to afford co-payments.  This program will offer screening, referral and other assistive services for those with high blood pressure and other health issues.

Watertown Youth Coalition, Watertown Public Schools and World in Watertown: A grant to continue the Watertown Healthy Youth SPEAK (Sharing Personal Experience and Knowledge) Project, an initiative that brings educational speakers and activities to Watertown High and Middle Schools to educate students, faculty and parents about healthy decision-making, and substance abuse, bullying and suicide prevention while also promoting respect for the diversity of Watertown youth.

$39,500 in Institutional Support Grants – Spring 2013

Eleven grants funded by WCF’s Arsenal Education Income Fund as follows:

Arsenal Center for the Arts:  A grant to help provide art education for Watertown children and adults to inspire them to create and grow through the arts.  The Center offers over 180 courses in pottery, design, drawing, collage, printmaking, glass, clay, painting, sculpture and crafts to people of all skill levels.  Along with other sponsors, WCF’s funding helps make over 75 classes free of charge to children in low-income families.

Beaverbrook STEP:  A grant to help fund Beaverbrook’s Strategic Plan, “New Directions: Providing Quality Services within Managed Care Models.”  It will allow STEP to advance its infrastructure to meet new managed care service delivery models.  Over 170 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are served in Watertown and surrounding communities.

Charles River Conservancy:  A grant to support CRC’s volunteer program enabling volunteer workdays in the Charles River Parklands.  CRC volunteer events provide much-needed maintenance and environmental stewardship activities in the parks as well as important civic and community engagement opportunities for participants.  The Charles River Conservancy promotes the active and innovative use of the 400 acres of urban public parklands along the Charles from Boston Harbor to the Watertown Dam.

Friends of Project Literacy:  A grant to help serve over 300 adult learners: 120 are enrolled in classes and 140 are matched with trained volunteer tutors.  Project Literacy assists basic education learners, both speakers of other languages and English speakers to help them improve their English skills for employment, parenting, preparation for higher education or self-improvement.

Metro West Collaborative Development (MWCD) — Formerly Watertown Community Housing:  A grant to allow MWCD to take 1,000 phone calls, meet with Watertown low-income tenants in crisis, and help them find stable places to live.  Also, it will help fund a monthly “affordable housing” bulletin mailed to housing seekers.  MWCD offers tenant training programs, counseling and housing search assistance in Watertown.

New Repertory Theatre:  A grant to help expand New Rep’s impact on Watertown residents, businesses, schools, and other non-profits, including the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown Library, and Perkins School for the Blind.  New Rep produces plays that speak powerfully to the essential ideas of our time.  It is about to celebrate its 30th season.

Parent Child Home Program – Watertown:  A grant that will extend home visits to three additional Watertown families for 30 weeks.  Families on PCHP’s wait list will be enrolled with priority given to those having multiple risk factors for school readiness.  PCHP provides early learning and parent support to educationally at-risk families.  These home visits have proven to be an effective way to empower parents in their role as a child’s first teacher.

Springwell: A grant that will help enable Springwell to continue delivering hot, nutritious meals to low-income and at-risk older and disabled adults in Watertown.  In 2012, Springwell delivered more than 28,200 meals to almost 200 Watertown older adults.  One out of every five elders receiving meals from Springwell is at risk for malnutrition because they do not have enough money to buy food or because they are eating less than two meals per day.  Government funding pays for less than half the cost of Springwell’s home delivered meals.

Watertown Boys and Girls Club: A grant to help the Club respond to its ever-changing needs and help pay the many expenses associated with pool, gym and game-room programs.  The Watertown Boys and Girls Club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  It is open to any child from the ages of 7 to 18 from Watertown.

Watertown Family Network:  A grant to help provide the WFN Center where Watertown families of very young children can come together to receive information, referrals, education, support and care from facilitators as well as from their peers as they rear the next generation.  WFN provides a welcoming, accessible space for families to build community, strengthen parental instincts and skills and experience the joy of taking care of their young children in a community setting.  WFN is free for Watertown residents.

Wayside Multi Service Center:  A grant to provide after-school enrichment programming at Watertown’s low-income housing complex Willow Park Learning Center for community youth ages 6 to 16.  The learning center welcomes Watertown residents in the neighborhood surrounding Willow Park, and this helps break down the barriers between housing kids and other Watertown residents.  The money is used for art and cooking supplies, nutrition education, program management and supervision.

$7,790 in Educational Program Grants – Spring 2013

Ten grants funded by WCF’s Arsenal Education Income Fund as follows:

Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA):  A grant to help fund a series of oral history workshops for high school students through adults resulting in a series of multi-media events and exhibitions for the community.  The workshops will provide an opportunity to explore the many stories that families and individuals bring with them and create together in this community.  ALMA was created 40 years ago in Watertown to locate, collect, preserve and present the culture, history, art and contributions of the Armenian people.

Easter Seals of Massachusetts: A grant to help fund transportation for Watertown youngsters to Easter Seals Youth Leadership Programs for Youth with Disabilities.  Program objectives are to increase confidence and self-esteem of youth with disabilities by working toward common service goals with their peers.  Easter Seals mission is to provide services to ensure that children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play.

Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery: A grant to help fund the development of a series of family-focused, self-guided activities for children, designed to engage the many families who visit Mt. Auburn annually.  Mt. Auburn is a place for children to experience nature and learn about history.  The activities will be geared toward various age groups, cover a range of topics, and will be tied to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

Historical Society of Watertown: A grant to help fund the publication of student coloring books and teacher’s kits, “Early History of Watertown 1630-1776” which will be provided to every third grade class in the Watertown Public Schools.  The Historical Society originally created the coloring book during Watertown’s 375th anniversary celebration, and it is aligned with Massachusetts 3rd Grade Curriculum Frameworks.

Hosmer Elementary School: A grant to make it possible for third grade students to attend a program at the Gore Estate that focuses on habitats, soil, composting and farming in our community.  The Hosmer School approached the Gore Estate and asked them to help Hosmer create a hands-on enrichment experience for 3rd graders to help bring science to life.  By helping pilot this program, Hosmer 3rd grade teachers can give feedback to the Gore Estate in hopes that this can become a yearly field trip for all third graders in Watertown Public Schools.

Hosmer Elementary School PTO: A grant to help fund an art project and communal green space at Hosmer Elementary School.  The installation will include artwork and live plants in planters of various sizes, shapes, colors and materials.  Students will create and display their artwork as part of the project.  As part of Hosmer Family Green Days, students and parents will design, build, and paint the planters and mosaic installations.

Improbable Players:  A grant to collaborate with teachers and counselors at the Watertown Middle School to facilitate theater workshops about substance abuse prevention and healthy choices.  The Improbable Players has a 6+-year track record of bringing prevention performances to Watertown Middle School.

Watertown Council on Aging/Senior Center:  A grant to continue writing workshops at the Watertown Senior Center in which older adults will be taught and guided in writing and sharing their life stories while focusing on key themes.  This program was funded by WCF in 2012 and is being repeated because it was so popular not everyone could be accommodated the first time around.

World in Watertown – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Breakfast 2014: A grant to help fund the upcoming 14th annual breakfast, a Watertown tradition.  It brings together hundreds of people representing Watertown’s diverse population to remember the man who led the fight to end prejudice and racism in our country.  The breakfast program includes a keynote speaker, recognition of a community leader, student essays and chorale presentations.

World in Watertown – Naturalization Ceremony and Voter Registration: A grant to help fund Watertown’s first naturalization ceremony and voter registration drive which took place on May 17, 2013.  Co-sponsored with the Friends of Project Literacy, the event highlighted the positive face of immigration and demonstrated that Watertown is a welcoming and tolerant community.  Almost 200 immigrants, surrounded by family and friends, became United States citizens at the event.

$3,000 in $500 Riverfront Mini-Grants – 2013

Six grants were funded by the Bilezikian Family Foundation as follows:

Beaverbrook STEP

Charles River Watershed Association

Church of the Good Shepherd – Vacation Garden School

Watertown Council on Aging/Senior Center – Virtual Riverfront Walk

Watertown Family Network – Nature Walk

Watertown Public Schools – Summer Program

Miscellaneous Grants – 2013

Various grants were awarded to the following:

Block Parties for Philanthropy

Helen Robinson Wright Charitable Fund – for emergency assistance

Watertown Council on Aging/Senior Center – for supplemental transportation

“Watertown Strong” Neighborhood Gatherings

Wayside Multi-Service Center – for Watertown’s Social Service Resource Specialist (SSRS)