2023 Community Impact Grant Recipients
Martha’s Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation has announced the Community Impact Grant recipients for 2023. A total of $20,000 was awarded to four organizations, two on Martha’s Vineyard and two in Falmouth, each receiving a $5,000 grant.
From supplying our most vulnerable neighbors with freshly grown food to nurturing our children with fun and formative experiences, these four non-profits are making a real difference in the quality of life in our communities. Thanks to everyone who voted for these amazing changemakers!
And the recipients are...
Seeing a growing need, Farming Falmouth has decided to create a Service Garden on Andrews Farm, with the support of Geoff Andrews. All of the food grown in this garden will be donated to the Falmouth Service Center.
“Food grown right here – that hasn’t traveled long distances – is as fresh and nutritious as it gets,” says field manager Jeny Christian. “We want as many people to have access to it as possible.”
Island Grown Initiative credit their Gleaning Manager, Astrid, for going above and beyond to address food insecurity. Every year she organizes volunteers of all ages to harvest and distribute approximately 50,000 pounds of produce and protein to food equity programs serving those most in need in our community.
Astrid leads by example to ensure a reality for our Island community in which all are well-fed, respected, and enriched by our relationships with one another and with our natural world.
“There is a way, find it!” was the motto of Camp Founder and first Director Helen “Hellcat” Lamb, who believed the impossible should be possible for all, regardless of their abilities.
For the team at Camp Jabberwocky, it took a lot of effort and extra care to make it happen in 2022, but the joy returned and Camp was as normal as it could have been — to the delight of all who participated.
Woods Hole Child Center has nurtured local children since 1943 with the belief that they learn best through play and hands-on exploration of their world. This founding principle of the Child Center continues to guide our curriculum today.
Over the years, the Center’s dedicated staff has educated and informed many generations of families and has sparked the curiosity of many a young child as we encourage them to actively explore their environment.