Any 100 Who Care Franklin County member (current in their donations) can nominate a non-profit! If you are associated with a non-profit that would like to be considered, join the group or find a member to nominate you. The nomination form is here.
Here are the great non-profits who have been nominated and presented so far (recipients of funding in bold):
- Heath Agricultural Society – The Heath Agricultural Society endeavors to encourage, preserve, promote, and celebrate the practical, historical, and cultural aspects of Agriculture in Heath, and Franklin County through educational opportunities, charitable opportunities, and celebratory events.
- Just Roots – a nonprofit community organization located in Greenfield, Massachusetts. We began in 2008 as a grassroots group of concerned citizens looking to promote vegetable gardening and grow food on municipal land. Our goal is to increase knowledge about and demand for local food in Franklin County. The Greenfield Community Farm is the centerpiece of our work.
- Root Studio – Strengthening girls in Turners Falls. Challenging addiction, abuse and poverty with yoga, mentoring and meditation.
- Firebird 5K/Sage Housing – The Firebird 5K: Race Against Addiction is dedicated to changing the current view on treating addiction though the creation of strong foundations, starting with access to safe and sober living options in Franklin County.
- Musica Franklin – Our mission is to inspire love of music, respect for self and others, cooperation, and community engagement through a student music ensemble, to transform the lives of students, families, and their community.
- Valley Venture Mentors – dedicated to achieving transformational growth for startups and changing the face of the economy in Western Massachusetts. We do that by providing expertise and funding through our Mentorship and Accelerator programs.
- Heroes, Horses and Hounds – Saving two lives at once. Rescuing and Retraining horses and dogs as Service dogs and for Animal assisted programs designed to give disabled people their independence.
- The Stone Soup Cafe – Our mission is to create a community space where people from all walks of life come together to share nourishment, connection and learning for body, mind, and spirit. Stone Soup, where friendships are made!
- Common Good – Your Common Good Card generates funds for community projects and the common good every time you use it. You and other members decide together what to fund.
- Help Yourself Edibles – We plant community fruit trees in public places in Western Massachusetts, with food free for all to harvest. Maintained by volunteer stewards, our plantings offer fruit, herbs, vegetables and flowers. We ignite excitement about perennial agriculture, food access & land use, as we strengthen bonds between communities and the land we are all part of.
- Diggity Dogs Service Dogs – Specialists in training psychiatric, medical alert & mobility service dogs, including service dogs to assist with PTSD; autism; OCD; bipolar, seizure, and anxiety disorders; social phobias and many more conditions.
- Franklin County Community Meals Program – Our mission is to work in partnership with the community to alleviate hunger.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Western Mass Chapter – The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.
- Just Roots – Increasing access to healthy, local food by connecting people, land, resources and know-how.
- Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity – Working with our many partners, Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity builds strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership in Hampshire and Franklin Counties.
- NELCWIT – The New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT) is the rape crisis and domestic violence center of Franklin County and the North Quabbin.
- Dial-SELF – We are a community-based non-profit agency that has been serving the youth and communities of Western MA since 1977. We provide a wide array of services that foster youth empowerment and community service. Over the course of the last four decades, more than 40,000 area youth have been served by the agency in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties and the North Quabbin region.
- Arena Civic Theater – Arena Civic Theatre is a non-profit community theatre organization located in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
- The Brick House Community Center – The Brick House supports individual, family and community well being through collaboration on economic development, youth development, leadership development and education.
- The Literacy Project – The Literacy Project provides free classes to adults in basic skills, high school equivalency, and college and career readiness.
- Center for New Americans – Center for New Americans (CNA) is a community-based, non-profit adult education center that provides the under-served immigrant, refugee and migrant communities of Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley with education and resources to learn English, become involved community members and obtain tools necessary to maintain economic independence and stability.
- Note: To allow the many nonprofits in Franklin County the opportunity to be nominated, any organization that has been nominated and picked to speak must wait one year to be nominated again. Non-profits that were selected to receive the group donation (in bold above) must wait 3 years before presenting again.