We would like to extend a special thanks to those in our community whose generosity enables us to continue to serve the girls of Greater Lowell.
The Sustaining Grants program builds on Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. First offered in 2012, $100K for 100 annually awards multi-year grants of $100,000 each to 100 nonprofits that are based in and serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell was honored to receive a “$100K for 100” grant in 2015. The Cummings grant made an incredible impact on the Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell Center-based programs, allowing the agency the opportunity to serve hundreds of new girls each year. Grant recipients that received their final $100K for 100 grant disbursements in 2016 were automatically considered for the new funding opportunity. Sustaining Grants winners will receive $50,000 annually for up to 10 additional years.
In May of 2017, the Cummings Foundation awarded a total of $2.5 million through its brand new Sustaining Grants program to five local nonprofits, including Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell.
Representatives of the winning organizations learned of their major grant awards during a reception at Strega Prime restaurant, at Woburn’s TradeCenter 128 campus. The Foundation invited them under the pretext of offering finalists for the grants one last opportunity to make pitches for their nonprofits. The evening quickly turned celebratory, however, when Cummings Foundation founder Bill Cummings announced that all five of the organizations in attendance had already been selected as the winners.
“I was absolutely stunned, and our Program Director and Board President started crying,” said Tracy Reilly-Ingersoll, Executive Director of Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell, describing the moment she realized her organization had won a grant.
Having reached maximum capacity at its Worthen Street Center, Girls Incorporated will use the funding to expand its Outreach Program at local public schools and community centers.
“The grant will allow us to take the Outreach Program and put a rocket under it, so to speak, doubling and then tripling the number of girls we serve,” said Reilly-Ingersoll. “That multiplier effect will be phenomenal for our mission.”
[Pictured here (L to R): Joyce Cummings, Maura Sweeney, Tracy Reilly-Ingersoll, Jennifer Demers, and Bill Cummings]
We are immensely grateful for the Cummings Foundation support!
Kelsey Barowich, Girls Inc. Alumnae and soon to be graduate of UMass Amherst with a degree in Women Gender Sexuality Studies with a concentration in Race Relations, is the recipient of the Girls Inc. National Alumnae of the Year Recognition Award.
Throughout her many years here at Girls Inc., Kelsey has proven herself to be a true Strong, Smart and Bold leader and role model in all of her many roles including Girls Inc. member, volunteer and Program Specialist. As a member, Kelsey was always involved in Girls Inc. nation programs, pilot programs and participated in running fundraisers and activities for other girls. She also represented our organization at different events, including speaking at local United Way events. Kelsey spent her 2008 and 2009 summers volunteering full time in our Summer Program as a staff assistant. During this volunteer time, she created curriculum for drama classes, ran activities for the girls with staff assistance and even helped discipline and guide girls in times of conflict.
During the summers of 2011, 2012 and 2013, Kelsey worked full time in our Summer Program as a Program Specialist. As a staff member, Kelsey developed and facilitated her own programs for girls ages 5-9 and scheduled local field trips and special presentations for the program, all while acting as a mentor to the girls. During her time as a staff member, Kelsey would often reflect on her time at Girls Inc. as a member, the experiences it had given her, the resources it had exposed her to and the wonderful mentors and role models it provided for her. She was truly happy to not only be giving back to an organization that was close to her heart, but to be able to provide these experiences for other girls in her community.
In the summer of 2014, she worked as an intern with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas in her Washington, D.C. office! We could not be more proud of her, and look forward to seeing her succeed in her future endeavors. Go Kelsey!