“Charity Girls of Northeast, Massachusetts is extremely pleased to be able to distribute grants that will enhance the programs of several organizations North of Boston. Participating in this group provides a real opportunity to positively impact the community, each non-profit is more amazing than the next," said Judi Martino, Founder, Charity Girls of Northeast Massachusetts.
2012 distribution of $14,600 was as follows:
Lucy’s Love Bus™, Amesbury
Lucy’s Love Bus™ eases the suffering of pediatric cancer patients by providing free integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, and therapeutic horseback riding to children with cancer and children coping with late effects of cancer treatment. www.lucyslovebus.org
North Shore Community College Foundation (SAVE Fund), Danvers
The SAVE Fund—Short Notice Aid for Emergencies assists students in short-term, unanticipated non-academic emergencies in areas of housing, utilities, transportation and childcare. The purpose of the SAVE fund is to enable students to overcome an unexpected predicament and remain in school. www.northshore.edu/
Girls Inc., of the Seacoast Area (a program of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center), Newburyport
Girls Inc. provides programs that empower girls to embrace their value and potential, equip girls with the tools for leadership roles and community action and prepare girls to lead successful, independent, fulfilling lives. www.jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org/
Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity, Lawrence
An affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical housing ministry. Using donated supplies and volunteer labor, Habitat seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. www.merrimackvalleyhabitat.org
The Charity Girls of Northeast Massachusetts (CG NEMA) is an innovative philanthropic group of two dozen women from the greater North Shore and Merrimack Valley. Started by Judi Martino as a creative way to support nonprofit organizations in her community, and imitating a similar group in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, the Charity Girls is modeled after a traditional giving circle that allows members to collectively raise money each year, decide on the use of those funds and make grants to charities of their choice.
In return for a year-long commitment and a monthly donation, each member enjoys a tax deductible dinner with friends and the ability to be a philanthropist in her community. Members team up to host one dinner per year in their homes and invite a local charity to present to the group. At the end of each year, the Charity Girls vote to grant a portion of their combined funds to causes of their choice.
The Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) collects the pooled donations and manages the fund affording the group the benefits of non-profit status without the administrative tasks involved. The Charity Girls NEMA Fund was established at ECCF in October 2009 and the first dinner was held in November of that year.
By the end of its third year in 2012, Charity Girls has raised and distributed a total of $42,600 to ten different non-profit charitable organizations North of Boston. If you are interested in learning more about Charity Girls, please contact Judi Martino at firstname.lastname@example.org
Charity Girls (Northeast Massachusetts)
Andover/ N. Andover, Judy Gross, Sue Todd; Amesbury, Barbara Bode; Boxford, Pauline Allyn, AJ Aubrey, Barbara Barbolla, Joanne Barker, Trish Callahan, Jeanne Chapman, Diana Dusel, Gina Dussi, Sue Fowler, Rhonda Frisch, Karen Moriarty, Nancy Tagerman, Susan Thibodeau; Bradford, Lauren Anderson; Georgetown, Evie Marquis; Hampton, NH; Marie Zappala-Stewart;