Our 2017 Grant Recipients
This year the Beth Longwell Foundation awarded grants to six Bay Area agencies. Recipients of Foundation grants exemplify Beth's visions and hopes for advancement in non-smoking lung cancer research, grief support for those who have lost a loved one, education, and the arts. The following are the Foundation's 2017 grant recipients:
Alum Rock Counseling Center, San Jose, CA
The Alum Rock Counseling Center (ARCC) delivers behavioral health services to youth, their families and individuals in neighborhoods within Santa Clara County. The Foundation's grant will support the Ocala Middle School Mentoring and Support Program. This program works with at-risk middle school youth to help them realize their full academic potential, their full behavioral health potential and gain life-skills through a variety of pathways including group and one-on-one mentoring, life skills classes, school-based counseling, parent engagement and support meetings, mentoring, after school tutoring, and enrichment activities. ARCC is a second-time grant recipient and received a grant of $3,000.
Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, San Carlos, CA
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation(ALCF) is devoted exclusively to eradicating lung cancer through research, awareness, education, early detection, and treatment. ALCF will use the Foundation's grant award to conduct a focused, multi-institutional genomic analysis of primary lung cancer in patients initially diagnoses under age 40. It will specifically fund the cost of bio-specimen kits (blood, tissue, DNA) used in the study. ALCF is a four-time grant recipient and received a grant of $8,000.
Children's Musical Theater, San Jose, CA
The Children's Musical Theater (CMT) is the nation's largest musical theater and training program for youth of its kind. The Foundation's grant will support the Summer of CMT program, specifically, support an estimated 25 tuition scholarships for their three summer productions. The grant will also provide 250 free tickets for community groups that provide summer camp activities for underserved youth. CMT is a previous grant recipient and received a grant of $3,000.
Community School of Music and Arts, Mountain View, CA
The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) provides a bilingual (Spanish and English) preschool music and arts program at Castro, Slater and Theuerkauf Schools in Mountain View, CA. The program offers free arts education to very young students enrolled in the Head Start and state-funded preschool. The Foundation's grant will support a program that provides once a week music and art lessons for 28 weeks to the 168 children currently enrolled. CSMA is a six-time grant recipient and received a $4,000 grant.
Kara, Palo Alto, CA
Kara provides hope, healing, and grief support for people who are coping with death and dying. These services are provided at no cost. The Foundation's grant will support Camp Erin, a weekend long grief support camp for children ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Camp Erin provides intensive grief support in a fun environment to kids that are not able to access ongoing grief support. Kara is a ten-time grant recipient and received a grant of $8,000.
Project Commotion, San Francisco, CA
Project Commotion (PC) is a vibrant community space which strives to support under-served families of children with special needs, as well as caretakers and educators, through the development of physical, sensory, and self-awareness. The Foundation's grant will help provide scholarships to low-income children who participate in the Above & Beyond Program. Using multi-sensory play and movement activities, this innovative program connects the dots between stimulating movement and academic learning. The program operates year-round and targets low-income, high-needs children, many of whom struggle in school and at home. Project Commotion is a three-time grant recipient and received a grant of $4,000.