Barnes Trust announces $325K for local healthcare

Main Street Community Foundation (WEB)

By TAYLOR HARTZ
STAFF WRITER

The Barnes Memorial Trust announced more than $300,000 in grants to non-profits last month, and the trust is looking to contribute even more to organizations that seek to promote health and wellbeing for Southington residents.

After announcing funding for three first-time recipients, and continuing funding for two organizations given grants in 2014, the trust will accept letters of intent from non-profit organizations through Feb. 10.

Non-profits in need of funding for capital projects, programs, and initiatives that will improve wellness in town are eligible to apply for funding for healthcare needs.

“We are thrilled to be announcing over $325, 000 in grants thanks to the generous legacy of Bradley and Liela Barnes,” said Susan Sadecki, President & CEO of the Main Street Community Foundation, which took over the trust in 2004.

The recipient programs are chosen by a volunteer advisory committee that is made up of nine Southington residents and professionals who visit each organization to determine their needs.

Hartford HealthCare at Home received the largest award, earning $100,000 in funding to provide geriatric care, geriatric pharmacist consultations, and monitoring programs to help senior citizens remain safe and healthy in their homes.

Two other local organizations also received first-time funding from the trust last December, the Health Assistance InterVention Education Network (HAVEN) and the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA.

HAVEN will receive $39,000 to contribute to case management services, education, and outreach for healthcare professionals.

The YMCA will be supported in the launch of their EnhanceFitness program, an exercise group that encourages individuals with arthritis to stay active and maintain movement.

In 2014, the Barnes Memorial Trust provided funding to the Southington Health Outreach Project through Wheeler Clinic, and the Hope Full Lives program at the Alzheimer’s Resource Center of Connecticut, Inc.

In 2015, the funding was continued for both organizations.

The Southington Health Outreach Project received $79, 075 to enhance Southington residents’ access to programs for substance abuse and mental health.

The Hope Full Lives programs will receive $75,000 to assist caregivers of individuals with dementia in Southington.

The Barnes Memorial Trust, established in 1973 by Bradley Henry Barnes to focus on health care needs in the town, is still planning to contribute to more local non-profits.

“Their impact on the Southington community is great and will only continue to grow,” said Sadecki of the Bradley and Leila Barnes.

Interested organizations may submit their letters of intent through Feb. 10, for funding to support programs and initiatives focused on better access, integration, and affordability of healthcare, mental health issues, substance abuse treatment, and senior citizen care.

All 501(c)(3) focused in these areas are eligible to apply, and are asked to contact Jarre Betts, Vice President of Programs, or Alecia Andrews, Program Officer, at 860-583-6363.

Application guidelines can be found at www.mainstreetfoundation.org.

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