The Circle Health Ball reflects a partnership between Lowell General Hospital, dedicated medical staff and members of the Circle Health community. Thanks to generous sponsors, donors and guests, the Circle Health Ball has made an enormous impact in the Greater Lowell community with event proceeds supporting local non-profits and organizations addressing the region’s vital health needs. Since the first Ball in 2006, close to 40 non-profits and organizations have received grants to make a difference in the lives of many and help create a healthier and stronger community for all.
2020 Grant Recipients:
Using the 2019 Greater Lowell Community Health Needs Assessment as a guide, this year’s grants focus on the vital needs of improving social determinants of health, behavioral health and substance abuse/prevention. Though we were unable to come together and celebrate the grant recipients this year at the Ball, we are honored and proud to support these incredible organizations and initiatives making a powerful impact in our community.
Congratulations to the 2020 Grant Recipients:
Girls, Inc. of Greater Lowell is dedicated to the empowerment of young girls and women and helping improve the conditions in which they live. Girls, Inc. will use the grant for the Strong Self, Strong Families program. This new program was developed specifically to address challenging dynamics involving excessive bullying, domestic and family violence, custodial instability, and related substance abuse. The curriculum involves trauma-informed care practices, cognitive behavioral intervention, clinical group activities, and content-neutral facilitation techniques to support and make a positive impact for girls, ages 8-18, and their caregivers.
Community Providers of Adolescent Services (COMPASS) is a leading provider of special education and human services for youth & families. COMPASS will use the grant to support the Combatting the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Program (CSEC). Helping to identify and support youth impacted by CSEC, the program increases trained service providers, creates positive social environments/job-training for affected youth, and increases awareness for youth, staff, and community members about CSEC in the community.
Coalition for a Better Acre is a community development corporation focused on sustainable housing, resident empowerment, neighborhood revitalization, and economic development. They will use the grant to benefit the STEP program, a workforce development program providing low-income community members the training, resources and skills needed to become self-sufficient. STEP includes guaranteed job placement, free transportation for 1 year and 1.5 years of wrap-around services.
End 68 Hours of Hunger – Dracut is combatting childhood hunger with providing a backpack of food over the weekend to help address the 68 hours of hunger some at-risk children experience when they are not in school. The program addresses nutrition, academic success and behavior. They will use the grant to provide new backpacks, food supplies and storage to help serve more local children.
Please visit "Event Recaps" to learn more about the community impact of the Ball.