English at Large received a 2014 grant to expand their programs in Lexington

Lexington Community Farm Coalition (LexFarm)

Lexington Community Farm is a working farm that connects the community to local food and sustainable practices while preserving historic farmland. Using sustainable land management techniques that protect the farm's open space on town-owned conservation land, LexFarm grows and distributes vegetables through community-supported agriculture (CSA) and at its farm stand. Residents of all ages and abilities are invited to engage with the farm and the environment through hands-on education programs and volunteer opportunities. In addition, LexFarm accepts SNAP/EBT at the farm stand and donates approximately 10% of produce grown to families in need. 

This grant will enable LexFarm to move to the next level in its organizational growth, providing consulting services for board development, an analytics dashboard and a business plan for long-term planning across the different program areas. 

Lex Eat Together

Lex Eat Together recognizes that hunger and social isolation exist within Lexington and the surrounding communities. Their purpose is to offer a welcoming environment without question for anyone who comes to a weekly dinner. By providing a free, nutritious meal on a weekly basis to all who attend, in a manner and setting that recognizes and honors the dignity of every individual, Lex Eat Together can address the hunger in our midst and provide an equally important component of community: reducing isolation. 

This grant will help Lex Eat Together pilot a transportation program for greater and broader access to their weekly dinners by those who do not have access to needed transportation. 

Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition (LexGWAC)

LexGWAC's mission is to education and raise awareness of climate change and its impacts. They promote actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and safeguard the health of the planet for future generations. They accomplish their mission through a speaker series, a movie series and by working with Lexington town government to pass warrant articles to help Lexington address climate change. 

This grant will enable LexGWAC to run a large scale "Sustainability Fair" coordinating initiatives by and for Lexington town government, businesses and residents and highlighting health, energy, resilience, and sustainability in the face of climate change. 

Lexington Office of Public Health

Under the direction of the Lexington Board of Health, the mission of the Lexington Office of Public Health is to prevent disease and promote wellness in order to protect and improve the health and quality of life of its residents, visitors and workfoce. 

This grant will enable the Lexington Health Department to do a quantitative tick survey in order to assess the risks to our community and provide an educational public health program for residents about tick-borne diseases. 

Communities for Restorative Justice 

Communities for Restorative Justice is a community-police partnership program. Their mission is to provide communities with a complement to the traditional judicial system, wherein: (1) victims of crime can interact in a safe environment with those who have harmed them in a safe environment; (2) offenders can better understand the impact of their actions; and (3) the community connections are strengthened. 

This grant is enabling C4RJ staff to train additional Lexington police officers, raise community awareness of restorative justice and its benefits, and recruit and train local volunteers--resulting in a stronger, healthier community. 

Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN)

Domestic Violence Services Network provides direct and ancillary support services to domestic violence victims across MetroWest. . FACT #1: 1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence or sexual assault in her lifetime. FACT #2: 1 in 5 high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. 

This grant is allowing the organizations, in partnership with the Lexington Police Department, to provide four Realistic Escape Strategies & Instinct-based Self-defense Training courses as Lexington High School. 

Lexington Symphony Orchestra

Lexington Symphony is a professional orchestra of musicians who share a passion for classical music, a commitment to community engagement, and a dedication to exacting standards of performance, offering six concerts a year. The Symphony also reaches thousands of area youth through the Orchestrating Kids Through Classics program. 

This grant is providing funding for the MovieMusic program, including a day of artistic family activities and an evening full-length concert featuring classic movie music. 

Lexington Tourism Committee- Antony Park

Antony Park commemorates the relationship with Lexington's sister city, Antony, France. The park's design is based on historical French formal gardens and will be located in the seldom-used area of Tower Park. This outdoor space will be preserved and beautified for a place to revitalize, enjoy community events and performances or simply meet for a picnic or bagged lunch. 

This grant will assist LTC in completing the park's construction, primarily the beautiful and anchoring stonework. 

Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. (SNAP)

For over 30 years, SNAP has worked to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities through direct involvement in the arts, resulting in a connected and warm community of artists, staff and volunteers. 

This grant is enabling the expansion of the SNAP program and providing resources to enroll more students who are on the waiting list. 

Advocates, Inc. 

Advocates' mission is to help people achieve their hopes and dreams within the fabric of their communities. Advocates offers human services and health care alternatives including residential support for adults with disabilities, family supports, outpatient mental health and addiction services, psychiatric emergency services, and community justice services. The organization's primary role in Lexington is focused on programming for adult survivors of brain injury. Advocates and Support Living, Inc. are partners in providing appropriate housing and care for residents of Lexington's Douglas House, adults with brain injuries. 

This grant allowed Advocates to purchase an adaptive bicycle to be housed at Douglas House, for ongoing use with the goal of improving physical fitness and promoting wellness among adults with brain injury. 

English at Large

English at Large provides individual and small group instruction through a volunteer network to adult immigrants and other newcomers who want to acquire English language skills as they adapt to life in the United States. 

This grant supported the expansion of the organization's programs in Lexington. 

Lexington Friends of the Arts' Munroe Saturday Nights

Munroe Saturday Nights is Lexington's only free performing and visual arts series. These monthly programs are open to the public for only a voluntary donation, and support and cultivate area artists. This season's performances have included evenings of Chinese Music and Drama and dance fusion merging tap and traditional Indian dance. 

This grant supported "Break the Silence," a program highlighting the problem and risks of relationship violence as it impacts teens and young adults. The grant also provided more access to programming for underserved populations in Lexington. 

Lexington Youth and Family Services

Lexington Youth and Family Services (LYFS) promotes healthy social and emotional development among Lexington youth and families by providing advocacy, prevention and intervention services to keep youth safe and enhance family functioning. LYFS provides barrier-free counseling to adolescents who might not otherwise access mental health support for depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-destructive behavior. 

This grant supported board training and strategic planning.