The latest Natick nonprofit & charity news:
Rockin’ 9th grader earns music grant
The nonprofit teamed with singer and autism self-advocate Kodi Lee to grant 18 Kodi Lee Gives Back Grants worth a total of $25K to those pursuing music or fine arts. The foundation aims to help those with autism in their education, employment, and outside interests.
According to the Foundation, McElroy plays electric guitar, takes lessons at School of Rock in Natick and his favorite bands include Bon Jovi, Green Day, and Imagine Dragons.
Behavioral Healthcare group issues awards
The Natick-based Association for Behavioral Healthcare recently announced its Salute to Excellence awards recognizing professionals dedicated to serving those with mental health and substance use challenges. Its Legacy Leadership Award went to Massachusetts Health & Human Service Secretary Marylou Sudders, who spearheaded the state’s Roadmap for Behavioral Health Reform.
Sudders was among 10 honored during the in-person event, which followed a couple of years of virtual ones.
“The pandemic has only exacerbated the need for high-quality, accessible behavioral health treatment,” said Secretary Sudders. “Across the Commonwealth, behavioral health professionals have answered the call and stepped up to provide clinical care to some of Massachusetts’ most vulnerable residents.”
Cram the Van at Natick Mall with healthy food
Donate a healthy snack item or other nonperishable foods, and take away a free gift.