Your Dollars at Work:
The work and grants of ABUW touch children at every stage of their life. Personal words of thanks from families in Acton & Boxborough served by our agencies say it best:
“I have been meaning to write a note to express my gratitude…As you can probably guess, life as a single father is not always easy. It meant a lot to me this summer to be able to send my boys to NARA Park Camp. It was a tremendous relief to receive the financial support your scholarship provided. This enabled my sons to attend camp while I was at work every day. Not having this available would have caused a substantial financial hardship to our family. It was also good to know the boys were in a safe, enjoyable environment each day.”
“It (has) been a godsend to be able to work a few weeks worry-free during the summer. I’d like to share with you my daughter’s path. She is now 16 and secure in who she is and what she is reaching for in life… She went to camp many years (through Camperships) then became a CIT…which led to volunteer work…so this summer she will be working for the Town. The Town has seen how responsible she has become through the years. So we should be very proud of this young lady. Without Doli I ask myself, “Where would she be?”
Here are more examples of your dollars at work for local Children & Youth:
- A six-month old is in a safe and educational pre-school through a scholarship fund allowing their parents to maintain their jobs.
- A 2-year old struggling with a speech delay receives critical screening at an early intervention program as well as an appropriate group to enjoy and build social skills.
- A 10-year old with Autism attends a recreation program during vacation for needed structure allowing his single mother to work.
- A Boxborough woman meets with the teenager who broke into her home. Together, with members of the community, they find a way to repair the harm through mediation.
- An Acton teenager receives emergency legal representation to protect her from a physically abusive boyfriend.
- “Brad”, a local high school student, started a Facebook group recruiting others to say what they’d do to a classmate “Brad” found extremely annoying. Brad’s posts were graphic and gruesome. The police became involved and “Brad” was faced with charges of criminal harassment. As an alternative, the police asked C4RJ to take on the case. “Brad” made a 2-month commitment to meet with a volunteer facilitator where they would discuss what constitutes bullying, how one can be a bully without meaning to be, and how much power words wield. The C4RJ circle worked hard to help “Brad” understand that the words and the deeds he described were shocking and grotesque. At his closing circle, he was able to articulate what he had done that had so hurt another and had begun to understand a little more about himself and how he reacts to those who scare or bother him.