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Carlos Vega

The Carlos Vega Fund

The mission of the Carlos Vega Fund is to honor Carlos’ commitment to a more vibrant and equitable community in the Greater Holyoke area by supporting individuals and organizations in the creation of social-justice related projects and programs.

The Carlos Vega Fund for Social Justice and Community Service is a Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. Donations made to the Foundation and directed to the Carlos Vega Fund are entitled to a tax deduction because the Foundation is a 501c3 organization.

You can donate online or by check.

To donate online: The Please Donate Today button below is a link to the Community Foundation donation form. When asked to direct your gift, select Another Named Fund, enter the amount you wish to donate, scroll down to the Carlos Vega Fund for Social Justice and Community Service, and select it.

To donate by check: Make the check out to the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, put Carlos Vega Fund for Social Justice and Community Service in the memo line, and mail it to:

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
333 Bridge Street
Springfield, MA 01103

Given since 2015, the Carlos Vega Social Justice Award honors outstanding people who, like Carlos, embody a commitment to working on the front lines and making the greater Holyoke community a better place for everyone.

2019 George Counter

George Counter is a former superintendent of the Holyoke Public Schools. The positions Mr. Counter took to support our children and families are as important today as they were 23 years ago. He stood up against racism, inequity, and injustice. He was vocal, and he was brave. He went toe to toe with those in Boston and in positions of power to advocate in support of the students and families of Holyoke.

2018 Betty Medina Lichtenstein

Betty Medina Lichtenstein, is the Executive Director of Enlace de Familias and President of the Board of Directors of the Carlos Vega Townhomes. In 1985, Betty successfully ran for the Holyoke School Committee, making her the first Puerto Rican woman elected to public office in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She was a founding member of the Holyoke Community Charter School.

2017 Pa’lante Restorative Justice at Holyoke High School

Pa’lante, a youth-led restorative justice program at Holyoke High School was recognized for their efforts to build youth power and voice, to create student-centered approaches to discipline and conflict resolution, and to create a safer school community.

2016 The Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield were recognized for their countless social justice activities that have advanced the causes that were near and dear to Carlos.

2015 Tom and Lois Schwab

An attorney, Tom helped many non-profit organizations with his legal skills. A member of the Holyoke Civic Orchestra, he helped found the strings program in the Holyoke Public Schools. Lois has been an active as volunteer and supporter of the library. Together, they have supported many Holyoke organizations financially.

Application:

Applications must be received by March 18, 2019, and grants will be awarded May 17, 2019.  A Follow-up Report must be submitted no later than one year after a grant has been awarded and prior to applying for future funding.

Please fill out the CVF Application here…Be sure to answer each question and attach any supplemental documentation at the time of applying.

Fiscal Sponsorship Certification Form:

If your group is not currently incorporated as a non-profit, a completed Fiscal Sponsorship Certification Form must be attached to your application.
Download form here.

Follow Up:

All awardees must fill out a follow-up report 1 year after grant award or prior to a new grant cycle, the applicant may be applying for. Download follow up form here.

Press Release:

To Download our 2019 Awards Announcement Press Release here.

Board Members

Mary Birks, Debra Vega, Ginetta Candela, Idali Torres (honorary member), Irene Rodriguez Martin, Jane Frey, Liz O’Dair, Miguel Arce, Orlando Isaza, Sylvia Galvan, Tom Hidalgo, Aaron Vega

Past Awardees

2019 — $8,485

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Granby Public Schools
Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative
Home City Development Inc
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
New Horizons Family Community Center Inc
OneHolyoke CDC
Plunge Arts
The Care Center

2018 — $8,505

WestMass ElderCare Inc.
Igualidad As Friends of the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School
Gray House, Inc.
Nuestras Raices, Inc.
Home City Development Inc.
Friends of Holyoke Public Schools
Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc.
Town of Granby
Lighthouse Personalized Education for Teens
Holyoke Public Library Corp.
Girls Incorporated of Holyoke

2017 — $7,820

Holyoke Public Schools
Community Adolescent Resource and Education Center, Inc.
Transformative Culture Project (Press Pass TV Inc.)
Nuestras Raices, Inc.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc.
Community Education Project, Inc.
Holyoke Public Library Corp.
Girls Incorporated of Holyoke

2016 — $9,215

Enlace de Familias de Holyoke/Holyoke Family Network, Inc.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc.
The Children’s Study Home, Inc.
Keganin No Senshi Aikido, Inc.
Lighthouse Personalized Education for Teens
New Horizons Family Community Center, Inc.
Press Pass TV, Inc.
AIDS Foundation of Western Mass., Inc.
Community Adolescent Resource and Education Center, Inc.
Nuestras Raices, Inc.
Holyoke Public Schools
Girls Incorporated of Holyoke
Friends of Holyoke Public Schools

2015 — $6,800

Holyoke Health Center, Inc.
Keganin No Senshi Aikido, Inc.
Homework House, Inc.
The Children’s Study Home, Inc.
Enlace de Familias de Holyoke/Holyoke Family Network, Inc.
Holyoke Public Schools
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc.
Nuestras Raices
Community Adolescent Resource and Education Center, Inc.

2014 — $4,320

Community Education Project, Inc.
Nuestras Raices
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc.
Keganin No Senshi Aikido, Inc.
Womanshelter Companeras, Inc.
Community Adolescent Resource and Education Center, Inc.
Arise, Inc.
Nuestras Raices
Homework House, Inc.

2013 — $2,050

Holyoke Equal Rights Association (HERA)
Homework House, Inc.
South Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative
Nuestras Raices
La Noche de San Juan
Friends of the Homeless

2012 — $1,500

Holyoke Equal Rights Association (HERA)
Homework House, Inc.
South Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative
ARISE for Social Justice
Friends of the Homeless

Contact

Email

carlosvegafund.413@gmail.com

Address

Holyoke, MA 01040