Massachusetts Foundation, an independent nonprofit foundation working to end the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts, announced Monday that it has awarded nearly $200,000 in rapid response grants to support nonprofit organizations strained by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The discretionary grants will be given to 25 existing RIZE community partners, including Everett.
Experts believe that the Covid-19 pandemic may have a greater impact among people with opioid use disorder (OUD), jeopardizing their access to health care, secure housing and a stable income. As hospitals and clinics shift staff and resources to address the pandemic and as social distancing guidelines are implemented, many of the organizations that serve people with OUD are adversely affected as well.
RIZE community partners are incurring unforeseen costs as they modify operations to continue providing critical services. For example, several partners have been forced to move operations to outside tents in accordance with CDC guidelines for social distancing.
“Our community partners are going through extraordinary lengths to support people with OUD during this unprecedented crisis,” said Julie Burns, President and CEO, RIZE Massachusetts Foundation. “The grants will allow these organizations, some of which are small operations without access to reserves, to adapt their operations to better serve individuals as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds.”
RIZE is distributing grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 to the following community partners from the area:
•Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery
•NECAT Culinary Arts Training
•Prisoners Legal Services
•City of Everett
To support RIZE’s efforts to fund rapid response as well as the community partners providing care, services and resources to people with OUD under extremely challenging circumstances like the Covid-19 pandemic or natural disasters, contributions can be made at www.rizema.org/donate.