Truesdale Health Foundation:

Supporting the health of our community

We believe that youth sports and other activities are important for shaping healthy minds and bodies, and that education is vital to the future of health care. These beliefs are at the core of the Truesdale Health Foundation and inspire our involvement in the local community.

Our mission

The Truesdale Health Foundation actively promotes health and wellness in the Greater Fall River area by fostering and supporting activities and programs related to health, wellness, and health education and training. The Foundation focuses its attention on and makes appropriate grants to health-related community programs such as youth sports programs, and to individuals pursuing education and training in preparation for health care related professions.

Leadership

Established in 2014, the Truesdale Health Foundation is an initiative of and led by the Truesdale Health Board of Directors.

News and events

Fall 2018
The Truesdale Health Foundation is supporting Mass in Motion, a program that, among its many activities, is distributing bicycle helmets for children in Fall River.

A program of the City of Fall River, and funded by the Massachusetts Department of Health, one of Mass in Motion’s objectives is to reduce childhood obesity in the City through physical activity such as walking and cycling. In conjunction with other like-minded organizations, the program has distributed hundreds of bike helmets to children at bike rodeos, summer school classes, and other programs and events. Read  more.

Summer 2018
The Truesdale Health Foundation is once again supporting the Fall River Youth Soccer Association (FRYS), and the North Park American Little League (NPALL), and adding the Wiggle Kids-Highland Pediatrics program to the list of grant recipients. The organizations and programs are noted for their success at delivering excellent, accessible youth programs year after year. Read more.

Spring 2018
The Truesdale Health Foundation is once again supporting the Fall River Youth Soccer Association (FRYS), and the North Park American Little League (NPALL). Both organizations are noted for their success at delivering excellent, accessible youth sports programs year after year.

The Foundation has donated $5,000 to the FRYS for the 2018 season. The FRYS will use the money to help reduce player fees. The donation will help enable young athletes with mental and physical challenges to play for free through the TOPSoccer program. And it will be used to provide scholarships to economically challenged families and individuals, including foster children, children from St, Vincent’s Home and others.

The Foundation has also donated $5,000 to the NPALL for its 2018 season. The money will be devoted to replacing 100% of the League’s player equipment, much of which has become unusable, plus the purchase of field maintenance equipment. It will go toward offseason training for participants. It will also be used to provide two deserving young people who demonstrate community involvement, academic excellence, and sportsmanship with $150 scholarships to attend any sports program. Finally, the money will be used to purchase uniforms, gloves and bats for several participants from economically disadvantaged families who will participate for free.

Bryan Nadeau, Vice President of the NPALL, said, “The League instills values of sportsmanship, fair play and honesty in young people. The Truesdale Health Foundation, our largest sponsor, gives many community kids the opportunity to play in a first-class program, and learn invaluable life skills.”

FRYS President Brian T. Ferreira said, “The Truesdale Health Foundation’s generosity helps make ours one of the most affordable and robust youth sports programs in the area for our 800-plus Fall River participants. We are grateful for the partnership.”

Summer 2017
The Truesdale Health Foundation's continued support of the American Little League @ North Park initiative (story here) and the Fall River Youth Soccer Association (story here) enabled these two organizations to bring in more children to participate in their 2017 sports programs. The children included those from low-income and troubled homes who would otherwise not be able to take part in the life-enriching programs offered by these two fine Fall River-based organizations.

Summer 2015
The Truesdale Health Foundation has teamed up with the Fall River Youth Soccer Association as the non-profit's major sponsor with donations that help FRYSA maintain fields, purchase equipment and more. Founded in 1990, FRYSA is a non-profit organization devoted to developing and promoting organized soccer for Fall River youth. FRYSA serves more than 900 young people ages 4 to 19.

The Foundation is supporting Fall River's American Division Of Little League Baseball for the 2015 season. The League provides young people 4 to 16 in age with the benefits of athletic activity, skills development, and the opportunity to learn and practice team values.

August 2014
The Truesdale Health Foundation has teamed up with the Fall River Youth Soccer Association as a sponsor of Association games and its summer soccer camps. Founded in 1990, the FRYSA is a non-profit organization devoted to developing and promoting organized soccer for Fall River youth.

The Foundation is supporting Fall River’s American Division Of Little League Baseball for the 2015 season. The League provides young people 4 to 16 in age with the benefits of athletic activity, skills development, and the opportunity to learn and practice team values.

How to apply for a grant

The Foundation considers funding requests from organizations devoted to health-related community programs, and from individuals who are pursuing health care related professions. Requester's must demonstrate their connection to the Greater Fall River area. Send a written request briefly describing your proposal to:  Truesdale Health Foundation, 1030 President Ave., Fall River, Massachusetts 02720. The Foundation considers all requests and if interested will contact you to submit a formal full proposal.