Iron­man gives back to Dorch­ester non­prof­its

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CAM­BRIDGE — The Iron­man Foun­da­tion will dis­trib­ute $58,000 in char­i­ta­ble give­back to non­profit ini­tia­tives and groups in Cam­bridge, in con­junc­tion with the 2016 Iron­man Mary­land triathlon tak­ing place Satur­day, Oct. 1.

A to­tal of $73,000 has been given back to the Cam­bridge com­mu­nity this year. The Iron­man Foun­da­tion Com­mu­nity Fund pro­vides com­mu­nity and vol­un­teerism grant op­por­tu­ni­ties to non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions where Iron­man events are held. The foun­da­tion’s con­tri­bu­tion will pro­vide sup­port to non­profit needs and ini­tia­tives within the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and brings the to­tal give­back to more than $169,000 in the re­gion.

The foun­da­tion pro­vides char­i­ta­ble sup­port to a va­ri­ety of lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions that rec­og­nize ci­ti­zens in need and sup­port the foun­da­tion’s mis­sion. The foun­da­tion works with com­mu­nity lead­ers to iden­tify projects and ini­tia­tives and to pro­vide fund­ing to sup­port worth­while causes. This year, the foun­da­tion’s com­mu­nity fund will pro­vide a $5,000 grant to Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Chop­tank to pur­chase tools for the ex­pan­sion of their home build­ing and re­hab pro­gram into North Dorch­ester county.

“For our home buy­ers, the idea that they can achieve an au­da­cious goal like buy­ing a home can at time seem unimag­in­able,” said Nancy Andrew, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Chop­tank. “The Iron­man Foun­da­tion grant will em­power more fam­i­lies in Dorch­ester County achieve the goal of home own­er­ship with the ex­pan­sion of Habi­tat Chop­tank’s mis­sion into North Dorch­ester.”

An­other fea­tured grant re­cip­i­ent, the Dorch­ester County Fam­ily YMCA, will re­ceive a $5,000 grant to help trans­form a stor­age area of the YMCA into a kitchen area with laundr y fa­cil­i­ties that will im­prove com­mu­nity use and ac­cess of the YMCA space, as well as en­hance summer camp ex­pe­ri­ences.

“Thanks to The Iron­man Foun­da­tion, we will be able to fin­ish our kitchen project at the YMCA which will en­able us to en­hance our summer camp pro­gram and on site af­ter-school pro­gram,” said JoAnn Hansen, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Dorch­ester County Fam­ily YMCA. “It also en­ables us to pro­vide ad­di­tional sup­port to fam­ily and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties that the Dorch­ester Fam­ily YMCA spon­sors, such as our An­nual Crab Run and Heart of the Chesapeake Bike Tour.”

In 2016, The Iron­man Foun­da­tion will dis­trib­ute more than $1.6 mil­lion in grant fund­ing to sup­port the needs of Iron­man race com­mu­ni­ties across North Amer­ica.

“Grant fund­ing is one way that The Iron­man Foun­da­tion leaves a last­ing legacy in the com­mu­ni­ties where Iron­man races take place,” said Dave Desch­enes, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of The Iron­man Foun­da­tion. “We are thrilled to sup­port the Cam­bridge com­mu­nity with these com­mu­nity grant awards.”

The foun­da­tion will rec­og­nize this year’s com­mu­nity grant re­cip­i­ents at the Iron­man Mary­land open­ing cer­e­mony, which will take place at 6 p.m. Fri­day, Sept. 30, at the Dorch­ester County Vis­i­tor Cen­ter am­phithe­ater.

Within Iron­man’s race com­mu­ni­ties, the foun­da­tion pro­vides a grant pro­gram to sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tions that have a vol­un­teerism com­po­nent. This year, the com­mu­nity fund will pro­vide more than $30,000 in vol­un­teer grant do­na­tions for the Iron­man Mary­land triathlon.

“We are thrilled to con­tinue our sup­port of so many tremen­dous or­ga­ni­za­tions that self­lessly serve oth­ers within the Cam­bridge re­gion year-af­ter-year,” said Chris­tine Perkins, com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager for The Iron­man Foun­da­tion. “Last year, vol­un­teer grant fund­ing was dis­trib­uted among 63 com­mu­nity groups in the re­gion.”

The Iron­man Foun­da­tion, in part­ner­ship with the Fire­house Subs Pub­lic Safety Foun­da­tion, will pro­vide a grant of more than $13,000 to the Hoop­ers Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany to pur­chase a Lu­cas 2 Chest Com­pres­sion sys­tem that will help to im­prove out­comes of sud­den car­diac ar­rest vic­tims and en­hance op­er­a­tions for med­i­cal re­spon­ders.

“The Hoop­ers Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany is very grate­ful to have re­ceived a grant from The Iron­man Foun­da­tion and Fire­house Subs Pub­lic Safety Foun­da­tion to pur­chase a Lu­cas Chest Com­pres­sion De­vice, as this unit will help pre­vent provider fa­tigue when con­trol­ling both the amount of com­pres­sions and com­pres­sion depth with a min­i­mum num­ber of in­ter­rup­tions,” said Rose­mary Dean, am­bu­lance cap­tain and trea­surer of the Hoop­ers Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment. “It helps sus­tain blood cir­cu­la­tion to the brain, heart and ma­jor or­gans un­til we can re­lease them to hos­pi­tal staff. This will also en­sure and a bet­ter qual­ity of CPR care to our com­mu­nity and help our providers.”

An ad­di­tional grant of $5,000 will be awarded to the Tay­lors Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany to pur­chase longlife bat­tery smoke de­tec­tors that will be dis­trib­uted to mul­ti­ple res­i­dents who live on Tay­lors Is­land and other small ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in lower Dorch­ester County.

“We are so ap­pre­cia­tive to The Iron­man Foun­da­tion and Fire­house Subs Pub­lic Safety Foun­da­tion for helping us to pro­vide these ten-year long-life smoke de­tec­tors to res­i­dents within Tay­lors Is­land and sur­round­ing ru­ral ar­eas that oth­er­wise may not have the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase these vi­tal de­tec­tors,” said Patti Tieder, pres­i­dent of Tay­lors Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany. “No mat­ter what your so­cioe­co­nomic sta­tus may be, ev­ery­one should have ac­cess to work­ing smoke de­tec­tors, as it may mean the dif­fer­ence between life and death in many sit­u­a­tions.”

“Fire­house Subs Pub­lic Safety Foun­da­tion, along with The Iron­man Foun­da­tion, is grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to give back to those who loy­ally serve our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Robin Peters, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of FHSPSF. “As Iron­man ath­letes prove that ‘Any­thing is Pos­si­ble,’ we feel that the mantra also rep­re­sents what can be done to sup­port the men and women who have ded­i­cated their lives to pro­tect­ing oth­ers.”

TEAM IMF is the foun­da­tion’s fundrais­ing triathlon team. Team mem­bers have the op­por­tu­nity to race in the Iron­man event of their choice when they com­mit to raise $3,500 for foun­da­tion’s com­mu­nity fund.

Nine ath­letes par­tic­i­pat­ing in this pro­gram through the 2016 Iron­man Mary­land triathlon have raised more than $52,000, while col­lec­tively, the foun­da­tion’s TEAM IMF ath­letes have raised more than $503,000 for the fund in 2016.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Iron­man and The Iron­man Foun­da­tion, visit www.iron­man.com and www.iron­man­foun­da­tion.org

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

New Zealan­der Tim Smith smiles af­ter fin­ish­ing the 2015 Iron­man Mary­land in first place at Long Wharf Park in Cam­bridge. Smith com­pleted the 3,000-me­ter swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2 mile run in 8:38:21.

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