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.
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.
Established in 2014, the Truesdale Health Foundation is an initiative of and led by the Truesdale Health Board of Directors.
Who we have helped
Fall River Youth Soccer Association
The FRYSA provides an affordable and robust soccer program for 900-plus Fall River young people ages 4 to 19 annually as well as its TOPSoccer therapeutic program for those with mental and physical disabilities, ages 3 to 23. Founded in 1990, FRYSA promotes physical and social well-being through sports while teaching core values of sportsmanship, fair play and honesty.
The FRYSA was the Foundation’s first grant recipient in 2014. As a sponsor, we have supported their initiatives that include reducing player fees and providing program scholarships to economically challenged families and individuals.
The American Little League @ North Park
The American Little League gives young people in the Fall River community the opportunity to play in a first-class baseball program. In addition to learning athletic skills, the League teaches life skills by instilling values of sportsmanship, fair play and honesty.
We fund general League program needs. The League also directs our grants to specific needs as they occur such as replacing dilapidated player and field maintenance equipment, supporting offseason training for players, providing scholarships that can be used to attend any sports program, providing no-fee enrollment and equipment for players from economically disadvantaged families, and upgrading Hudner Field’s snack shack patronized by parents and spectators.
WiggleKids promotes health and fitness for children and adults of all abilities by providing physical and social activities. Activities include drumming exercises, yoga and vigorous play that includes bouncing on large rubber balls and “swimming” in a pool filled with plastic balls.
We have provided funding for the Get Healthy with Highland Pediatrics Program, a joint program of Highland Pediatrics and WiggleKids that is run by WiggleKids and designed specifically to combat childhood obesity by providing unique movement activities.
Mass in Motion, Fall River
This City of Fall River program, which receives partial funding from the Massachusetts Department of Health, promotes childhood health through a number of programs with objectives that include reducing obesity through physical activity such as walking and cycling.
The Truesdale Foundation has purchased and donated bicycle helmets to the organization’s program that distributes free helmets to children in Fall River.
YMCA Southcoast Youth Development Program
The Fall River YMCA has been serving the Greater Fall River area since 1857 with programs focused on healthy living and social responsibility. The Youth Development Program is multi-faceted and includes programs spanning camping, early learning, education and leadership, food/nutrition, STEM and swimming/sports.
Truesdale Foundation support is focused on the YMCA’s Youth Development Program.
Boys & Girls Club of Fall River
The Boys & Girls Club helps young people achieve academic success and reach their full potential as caring, responsible and productive citizens. Youth can enroll in programs focused on education and career development, good character and citizenship, healthy lifestyles, after-school learning, mountain biking, camping and swimming.
We primarily help the Club by directing funding to its after-school and weekend activities programs.
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.