North Attleborough-based KyleCares has been selected as one of five finalists in Massachusetts for the Red Sox Foundation IMPACT Award. The IMPACT Awards provide Red Sox fans an opportunity to support their favorite non-profit organization’s chance to win one of several grants totaling $75,000 from the Red Sox Foundation. And all they have to do is go online and vote.
Through the generosity of the Ruderman Family Foundation, the IMPACT Awards will provide twelve non-profits with either a first place $10,000 grant, or a second place $2,500 grant. Eligible organizations with the most online votes from fans will be the designated winners. There will be two non-profits selected from each New England state.
Given the spread of COVID-19 and its vast effect on mental health, this year’s IMPACT Awards focus on organizations whose mission includes raising awareness and improving the mental health outcomes of individuals in their community. Voting for KyleCares and the 2020 IMPACT Awards takes place on
www.redsox.com/IMPACT. Limit one (1) vote per email address per day between June 9 and June 22, at 4:59 p.m.
KyleCares helps high schools and colleges in New England support student mental health by connecting schools with mental health resources, facilitating long-term, comprehensive strategies to address student mental health, and funding school-based mental health education, awareness, and suicide prevention programs. In the last year, KyleCares has brought 45 mental health workshiops, training, and stigma-breaking programs to 10 New England high schools and colleges, directly engaging more than 600 students, 390 faculty, and 275 parents in mental health education and awareness building.
KyleCares was founded by Jim and Sue Johnson and their daughters Katie and Lauren in memory of their son and brother Kyle Johnson, a 19-year old North Attleborough college student who died by suicide in April, 2018. Ultimately, KyleCares aims to eliminate student self-harm and suicide by creating school environments where students and their caregivers have the confidence and support to seek help without shame or hesitation.
Please visit www.kylecaresinc.org for more information. For more information on the Red Sox Foundation please visit www.redsoxfoundation.org. For more information on the Ruderman Family Foundation please visit www.rudermanfoundation.org.