Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club - Revitalizing Springfield's Riverfront.
HELP US EARN A $20,000 MATCHING DONATION
Thanks to the generosity of The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, The Beveridge Family Foundation and The Anthony Lovell Foundation, PVRC has a $20,000 matching fund for Valley Gives Day 2014!
Core to our mission and commitment to our community is our unwavering belief that socioeconomics never be a factor or barrier to anyone participating in PVRC programs or events. To this end we provide significant financial aid based on need. So far his year, nearly 50% of all participants in PVRC programming received some form of assistance.
Thanks to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention grant awarded through the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, PVRC is a proud contributor to the LiveWell Springfield coalition. Live Well Springfield is a community based coalition that includes over 20 organizations working in Springfield. The coalition supports a grassroots movement towards health equity through improving access to healthy eating and active living opportunities.
This past year, PVRC has held numerous, high profile events. In June PVRC hosted the 2nd Annual Springfield Dragon Boat Festival, sponsored by Mass Mutual, LiveWell Springfield, United Water and Rays of Hope, which drew 600 participants and spectators to Springfield’s riverfront. In addition, in September PVRC held its 10th annual regatta, drawing nearly 150 rowers to the Connecticut River.
PVRC has demonstrated strong growth over the course of the past two years. Over this time PVRC has engaged over 750 people annually in healthy activity on the Springfield’s riverfront.
Of these participants we are particularly excited about the Healthy Prescription pilot program, which is a LiveWell inspired collaboration between PVRC and Baystate-Brightwood Healthy Clinic. The program has grown to 20 regular participants, who are prescribed exercise by their providers and ‘fill’ their prescriptions at PVRC. Healthy Prescription participants are part of a PVRC membership that has nearly doubled to 170 members since 2012.
Of course, rowing is the backbone of PVRC and we are happy to show continued growth of our high school rowing program. This fall the number of rowers nearly doubled to 66 rowers. The Springfield Crew is comprised of students from schools throughout the Greater Springfield area.
PVRC’s dragon boat program continues to pique interest and excite newcomers. Today our program is comprised of nearly 30 paddlers. Thanks to a grant from Rays of Hope, our dragon boat programs offers free memberships to all breast cancer survivors.
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