Your generous contributions help COMPASS meet the many diverse needs of the youth and families we serve.

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Can you help us reach new heights?


Fund upgrades for a classroom’s technology, to better serve students with special needs.


Provide funding for 3 overnight Outdoor Education trips for youth in CSS and School.


Provide excursions to foster mentor relationships for 5 youth in the CSS program.


Fully fund a student’s internship placement for 1 month.


Supply a family with basic needs during a financial emergency.

Thanks to our donors

Many thanks to the foundations, sponsors and donors that have supported us, along with in-kind donations of services, tickets, gift certificates, and gift items. Special thanks to all our individual donors who generously remember COMPASS kids and families throughout the year with their donations to our seasonal appeals and fundraising events!

Dave W. Manzo Scholarship

A college scholarship for former students and clients

COMPASS offers a $500 per year scholarship to any of our former students or clients who attend college. We will make an annual check payable to the college or university that the former COMPASS student or client attends for as long as he/she is enrolled. The scholarship can be used for tuition, books or lodging; under special circumstances, scholarship funds can be used for transportation expenses.

At the COMPASS 25th Anniversary Dinner, the Board of Directors named the scholarship fund after former Executive Director, David W. Manzo. David began working at COMPASS in 1980 and was the Executive Director from 1984 through 2004.

John J. Lydon Help Fund

In order to mitigate the short and long-term effects that come with the intersectionality of poverty, health, and child development, COMPASS established, and recently dedicated, the John J. Lydon Help Fund. This fund assists families with emergency assistance with groceries, clothing, housing, and education for youth. Families that are experiencing a dire situation where they need help with accessing basic needs can apply for small grants through the Help Fund. Over the past year, 70 requests for grants were approved, totaling over $30,000.

We are dedicated to providing high quality responsive services to families in crisis. Your donation helps us distribute emergency assistance with groceries, clothing, housing, and education to youth and families.

Help fund requests in 2018:
  • 20% Employment and career development
  • 25% Grocery vouchers
  • 20% Help with housing and utilities
  • 15% Weather appropriate clothing
  • 20% Education resources

COMPASS staff share stories of our Help Fund in action

Txiki: Tools for Therapy

A student suffering from depression caused by Seasonal Affective Disorder was provided with a tool for therapy that made an impact in his home.

Dilma: Continuing Ed

A struggling mother of four was helped with tuition for a class. As a result she has improved her English, obtained her GED and driver’s license, and has much better job prospects.

Justin: Burnt Out of Home

After their apartment was destroyed by a fire, a student’s family was provided groceries and other assistance to support them during that difficult time.

Sandrine: Preventing Homelessness

A family that was about to be evicted from their apartment was given support for a rent payment, enabling them to remain in their home.

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