Local Non-profit Receives National Award and Granted $30,000


Chick-fil-A check presentationIn the spirit of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, each year the Chick-fil-A Foundation honors and supports organizations from across the country that are investing in and inspiring young people. Thrive Support & Advocacy, Marlborough, MA, was recently selected as one of the 22 organizations across the country to be honored with the national True Inspiration Award for 2019. Nominated by local Marlborough Chick-fil-A owner, Bryan VanAlstine, Thrive was recognized in the Emerging Leader Development category for organizations that focus on character development, positive community and cultural involvement, and effective civic engagement. Through the True Inspiration Awards, Chick-fil-A honors and supports on-the-ground community organizations, granting more than $1 million in funds each year.

“It was a complete surprise. Local franchise owner Bryan VanAlstine found out about us and his research led him to feel very strongly about the value, quality, and innovation displayed in our work supporting youth with developmental disabilities,” shared President & CEO, Michael Rodrigues. Chick-fil-A franchise owner Bryan VnAlstine added, “What stood out about Thrive was their commitment to advancing leaders in the community, through their LEAD initiative, as well as the variety of support that they provide. We felt that Thrive’s dedication to providing services that are outside of what is common and offered by others shows the true commitment they have to the people they serve.”

Thrive will use the donation to continue developing sustainable solutions to unmet needs of youth with developmental disabilities and their families.


About Thrive
Thrive Support & Advocacy empowers children and adults with developmental disabilities to lead rich, active, and self-directed lives. Thrive provides unparalleled youth, social and recreation, family support, and residential programs for the entire family.  “We believe that by focusing on abilities and providing opportunities to shine, we each realize our own greatness and THRIVE,” shared Rodrigues.