November 18, 2017
 
Nearly $140K for 16 Nonprofits in Greater Boston and MetroWest

January 5, 2015 — Project STEP, a Boston nonprofit that provides young string players of color with long-term music training, announced that it has received a $50,000 grant, while five Greater Boston nonprofits recently received $60,000 and 10 MetroWest nonprofits received $28,800 in grants.

“We are overjoyed to have this strong support from the National Endowment for the Arts, this country’s standard-bearer for art creation and engagement," says Mary Jaffee, executive director of Project STEP (String Training and Education Program). “The NEA holds its awardees to high standards, and provides valuable – indeed indispensable – support for the work we do."

The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications for Art Works grants, which support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The Project STEP grants was one of 919, averaging close to $29,000, that were awarded nationally.

Formed in 1982, Project STEP finds children who are interested in music but lack access and resources that could help them develop their interest, and provides them the means to fulfill their potential. Project STEP students come primarily from families facing longstanding economic and social hardship. Sixty percent of students go on to perform and/or teach music professionally; others use the personal skills they have developed to pursue other professions. Since the beginning, all Project STEP graduates have gone on to college or conservatory.

East Boston Savings Bank Raises $60K for 5 Nonprofits

East Boston Savings Bank’s recent annual holiday auction raised $12,000 for each of five nonprofits in the East Boston and nearby areas.

“The auction is an event that our employees look forward to every year,” said Keith Armstrong, senior vice president of the bank and auction chair. “We’re proud of the role we play as a good neighbor in the communities we serve, and our employees continue to be supportive of those efforts.”

The funds were raised through the sale of employee- and vendor-donated items, including tickets to sporting events, restaurant gift certificates, homemade arts and crafts, and toys.

Receiving the funds were

MutualOne Charitable Foundation Awards $23,800 to Nine Nonprofits

MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently announced that it awarded $23,800 to nine MetroWest nonprofits in connection with the 125th anniversary of MutualOne Bank.

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • A Place To Turn, Natick – $5,000 to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for food pantry clients.

  • Autism Alliance of MetroWest, Natick – $2,000 to help purchase equipment for Sunday Open Gym, a social and recreational activity for individuals with autism and their families.

  • Brandon Residential Treatment Center, Natick – $5,000 t0 support a specialized sensory playground planned at the Natick campus.

  • Crossroads School for Children, Natick – $800 to support its School Garden Program.

  • Genesis Counseling Services, Framingham – $2,500 to help provide parenting skills education to low-income MetroWest families.

  • Horizons for Homeless Children, Framingham – $2,500 to support the Playspace Program for homeless children living in four Framingham family shelters, to help them engage in play and developmental activities that support social/emotional, physical, and cognitive development

  • Kids Connect, Natick – $2,500 to provide tutoring services to children in need of educational support.

  • Neighbor Brigade, Natick – $2,000 to support volunteers that provide free and immediate non-medical support services to residents facing a sudden crisis.

  • The Sudbury Community Food Pantry, Sudbury – $1,500 to be used toward the purchase of equipment for Sunday Open Gym, a social and recreational activity for individuals with autism and their families.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/MetroWest Gets $5,000 from Staples

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, based in Framingham and Worcester, recently announced that it has been awarded $5,000 by the Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that lets Staples employees direct donations.

"We are so honored and thrilled to receive this grant from the Staples Foundation. Through the last several years, our partnership with Staples has truly strengthened our community, as selfless Staples associates have volunteered their time and energy towards helping a child in need. We look forward to utilizing the award to help support our corporate and school site-based mentoring programs throughout the region," said Jeffrey Chin, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest.

The grant is part of a philanthropic initiative that encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants, up to $25,000, to organizations where employees are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising.

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