December 18, 2017
 
Life Science Cares Gives $300K to Fight 'Intractable' Poverty

December 7, 2017 — Life Science Cares, a one-year-old, Cambridge nonprofit composed of life science leaders and companies working to eliminate poverty in Greater Boston, yesterday announced it has donated $300,000 to 19 nonprofits that provide services which address the health, education and development of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.

Robert J. Perez, former CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals who is the founder and chairman of Life Science Cares, said, “We in Boston’s life science community have long tackled the most difficult and complex scientific challenges in order to serve patients in need. As an extension of our work bringing new treatments to patients, we now commit our time, talent, and resources to tackle one of the most intractable issues facing our community: poverty. The response from companies and individuals has been amazing.”

Receiving the grants, which ranged from $10,000 to $50,000, were the following:
  • Bay Cove Human Services/CASPAR, Boston/Cambridge, for expansion of First Step
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass. Bay, Boston , for Mentor 2.0 expansion
  • Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP), Boston, for careers conference
  • Bottom Line, Boston, for Boston Success Program
  • Breakthrough Greater Boston, Boston, for Full STEAM Ahead
  • Camp Harborview, Boston, for general operating funding
  • Citizen Schools, Boston, for college & career program
  • College Bound Dorchester, Boston, for Boston Uncornered
  • Cradles to Crayons, Boston, for Gear up for Winter
  • Food for Free, Cambridge, for family meals
  • Home for Little Wanderers, Boston, for Permanency initiative
  • International Institute of New England, Boston, for workforce preparation
  • Just-a-Start, Cambridge, for education/workforce training
  • LEAH Project, Boston, for Knox scholars
  • More Than Words, Boston, for general operating funding
  • Nurtury, Boston, for technology for school readiness
  • Pine Street Inn, Boston, for general operating funding
  • The Possible Project, Cambridge, for general operating funding
  • Year Up, Boston, for general operating funding
In its initial year of service, Life Science Cares has organized the donation of prepared food that is providing 100 meals a week for hungry families, raised funds for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and Texas, and matched life science industry employees with more than 1,750 hours of volunteer service.

“Life Science Cares is built around a unique model that enables companies of any size to pool their resources in order have the most impact with their philanthropy and volunteerism,” said Sarah MacDonald, the group’s executive director. “In this case, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and we expect that to be reflected in the partnerships we’re building with these grants.”

Life Science Cares said it plans to make annual grants to fight poverty and improve education and economic sustainability in Greater Boston.

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