March 18, 2018
Massachusetts Nonprofits Get $166K for Food, Food, Education

March 10, 2018 — Eight Massachusetts nonprofits helping people with food, fuel, and shelter assistance received $106,000 from The Boston Foundation, while the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley was granted $60,000 from Pentucket Bank to support programs that help ensure financial opportunity and educational success.

Boston Foundation Grants $106K to Eight Massachusetts Nonprofits

The Boston Foundation (TBF) this week announced it has granted $106,000 to eight Massachusetts nonprofits that help provide food, fuel, and shelter to those in need in connection this winter.

“Even a mild winter by New England standards can put a strain on those in our communities who are food or housing insecure, or are trying to afford the cost of heat,” said TBF Vice President Orlando Watkins. “The recent cycle of nor’easters is creating even greater pressures, not just in the city but across the region. We’re pleased to be able to offer this support to organizations that are helping provide much needed relief in challenging end to the winter.”

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Bridge over Troubled Waters, Boston: $10,000 for its Warming Center, which provides homeless youth with overnight shelter during the winter months.

  • Lynn Economic Opportunity, Lynn: $15,000 for its Fuel Assistance program, which assists low-income households in Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, Swampscott, and Wakefield by subsidizing and accessing discounts for winter utility bills.

  • Project Bread, Boston: $10,000 for statewide support for its toll-free FoodSource Hotline, a comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger.

  • Quincy Community Action Coalition, Quincy: $10,000 for its fuel assistance program.

  • Rosie’s Place, Boston: $15,000 for the meals and nutrition program.

  • Salvation Army, Canton: $15,000 for statewide support for the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund, which helps Massachusetts residents with energy expenses.

  • St. Francis House, Boston: $10,000 for its continuum of direct services to alleviate or prevent homelessness and eliminate barriers to moving beyond homelessness.

  • Y2Y Harvard Square, Cambridge: $21,000 for its student-run overnight shelter, which employs a youth-to-youth model to provide a safe and affirming environment for young adults experiencing homelessness.

United Way of Mass. Bay Gets $60K for Educational Support

The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, based on Boston, this week announced it was granted $60,000 from Pentucket Bank to help ensure financial opportunity and educational success for children and families in the region.

“Pentucket Bank stands out as one of United Way’s top charitable partners in the Merrimack Valley,” said Michael K. Durkin, president at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. “Pentucket Bank is a shining example of a community leader and corporate citizen that has demonstrated a strong commitment to children and families in need for many years.”

Last year, funds raised by Pentucket Bank helped fund United Way’s partnership with organizations in Haverhill and Lawrence working to provide early education, academic, social and emotional support for youth, access to safe, affordable housing for families and programs that provide job training and financial coaching. United Way partners in this work currently include Community Action, Inc., Emmaus, Inc., Girls Inc. of Greater Haverhill, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill, Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Lawrence CommunityWorks, Merrimack Valley YMCA, The Community Group, YouthBuild Lawrence and YWCA of Northeastern Massachusetts.

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