January 19, 2020
Three Massachusetts Nonprofits Receive Corporate Funding

October 21, 2016 — Three Massachusetts nonprofits—College Bound Dorchester and Fenway Community Development Corporation in Boston and Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence—recently received corporate financial support to advance their programs aimed at helping low-income populations.

College Bound Dorchester Receives $25K Gift for Kick-Off Campaign

College Bound Dorchester (CBD), which provides educational and emotional support to students who are working to overcome obstacles, announced that it has received a $25,000 challenge gift from Comtrade Software to support its inaugural Campus Kick-Off Campaign.

The campaign aims to raise $50,000 to support 47 new college students by providing a trained college readiness advisor for each student who will offer mentorship and guidance when needed, as well as additional financial help to cover the cost of transportation, books and child care.

“The first semester is the hardest and a predictor of their college success,” said CBD CEO Mark Culliton. “The Kick-Off Campaign will ensure our college readiness advisors are on campus to help students plan course schedules, find a tutor or childcare provider should they need one, manage their time, and stay motivated.”

Culliton further noted, “Comtrade Software has been an amazing partner over the years, sharing our commitment to making college accessible and attainable for Boston’s most disengaged young people."

“Investing in the communities we do business in is important for us,” said Simon Taylor, Comtrade Software president and CBD board member. “We recently moved our international headquarters to Boston, and have seen firsthand the exemplary work College Bound Dorchester is doing to counteract gang violence in the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods."

The campus kick-off fund, launched last month, aims to provide ongoing support students need to complete their first semester of college.

CBD engages those who have failed or dropped out of high school and are not employed and provides them with the academic, social, and emotional support necessary to earn their high school equivalency diploma, matriculate at a local community college, and go on to earn an associate’s or four-year degree.

Lazarus House Ministries and Fenway CDC Get Grants

Lazarus House Ministries, which provides a range of services to those in need including, including shelter, food, clothing, advocacy, education, work preparation, and health service, recently received $7,500 from the People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts.

The foundation also awarded $10,000 to the Fenway Community Development Corporation (FCDC), which works to keep Boston’s Fenway neighborhood diverse and sustainable by creating and preserving housing for low-and moderate-income individuals, connecting households with services, and engaging residents in shaping the neighborhood’s future.

Lazarus House Ministries will use the funds to support its Education and Work Preparation Program, which assists families and individuals moving out of poverty and homelessness and supports them in becoming productive and self-sufficient citizens within their communities.

“The programs run by Lazarus House are making a real difference in the lives of the men and women they serve, said Patrick Sullivan, President of People’s United Bank Massachusetts. “They are not only caring for them, they are helping them gain the skills they need to move out of poverty and homelessness. We are proud to support them in their efforts.”

FCDC will use the grant funding to help maintain seven residential buildings and renovate two projects, and provide resident services, including access food, housing, and childcare, counseling and case management to access job training, and support for residents securing employment or increasing work hours and/or wages.

“People’s United Bank has been such a strong supporter of Fenway CDC and the work we do,” said Leah Camhi, FCDC executive director. “Their support adds capacity to our organization in a way that lets us serve more residents and help them more extensively.”

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