May 26, 2018
 
PowerOptions Gives $170K to 17 Massachusetts Nonprofits

May 5, 2018 — PowerOptions, a nonprofit energy buying consortium based in Boston, recently announced it has awarded $10,000 to each of 17 Massachusetts nonprofits to help them enhance services and information technology infrastructure, expand reach, and repair facilities.

The awards were part of an inaugural $200,000 package of donations from PowerOptions, in connection with its 20th anniversary, that also included gifts to government agencies.

“As a nonprofit ourselves, PowerOptions has always invested in our programs and services for members,” said PowerOptions CEO Cynthia Arcate. “Our members range from the smallest to the largest nonprofits, and our gifts are meant to help supplement our members’ missions.”

The first gift was made to the Charles River Center (CRC) in Needham, which provides services to people with developmental disabilities, will be using its $10,000 gift toward building information technology infrastructure that will enable clients to have greater access to assistive technology.

“We are thrilled to receive this award for $10,000 from PowerOptions as part of its 20th anniversary celebration. The PowerOptions donation will directly affect our clientele and help us keep pace with technology advancements to enhance access to assistive technology for those we serve,” said Anne-Marie Bajwa, CRC president.

PowerOptions said it also will give electric vehicle charging stations to members in the coming weeks.

Nonprofits receiving the grants, in addition to CRC, include: Animal Rescue League of Boston, Boston
  • Animal Rescue League of Boston, Boston, to help vulnerable animals escape cruelty and neglect, receive veterinary treatment and care, and be matched with a loving home.

  • ArtSpace, Maynard, to make critical improvements to its re-purposed 100-year-old building.

  • Bay Path University, Longmeadow, to help reduced energy usage.

  • Community Servings, Jamaica Plain, to help prepare, package, and deliver 650,000 medically tailored meals to 2,300 individuals this year.

  • EcoTarium, Worcester, to increase access to City Science, an exhibit that invites guests to investigate the science they encounter every in the modern city.

  • Harborlight Community Partners, Beverly, to support renovation throughout its housing portfolio.

  • Landmark School and Landmark School’s Outreach Program, Beverly, to further grow its online professional development course offerings and serve more local educators.

  • Malden YMCA, Malden, to help fund its Full STEM ahead program.

  • Manet Community Health Center,North Quincy, to help ensure continuity of operation during power outages and emergency situations.

  • MetroWest YMCA, Framingham, to help provide after-school programming, summer camp experiences, and quality early education for local children and families in need.

  • Rogerson Communities, Boston, to support programs that develop and maintain affordable housing and health care services for low- and moderate-income elders.

  • Shriners Hospitals for Children—Boston, Boston, to help ensure children with severe burn injuries get the physical and emotional support services they require to eventually return to their daily activities.

  • VNA of Eastern Massachusetts, Somerville, to help residents replace furniture, clothes, and equipment, as well as upgrade the insulation of the exterior of its building to prevent another pipe freeze.

  • WORK Inc. , Dorchester, to evaluate its readiness, through a feasibility study, to bring its employment strategies to scale in Massachusetts through the use of a pay-for-success program.

  • Youth Opportunities Upheld, Worcester, to support programs that help prepare low-income and first-generation high school students for success at four-year colleges and universities.

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