September 24, 2018
 
Corporate Grants Given to Two Massachusetts Nonprofits

August 27, 2018 — Two Massachusetts nonprofits, The Greater Boston Food Bank in Boston and NEADS, formerly known as the National Education for Assistance Dog Services, in Princeton, recently were awarded grants from national corporations to support their ongoing work.

Greater Boston Food Bank Gets $100K from Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts recently announced that it has awarded $100,000 through its Joy in Childhood Foundation to The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) in Boston.

The grant, which will support GBFB's school-based pantry program for children and families in need, is the latest in a series of grants the foundation has made to the nonprofit. Since 2012 The Joy in Childhood Foundation has donated more than $260,000 to GBFB through Feeding America and local chapter grants.

Kari McHugh, senior director of customer and community relations at Dunkin' Brands said the grant is "delivering on our mission through our partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank – which will bring joy to kids in our own backyard who are battling hunger.”

GBFB is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country, providing the equivalent of 50 million healthy meals annually distributed through its network of 530 member agencies in 190 cities and towns across eastern Massachusetts. A member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, GBFB serves more than 140,000 people every month

NEADS Gets $12K to Support Ongoing Mission to Provide Service Dogs

NEADS, a Princeton-based nonprofit formerly known as the National Education for Assistance Dog Services that raises and trains service dogs for people with disabilities, recently received a $12,351 grant from VCA Animal Hospitals.

The donation will enable NEADS to continue its ongoing work, according to a report in the Sentinel & Enterprise.

"We want to thank all of those clients, donors and staff for helping to make this year's 'Pennies for Pets' a success here in Massachusetts and New Hampshire," Lauren McVey, regional operations director for VCA Animal Hospitals, was quoted in the paper. "These funds are helping our valued animal-welfare partner groups improve lives in our community."

Earlier this year, 24 local animal hospitals collected donations by encouraging clients to round up their transaction amounts to the nearest dollar or donate online

NEADS traces its roots to 1976 with seed money from the Medfield Lions Club. In 2009 NEADS undertook a pilot study to determine the effectiveness of using Service Dogs to help veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Today it provides service dogs to meet the needs of people with a variety of disabilities or hearing loss.

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