January 21, 2020
 
Student Loan Benefit; Grants to Boost Security, Aid Essex Co.

January 7, 2019 — Care Dimensions institutes student loan repayment benefit... Funding available to help Massachusetts nonprofits enhance security... Nonprofits invited to apply for grants to benefit Essex County.

Care Dimensions Institutes Student Loan Repayment Benefit

Care Dimensions, a Danvers-based nonprofit that provides hospice and palliative care in 90 eastern Massachusetts communities, recently announced it has instituted a new student loan repayment benefit for its employees.

Starting this month, Care Dimensions’ 100% employer-paid benefit provides $50 per month to help eligible employees pay off their student debt faster and access a loan refinancing program, both of which will help employees save money.

“We hope the student loan repayment benefit will distinguish us as a nonprofit employer of choice,” says Kristine DiFiore, Care Dimensions vice president and chief human resource officer. “In a competitive healthcare recruitment market, we aim to attract, retain, and develop our best clinical and non-clinical talent.”

Though gaining ground among larger for-profit companies, with an estimated 11% of U.S. companies offering it, student loan repayment benefits have not yet entered the mainstream.

Care Dimensions said the benefit announcement was positively received among its 684 clinical and non-clinical staff.

Massachusetts nonprofit leaders recently cited hiring staff as a key issue for the sector in 2020.

Funding Available to Help Massachusetts Nonprofits Enhance Security

The state's Office of Public Safety and Security announced that it is increasing by nearly $1 million the amount of funds available for security enhancements to Massachusetts nonprofits that are at high risk of terrorist attack or hate crimes, but which are ineligible for similar federal grants. The program was previously funded at $500,000.

“Massachusetts is a welcoming community that embraces people of all faiths, and it’s important that people across the Commonwealth have the opportunity to come together with neighbors and worship without fear,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “These funds will assist houses of worship and other community-based institutions across the state in preserving their safety from those who would do them harm.”

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations located outside of the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region are eligible to apply. Applicants may solicit up to $50,000 to address critical infrastructure equipment and technology needs related to building security and the safety of attendees and staff.

Deadline to apply: Jan. 31. Details.

Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Grants to Benefit Essex County

The Essex National Heritage Commission, a Salem-based nonprofit that develops public/private partnerships to support heritage organizations and sites in Essex County, recently invited Massachusetts nonprofits to apply for grants that support its mission to preserve and enhance the historic, cultural, and natural resources of Essex County.

Essex Heritage will award $2,000 matching grants to 12 qualified applicants who apply for funding in one of three categories:
  • Education: Create or further develop educational opportunities for youth.
  • Interpretation: Increase awareness and understanding of the region’s heritage.
  • Preservation: Preserve or enhance historic structures, landscapes and cultural resources.
Deadline to apply: Feb. 21. Details.

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