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August 15, 2020
Boston Foundation Gives $425K to Meet Immigrants' Needs

July 20, 2020 — The Boston Foundation today announced it granted $425,000 to the Massachusetts Immigrant Collaborative, to be distributed to 10 organizations working to meet the needs of immigrant communities in cities and towns in the immediate vicinity of Boston.

“Immigrant-led and -supporting organizations are carrying an especially heavy burden in the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Orlando Watkins, vice president for programs at The Boston Foundation (TBF).“This grant complements funding being made by the Boston Resiliency Fund, and helps ensure that our nonprofit partners outside Boston have the general operating support they need to continue their critical services.”

The funds will be allocated among ten members of the 13-member Massachusetts Immigrant Collaborative that provide services outside Boston, including:

  • Rian Immigrant Center (fiscal sponsor of the Massachusetts Immigrant Collaborative)
  • Agencia Alpha
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
  • Brazilian Workers Center
  • Caribbean Youth Club
  • Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores
  • Centro Presente
  • ICNA Relief
  • Immigrant Family Services Institute
  • Metrowest Worker Center (CASA)

The grant was made possible by the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, which supports people across the state most impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, focusing on essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations including the homeless, immigrant populations, people with disabilities, and those facing food insecurity.

TBF also recognized work being done by the other three members of the Massachusetts Immigrant Collaborative in the city of Boston: The Center for Collaborative Education (BINcA Families), Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and Sociedad Latina, "as well as the work being performed by other nonprofit partners in and outside of Boston to support immigrants and their families in a time of unprecedented crisis for many immigrant communities."

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