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August 15, 2020
Cambridge Comm. Foundation Grants $200K to Nine Nonprofits
Cambridge Community Foundation

July 18, 2020 — The Cambridge Community Foundation, based in Cambridge, this week announced it distributed $200,000 to nine nonprofits that are providing support to help mitigate impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable individuals and families in Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford.

“Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our low-income and immigrant families, and seniors are struggling for food and rent and other basic necessities; this includes the need for connection and community in a socially isolated world,” said Geeta Pradhan, president of the Cambridge Community Foundation. “Thanks to the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund, this new round of grantmaking will help organizations that are uniquely positioned to provide humanitarian assistance because they are trusted by their communities.”

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund supports those 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. The Fund works in concert with regional community foundations and nonprofit leaders who partner with local leaders to understand the response and relief landscape, strategically filling in where gaps are pronounced.

Receiving the funds were the following:

  • Agassiz Baldwin Community: $20,000 to provide immediate and tailored support for low-income families and seniors in Cambridge.

  • Cambridge Community Center: $25,000 to support around 1,000 food-insecure families and community members through its Food & Supply Pantry.

  • East End House: $25,000 to support basic needs identified through emergency case management and emergency supports to fifty under-resourced children, families, and individual cases.

  • Enroot.: $25,000 to meet the immediate needs for 45 local immigrant students and their families in Enroot’s College Success program.

  • Homeowner’s Rehab: $25,000 to provide emergency rental assistance to residents in Cambridge who are in danger of eviction due to rental arrearage and to pay utility bills for households in need.

  • Just-A-Start Corporation: $25,000 to support basic needs of low- to moderate-income individuals in Cambridge, Medford, and Somerville through its education, training, housing and economic security programs.

  • The Welcome Project: $30,000 to provide financial support to immigrant families in Somerville, Medford, and Cambridge who are financially impacted by COVID-19, helping with utilities and other direct costs.

  • West Medford Community Center: $15,000 to support the emotional and mental health needs of 150 vulnerable individuals in Medford and Somerville as they deal with the immediate and long-term impact of social isolation exacerbated by the pandemic.
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