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September 20, 2020
Boston Grants $740K to 21 Nonprofits Reacting to COVID-19

August 2, 2020 — The City of Boston on Friday announced it granted $740,000 to 21 nonprofit organizations that are providing food, basic necessities, and additional support for Boston's most vulnerable residents who have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Referring to the Boston Resiliency Fund, which funded the grants, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said the fund was created at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic "because we wanted to support vulnerable populations as we addressed the ongoing public health crisis.

"Grantees' work with individuals hardest hit by the pandemic continues to prove the importance of partnerships with local organizations that are directly helping neighborhoods and communities in need."

This new grants will help organizations that are working to increase food access, support direct services for families, youth and older adults, assist individuals experiencing homelessness, and fund local organizations directly providing supports to the community.

Receiving the grants were the following organizations:

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Bowdoin Street Health Center, to expand the number of produce boxes, coupons to be used at local grocery stores, and increase SNAP application assistance.

  • Breaktime Cafe, to hire 10 young adults experiencing homelessness and five returning citizens full time to produce 5,000 meals per week for Bostonians in need.

  • Caribbean Youth Club, Centro Presente, & Brazilian Workers Center, to offer youth a $300 weekly participation stipend, 135 hour of mentoring, 45 hours of leadership training, 90 hours of work readiness preparation.

  • Common Cathedral, to continue expanded service hours at their emergency day shelter at the Emmanuel Church.

  • Community Coming Together, to continue to purchase PPE and other supplies (masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer) for those with the highest need, free of charge.

  • Elevate Boston, to provide hot meals, non-perishables, groceries, toiletries, sanitizer, soap, and gift cards to students, elders and families in need.

  • Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families, to purchase webcams so staff can conduct virtual youth summer programming, and it will allow BCYF to purchase 400 tablets for program participants.

  • Friends of the Children-Boston, to deliver weekly kits of groceries, meal kits, cleaning supplies, PPE, and family support kits.

  • Gilbert Albert Community Center, to continue its partnership with a local restaurant to provide six healthy, culturally-appropriate meals a week to 60 clients for four weeks.

  • Haitian Americans United, to continue serving homebound, immigrant elders who cannot cook for themselves, in partnership with two local Haitian cuisine caterers.

  • Health Care Without Walls, to conduct health screenings at Rosie's Place and for other in-person meetings with clients.

  • Hope & Comfort, to support youth and families experiencing hygiene insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Horizons for Homeless Children, to give families an average of $350 in gift cards to purchase food.

  • Madison Park Development Corporation, to expand its existing weekly food distribution efforts to 380 additional households within its affordable housing portfolio.

  • Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, to provide $100 Market Basket gift cards and provide care packages customized for children and families that are in need.

  • Rounding The Bases, to expand delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables to families and family child care providers in partnership with Fair Food.

  • Tech Goes Home, to bring Boston families a computer, internet connection, and specially-designed digital skills training.

  • The Family Van, to provide grocery store gift cards and counseling on purchasing healthy foods to families in need.

  • The People's Academy, to provide fruit and vegetables and household items like tissues, Lysol wipes, and other cleaning supplies to 200-300 families.

  • Transitional Remedies Solutions, to support its their "Hope Line" and provide gift cards for food, miscellaneous items, school items for youth, and resources.

  • Youth Vybz, to provide gift cards to be used to purchase food and hygiene supplies for students, and families in need.
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