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July 9, 2020
Comm. Foundation of SE Mass. Awards $665K to 28 Nonprofits
Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts

June 5, 2020 — The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, based in New Bedford, today announced it recently awarded $665,000 in emergency support grants to 28 area nonprofits providing services for immigrants, emergency childcare facilities, and local college students in need in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.

More than $130,000 was distributed to organizations responding to urgent financial needs occurring in immigrant households. These funds will provide direct assistance to immigrant families in need of food aid and rent assistance.

“Well into the third month of this pandemic, the need remains incredible as it has revealed the many weaknesses in our society’s ability to take care of our residents, noted John Vasconcellos, president of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts. "The innovation, clarity, and facility with which our nonprofit organizations and schools have risen to the challenge is nothing short of awesome."

Receiving the grants, which ranged from $5,000 to $110,000, were the following:

  • The Arc of Bristol County
  • Attleboro YMCA
  • Boys & Girls Club of Plymouth
  • The Bridge: A Center for Hope and Healing
  • Bristol Community College Foundation
  • Catholic Social Services of Fall River
  • Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores
  • Children's Advocacy Center of Bristol County, a program of JRI
  • Citizens for Citizens
  • Coastline Elderly Services
  • Family Service Association of Greater Fall River Inc.
  • House of Possibilities (HOPe)
  • Immigrants' Assistance Center
  • Joe Andruzzi Foundation
  • Katie Brown Educational Program
  • Kennedy-Donovan Center
  • The Literacy Center
  • M.O. L.I.F.E.
  • New Bedford Star Kids Scholarship Program
  • NorthStar Learning Centers
  • Samaritans of FR/NB
  • Schwartz Center for Children
  • Seven Hills Behavioral Health
  • Southeastern Massachusetts Ser-Jobs for Progress
  • United Way of Greater New Bedford
  • YMCA Southcoast
  • UMASS Dartmouth Foundation
  • The Women's Center

To date, the foundation has raised more than $2.8 million for its SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund from a wide range of corporate donors, foundations, and individuals.

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