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March 2, 2021
Gr. Lowell Comm. Foundation, United Way Get $300K

February 9, 2021 — The Greater Lowell Community Foundation in Lowell and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley in Boston recently announced that they received grants totaling $300,000 to aid their support of area nonprofits which are helping to mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Greater Lowell Community Foundation Gets $50K to Assist Vulnerable Populations

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) announced that it received a $50,000 grant from the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation to its COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, specifically to be distributed to nonprofits serving Lowell’s vulnerable populations.

“We are truly grateful to the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation for their support,” said GLCF President and CEO Jay Linnehan. “This pandemic has compounded the profound inequities in Lowell, as many are struggling to meet basic needs. These critical funds will continue to guide our community forward.”

GLCF said that since March, the GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, with support from the Massachusetts COVID Relief Fund, has aided 115 local nonprofit organizations with 229 grants totaling $2,825,756.

United Way Gets $250K to Help 16 Nonprofits Provide COVID-19 Relief

The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley announced that it received a $250,000 grant from the National Grid Foundation to provide emergency financial assistance, through 16 nonprofit organizations, to help local families in need pay for their utilities this winter.

United Way said funds will go to nonprofits serving several communities hard hit by the economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis, including Boston, Chelsea, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Randolph, and Quincy.

Grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 will be awarded from the National Grid Foundation grant to:

  • · Catholic Charities of Boston
  • · Community Action, Inc.
  • · East Boston Social Center
  • · Greater Lawrence Community Action Council
  • · Community Teamwork
  • · Jewish Vocational Service
  • · Jamaica Plain Community Development Corporation
  • · Lawrence CommunityWorks
  • · Lynn Economic Opportunity
  • · Lynn Housing and Neighborhood Development
  • · The Neighborhood Developers
  • · Quincy Community Action Programs
  • · Rian Immigrant Center
  • · South Boston Neighborhood House
  • · South Shore Stars
  • · Urban Edge Housing Corporation

"The loss of income created financial setbacks impacting the ability of many hourly workers to pay for their housing, childcare, food and utilities," said Bob Giannino, president and CEO of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. "We are committed to ensuring our most vulnerable residents are able to meet their essential needs by working with local nonprofit organizations, state and municipal leaders, and partners such as the National Grid Foundation."

United Way established the Covid-19 Family Support Fund last March to help families impacted by the public health and economic crisis. Assistance is prioritized for displaced workers, immigrants, families with children at home who usually receive free meals at school, domestic violence survivors, and those at-risk of losing housing.

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