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July 9, 2020
Lenny Zakim Fund Grants $186K to 29 Eastern Mass. Nonprofits
Lenny Zakim Fund

June 7, 2020 — The Lenny Zakim Fund, a Boston based nonprofit that funds nonprofits working to improve literacy, alleviate poverty, and end youth violence, recently announced it granted $186,225 to 29 eastern Massachusetts nonprofits which are addressing the needs of communities struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eric Esteves, executive director of The Lenny Zakim Fund (LZF), said, “With these emergency grants, we’re helping nonprofits in our communities provide immediate relief to those who’ve been hit the hardest."

Noting that LZF has historically supported grassroots leaders operating “below the radar screen” who are focused on social, racial, and economic justice, he added, "the issues these grassroots organizations work on are now even more urgent than ever before. The global pandemic and our new normal has laid bare the structural inequities that exist in our society.”

The grants, from LZF's COVID-19 Emergency Response and Recovery Fund, included a priority focus on food insecurity, housing insecurity, health accessibility, undocumented immigrants and refugees, domestic violence, and criminal justice. LZL said two-thirds of the nonprofits receiving the grants are led by people of color.

The following organized received the unrestricted grants, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000::

  • African Cultural Services, Waltham
  • Asian Women for Health, Statewide
  • Black Economic Justice Institute, Boston
  • Boston Cancer Support, Statewide
  • Boston Missionary Baptist Community Center, Boston
  • The Boston Project Ministries, Boston
  • Boston Youth Wrestling, Boston/Chelsea/Lynn
  • Brazilian Worker Center, Greater Boston
  • Building Bridges Through Music, Lynn
  • Chica Project, Boston/Lynn/Lawrence
  • Community Cooks, Somerville
  • The Haven Project, Lynn
  • Hawthorne Youth and Community Center, Boston
  • Healthy Waltham, Waltham
  • Hebron Food Pantry, Attleboro
  • Immigrant Family Services Center, Boston
  • Institute for Pan African Cultural Education, Boston
  • Kids in Tech, Lowell
  • Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts, Boston
  • Lucy’s Love Bus, Amesbury
  • Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocacy, Lynn
  • Neighbors United for a Better East Boston, East Boston
  • PieRSquared, Boston
  • Refugee Immigration Ministry, Eastern Massachusetts
  • Saheli, Burlington/Greater Boston
  • Southcoast LGBTQ Network, New Bedford
  • The Welcome Project, Somerville
  • We Are Better Together, Boston
  • Worcester Interfaith, Worcester
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