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August 15, 2020
Life Science Cares Grants $870K to 26 Greater Boston Nonprofits
Life Science Cares

July 3, 2020 — Life Science Cares, a Cambridge-based nonprofit that connects the life sciences industry with nonprofits to fight poverty, this week announced it has granted $870,200 to 26 Greater Boston nonprofits to help mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

“As the pandemic continues to increase the barriers for residents, especially low-income individuals and families, to access basic needs, we as an industry with some of the brightest minds and most prosperous companies in the state had to take action,” says Sarah MacDonald, executive director of Life Science Cares (LSC). “Even before the crisis, 21.6% of Boston residents lived in poverty. Now, there is an even greater need for our members to unite and leverage their time, treasure and talent to decrease inequities in our city.”

Receiving the funds were the following:

  • ABCD, Boston: $50,000
  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Boston: $125,000
  • CASPAR, Cambridge: $75,000
  • Circle of Hope, Needham: $40,000
  • City Sprouts, Cambridge: $5,000
  • College Bound Dorchester, Boston: $36,000
  • Community Cooks, Somerville: $10,000
  • Cradles to Crayons, Newtonville, $25,000
  • Dignity Matters, Wayland: $5,200
  • Home for Little Wanderers, Boston: $52,000
  • Hope & Comfort, Needham: $20,000
  • Household Goods, Acton: $10,000
  • International Institute of New England, Boston: $10,000
  • Just-A-Start, Cambridge: $10,000
  • Madison Park Development Corporation, Roxbury: $30,000
  • More Than Words, Boston: $25,000
  • Pine Street Inn, Boston: $125,000
  • Project Bread, Boston: $10,000
  • Project Hope, Boston: $20,000
  • Room to Grow, Boston: $16,000
  • Rosie’s Place, Boston: $35,000
  • St. Francis House, Boston: $25,000
  • Tech Goes Home, Boston: $75,000
  • Victory Programs, Boston: $15,000
  • Waltham Fields Community Farm, Waltham: $11,000
  • The Wily Network, West Roxbury: $10,000

When the pandemic hit Massachusetts in March, LSC created a COVID-19 Response Fund and began granting funds to nonprofits to provide, among other things, pack grab-and-go meals for families, and transform in-person mentoring programs into virtual learning opportunities.

In addition, LSC has partnered with local hospitals to recruit individuals with clinical and medical training and those who could help in non-clinical settings on the frontlines, and created virtual volunteer opportunities for individuals and families, from mentoring STEM students and rising college graduates to collecting food and clothing donations.

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