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October 27, 2020
 
Nonprofits in Central, Eastern Mass. Raise, Receive Funds

September 20, 2020 — The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers recently raised $44,000, two North Central Massachusetts nonprofits were granted $40,900, and four others in Falmouth received $35,000.

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers Raises $44K

The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS), a Cambridge-based nonprofit that works with the Brazilian, Cabo Verdean, Portuguese, and other Portuguese-speaking communities to remove barriers to health, education and social services, recently announced that it raised $44,000 through its Chip-In for Charity Golf Tournament.

The fundraising, which attracted 100 participants on Sept. 11 at the Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough, benefitted the MAPS Senior Center in Cambridge.

“The tournament surpassed all of our expectations,” said Paulo Pinto, MAPS executive director. “At one point we weren’t certain that it could even take place due to concerns over the pandemic, but thanks to the amazing leadership of our tournament co-chairs Rui Domingos and Walter Sousa, to our community’s outstanding support, and to the generosity of all of our sponsors and donors, this was our most successful tournament yet.”

Sponsors included Auxzillium IT Services & Solutions, Couto Management Group, East Cambridge Savings Bank, and Naveo Credit Union, Brite Builders Incorporated, and Inman Square Wine and Spirits.

The MAPS Senior Center in Cambridge, currently suspended due to the pandemic, continues to provide regular linguistically and culturally competent case management and support remotely to its members, as well as weekly small outdoor gatherings.

Two North Central Massachusetts Nonprofits Get $41K

Workers Credit Union recently announced that it donated nearly $40,900 to two local nonprofit organizations in North Central Massachusetts through its annual GiveBack program.

Earlier this month, Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts, based in Acton, which helps build, renovate and repair affordable houses, received $17,300 and Worcester County Food Bank, based in Shrewsbury, which aims to create a hunger-free community in Worcester County. received $23,600.

“The Worcester County Food Bank and North Central Massachusetts Habitat for Humanity represent a broad range of services that support Workers Credit Union members from across the community,” said Doug Petersen, president and CEO of Workers Credit Union. “In times like these, the services and programs of these organizations are essential for community members. We’re inspired by our members’ generosity and look forward to continuing to support the Food Bank and Habitat.”

The two nonprofits were chosen by Workers Credit Union and members were given the opportunity to donate a portion, all, or more than their GiveBack funds to the organization of their choice. In addition to the gifted funds, all unclaimed GiveBack funds were included in the donation as well.

Falmouth Nonprofits Get $35,000

The Cape Cod Foundation, based in South Yarmouth, recently announced that it granted $35,000 to four Falmouth nonprofits are addressing basic human needs, including food, healthcare, and housing for diverse, vulnerable populations that have been impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis.

Receiving the funds from the foundation's Falmouth Fund, were the following:

  • Belonging To Each Other: $5,000 to support cold weather housing and meals for the homeless
  • Community Health Center of Cape Cod: $7,500 to support Behavioral and Mental Health programs for Falmouth residents
  • Falmouth Service Center: $17,500 to provide ongoing food and financial support for families
  • WellStrong: $5,000 to support its substance use disorder and recovery programs
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