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April 16, 2021
 
SouthCoast Comm. Foundation Awards $1.27M to 20 Nonprofits
SouthCoast Community Foundation

March 12, 2021 — The SouthCoast Community Foundation in New Bedford yesterday announced it awarded 1,271,500 to 20 nonprofit organizations helping to alleviate impacts stemming from the coronavirus pandemic for residents in southeastern Massachusetts, including those related to basic needs, including food security, emergency childcare, housing, technology for remote work/school, transportation, and utilities.

“This is our eleventh grant round and the first of several we will be issuing from the Fund in 2021,” said John Vasconcellos, president of the SouthCoast Community Foundation. “The Commonwealth’s support of our emergency response along with the generous support from families, individuals, other foundations, and businesses has allowed us to continue to respond as we did from the very start of the pandemic.

“We are honored to be able to lead such a powerful philanthropic response to this crisis and grateful to the amazing nonprofit partners who, every day, connect the needs of those in our community with the help they deserve.”

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative, Attleboro: $41,000
  • Attleboro YMCA, Attleboro: $69,000
  • Brockton Area Multi-Services, Brockton: $80,000
  • Brockton Family and Community Resources, Brockton: $23,500
  • Brockton Interfaith Community, Brockton: $42,000
  • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Brockton: $65,000
  • Catholic Social Services, Fall River: $74,000
  • Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts, New Bedford: $80,000
  • Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores, New Bedford: $93,000
  • Citizens for Citizens, Fall River: $69,000
  • Health Imperatives, Fall River: $68,000
  • Hockomock Area YMCA, Attleboro: $75,000
  • Immigrants' Assistance Center, New Bedford: $95,000
  • The Literacy Center, Attleboro: $55,000
  • NorthStar Learning Centers, New Bedford: $69,000
  • Old Colony YMCA, Brockton: $73,000
  • People Acting In Community Endeavors (PACE), New Bedford: $60,000
  • United Way of Greater Fall River, Fall River: $50,000
  • United Way of Greater New Bedford, New Bedford: $40,000
  • YMCA Southcoast, New Bedford: $50,000

Vinnie Marturano, president and CEO of Old Colony YMCA, who noted that the pandemic has been especially difficult for immigrant families, said the new funds “will have a major impact on our ability to help the children and families most in need” especially with regard to food insecurity and access to safe, quality childcare services.

Since the foundation established the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund after the pandemic hit Massachusetts last March, it has distributed $6.8 million to 132 nonprofits.

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