SouthCoast Comm. Foundation Awards $1.27M to 20 Nonprofits
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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