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November 29, 2020
 
Tufts Health Plan Foundation Grants $340K to 22 Nonprofits

November 20, 2020 — The Tufts Health Plan Foundation yesterday announced it has granted $340,000 to 22 Massachusetts nonprofits to support efforts aimed at helping local communities respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

The grants will support organizations working to address basic needs like food access, housing assistance, and other fundamental supports to help people stay safe and healthy.

“Nonprofit organizations continue to face significant challenges as they respond to current needs, prepare for colder weather and address changing conditions,” said Tom Croswell, Tufts Health Plan president and CEO.

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • Advocates: $10,000
  • Arc of Massachusetts: $20,000
  • Asian Community Development Corporation: $15,000
  • Autism Sprinter: $10,000
  • Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Neighbor-to-Neighbor fund: $25,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County: $10,000
  • Boston Missionary Baptist Community Center: $20,000
  • Breaktime: $10,000
  • Caritas Communities: $10,000
  • Community Teamwork: $20,000
  • Health Imperatives: $10,000
  • HomeStart: $15,000
  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA): $10,000
  • Justice Resource Institute: $20,000
  • Lawrence Community Works: $10,000
  • L.U.K. Crisis Center: $15,000
  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless: $30,000
  • Mill City Grows: $10,000
  • Revitalize Community Development Corporation: $20,000
  • Rian Immigrant Center: $25,000
  • South Shore Community Action Council: $15,000
  • Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts: $10,000

Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, noted “the overwhelming impact COVID-19 is having in communities of color is the result of generations of social and economic inequities, reinforced by systemic racism.”

Earlier this month, the foundation released a report, How Innovative Community Responses to COVID-19 Support Healthy Aging, that highlights strategies employed by communities during the pandemic. Key recommendations for nonprofits included the following:

  • Strengthen your organization’s emergency response capacity in preparation for new surges or other crises.

  • For social service organizations that have not traditionally served communities of color, build stronger relationships and capacity to serve—and learn from—these communities.

  • Counter the ageism reinforced by the public narrative around COVID-19.

  • Support direct service providers and caregivers for whom COVID-19 is taking a deepening toll.

  • Increase access to broadband, devices, technology training, and virtual service offerings for older adults.
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