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May 18, 2022
Volunteers’ Worth; Settling Afghans; New Foundations Chief

May 3, 2022 — Value of Mass. volunteer time highest among 50 states at $36.38/hour. Greater Lowell Nonprofits receive funding to help settle Afghan refugees. MAB Community Services names corporate, foundation relations director.

Value of Mass. Volunteer Time Highest among 50 States at $36.38/Hour

The value of an hour of a volunteer's time in Massachusetts rose 4.0% during the last year to $36.38, making it the highest among the 50 states, according to Independent Sector, a national leadership forum that represents nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs.

A year ago, the value of a volunteer’s time in Massachusetts was $34.97, also the highest for the 50 states.

According to Independent Sector, the value of volunteer time now is higher only in Washington, D.C. ($50.48 an hour), an increase of 3.7% from the year before.

Nationally, value of a volunteer’s time is now $29.95, up 4.9% from last year.

Elsewhere in New England, volunteer time is highest in Connecticut, at $33.35 per hour, followed by $30.75 in New Hampshire, $29.17 in Rhode Island, $28.14 in Vermont, and $26.77 in Maine.

In recent years the percentage of adults who volunteer has declined to roughly 25% nationally, while, according to AmeriCorps, nearly 33% do in Massachusetts.

Greater Lowell Nonprofits Receive Funding to Help Settle Afghan Refugees

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF), based in Lowell, yesterday announced it granted $12,000 to three nonprofits that are working to address the immediate needs of new refugees from Afghanistan resettling in the area.

Jay Linnehan, GLCF’s president and CEO, said, “This grant funding complemented the work of local nonprofits and expanded our community’s capacity to meet the needs of Afghans who fled their homeland to come to the U.S. seeking safety.”

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • Aaron’s Presents, Andover: $2,500 to fund projects for Afghan refugee families in Greater Lowell
  • Andover Islamic Center, Andover: $6,000 for bridging the gap for new Afghan arrivals to Greater Lowell for clothing, technology, assistance with resume writing, career placement, and transportation
  • Open Table, Maynard: $3,500 for Afghan Groceries Program in Greater Lowell

MAB Community Services Names Corporate, Foundation Relations Director

Carla Cataldo

MAB Community Services, a Brookline-based nonprofit that provides services to individuals with a range of disabilities, recently announced the appointment of Carla Cataldo as its director of corporate and foundation relations.

Cataldo, who has extensive research, grant writing, management, grant and program management, strategic planning, advancement, and municipal experience, previously served as corporate and foundations relations specialist at Framingham State University's Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs, helping to secure more than $1.1 Million from federal, state, and private funders.

For 20 years, she ran her own development consulting business, called Proposals, Etc., and was a frequent workshop presenter to various organizations and professional associations. She also served as a congressional aide, chief of staff to several mayors, and executive director of the Downtown Partnership of Milford.

Cataldo currently serves on the board of HMEA, a $40 million social service organization serving the developmentally disabled in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She earned an Bachelor of Arts degree in government and Latin American Studies from Smith College and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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