Cambridge Comm. Foundation Grants $484K to 22 Nonprofits
Cambridge Community Foundation

February 13, 2021 — The Cambridge Community Foundation on Thursday announced it granted $484,093 to 22 nonprofits to help Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford residents who are experiencing extreme economic hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve all seen how dramatically the pandemic has laid bare the inequities in our communities, with our most vulnerable populations—immigrant families, people of color, gig workers, and working poor—being the hardest hit. Lack of food, losing housing, and the digital divide are daily challenges for many,” said Geeta Pradhan, president of the Cambridge Community Foundation.

Funding for the grants was provided by the foundation’s Cambridge COVID-19 Emergency Fund and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

Recipients in this latest round of pandemic-related funding are supporting low-income individuals and households with no, or very limited, access to sources of economic relief to help with housing, utilities, food security, emergency childcare, technology needs for remote work and school, and transportation.

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • Action for Boston Community Development: $25,000 to support food security needs of 100 Medford residents experiencing financial hardship.

  • Breakthrough Greater Boston: $20,120 to support technology access for students.

  • Cambridge Community Center: $25,000 to equip CCC’s facility with high–speed WiFi to support CCC’s remote learning support program.

  • Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee: $25,000 to meet basic human needs such as food insecurity.

  • Cambridge Family & Children’s Service: $22,000 to help eligible clients in Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford purchase groceries and pay utility bills.

  • Community Action Agency of Somerville: $25,000 to alleviate some of the hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically in the areas of food insecurity, housing insecurity, utility arrears, and access to technology.

  • Community Learning Center: $29,500 to provide Chromebooks and hotspots to about 50 adult learners who need a device to join their remote ESOL/high school diploma classes and access their remote education and career advising services, along with programming support.

  • De Novo Center for Justice and Healing: $25,000 for housing stabilization and technology access for 35-40 low-income people living in Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford.

  • Enroot: $25,000 to focus on meeting food insecurity needs for 58 immigrant students and families in its College Success program.

  • Food For Free: $25,000 to support the delivery of food to low-income seniors and people with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions that make accessing food pantries difficult.

  • Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center: $21,389 to help disrupt the cycle of homelessness by providing economic relief and support to the families experiencing homelessness, or formerly homeless, who are living in Hildebrand’s shelters and permanent housing in Cambridge.

  • Massachusetts Immigrant Collaborative Emergency Immigrant Relief Fund: $25,000 to provide emergency food assistance to immigrant families who are struggling with food insecurity and are ineligible for government assistance.

  • Metro Housing|Boston: $25,000 to quickly, responsively, and efficiently meet the time-sensitive basic and housing needs of at-risk residents of Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford.

  • My Brother’s Keeper Cambridge Taskforce: $25,000 to provide support to some of the most severely affected Cambridge families through a multi-faceted plan to combat food insecurity.

  • S.C.M Community Transportation Corporation: $10,000 to provide seniors and people with disabilities socially distant transportation for medical appointments, shopping, and adult day health programs.

  • Somerville Homeless Coalition: $25,000 for emergency food relief.

  • Somerville YMCA: $15,000 to provide residents access to affordable housing in a safe and healthy environment.

  • Tech Goes Home: $25,000 to bring computers and internet to families and individuals in Cambridge, Medford, and Somerville who participate in its Digital Inclusion programs so students can do homework, adults can find jobs and manage finances, and seniors can connect with loved ones.

  • Tutoring Plus of Cambridge: $10,100 to provide families with grocery gift cards during school vacation weeks.

  • The Welcome Project: $19,984 to provide immigrants with technology support for remote English learning, their children’s education, and access to other essential resources during the pandemic.

  • Y2Y Network: $25,000 to help close critical gaps related to COVID-19 response in its Harvard Square shelter and with young adults transitioning from the shelter to stable housing.

  • YWCA Cambridge: $11,000 to support food insecurity and rent arrearages during the COVID-19 pandemic for the Tanner Residence and Renae’s Place for Homeless Families.