Corporate Donations; Protesting Immigration Policy; Grants Offered

September 10, 2019 — Cummings Properties clients, employees direct $265K to Mass. Nonprofits... Wells Fargo gives $10K to Father Bill’s & MainSpring... Mass. nonprofits seek restoration of deferred action request policy... Nonprofits invited to apply for grants to support Chatham.

Cummings Properties Clients, Employees Direct $265K to

Cummings Property in Woburn yesterday announced that it recently donated $265,000 to 218 nonprofit organizations in Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk Counties, based on advice of long-term clients and employees, each of whom directed a $1,000 donation to a local nonprofit of their choice.

Several charities received multiple donations, including Beverly Bootstraps ($6,000), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ($7,000), Jamie McKeown Boys and Girls Club ($4,000), and Woburn Council of Social Concern ($4,000).

See the full list of grantees.

Wells Fargo Gives $10K to Father Bill’s & MainSpring

Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), a Brockton-based provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in southern Massachusetts, recently announced it received a $10,000 donation from Wells Fargo to support the continued operation of 45 permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless individuals, families, and veterans in Brockton.

FBMS said the grant will help fund stabilization services at three of its properties in Brockton.

FBMS currently operates more than 500 permanent supportive housing units on the South Shore and across southern Massachusetts. On average, 99% of FBMS tenants remain housed for at least one year and 93% remain housed for at least three years.

“We’re grateful to Wells Fargo for making this very generous donation in support of our most vulnerable neighbors,” said FBMS President & CEO John Yazwinski. “We believe in the Housing First model to ending homelessness. Without grants like these, FBMS wouldn’t be able to provide the crucial stabilization services that help our housing participants achieve more self-sufficiency and create a brighter future for themselves and their community.”

Mass. Nonprofits Seek Restoration of Deferred Action Request Policy

A number of Massachusetts nonprofits recently joined 150 other organizations across the country to urge U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to fully restore acceptance and adjudication of deferred action requests.

USCIS last month sent letters to applicants for the “medical deferred action” program, which allows people to remain in the U.S. for a two-year period if they can prove extreme medical need, saying that most deferral requests will no longer be considered. Following vigorous national opposition, the agency committed to re-opening denied deferred action requests that were pending Aug. 7.

The signatories wrote that "while the reopening of denied requests pending as of that date is necessary corrective action, it is wholly insufficient to prevent needless deportations and deaths."

Massachusetts nonprofits signing a letter to USCIS Acting Director Kenneth Cuccinelli included Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University School of Law, Boston; Health Law Advocates, Boston; Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Boston; Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston; Parenting Journey, Somerville; and The Welcome Project, Somerville.

Imari Paris Jeffries, executive director of Parenting Journey, said, "This policy shift by USCIS reflects an abandonment of American values and our proud history of offering sanctuary and humanitarian support to those who need it most."

Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Grants to Support Chatham

The Cape Cod Foundation, based in South Yarmouth, last week announced that it is accepting applications for grants from nonprofit organizations serving the Town of Chatham.

Priority consideration will be given to proposals that address one or more of the following: hunger, children’s needs, the environment, and other social needs, including, but not limited to, housing, healthy-aging, transportation, and economic security.

Last year, the foundation awarded $30,000 from its Chatham Fund to 12 local nonprofits: Cape Abilities; Cape Cod Children’s Place; Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance; Chatham Marconi Maritime Center; Friends of Chatham Waterways; The Family Pantry of Cape Cod; Harwich Ecumenical Council for Housing; Homeless Prevention Council; Lower Cape Outreach Council; Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary; Monomoy Community Services for the Chatham Children’s Fund; and Pleasant Bay Community Boating.