Tufts Health Plan Foundation Gives $100K to 10 Nonprofits

December 2, 2019 — The Tufts Health Plan Foundation recently announced it awarded $100,000 to 10 Massachusetts nonprofits to help foster promising ideas and support cities and towns to make their communities better places to grow up and grow old.

“These mini-grants make it possible for organizations to build on community insights,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation. “We know the best ideas come from cities and towns as they reimagine aging.”

Receiving the grants were the following organizations:
  • Dorchester Neighbors, Dorchester: $10,000 to pilot services to Portuguese, Haitian, Spanish and Vietnamese residents living in the Lower Mills-Ashmont and Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhoods of Dorchester.

  • Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center Inc., Boston: $10,000 to support a memory café to be conducted in Chinese for elders and their caregivers.

  • Lynn Shelter Association, Lynn: $10,000 to offer weekly art therapy groups designed for adult clients experiencing homelessness in emergency shelter over age 50 to address their unique needs and support them on their path out of homelessness.

  • Minuteman Senior Services, Bedford: $10,000 to launch enhanced training for Meals on Wheels volunteers to help them identify potentially dangerous observable social determinants of health.

  • Montachusett Enterprise Center, Inc., Leominster: $10,000 to educate three pilot Montachusett communities about age-friendly designation.

  • Our Neighbors' Table, Amesbury: $10,000 to test new methods to increase SNAP enrollment outreach and coordination for seniors in target communities.

  • Project Citizenship, Boston: $10,000 to support outreach to older and disabled older adults, informing them about the benefits, process and services available regarding U.S. citizenship.

  • Watertown for All Ages, Watertown: $10,000 to pilot a program with transportation network companies, including providing education to older people about using TNCs.

  • WestMass ElderCare, Holyoke: $9,850 to expand support to Cuidadores Unidos, a Spanish-speaking caregivers support group, on initiatives including a Spanish-speaking memory café and a series of lectures and trainings.

  • YMCA of Martha's Vineyard, Vineyard Haven: $10,000 to create a diverse network of volunteers, ambassadors and professionals to expand affordable and free programs.