Community Foundation Of Southeastern Mass Awards Grants

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The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts has awarded $360,000 in grants for nonprofits providing food and healthcare to vulnerable populations throughout Southeastern, Massachusetts, the organization announced May 22.

These grants contribute to the more than $1.2 million that the Community Foundation has allocated over the past month through its SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund. The fund supports nonprofits that are on the frontlines serving those in our region most severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This third round of grants is for nonprofits operating within the Taunton, Attleboro and Plymouth region working in the areas of food insecurity and support for immigrants, essential frontline workers, families and individuals with disabilities. The organizations include the Arc of Greater Plymouth and Upper Cape Cod, Inc., which empowers and supports people with disabilities and their families.

“People with disabilities are often marginalized, and for many, the pandemic has expanded the need for advocacy and support. Our organization developed and deployed a remote support model and is now providing virtual classes focused on skill acquisition, socialization with peers, and showcasing the talents of the people we serve,” said Kathy Baldwin, Arc director. “These funds will be put to use ensuring that our staff and people we support are protected by the appropriate gear, and that we can continue offering remote support classes to our community.”

This third round of grants from the fund was made possible through the Community Foundation’s partnership with the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund.

“Our partnership with the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund takes advantage of the Community Foundation’s local expertise and their significant resources making for a great opportunity to have a positive impact in Southeastern Massachusetts.”, said John Vasconcellos, president of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts.

To date, the fund has raised more than $2.1 million from corporate donors, foundations and individuals.

Grants ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 were distributed to the following organizations:

Donations to the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund may be made online at https://cfsema.securepayments.cardpointe.com/pay.

For more information about The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, go to  www.cfsema.org

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