South Boston Neighborhood House is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The Boston-based organization was chosen from a total of 574 applicants during a competitive review process.
The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.
“We are truly grateful to the Cummings Foundation for their generous commitment to the South Boston community through this grant,” said Kathy Lafferty, Executive Director of South Boston Neighborhood House. “Smaller non-profit organizations, like South Boston Neighborhood House, work really hard to secure this kind of long-term funding. This $100,000.00 grant will allow us to continue our important work in supporting children and impacting some of our most isolated families.”
South Boston Neighborhood House will be using the funds to support their Family Engagement Program, specifically Welcome Baby. Welcome Baby includes an initial home visit for new Moms by our social worker and a Parent Partner, both bilingual Moms from the community. The home visitors bring a welcome basket of essential supplies for the newborn, store coupons, a small gift for Mom and information about other resources and Family Engagement programs.
This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention, affordable housing, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.
The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.