MASSACHUSETTS BANKERS ASSOCIATION CHARITABLE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES RECORD 2015 COMMUNITY GRANTS


          BOSTON, Dec. 4, 2015 – A record number of recipients will receive gifts this year through the Massachusetts Bankers Association (MBA) Charitable Foundation during its annual year-end community grant season.  The 39 grants in 2015 total $154,000, both are record amounts. The foundation has now provided gifts totaling $2 million over its 19-year history.

          The foundation, supported by the 170 member banks of the MBA throughout Massachusetts and New England, is distributing the grants over eight geographic regions in Massachusetts, giving awards to deserving social service agencies.

          “These are very deserving nonprofits,” said Gilda M. Nogueira, chairman of the MBA Charitable Foundation and president and CEO of East Cambridge Savings Bank.  “There are so many in our region that it is always hard to select a few, but we all take pride in the fact that through the years we’ve been able to continue to donate to many deserving recipients.”

          The recipients, the grants, and the award schedules follow:

2015 AWARD WINNERS

Group I
Compass Working Capital

89 South Street, Suite 804
Boston, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Friday, Dec. 11, Boston, 9 a.m. at One Washington Mall, 8th Floor, Boston

Quincy Community Action Program, Inc.
1509 Hancock Street
Quincy, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Friday, Dec. 11, Boston, 9 a.m. at One Washington Mall, 8th Floor, Boston

Roca, Inc.
101 Park Street
Chelsea, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Friday, Dec. 11, Boston, 9 a.m. at One Washington Mall, 8th Floor, Boston

Group II
Community Day Center of Waltham, Inc.

34 Alder Street
Waltham, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Friday, Dec. 11, Boston, 9 a.m. at One Washington Mall, 8th Floor, Boston

Mission of Deeds
6 Chapin Avenue
Reading, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Friday, Dec. 11, Boston, 9 a.m. at One Washington Mall, 8th Floor, Boston

Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc.
300 Commercial Street, Suite 19
Malden, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Friday, Dec. 11, Boston, 9 a.m. at One Washington Mall, 8th Floor, Boston

Group III
Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry, Inc.

371 Cabot Street
Beverly, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Friday, Dec. 18, Beverly, 9 a.m.

Budget Buddies, Inc.
14 High Street
Chelmsford, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Tuesday, Dec. 8, Marlborough, 11:30 a.m. at Courtyard Marriott

Family Promise North Shore
330 Rantoul Street
Beverly, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Friday, Dec. 18, Beverly, 10 a.m.

Group IV
GROW Associates
68 Mazzeo Drive
Randolph, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Friday, Dec. 18, Randolph, 1 p.m.

Homes for Troops
6 Main Street
Taunton, Mass.
$10,000
Award Ceremony: Friday, Dec. 18, Taunton, 3 p.m.

Group V
Cape Cod National Association of Mental Illness
5 Mark Lane
Hyannis, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Wednesday, Dec. 16, Westport, 1:30 p.m. at White’s of Westport

Citizens for Citizens, Inc.
264 Griffin Street
Fall River, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Wednesday, Dec. 16, Westport, 1:30 p.m. at White’s of Westport

Island Housing Trust
346 State Road
West Tisbury, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Wednesday, Dec. 16, Westport, 1:30 p.m. at White’s of Westport

Group VI
Children’s Friend, Inc.
21 Cedar Street
Worcester, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Tuesday, Dec. 8, Marlborough, 11:30 a.m. at Courtyard Marriott

The Mustard Seed Catholic Worker
93 Piedmont Street
Worcester, Mass.
$10,000
Award Ceremony: Tuesday, Dec. 8, Marlborough, 11:30 a.m. at Courtyard Marriott

Group VII
Bethlehem House
33 Knipfer Avenue
Easthampton, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Monday, Dec. 14, 1:15 p.m., Springfield, Sheraton Hotel

Boys & Girls Club of West Springfield
615 Main Street
West Springfield, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Monday, Dec. 14, 1:15 p.m., Springfield, Sheraton Hotel

Center for Human Development, Inc.
332 Birnie Avenue
Springfield, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Monday, Dec. 14, 1:15 p.m., Springfield, Sheraton Hotel

Group VIII
Berkshire Family YMCA
292 North Street
Pittsfield, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Monday, Dec. 14, 1:15 p.m., Springfield, Sheraton Hotel

Dalton CRA (Community Recreational Association)
400 Main Street
Dalton, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Monday, Dec. 14, 1:15 p.m., Springfield, Sheraton Hotel

Literacy Network of South Berkshire
100 Main Street
Lee, Mass.
$5,000
Award Ceremony: Monday, Dec. 14, 1:15 p.m., Springfield, Sheraton Hotel

          In addition to the 22 primary award recipients, 17 non-profits are receiving $2,000 “Honorable Mention” awards from the MBA Charitable Foundation:

Group II
Cambridge Family & Children’s Service
60 Gore Street
Cambridge, Mass.
$2,000

The Second Step
P.O. Box 600213
Newtonville, Mass.
$2,000

YWCA of Cambridge
7 Temple Street
Cambridge, Mass.
$2,000

Group III
Cor Unum Meal Center
191 Salem Street
Lawrence, Mass.
$2,000

Leap of Education
209R Essex Street
Salem, Mass.
$2,000

YMCA of the North Shore
245 Cabot Street
Beverly, Mass.
$2,000

Group IV
Campfire Eastern MA Council
2 West Street, Unit 1
Weymouth, Mass.
$2,000

Canton Food Pantry
960R Washington Street
Canton, Mass.
$2,000

Franklin Food Pantry
43 West Central Street
Franklin, Mass.
$2,000

New Hope, Inc.
140 Park Street
Attleboro, Mass.
$2,000

Group V
WE CAN Corporation
783 Route 28
Harwich Port, Mass.
$2,000

Group VI
Listening Wellness Center
35 South Street
Barre, Mass.
$2,000

Tri Community YMCA
43 Everett Street
Southbridge, Mass.
$2,000

Group VII
Rachel’s Challenge Program
c/o Westfield Police Department
15 Washington Street
Westfield, Mass.
$2,000

Springfield Partners for Community Action
619 State Street
Adams, Mass.
$2,000

           The Massachusetts Bankers Association Charitable Foundation awards are symbolic of the many individual donations banks make on a regular basis to organizations and causes in their local communities.  In addition to the more than $61 million a year given by Massachusetts banks to local charities, MBA member bank employees contribute thousands of volunteer hours across the Commonwealth.

           The Massachusetts Bankers Association represents approximately 170 commercial, savings and co-operative banks and savings and loan associations located in Massachusetts and elsewhere in New England.

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Media Note:     Reporters are invited to attend all of the scheduled award ceremonies.

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