Massachusetts Bankers Association Charitable Foundation
Announces 2019 Community Grants


The Massachusetts Bankers Association (MBA) announced today that the MBA Charitable Foundation has set a new record in its annual year-end community grant season. The 45 grants in 2019 total $172,500, a record dollar commitment this year. The foundation has now provided gifts totaling approximately $2.7 million over its 23-year history, which is only a small part of the more than the $106 million contributed annually by Massachusetts banks to charitable non-profits and social agencies throughout the Commonwealth.

The foundation, supported by the 140 member banks of the MBA throughout Massachusetts and New England, is distributing the grants over eight geographic regions in Massachusetts. Of the many well-deserving social service agencies, we particularly attempted to craft some special awards to those aiding in the battles of opioid/drug addiction, homelessness/women shelters and empowerment, and hunger.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide these gifts,” said Patrick J. Murray, chairman of the MBA Charitable Foundation, and president and CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank, Taunton. “This foundation has done so much good work over the years, yet each gift-giving season we see more need. That’s why each year, we rededicate ourselves to this effort to help in any way we can.”

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

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 more than $106 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 140 commercial, savings and co-operative banks and savings and loan associations with 72,000 employees located in Massachusetts and elsewhere in New England.

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



Alyssa's Place/AED Foundation
297 Central Street
Gardner, MA 01440

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



Bread & Roses Housing

15 Union Street
Lawrence, MA 01840

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Wednesday, December 18 at 2:15 p.m.
15 Union Street, Lawrence, MA

Photo



CASPAR, Inc. of Bay Cove Human Services
P.O. Box 45538
Somerville, MA 02145

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Friday, December 13 at 9:00 a.m.
One Washington Mall, 8th Floor, Boston, MA

Photo



Easton Wings of Hope / Old Colony YMCA
320 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Thursday, December 5 at 11:00 a.m.
Hilton Hotel, 25 Allied Drive, Dedham, MA

Photo



Family Access of Newton
492 Waltham Street
Newton, MA 02465

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



The Gray House
22 Sheldon Street
Springfield, MA 01107

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Friday, December 6 at 10:00 a.m.
22 Sheldon Street, Springfield, MA

Photo 1, Photo 2



Heading Home, Inc.
529 Main Street, Suite 100
Charlestown, MA 02129

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center

2 Harris Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



Medford Public Library Foundation
200 Boston Avenue, P.O. Box 215
Medford, MA 02155

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Friday, December 13 at 9:00 a.m.
One Washington Mall, 8th Floor, Boston

Photo



NECC Foundation Board
100 Elliott Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Wednesday, December 18 at 3:30 p.m.
100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA

Photo, Photo 2



Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires
40 Railroad Street, Suite 10
Great Barrington, MA 01230

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Friday, December 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Pittsfield Country Club, 639 South Street, Pittsfield, MA

Photo



Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston, Inc.
174 Portland Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Friday, December 13 at 9:00 a.m.
One Washington Mall, 8th Floor, Boston

Photo, Video



Shine Initiative
44 Portland Street
Worcester, MA 01608

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Wednesday, December 4 at 4:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, 5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, MA

Photo


South Shore Mental Health Center, Inc. d/b/a Aspire Health Alliance
500 Victory Road
Quincy, MA 02171

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



Support the Soupman Corp.
1 Bramblewood Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Thursday, December 5 at 11:00 a.m.
Hilton Hotel, 25 Allied Drive, Dedham, MA

Photo 1, Photo 2



Berkshire County Arc (BCArc)
395 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Friday, December 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Pittsfield Country Club, 639 South Street, Pittsfield, MA

Photo



Calmer Choice
23G2 White's Path
South Yarmouth, MA 02664

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Monday, December 16 at 3:30 p.m.
White's of Westport, 66 State Road, Westport, MA

Photo



Children's Advocacy Center of Bristol County
58 Arch Street
Fall River, MA 02724

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Monday, December 16 at 3:30 p.m.
White's of Westport, 66 State Road, Westport, MA

Photo



Edgerley Family South Boston Club
230 West 6th Street
South Boston, MA 02127

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Friday, December 13 at 9:00 a.m.
One Washington Mall, 8th Floor, Boston, MA

Photo



Friends of the Springfield Vet Center, Inc.
95 Ashley Avenue, Suite A
West Springfield, MA 01089

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



Greenfield Family Inn
128 Federal Street
Greenfield, MA 01301

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



Hope House, Inc.
8 Farnham Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Friday, December 13 at 9:00 a.m.
One Washington Mall, 8th Floor, Boston

PhotoVideo



Karen's Closet Fund (Leominster Education Foundation)
24 Church Street
Leominster, MA 01453

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Wednesday, December 4 at 4:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, 5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, MA

Photo



Middlesex Human Service Agency, Inc.
50 Prospect Street, Suite 3
Waltham, MA 02453

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Friday, December 13 at 9:00 a.m.
One Washington Mall, 8th Floor, Boston

Photo



The Neighborhood Developers
4 Gerish Avenue #2
Chelsea, MA 02150

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



North Shore Community Action Programs
119 Rear Foster Street, Building 13
Peabody, MA 01960

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



Pause A While
26 Giddiah Hill Road
Orleans, MA 02653

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



South Boston Neighborhood House & Senior Center
136 H Street
South Boston, MA 02127

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.
111 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01109

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Friday, December 6 at 9:00 a.m.
111 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA

Photo, Photo 2



Talking Information Center
130 Enterprise Drive
Marshfield, MA 02050

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



Berkshire Education & Correction
467 Cheshire Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund - HomeStart
105 Chauncy Street, #502
Boston, MA 02111

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



Coaching 4 Change, Inc.
427 Winthrop Street
Taunton, MA 02780

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Monday, December 16 at 3:30 p.m.
White's of Westport, 66 State Road, Westport, MA

Photo



Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc.
877 South Street, Suite 4E
Pittsfield, MA 01201

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Friday, December 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Pittsfield Country Club, 639 South Street, Pittsfield, MA

Photo



Gilly's House
1022 West Street
Wrentham, MA 02093

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth
72 North Main Street, P.O. Box 346
Carver, MA 02330

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Thursday, December 5 at 11:00 a.m.
Hilton Hotel, 25 Allied Drive, Dedham, MA

Photo 1, Photo 2



House of Hope
812 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01854

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc.
234 Barnum Road
Ayer, MA 01434

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Wednesday, December 4 at 4:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, 5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, MA

Photo



More Than Words
56 Felton Street
Waltham, MA 02453

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



NHA Properties, Inc. d/b/a Housing Nantucket
75 Old South Road
Nantucket, MA 02584

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



On the Rise, Inc.
341 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation
23 West Main Street
Ware, MA 01082

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Friday, December 6 at 3:45 p.m.
23 West Main Street, Ware, MA

Photo



South Middlesex Opportunity Council
7 Bishop Street
Framingham, MA 01702

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award



Strongwater Farm - Therapeutic Equestrian Center
500 Livingston Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876

$5,000 Award

Award Ceremony
Wednesday, December 18 at 1:00 p.m.
500 Livingston Street, Tewksbury, MA

Photo



TLE Center for Urban Entrepreneurship
75 Arlington Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02116

$2,500 Award



Honorable Mention Award