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Cummings 100K for 100 Grant

Cummings 100K for 100 Staff Photo
FriendshipWorks Staff Celebrating the Receipt of Cummings Grant


FriendshipWorks is a $100K for 100 Cummings Foundation Grant Recipient

 (Boston, MA) – June 1, 2016                 

We are pleased to announce that FriendshipWorks is one of the recipients of the $100K for 100 Grant from the Cummings Foundation.

The grant, payable over 4 years,  will help support FriendshipWorks’ programs  that assist isolated elders in Boston and Brookline, including long-term one-on-one Friendly Visiting programs and short-term assistance programs such as the Medical Escort and Friendly Helping programs.   It will also help fund the PetPals pet visitation program for residents of area nursing homes.

“The grant will help tremendously to sustain and expand our critical programs assisting isolated elders,” said Janet Seckel-Cerrotti, FriendshipWorks’ Executive Director, “especially as we are facing the challenge of meeting the needs of an aging boomer population.”

“We admire and very much appreciate the important works that non-profit organizations like FriendshipWorks are doing in the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,’ said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s Executive Director.  “We are delighted to support their efforts.”

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including education, homelessness prevention, elder services, health care, 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.

About FriendshipWorks:

FriendshipWorks’ mission is to reduce isolation, enhance quality of life and preserve the dignity of older adults in Greater Boston.   We accomplish this mission by recruiting and training volunteers of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds who provide friendship, advocacy, education, assistance, and emotional support.

About Cummings Foundation:

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, Mass. With assets exceeding $1 billion, it is one of the largest grant-making foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons senior communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single grant to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.  It has awarded more than $100 million in grants to Greater Boston nonprofits alone.

Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

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