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HarborOne Foundation Awards $200,000 in Grants

Twenty-two different organizations receive grants supporting children and families across Southeastern MA and neighborhoods of Boston

(Brockton, MA) – January, 2020 – Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts was among twenty-two recipients of the bi-annual HarborOne Foundation grants benefiting Bay State children and families. JA of Southern Massachusetts's volunteer-delivered, school based programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in the community to dream big and reach their potential. That donation is one part of the HarborOne Foundation’s total of $200,000 grants, and brings the 2019 total of funds awarded to over $400,000.

“The HarborOne Foundation’s aim is to contribute to the health and vitality of the communities where we live and work,” said Joseph Casey, Foundation Director of HarborOne Foundation and President and COO of HarborOne Bank. “We are proud to partner and invest in local community organizations like the Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts who are helping to ensure that youth and families have the opportunity to thrive.

The HarborOne Foundation was created in 2016 to support and expand the work of community non-profits including those organizations that promote educational opportunity, create access to safe and affordable housing and provide basic human services to our most vulnerable citizens. Grantees for this round of funding include:

Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative received a $5,000 grant to combat childhood hunger and family homelessness in the Attleboro area.

Attleboro Area School to Career received a $5,000 grant to support the Summer Work and Learning program providing employment for students who are identified as having barriers to success.

Attleboro YMCA received a $10,000 grant to support a summer extension to the group mentoring program for middle school students in Attleboro and Norton.

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Inc. received a $7,500 grant to support a shelter-based clinic within Father Bill’s & Mainspring. This program offers shelter, housing, and social services for homeless adults in Southeastern Massachusetts.

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center received a $7,500 grant to support the Centering Program. Centering is a type of group medical visit that includes patients’ regular health check-ups with additional time for learning and sharing in a group setting.

Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity received a $5,000 grant to support the building of an Energy Star-rated, single family home in Mattapoisett for a local family in need of affordable and stable housing.

Capital Good Fund received a $7,500 grant to help launch a high-impact Immigration Loan Program in Massachusetts.

Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston Inc. d/b/a Catholic Charities South received a $10,000 grant to support a summer component to the English Transcultural Center’s adult education programming.

Community VNA/Healthcare Options, Inc. received a $1,000 grant to support the Elder Dental Program providing low-cost dental services to low-income seniors living in Bristol and southern Norfolk Counties.

Economic Empowerment Trust Fund received a $25,000 grant for the BabySteps Savings Program designed to help Massachusetts families save for their children’s post-secondary education, develop aspirations for higher education, and learn essential financial literacy skills.

Fresh Truck received a $25,000 grant to make fresh high quality food available to communities of need as well as assist Fresh Truck with launching Fresh Connect Food Prescription Program. In partnership with Boston Medical Center Fresh Truck will track and measure the impact of nutritious food on patients’ health outcomes.

Family and Community Resources, Inc. received a $5,000 grant to expand volunteer recruitment and training.

Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts received a $7,500 grant to support financial literacy programs in Southern Massachusetts.

MAB Community Services, Inc. received a $1,000 grant to help older adults living with blindness or vision impairment connect with 1 on 1 community volunteers who will help them with tasks that are essential to their everyday lives.

Neighborhood of Affordable Housing Inc. received a $10,000 grant to support the bilingual Homebuyer Services programming which helps to educate and/or counsel first-time homebuyers or households facing foreclosure of family homes.

New Hope, Inc. received a $15,000 grant to provide emergency shelter and support services to families and individuals fleeing violence in the home.

Old Colony Y received a $15,000 grant to help provide a multi-layered response to eradicate the academic achievement gap. The achievement gap is the disparity in academic performance between low-income at-risk students and their more affluent peers.

Our Sisters School, Inc. received a $5,000 grant to support efforts to deliver innovative and excellent academic and life skills programming for young women from the New Bedford area.

Playworks New England received an $8,000 grant to support the TeamUP program in four Taunton Public Schools, providing students grades K-5 with safe, healthy, and inclusive play throughout the school day.

Raising A Reader Massachusetts received a $7,500 grant to help Raising A Reader Brockton improve the frequency and quality of home reading and demonstrate significant effects on parental behavior and attitudes toward reading aloud.

South Shore Habitat For Humanity, Inc. received a $10,000 grant to build a single-family affordable home in Easton, Ma. This project will enable a low-income family the opportunity to become homeowners.

South Shore YMCA received a $7,500 grant to support the Sugar Blues program that features nutrition education focusing on optimum health, socialization, and addressing medical problems for people living in low-income neighborhoods.

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