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LYNN – Family & Children’s Service of Greater Lynn, Inc. is one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants of $ 100,000 to $ 500,000 each, under the $ 25 million grant program of the Cummings Foundation.
The Lynn-based organization will receive 33,333 of this money over three years. F&CS was chosen from a total of 590 applicants during a competitive review process.
The organization is a non-profit, full-service community that has existed since 1885 and supports underserved and socially vulnerable populations to build stable, productive and healthy lives. It serves low income families, individuals and children, primarily immigrants, in group and home settings in English, Spanish and Khmer.
Although F&CS has offices in Lynn and Chelsea, it has grown to serve a large area including Lynn and northern communities, as well as communities in Chelsea and the port area including Charlestown, East Boston, Revere and Winthrop.
“The award will not only allow us to raise the standards for the families and communities we serve, but it will also allow us to impact and support more families in the Grand Lynn community,” said the director. executive Selvin Chambers.
Chambers said the funds would be used to expand their Parenting and Family Support Education (PEFS) programs. In these programs, F&CS provides services to families’ homes and to the community Family Resource Center. In both locations, F&CS offers parent empowerment in the form of family support services, child development screenings and more. PEFS programs thrive because, in addition to the resources and information provided by F&CS, there is an inherent element of social support, solidarity and commitment to collective well-being among participating parents and families.
The Cummings Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations in the counties of Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk. Cummings is looking to give back in the area where it owns commercial properties, all of which are managed – at no cost to the Foundation – by its subsidiary, Cummings Properties. The Woburn-based commercial real estate company leases and manages 10 million square feet of debt free space, the majority of which benefit the Foundation exclusively.
“We aim to help meet the needs of people in all segments of our local community,” said Cummings Foundation Executive Director Joel Swets. “These are the amazing organizations we fund, however, that do the day-to-day work of empowering our neighbors, educating our children, fighting for equity and so much more.”
With the help of approximately 80 volunteers, the Foundation first identified 140 organizations that will receive grants of at least $ 100,000 each. Among the winners were first-time recipients as well as nonprofits that had previously received grants from the Cummings Foundation. Forty of the latter group of recipients were then selected to have their grants increased to 10-year scholarships ranging from $ 200,000 to $ 500,000 each.
“We have taken a democratic approach to philanthropy, which allows an impressive roster of dedicated volunteers to decide over half of all grant winners each year,” said Swets. “We benefit from their diverse backgrounds and perspectives, they benefit from a meaningful and enriching experience, and nonprofits often benefit from increased exposure and new advocates. ”
The Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $ 300 million to nonprofits in Greater Boston.
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From left to right: Managing Director Selvin Chambers; development associate Mike Ring; Family and Parents Resource Center as director of the teacher program Mariana Marquez-Mundo; and Associate Director Ruben Montano-Lopez show their enthusiasm after receiving the grant.
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