Everett nonprofit receives Cummings Foundation grant
The Community Family (TCF) is one of 33 local nonprofits awarded a total of $10 million from the Cummings Foundation through its new Sustaining Grants program, which provides funding for up to 10 years. TCF Executive Director Anne Marchetta and TCF’s Everett Center Director, Marion Dunn, represented the nonprofit at a May 3 awards night at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn.
At its three centers – in Everett, Medford and Lowell – TCF provides adult day health care to elders, adults with disabilities and those with Alzheimer’s disease. TCF provides care to 325 adults each year and 120 adults daily at its three centers, providing medical care, therapeutic activities, nutrition and social services, benefitting both participants and their caregivers. The Everett Center, which is located in a residential area on Wyllis Avenue, is TCF’s newest and busiest center, caring for an average of 60 individuals each day.
Marchetta said, “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Cummings Foundation. They have been a great partner to us over the past five years, and we look forward to deepening our relationship over the next 10 years. This grant will help move our programs and services and ultimately, our care, to its greatest heights ever.”
The Cummings Foundation funding will enable TCF to sustain and enhance its Activities Programs, which are an essential component of the participants’ days. Programs include music, exercise and art therapy classes, entertainers and other special events, and an interactive computer technology program, among others. Together, these activities provide meaning, self-expression and purpose to an often vulnerable group.
The Sustaining Grants program builds on Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program. First offered in 2012, $100K for 100 annually awards $10 million through multiyear grants of $100,000 each to 100 nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk counties. TCF was a 2013 $100K for 100 grant recipient that received its final grant disbursement in 2017 and was automatically considered for the new funding initiative in 2018.
“Long-term financial support is rare for nonprofits, making fundraising a constant and time-consuming task for organizations like The Community Family,” said Cummings Foundation Deputy Director Joyce Vyriotes. “The Sustaining Grants are intended to provide some relief, allowing them to focus more of their time and energy on delivering and enhancing their important services.”
Sustaining Grants winners were selected primarily by a 40-member volunteer committee, which included former state legislators, CEOs of companies and organizations in Greater Boston, a retired justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and a noted Boston Globe reporter. Committee members conducted two site visits with each nonprofit to learn how the $100K for 100 funds helped to advance its mission, and how it might put a 10-year grant to use. The complete list of 33 grant winners is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.
Cummings Foundation has already awarded more than $200 million to date in Greater Boston alone, and it will award an additional $200 million over the next 10 years through the $100K for 100 and Sustaining Grants programs.
About The Community Family
For 40 years Everett-based TCF has successfully kept thousands of adults safely in their homes and communities for as long as possible, preventing premature nursing home placement or isolated care in the home. TCF improves quality of life for both its participants and caregivers through its excellent care and the crucial respite and support it provides to caregivers. TCF’s services are the most affordable form of long-term care and a proactive response to the challenges of providing community-based care to an aging society. Additional information is available at www.communityfamily.org.
About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date has been to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.