5 Community Organizations Receive Grants from Tufts Health Plan Employee Groups

Innovative program, now in its third year, doubles funding in face of coronavirus

May 05, 2020  

Watertown, MA – May 4, 2020 – Five diverse community organizations will receive grants to help address the COVID-19 pandemic from Tufts Health Plan Foundation through a program engaging Tufts Health Plan employees in grantmaking. The organizations, with missions ranging from serving people experiencing homelessness to supporting veterans and LGBTQ+ youth, will each receive $10,000 in funding.

“While physical distancing is keeping us apart, our employees are still finding ways to show their commitment to community,” said Tufts Health Plan president and CEO Tom Croswell, who also serves on the Tufts Health Plan Foundation board of directors. “The recipients of these grants are on the front line of this pandemic, helping some of those who have been the hardest hit by the coronavirus. We are immensely grateful to these organizations for working with communities at greatest risk and taking such a lead in this time of crisis.”

These grants were made through a program involving Tufts Health Plan’s five business resource groups (BRGs). Each BRG selected an organization aligned with its affinity to receive a grant from the Foundation. The Foundation doubled the funding available for this year’s grants, recognizing community organizations need additional resources as they find new ways to deliver services and supports while addressing an increase in demand during the coronavirus pandemic. The organizations include:

  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, an organization that empowers Asians and new immigrants to build healthy families, achieve greater economic success, and contribute to thriving communities by providing a broad range of programs and services. Recommended by Mosaic, the multicultural BRG.
  • The Carroll Center for the Blind, a statewide organization that provides support, including adaptive technologies for distance learning, for people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and lead fulfilling lives. Recommended by Parallel, the disability advocates BRG.
  • Crossroads Rhode Island, an organization that helps secure stable homes for people who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk, including youth who identify as LGBTQ+. Recommended by Prism, the LGBTQ and allies BRG.
  • New England Center and Home for Veterans, an organization that equips veterans facing or at-risk of homelessness with the tools for economic self-sufficiency and a path to achieve independent living. Recommended by Veterans & Military, the veterans and allies BRG.
  • Women's Lunch Place, Inc., a day shelter community, providing nutritious food and individualized services for women who are experiencing homelessness or poverty.  Recommended by Women Together, the women and allies BRG.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation has committed an additional $1 million to support organizations  responding to the coronavirus crisis. An additional $110,000 has been donated to community organizations through a 2:1 match program available to employees and board members who donate during the pandemic.