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The Junior League of Boston Awards $10,000 in Community Assistance Grants

As part of its annual Community Assistance Grants program, the Junior League of Boston awarded four local organizations $2,500 each to support community programming.

BOSTON, June 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Junior League of Boston (JL Boston) is pleased to announce that they have selected four recipients for 2018-2019 Community Assistance Grants. The purpose of the annual Community Assistance Grant program is to identify and aid non-profit agencies in Greater Boston whose proposed funding is aligned with JL Boston's mission of developing the potential of women.

The winners were selected from a competitive field of over 40 applicant organizations serving a diverse group of populations including single-mothers, foster children, disabled youth, low-income, minority populations and senior citizens. The Grants Committee chose the recipients using guiding principles including compatibility with the JL Boston mission, specific planned use of funds and criteria to measure results, and alignment with JL Boston's advocacy focus area of domestic and sexual violence.

The organizations receiving $2500 grants are:

  • Health Care Without Walls, in support of their Housing Search and Support Project (HSSP) that helps homeless women who need intensive housing case management, especially those who may not be eligible due to immigration or mental health status. This program aims to help women access stable housing and improve health outcomes.
  • Family Nurturing Center of MA, in support of their Welcome Baby program for Allston-Brighton. This program makes one-time home visits in five languages to bring gift bags to newborns including a homemade blanket and essentials such as diapers. Welcome Baby home visitors become a trusted liaison to help families in need connect with other community programs, education, and resources as their child grows.
  • RESPOND, Inc., in support of their Survivor of Abuse Feeling Empowered for Re-entry (SAFER) program at the Suffolk County House of Correction, the first and only comprehensive domestic violence program in a Massachusetts jail or prison. Case managers in the SAFER program will support over 160 women this year through group sessions and coordination of services and care.
  • Love Life Now Foundation, in support of their Homeless Brown Bag & Care initiative, which provides immediate help for food and hygiene needs at their regular drives in Boston. Love Life Now serves between 50 and 60 women during each drive with brown bag packages and identifies those to whom they provide further resources and support related to domestic violence.

"We were so inspired by all grant applicants. Each have already made incredible accomplishments and have even greater potential for future impact," said Michelle Lentz, JL Boston President. "We chose our grant recipients based on their unique program offerings which best align with our own mission at the individual, group, and community level. We are proud to invest in their efforts to help further their ability to positively impact the Greater Boston community."

Applications for the 2019-2020 Community Assistance Grants will be available on the JL Boston website in early 2020.

About the Junior League of Boston:
The Junior League of Boston, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

To donate to JL Boston and help expand our impact, please visit http://www.jlboston.org.


SOURCE Junior League of Boston