Grafton – Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has announced that the South Grafton Parent-Teacher Organization was awarded $500 from the Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. Funds will be used to purchase classroom supplies to enhance the science curriculum.
To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and the foundation created the program which allows each Harvard Pilgrim employee to award a $500 grant to the local charity of his or her choice each calendar year. Since this program began in 2002, Harvard Pilgrim employees have directed more than $5.2 million to thousands of organizations throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
“We are so fortunate to have generous and dedicated employees who enrich our company and the communities in which we all live and work,” said Karen Voci, president of the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation. “The mini-grant program is a wonderful way to support our employees as philanthropists and to help them make an impact in their own cities and towns.”
In 2016, more than 96 percent of Harvard Pilgrim employees participated in at least one form of service or giving through volunteering, the mini-grants program, or Harvard Pilgrim’s annual Employee Fundraising Campaign.