Cummings Foundation awards grant to United Way, Senior Center

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Cummings Foundation awards grant to United Way, Senior Center
Marlborough Mayor J. Christian Dumais, Cummings Foundation co-founder Joyce Cummings, and Marlborough Senior Center executive director Trish Pope

WOBURN – Confetti flew, horns were blown and banners were waved at TradeCenter 128 last Thursday as community and state leaders gathered for the Cummings Foundation’s annual Grant Winner Celebration.

According to a press release, 150 nonprofits will share in $30 million in newly announced Cummings grants.

“You are the lifeblood of our communities,” said Gov. Maura Healey. “Every person deserves to have their worth and their dignity respected, and that’s what you all empower every day.”

Cummings Foundation awards grant to United Way, Senior Center
Grant and Community Engagement Manager Kristen Corless (l) and Director of the Marlborough Community Cupboard Barbara LaGrenade with Joyce Vyriotes

She noted Cummings Properties’ unique model in which 100% of all profits from its commercial buildings are dedicated to philanthropic purposes. A total of 125 organizations were awarded three-year grants of up to $300,000 each. The remaining 25 nonprofits received 10 years of funding of $300,000 to $1 million each.

Locally, the Marlborough Senior Center was awarded $75,000 over three years to start a three-day-a-week nutritional senior lunch drop-in program. Addictions Referral Center received $60,000 to support MetroWest residents struggling with substance use disorder. The United Way of Tri-County was awarded $300,000 over 10 years to provide groceries, weekly fresh produce, mobile market operations and SNAP registration through a mobile food pantry.

“We are so inspired by the local nonprofit professionals and volunteers who work every day in service to others,” said Cummings Foundation executive director Joyce Vyriotes. “They really move the needle on issues facing our communities, and we are so pleased to support their efforts.”

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