A Grassroots Focus

Each year, we support more than 1,000 local organizations providing a variety of vital services that matter to our communities. With grants ranging from $100 to $10,000, Community Donations amount to millions of dollars each year. In addition, Eastern employees donate their time to many grant recipients as board members and volunteers using their expertise and enhancing our understanding of the needs of our neighbors in the cities and towns we serve. We listen and respond with support for programming and approaches that incorporate the lived experiences of people grounded in the issues and closest to the solutions and support the work of those who have devoted their life's work to helping people to prosper. Moving forward, we will deepen our Community Donations’ impact by remaining a reliable partner, and open to all.

 

Below are examples of the impact our Community Donations are having locally:

Breaktime

Breaktime is a Boston-based nonprofit working to end young adult homelessness through purposeful transitional employment and financial empowerment, particularly among homeless LGBT youth. They empower young adults experiencing homelessness to secure stable employment and permanent housing while bolstering the health of their communities. In 2021, we supported their Double Impact Initiative Program, which is a 15-week transitional employment and job training program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands

In 1974, an informal group of volunteers began serving as mentors to six disadvantaged youth on Cape Cod. Soon after, the group was formally organized as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands. The program was founded due to the large population of at-risk children - particularly those living in single-parent homes on Cape Cod. In 2006, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands merged with Boston-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts to improve organizational sustainability and increase capacity to serve children. Based in Hyannis, MA, they are currently the only one-to-one youth mentoring agency on Cape Cod. We have supported this organization since 2008 and most recently we supported its Annual Golf Classic for Kids.

NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire

NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire enhances people’s lives and the community environment by providing access to quality housing services, revitalizing neighborhoods and supporting opportunities for personal empowerment. In 2021, we provided support for the creation of quality affordable rental housing in Nashua for individuals and families with low-income populations.

Empower Yourself

Empower Yourself was established in 2009 to help address financial & economic literacy in underserved communities. It began as a middle school program and as middle school students went to high school, it followed. Empower Yourself stresses Behavioral Economics to build good financial habits and eventually turn those habits into muscle memory. The year-long program culminates in financial & economic literacy competitions, such as Global Economic Symposium when middle & high school students identify a global problem or issue and solve it using economics. They also engage in national stock pitch and personal finance competitions. Our support began in 2014 and most recently in 2021, we provided support for its programs.

Girls Inc. of Lynn

Girls Inc. serves girls ages 5-18. Their research-based programming is delivered by trained professionals who focus on the development of the whole girl, supporting, mentoring, and guiding girls in an affirming, pro-girl environment. Here, girls learn to value their whole selves, discover and develop their inherent strengths, and receive the support they need to navigate the challenges they face. Eastern Bank Foundation is a long-term partner and in 2021, supported its Girl Hero Scholars.

Project Learn

Since it was founded 8 years ago, Project LEARN has developed, launched, and coordinated a wide variety of innovative, mission-driven initiatives that have touched the lives of tens of thousands of students and families in our community. In recent years, Project LEARN has exposed more than 2,800 Lowell High School students to career speakers; placed 180 students in paid pre-professional internships; and expanded free early college programming to thousands of high school students. Eastern Bank Foundation has been supporting this organization since 2014 and in 2021 supported its Student Making Change Program: A Student-Led Antiracism Initiative.

 

 

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