Lifting the Load For and With Our Communities in Difficult Times
When the COVID-19 crisis began in March 2020, we reached out to organizations across our region to listen to the challenges they were facing and learn how we could best support their efforts. In 2020, we responded with donations to 665 community-based organizations totaling more than $13 million, to offer aid to immigrants, the elderly, victims of domestic violence, mental health services and community health centers, food banks and pantries, multi-service providers and community foundations, early childhood development providers, safe and affordable housing providers, and organizations assisting businesses of color. We added another $2 million in support in 2021.
Even a pandemic could not stop our employees from giving back. They found new ways to make a difference through socially distanced and remote volunteer activities, and collectively volunteered more than 15,000 hours in the midst of the pandemic. They gathered gifts for food and book drives, packed backpacks with essentials for disadvantaged kids, delivered winter coats to unhoused people, mentored virtually, and wrote hundreds of holiday cards to active U.S. military service men and women. Our largest location in Lynn temporarily warehoused food for 55,000 meals for the United Way.
Here are a handful of examples of our support: