Eastern Bank honors “Community Quarterbacks” with $300K in grants through Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
Two groups dedicated to providing beds for children and families among 31 Massachusetts non-profit organizations honored by Eastern Bank CEO Richard Holbrook and Doug Flutie
Recipients also benefit from daylong workshop to strengthen their organization
BOSTON, March 24, 2010 – Two organizations that provide beds for children, individuals and families were among the 31 non-profit organizations honored today during Eastern Bank’s 6th Annual “Community Quarterback” award ceremony featuring former quarterback Doug Flutie.
The organizations were honored for their outstanding community leadership and received more than $300,000 in grants from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. The organizations were also given the opportunity to participate in educational workshops hosted by the bank in an effort to help each navigate through the challenging economic environment.
Eastern Bank chairman and CEO Richard E. Holbrook and Flutie, the bank’s spokesman, honored the organizations before more than 100 guests during a ceremony at the bank’s operations center in Lynn. Each of the 31 organizations received a grant of $10,000 or more from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation.
“Eastern Bank recognizes that non-profits need both economic assistance and business advice in these challenging economic times,” said Holbrook. “We believe that adding an educational piece to our annual celebration will benefit these organizations for years to come, as they strive to make our communities a better place to work and live.”
The Wish Project used its grant to support its “Beds for Kids” program, which provides beds for children so that they do not have to sleep on the floor. Each month, the program distributes about 50 beds, including mattresses, cribs, sleeper couches, cots and recliners. About two-thirds of the Lowell-based organization’s clients are children.
Mission of Deeds, a Reading-based non-profit organization, provides beds, gently used furniture and household items to individuals and families in needs. It has received a significant increase in requests for beds, its most costly item. The organization receives about 100 requests for its general services each month and has helped families in more than 15 towns in Middlesex and Essex counties.
This year, the bank enhanced its annual celebration by adding two educational workshops, which were intended to provide non-profit organizations with the tools and knowledge to thrive in the future. The workshops were conducted by ESC of New England, a non-profit that provides educational workshops and capacity building services exclusively to other non-profits in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Each “Community Quarterback” recipient honored at this year’s ceremony received a “Community Quarterback” football autographed by Flutie, celebrating and symbolizing its leadership.
“I’m honored to once again partner with Rich Holbrook and Eastern Bank, which continues to recognize the needs of the communities it serves,” said Flutie. “Like any versatile quarterback, Eastern Bank called an audible this year by adding an educational piece that should really help these great organizations become even more successful.”
The grants were among the almost $2.0 million donated last year to 700 non-profit organizations by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. In six years, the “Community Quarterback” program has honored more than 230 organizations with $3.8 million in grants.
The primary focus of the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation is to support local organizations that provide basic human services to residents of eastern Massachusetts. The organizations honored today are located in communities throughout eastern Massachusetts, from the Merrimack Valley to Cape Cod. While the types of organizations honored by the foundation vary greatly, the grant recipients generally provide services in the following areas: affordable housing, homelessness prevention, job readiness, family and children, human services and community healthcare.
The 2010 Community Quarterback recipients are:
A Baby Center, Hyannis, $10,000
ACCESS, Boston, $10,000
American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay, Cambridge, $10,000
Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Centerville, $10,000
Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Roxbury, $10,000
Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Boston, $10,000
Boston Senior Home Care, Boston, $10,000
Boys & Girls Club of Lynn, Lynn, $10,000
Cape Cod Child Development, Hyannis, $10,000
Chelsea Education Foundation, Chelsea, $10,000
Children’s Law Center, Lynn, $10,000
Crossroads for Kids, Duxbury, $10,000
Dare Family Services, Somerville, $10,000
Eliot Community Human Services, Lexington, $10,000
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, Westford, $13,501
Hospice of the North Shore, Danvers, $10,000
The House of the Seven Gables, Salem, $10,000
Housing Assistance Corporation, Hyannis, $10,000
Initiative for a New Economy, Boston, $10,000
Julie’s Family Learning Program, Boston, $10,000
Lowell Transitional Living Center, Lowell, $10,000
Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Lowell, $10,500
Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, Boston, $10,000
Mission of Deeds, Reading, $10,000
North Shore Community Action Programs, Peabody, $10,000
Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, Taunton, $10,000
Raw Art Works, Lynn, $10,000
Salem Mission, Salem, $10,000
South Shore Community Action Council, Plymouth, $10,000
The Wish Project, Lowell, $10,000
YWCA of Malden, Malden, $10,000
About Eastern Bank
Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is the largest independent and mutually owned bank in New England, with almost $7.0 billion in assets and more than 80 branches serving communities from the Merrimack Valley to Cape Cod. Eastern Bank offers banking, investments and insurance all under one roof, and prides itself on working harder to understand its customers’ needs so it can deliver these services in a committed and personal way. Eastern Bank includes Eastern Wealth Management, Eastern Insurance and Fantini & Gorga, a real estate advisory firm.
For more information, contact: Andrew Ravens, Public Relations, Eastern Bank, 781-598-8528, or e-mail Andrew Ravens.