Eastern Bank honors “Community Quarterbacks” with $600K in grants through Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
41 Massachusetts non-profit organizations honored by Eastern Bank CEO Richard Holbrook and Doug Flutie
BOSTON, March 23, 2011 – An after-school program for children, a North Shore food pantry and a service that provides medical care for women and children living in shelters were among the many efforts recognized at Eastern Bank’s 7th Annual “Community Quarterback” award ceremony featuring quarterback Doug Flutie.
The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation honored 41 organizations with a total of $600,000 in grants for their outstanding community leadership. The organizations were also given the opportunity to participate in an educational workshop provided by ESC of New England in an effort to help each navigate through the challenging economic environment.
Cradles to Crayons, which provides homeless and low-income children with the essentials they require to thrive, hosted the event at its “Giving Factory” in Brighton.
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 where a representative from each organization were presented with a Doug Flutie-autographed football – a token appreciation of their leadership. Each organization also received a grant of $10,000 or more from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation.
“Eastern Bank is committed to giving back to the communities where we our customers and employees live and work,” said Holbrook. “We are fortunate today to honor such a diverse group of organizations that work hard to provide the basic needs of life for thousands of Massachusetts children and families.”
For example, the Boys & Girls Club of Middlesex County used its $10,000 grant to purchase 10 computers and software for a computer lab in its Everett location. Club officials said the lab is used by more than 280 teenagers, who use the facility to study and explore technology.
The Harvest of Hope/St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, one of the largest volunteer food distribution center on the North Shore, used its $10,000 to move to a larger facility so that it could serve more people.
Women of Means, Inc., a Wellesley-based physician-led organization, used its $10,000 grant to expand its free medical care services for women and children to two additional family shelters in Boston.
“It’s a pleasure and an honor to partner with Eastern Bank, which continues to act like a true champion by putting the needs of Massachusetts’ nonprofit community first,” said Flutie.
The grants were among the $2.5 million donated last year to almost 900 non-profit organizations by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. In seven years, the “Community Quarterback” program has honored 271 organizations with $4.4 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.
The 2011 Community Quarterback recipients are:
Boston Living Center, Boston, $10,000
Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield, Marshfield, $10,000
Boys & Girls Club of Middlesex County, Inc., Somerville, $10,000
Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Braintree, $10,000
Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation, Inc., West Barnstable, $10,000
Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, West Yarmouth, $10,000
Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Yarmouth Port, $10,000
Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc., Chelsea, $10,000
Casa Esperanza, Inc., Roxbury, $10,000
Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Mashpee, $10,000
COMPASS, Inc., Dorchester, $10,000
Crispus Attucks Children’s Center, Dorchester, $10,000
Family & Children’s Service of Greater Lynn, Inc., Lynn, $25,000
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Inc., Boston, $10,000
Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Lowell, $25,000
Guard Support of Massachusetts, Beverly, $10,000
Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod, Yarmouth Port, $10,000
Harvest of Hope/St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, Salem, $10,000
HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change), Salem, $10,000
Heading Home, Inc., Cambridge, $10,000
Hearth, Inc., Boston, $10,000
Home for Little Wanderers, Boston, $10,000
Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp., Jamaica Plain, $10,000
KIPP Academy Lynn, Lynn, $25,000
La Vida, Inc., Lynn, $10,000
Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell, $10,000
Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, $25,000
Lynn Community Health Center, Lynn, $100,000
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Lynn, $10,000
Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership, Boston, $10,000
Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities, Lowell, $10,000
Minuteman Senior Services, Burlington, $10,000
Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, $20,000
Northeast Arc, Danvers, $10,000
Plummer Home for Boys, Inc., Salem, $10,000
Salem YMCA, Salem, $25,000
South Shore Hospital, South Weymouth, $25,000
Springwell, Watertown, $10,000
Steppingstone Foundation, Boston, $10,000
Straight Ahead Ministries, Worcester, $10,000
Women of Means, Wellesley, $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 $7.6 billion in assets and more than 90 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 and Eastern Insurance. For more information, visit www.easternbank.com.
For more information, contact: Andrew Ravens, Public Relations, Eastern Bank, 781-598-8528, or e-mail Andrew Ravens.