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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

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