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Tufts Employees Give $5,000 to Somerville Causes

Somerville Cooks and the Somerville Homeless Coalition were among the local organizations that received small grants.

Credit: Patch.com
Credit: Patch.com
The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund donated nearly $5,000 to a number of Somerville non-profit organizations, according to an email from Tufts University.

The fund, started in 1995, collects money from the university's administrators, faculty and staff throughout the year, the email says.

This year, Tufts employees donated $19,300 and received 69 proposals, amounting to $105,000 in requests, from the communities where Tufts has campuses: Somerville, Medford, Boston's Chinatown and Grafton.

It was the largest grant application pool in the fund's history, the email says.

In the end, 29 small grants were distributed to organizations in the four Tufts communities.

Here's the list of Somerville organizations that received grants, including what they plan to do with the money. This is from the email:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Middlesex County—$350 towards the cost to implement  an outdoor education and leadership program at the Healey Clubhouse
  • Center for Arabic Culture—$400 towards advertising their Arab Women Authors talk series
  • Community Cooks—$600 to purchase healthy grocery supplies for their “Healthy Cooking on a Budget” workshops
  • Eagle Eye Institute, Inc.—$350 to help create an EAGLE club at Medford High School, exploring nature in the community
  • Mystic Learning Center, Inc.—$350 to seed a new Leader in Training program
  • ShortStop Somerville Wayside Youth and Family Services—$1,000 to buy bus passes, winter clothing and blankets for homeless youth
  • Somerville Council on Aging—$400 to extend its Health and Wellness programming
  • Somerville Homeless Coalition—$1,000 to purchase a washer and dryer for the adult shelter
  • Somerville Public Library—$500 to offer programs involving job interview training for Somerville residents
You can learn more about the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund at the fund's website.

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