News | April 27

Life Science Cares Announces $160,000 in Additional Grants

Industry continues to support COVID-19 Response with financial donations, in-kind donations and virtual volunteering

Today Life Science Cares announced an additional round of grants under the organization’s COVID-19 Response Fund, contributing $160,000 to six nonprofit partners providing food, shelter and other critical supplies to people in need. That brings the total of grants from the new fund to $670,000 for 16 nonprofit partners.

“The needs, while evolving, continue to be urgent and significant. We are so proud to mobilize the industry to provide critical support to organizations serving our most vulnerable neighbors now and for the weeks or months to come,” said Executive Director Sarah MacDonald.

Life Science Cares organizes biopharma executives and employees to fight poverty in the community. LSC launched the COVID-19 Response Fund on March 18th and has raised $1.7 million to date. 100% of contributions to the fund go to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Greater Boston-area residents in need.

Life Science Cares is awarding grants weekly, even as large and small donations continue to come in. This week’s grantees include Circle of Hope, College Bound Dorchester, Home for Little Wanderers, Household Goods, More Than Words and Waltham Fields Community Farm. Funding is focused on meeting basic human needs and, as more residents see a loss of income due to the ongoing state of emergency, LSC partners are providing food, shelter or stipends to help.

Fundraising for the Fund has reached $1.7 million, including major donors Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Biogen, Amgen, Sanofi Genzyme, Collegium Pharmaceutical, EMD Serono, Alnylam, Ipsen, Cambridge Trust, Evelo Biosciences, Moderna, Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Beam Therapeutics, Takeda, Agios, Marsh & McLennan, CRISPR Therapeutics, Surface Oncology, Albireo Pharma, Dyne Therapeutics, Gemini Therapeutics, Frequency Therapeutics, Kaleido, Nimbus Therapeutics, Imara, Xilio Therapeutics, 5 AM Ventures, Lumira Ventures, Syros, Magenta Therapeutics, Spero Therapeutics, LMK Consulting, Kymera Therapeutics, Rome Therapeutics, Triplet Therapeutics, Obsidian Therapeutics, Arkuda, Vedere, Vita Data Sciences, Translate Bio, Cadent, and the Atlas Venture portfolio.

The organization continues to leverage multifaceted partnerships with grantees, offering support well beyond the financial contribution, including virtual volunteer engagement, strategic support and in-kind donations of goods critical to ensure residents health and safety now.

To contribute to the Life Science Cares COVID-19 Response Fund, visit https://lifesciencecares.org/get-involved/covid-response/.

Grant details:

Circle of Hope: Distributing emergency supplies to partner organizations (homeless shelters including family shelters, Boston Police Department, domestic violence organizations) in unopened boxes.

College Bound Dorchester: Providing financial support to their youth (formerly gang involved) to ensure they have the financial stability to make good decisions while they isolate in their homes and neighborhoods.

Home for Little Wanderers: Has setup and is staffing a COVID-19 Quarantine and Treatment Unit, the only such facility where kids in DCF custody can get care & monitoring.

Household Goods: Creating a system to allow clients (homeless individuals & families moving into homes) to order furniture and other home goods online to be picked up or delivered in a contactless way.

More Than Words: Even though MTW retail bookstore operations are closed, they are continuing to pay stipends to youth (who are involved in the juvenile justice or foster care systems) so they can count on income to pay bills and buy food.

Waltham Fields Community Farm: Because they can’t use their usual volunteer corps, hiring temporary staff to plant seeds that will grow into this summer’s crop for low-income farmer’s markets.