Awards to 27 organizations mark continued growth for collective industry effort
Life Science Cares today announced $755,000 in grants to 27 Greater Boston-based social service organizations, bringing the organization’s three-year giving total to $1.75 million.
The grants cap another year of rapid expansion for Life Science Cares, which works to create multifaceted partnerships with grantees. Support extends well beyond the financial contribution to include volunteer engagement, strategic support and in-kind donations of goods or services to LSC partners serving the nutrition, housing, education and employment needs of low-income residents across Greater Boston. LSC recently disclosed plans to expand beyond Boston to other U.S. cities in the coming years.
“We are thrilled to provide our largest grant commitment to date to organizations that have a dedicated focus to serving areas of critical need in our community,” said Sarah MacDonald, the executive director of Life Science Cares. “Today’s announcement reflects our commitment to more deeply in invest in nonprofits across the Greater Boston area and our belief that Life Science Cares has the potential to make a community impact in other markets around the U.S. as well. We are grateful for the growing support that Life Science Cares continues to receive in Boston and we thank our Advisory Board and corporate members for their leadership.”
Founded in 2017, Life Science Cares now partners with two dozen social service organizations and nearly 400 life science companies. In 2019, those companies collectively contributed 5,300 hours of volunteer service and donated $250,000 worth of goods, including baby diapers, warm coats, laptop computers and holiday gifts. The life sciences community continues to show its generosity by contributing through Life Science Cares’ events, corporate membership program, and as individuals to raise the $750,000 distributed today in grants.
“We are so excited to announce this next round of partners and grow our model of collective impact in the community,” said Life Science Cares Founder & Chairman Rob Perez. “We know that by working together and aligning the time and talents of the life science industry, we can and will make a real and measurable impact on our neighbors in need.”
Some of this year’s grants include support for:
- Boston Healthcare for the Homeless’ Life Essentials Funds, which will be used to ensure that homeless patients have the critical tools needed to practice healthy hygiene, follow medication regimens, protect themselves from infection or inclement weather, and access the treatments they need;
- Food for Free, specifically to add an additional truck and driver that will support the addition of 12 school-based food markets over the next year, and as many as 40 markets over the next several years;
- Tech Goes Home’s School program, to enroll 43 intergenerational families in a program that includes instruction, affordable equipment, and internet access. The TGH School program focuses on topics like finding online educational resources, communicating with teachers, tracking students’ grades online, and using the Internet safely and responsibly; and
- Waltham Fields Community Farm, to pilot a program in which fresh produce is prescribed to a group of local families of limited means in order to track the impact of quality food on health in the community.
The full list of recipients is below. JOIN US at the January Mixer to meet representatives from all of these partners organizations!
Life Science Cares will continue to support Bottom Line through Project Onramp, a program designed to give students from low-income backgrounds the opportunity for a paid summer internship in the industry. LSC also supports the Biomedical Science Careers Program at Harvard Medical School.