Tufts Health Plan Foundation Announces Second Wave of Funding to Address Coronavirus Impact

Apr 15, 2020

Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced it is providing funding to 18 additional nonprofit organizations as part of the $1 million it has committed to support community efforts on behalf of older people affected by the coronavirus. This second wave of funding, totaling $345,000, focuses on housing and equity efforts in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut.

“We continue to hear from many organizations daily about the emerging challenges and priorities facing our communities as a result of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak,” said Tom Croswell, Tufts Health Plan president and CEO. “The agencies receiving this funding are experiencing an unprecedented demand for services. We are proud to support this work.”

The organizations include housing providers, those working with people experiencing homelessness and immigrant communities, and several serving as hubs for collaborative regional responses. They include:

Massachusetts $255,000

  • 2Life Communities: $15,000
  • Berkshires Tomorrow: $10,000
  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless: $50,000
  • Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell: $10,000
  • Essex County Community Foundation, COVID-19 Response Fund: $25,000
  • Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center: $20,000
  • Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Worcester Together: Central Mass COVID-19 Fund: $25,000
  • Homeowners Rehab Inc.: $20,000
  • International Institute of New England: $10,000
  • Pine Street Inn: $25,000
  • Project Bread: $10,000
  • Quincy Asian Resources Inc.: $20,000
  • United Way of Greater Fall River, United We Help Greater Fall River COVID-19 Relief Fund: $15,000

Rhode Island $30,000

  • House of Hope Community Development Corporation: $20,000
  • Saint Elizabeth Community: $10,000

New Hampshire $25,000

  • Tri-County Community Action Program: $25,000

Connecticut $35,000

  • Catholic Charities, Institute for the Hispanic Family: $20,000
  • Hispanic Alliance of Connecticut: $15,000

The Foundation also is accelerating payments to current grantees, easing the financial pressure they are facing. These payments will give community organizations an additional $1.5 million to support emerging priorities.

“As the coronavirus spreads throughout our region, it is clear communities of color and organizations serving older people are disproportionately affected,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. “Organizations working with those most at risk are a priority for the Foundation. More resources are essential to help all our communities face this public health crisis.”

The Foundation continues to offer a two-for-one match to Tufts Health Plan employees and board members who donate to organizations during the pandemic. To date, an additional $55,000 has been contributed to community organizations through this program.