Mutual ImpactSM 2016 Causes & Grantees

    Mutual ImpactSM 2016 Causes & Grantees

    We are excited to announce the inaugural Mutual Impact grantees. With $1.4 million in grants to 22 employee-selected nonprofits focused on key employee-selected causes in Boston, Enfield, Memphis, Phoenix, Springfield, and Nationally – we are poised to make an impact on a variety of pressing challenges. Our investments will be leveraged and magnified by employee volunteers (including skills-based volunteering). Below are the Causes and Grantees for each location.

    Boston, MA

    Cause: Early Grade Reading Proficiency – Kids who are not reading at grade level by 4th grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Currently, 63% of Boston’s 3rd graders are not reading proficiently.      

    • Horizons for Homeless Children – Supporting the development of homeless children and their families so Boston area homeless children will be more likely to enter school with the skills needed to be successful.
    • Read to a Child – Expanding the Read to a Child weekly lunchtime reading program in Boston Public Schools, which pairs mentors with high-risk students to promote better academic outcomes.

    Enfield, CT

    Cause: Family Economic Self Sufficiency – Across Connecticut, 35% of households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, healthcare and transportation, often resulting in two generations of family members living in the same home and being required to work in order to meet basic needs.

    • Village for Families & Children – Delivering sustainable, long-term ways of addressing income issues, managing finances, and developing repeatable behaviors.
    • Allied Rehabilitation Centers – Securing transportation for residents with disabilities or other special needs to avoid risk of job loss.

    Cause: Food Insecurity – 1 in 7 households in CT face hunger. Poor nutrition can impact academic performance, job retention, and health.

    • Foodshare – Expanding access to federal nutrition programs like Summer Meals and School Breakfast so Enfield area children get the healthy food they need to learn and grow.
    • Hartford Food System – Providing Hartford area families with fresh, affordable, and culturally appropriate produce while supporting local gardeners and farmers.
    • Educational Resources for Children – Ensuring that every child and family in Enfield has the food they need to succeed in school and lead healthy lives.

    Memphis, TN

    Cause: Successful Advancement in School – A number of investments can impact student success including, early education, literacy, mentoring, family engagement, and afterschool and summer programs.

    • Girls Incorporated of Memphis – The Literacy Initiative inspires girls to use reading as a tool to discover new and exciting worlds and to learn new information about topics that interest them.
    • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis – Providing comprehensive homework help and tutoring for Boys & Girls Club members’ ages 6 to 18 years old.

    Phoenix, AZ

    Cause: Childhood Hunger – Child hunger impacts learning, school engagement, behavior problems and health. Currently, 28% of Arizona children face hunger with even greater numbers in Phoenix.

    • The Society of St. Vincent De Paul – Feeding nutritious meals to low-income, homeless individuals and families. Nightly family meals include support for parents and a learning center for kids.
    • Desert Mission – Providing kid-accessible, nutritious food to children at risk of going hungry over the weekend.

    Springfield, MA

    Cause: Violence Prevention & Safety – Violence affects quality of life, physical/emotional well-being, and the local economy. Root causes include poverty, substance abuse, and lack of youth opportunities.

    • Springfield Boys & Girls Club – Providing free after-school, and summer programming and tutoring, to youth in grades one through five.
    • Springfield Boys & Girls Club Family Center – Mentoring Program to provide positive role models for a group of children who otherwise might not receive encouragement, guidance and the opportunity to reach their full potential.
    • Center for Human Development – Expanding vocational-study for youth to develop employable job skills that fill community needs.
    • YWCA of Western Massachusetts – YWCA’s YouthBuild addresses Springfield’s unemployment, poverty, graduation and crime rates through onsite training and work experience for at-risk, out-of-school youth.

    Cause: Early Grade Reading Proficiency – Kids not reading at grade level by 4th grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. A majority of Pioneer Valley 3rd graders are not reading proficiently.

    • Raising a Reader – Ending the cycle of low literacy by developing high-impact home reading routines that lay the groundwork for a lifetime of learning and success.
    • Square One – Expanding family literacy activities and early childhood education programs to low-income and poverty-stricken families.
    • Springfield College – Providing early literacy and youth intervention programs focused on improving skills predictive of reading success.

    Cause: Food Insecurity – One in eight Western Massachusetts residents face hunger. Poor nutrition can impact academic performance, job retention, and health.

    • Food Bank of Western Massachusetts – Providing funds to expand access to fresh, nutritious foods and nutrition education programs to food insecure people in Hampden County.     
    • Gardening the Community ­– Combating food insecurity by developing new community gardens and education programs in Springfield.


    Cause: Education - National education challenges include early reading, STEM proficiency, mentoring, HS graduation and more. A number of investments can impact student success.

    • Boys & Girls Clubs of America – Enabling young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens by providing a safe, constructive environment when not at home or in school.
    • Strive for College – Lowering the amount of qualified students missing out on college opportunities due to lack of guidance by providing structured, one-on-one online mentoring.