Mutual ImpactSM 2017 Causes & Grantees

    Mutual ImpactSM 2017 Causes & Grantees

    We are excited to announce the 2017 Mutual Impact grantees. With over $1.1 million in grants to 21 employee-selected nonprofits focused on key employee-selected causes in Boston, Charlotte, 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.

    Charlotte, NC

    Cause: Returning Veterans – Veterans returning to civilian life can face a challenging transition after military duty.  Providing resources for seeking education, employment and connecting with the community provide some of the support needed to assist with the transition. 

    • Charlotte Bridge Home - Helping Charlotte-area Veterans successfully transition home after military service by identifying their education, employment and healthcare needs and connecting them to available community, state and federal resources.
    • Patriots Path - Working with Veterans in transition to define their career goals, map out job search strategies, identify opportunities, create their personal marketing approach and connect within the community to peers, mentors and coaches for continued networking and support.

    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.

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

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • MACC – Providing Hartford area families with fresh, affordable, and culturally appropriate produce while supporting local gardeners and farmers.

    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.

    • Porter Leath – Empowers children and families to achieve a healthy, optimal and independent lifestyle.  
    • SchoolSeed – Supports community efforts that positively impact students and teachers.  

    National

    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.
    • TutorMate - Helping primary grade teachers be more effective in their pivotal task of teaching students to read.

    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.

    • 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.

    • Behavioral Health Network - Helping individuals, families and communities improve the quality of lives for those with behavioral health and developmental challenges. 
    • Gray House – Helping neighbors facing hardships to meet their immediate and transitional needs by providing food, clothing, and educational services in a safe, positive environment.
    • Teen Addiction Anonymous - Empowering all youth to believe in, to focus upon, and commit to positive personal success through our proven MPOWRD leadership program.

    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.
    • YMCA of Greater Springfield - Serving the human needs in greater Springfield by providing programs that promote lifelong personal growth and the balanced development of spirit, mind and body for all.

    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.

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