Employee-Directed Mini-Grant Program Has Awarded $6.8 Million to Nonprofits in New England Since 2002
WELLESLEY — Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has announced that the Webster Dudley Food Share Inc. in Webster was awarded $1,650 from the Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. Three employees of Health Plans Inc. nominated the organization for the award. Funds will be used to purchase healthy food for families in the local community.
To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and the Foundation created the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. This program allows each Harvard Pilgrim employee to award a $500 grant, completely funded by the Foundation, to the local charity of his or her choice each calendar year. Since this community grants program began in 2002, Harvard Pilgrim employees have directed more than $6.8 million to thousands of organizations throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
“Now more than ever, as nonprofits across the region are dealing with the impact of COVID-19, we are committed to supporting their efforts to care for their communities,” said Karen Voci, President of the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation. “We are so fortunate to have generous and engaged employees who help strengthen Harvard Pilgrim and the communities where we all live and work.”
In 2019, 96 percent of Harvard Pilgrim employees participated in at least one form of service or giving through volunteering, the Mini-Grants program, or Harvard Pilgrim’s annual Employee Fundraising Campaign.