Investing in Our Communities
Since the Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation began, close to $18 million in grants have been committed to 501(c)(3) organizations in our local communities. Last year the Foundation awarded in excess of $1.7 million in support of organizations that are dealing with some of our area’s most critical issues. To focus our efforts on these issues, we’ve identified three areas of focus that may receive special consideration for funding:
Pro-Home, Inc. - Taunton
Pro-Home, a HUD approved Housing Assistance Agency, provides counseling, down payment assistance and property development for affordable housing in the greater Taunton area. The Bank continues to be a leading supporter of Pro-Home through a $60,000 multi-year grant that is targeted for the organization’s operations and a range of programs from Financial Literacy classes to Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling. In addition to the funding, David Tipping, Vice President, Residential Lending for the Bank, has helped lead the Agency for over a decade, currently serving as the President of the Board of Directors. His participation helps the Bank assess the challenges the community is facing and, in turn, develop products and services to meet those needs.
Bishop Connolly High School - Fall River
In 2016, the Foundation completed its $50,000 commitment to The Advancement Initiative for Bishop Connolly High School with a grant earmarked to fund upgrades to its Life Sciences and Chemistry Labs, including lab equipment. The renovated lab spaces will provide a 21st Century learning environment aligned with Connolly’s newest science offerings, including a Biotechnology and Microbiology course that will teach students the college-level laboratory skills and research techniques in demand by today’s biotechnology, medicine, health care and bio-manufacturing industries.
Friends of the Attleboro Public Library
The Foundation provided a grant in the amount of $7,000 to the Friends of the Attleboro Public Library to fund The Big Read, Attleboro’s community-wide reading project. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the program which is a reading initiative to broaden understanding of our world and our communities, and inspire conversation and discovery. Our continued investment in the fundamental ability to read is important because reading is one of the building blocks of a good education and is a skill that is required to be a productive member of our community.
Buttonwood Park Zoo - New Bedford
The BCSCF provided a $200,000 grant to the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society to fund The Nature Connection Education Center (NCEC), which will soon become the go to destination for the Zoo’s environmental education programs. The Zoo is developing the NCEC as a means to better connect the community, particularly children, to nature and signiﬁcantly increase the quantity and quality of programs offered. The Buttonwood Park Zoo is currently one of the largest environmental education organizations in southeastern Massachusetts and the addition of this multi-sensory, hands-on and interactive NCEC will allow the Zoo to signiﬁcantly expand the impact of its conservation education message throughout the region.
Memorial Hospital - Pawtucket, RI
Each year, Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department serves more than 35,000 patients from the diverse communities of Pawtucket and Central Falls. In a traumatic situation such as a health emergency, children who accompany their parents or are patients themselves need a safe place where they can be comfortable and can engage with toys, books or a movie. The Foundation provided a $7,600 grant to update the children’s area in the emergency room.