Cummings Foundation Invests $100,000 in Victory Programs’ Mobile Prevention Enhancement Project

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Funding will expand access to critical services like comprehensive STI/HIV/Hep C testing, naloxone distribution, and other low-threshold harm reduction services for some of Boston’s most vulnerable community members.

Victory Programs was selected as one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through the Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. Victory Programs was one of 574 applicants to apply for during a competitive grant cycle.

Victory Programs operates 19 health, housing, and prevention programs in the Greater Boston area, with a primary focus on individuals who actively use, or are in recovery from injection drugs and other addictive substances; individuals and families who are homeless and/or facing potential housing insecurity; and people living with chronic, life-altering infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. All of Victory Programs services are grounded in evidence-based models of change and individualized care plans to help clients identify, and work towards personal goals.

Sarah Porter, Victory Programs Interim CEO, and Ed Ahern, Government and Foundation Grants Manager, joined approximately 300 other guests to represent Victory Programs at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, the Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $260 million to Greater Boston nonprofits alone.

“We are so grateful for the Cummings Foundation’s partnership,” shares Sarah Porter. “This grant will make a remarkable difference in what we are able to accomplish. The $100,000 from Cummings Foundation will support enhancements to our Mobile Prevention Team, augmenting their ability to access the individuals in our community who are most at risk for fatal overdoses and those with the highest risk of exposure to HIV, Hepatitis C and or other STIs.  Through the purchase and retrofit of a specialized van, services will move deeper into the community providing innovative, evidence-based prevention and treatment options for people who may otherwise struggle to access critical care.”

This grant will provide vital operational support for the Mobile Prevention Team (MPT) Enhancement Project over the next two years.  This project will bolster the MPT’s efforts to reach those at high risk for opioid overdose and the acquisition of disease, including HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and STIs.  The fully equipped van purchased as a part of this project will enable the MPT team to travel throughout Boston’s communities and provide syringe services, risk assessments, navigation to prevention and treatment services, and much more.

The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“By having such a local focus, we aim to make a meaningful positive difference in the communities where our colleagues and leasing clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “We are most grateful for the nonprofit organizations that assist and empower our neighbors, and we are proud to support their efforts.”

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention, affordable housing, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

Cummings Foundation announced an additional $15 million in early May through its Sustaining Grants program. Through these awards, 50 local nonprofits will receive ongoing funding of $20,000 – $50,000 for 10 years.

The history behind Cummings Properties and Cummings Foundation is detailed in Bill Cummings’ self­ written memoir, “Starting Small and Making It Big:  An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist.” It is available on Amazon or cummings.com/book.

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