New program engages Tufts Health Plan employees in grantmaking: $25,000 awarded to local community organizations

WATERTOWN, MA – October 23, 2018 – Five community organizations will receive grants as a result of a new program engaging Tufts Health Plan employees in grantmaking. Each of the company’s five business resource groups (BRGs) recommended an organization for a grant up to $5,000 from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

“The Tufts Health Plan BRGs were established to create opportunities for education, mentoring and leadership, to support diverse communities through volunteering, and to foster a culture of respect and inclusion,” said Tufts Health Plan President and CEO Tom Croswell. “These grants are the result of a new collaboration between the Foundation and the BRGs that grew out of our desire to strengthen community connections.”

“The organizations recommended by the BRGs are aligned with their missions and present opportunities for the Foundation to support work important to employees,” said Phillip Gonzalez, the Foundation's senior program officer. “Each business resource group took a unique approach and identified a process and focus for their community investments. They learned how difficult, and rewarding, these decisions can be.”

The organizations receiving the first-ever grants for this program include:

BAGLY, Inc. (Boston Alliance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth)
Boston, Mass.
Recommended by Prism, the LGBTQ and allies BRG
To support Health Education and Risk Reduction Team (HEARRT), a program that educates and trains LGBTQ+ youth about mental and physical health.

Community Health Network Area 17
Cambridge, Mass.
Recommended by Mosaic, the multicultural BRG
To create discussion based on research on the role of racial and ethnic disparities in access to mental health services, and deliver tools for increasing equity to health care providers in Watertown, Cambridge and Somerville.

Cotting School
Lexington, Mass.
Recommended by Parallel, the disability advocates BRG
To develop and implement programs supporting youth with disabilities in the workplace.

North Attleboro YMCA
North Attleboro, Mass.
Recommended by Women Together, the women and allies BRG
To implement Gal Pals and Girl Talk, after-school programming that builds self-esteem and leadership skills of girls in grades six through eight.

Operation American Soldier
Watertown, Mass.
Recommended by Veterans & Military, the veterans and allies BRG
To prepare and ship care packages to deployed service members.

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