The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF) committee recently awarded $5,441 in grants to 12 programs in Medford. TNSF collects donations from university employees throughout the year and then awards grants to community-based, charitable organizations that serve Tufts’ host communities (Medford; Somerville; Grafton; and Boston’s Chinatown, Fenway, and Mission Hill neighborhoods) and actively engage Tufts volunteers in their work.
A committee comprised of Tufts administrators, faculty and staff meets annually to review proposals and select grant recipients. In 2016, there was a total of approximately $19,046 available to distribute through TNSF. The committee received 55 proposals, and selected 36 programs and projects for awards. Members of the TNSF committee base their decisions on a desire to address the most pressing needs in the communities and to encourage expanded involvement of Tufts volunteers.
The Medford grant recipients for 2016 are:
– Boys & Girls Club – $300 to provide art supplies for club members who have behavioral needs
– Cache – $200 to support Circle the Square
– Columbus Elementary School – $200 to provide food for science night
– Curtis-Tufts Alternative School – $741 to purchase a table for outside gardening
– English at Large – $250 to provide training for volunteers
– Medford Community Gardens – $300 to build new gardens
– Medford Public Library – $500 to purchase laptops for library patrons to use on site
– Medford Family Resource Coalition – $250 in support for STEM across Medford
– Mystic River Watershed Association – $250 to assist with river clean-up
– Outside the Lines – $200 to support their Zen room
– Unitarian Universalist Church food bank – $2,000 to stock food pantry
– West Medford Community Center – $250 to support the “Intergenerational Jazz Jam”
Award grants were also made to organizations in Tufts’ host communities of Somerville, Grafton, and the Boston neighborhoods of Chinatown and Mission Hill.
“Our host communities play an essential part in Tufts’ mission as a university,” said Tufts University President Anthony Monaco, speaking at an award ceremony to honor the grant recipients on Jan. 13. “Our commitment to active citizenship is an essential part of Tufts’ DNA, alongside education and research. We can’t fulfill that commitment without close partnerships with our communities and the non-profit organizations supported by these awards.”
TNSF is a giving option of the annual Tufts Community Appeal (TCA), in which the university encourages its employees to contribute to charitable organizations at the regional, national and international levels. The TCA unites faculty and staff across all campuses of the university, and demonstrates the support the Tufts community for local and global efforts. It reflects the university community’s belief that individual action can make a difference in the world.
Questions regarding the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund can be directed to the Office of Government and Community Relations at Tufts University online, or by phone at 617-627-3780.
All award winners
Elizabeth Schaeffer from the Medford Public Library Board with Tufts President Anthony Monaco
– Submitted by Tufts University. Photos by Anna Miller.