4-H Camp Middlesex receives $ 100,000 Cummings grant

ASHBY – The Middlesex County Foundation Inc., representing 4-H Camp Middlesex, is one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants of $ 100,000 to $ 500,000 each through the $ 25 million from the Cummings Foundation, according to an announcement from the foundation.

The Ashby-based organization was chosen from a total of 590 applicants during a competitive review process. He will receive $ 100,000 over four years, according to the foundation.

4-H Camp Middlesex offers affordable, mixed day and night summer camp programs for children ages 6 to 15. Open to everyone, 4-H Camp Middlesex offers a traditional summer camp experience in a rural setting.

“The Cummings grant will help Camp Middlesex expand our program offerings and increase our reach to underserved youth by providing free transportation from day camp to Lowell,” said Louise Donahue, camp board co-chair. .

Grant funds will be used to start a new cooking program to teach campers basic cooking skills, to provide a free day camp bus to Lowell, and to complete some small investment projects such as farm management. stormwater, the restoration of the basketball court and the completion of the archery pavilion, according to the foundation.

The $ 25 million Cummings Grants program supports Massachusetts nonprofits based and primarily serving the counties of Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk.

Through this local initiative, the Cummings Foundation aims to give back to the region where it owns commercial properties, all of which are managed, at no cost to the foundation, by its subsidiary, Cummings Properties. This Woburn-based commercial real estate company leases and manages 10 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which benefit the foundation exclusively.

“We aim to meet the needs of people in all segments of our local community,” said Cummings Foundation Executive Director Joel Swets. “These are the amazing organizations we fund, however, that do the real work of empowering our neighbors, educating our children, fighting for equity and so much more.”

With the help of about 80 volunteers, the foundation first identified 140 organizations to receive grants of at least $ 100,000 each. Among the winners were first-time recipients as well as nonprofits that had previously received grants from the Cummings Foundation. Forty of the latter group of recipients were then selected to have their grants increased to 10-year scholarships ranging from $ 200,000 to $ 500,000 each.

Campers at Camp 4-H Middlesex in Ashby pose for a group photo after a week of fun and educational experience.

“We have taken a democratic approach to philanthropy, which allows an impressive roster of dedicated volunteers to decide over half of all our winners each year,” said Swets. “We benefit from their diverse backgrounds and perspectives; they benefit from an enriching and enriching experience; and nonprofits often benefit from increased exposure to new advocates.

This year’s grant recipients represent a wide variety of causes, including social justice, homelessness prevention, affordable housing, education, violence prevention and food insecurity. The non-profit organizations are spread over 43 different towns and villages.

The Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $ 300 million to nonprofits in Greater Boston.

The camp is located on Willard Brook, consisting of 76 acres of rolling fields, trails, waterfalls, and beautiful views of Mt. Watatic from the top of Bowditch Hill. A variety of programs are offered, ranging from arts and crafts and woodworking, archery and horseback riding.

Like every 4-H Camp Middlesex session ends with the traditional bonfire.

These age-appropriate programs teach skills to build confidence and self-esteem, the camp said in a press release. The camp experience provides opportunities to develop leadership, social and group life skills, while fostering creativity, independence and responsibility, he added. Most importantly, the camp gives young people the chance to have fun and make lifelong friendships and memories.

4-H Camp Middlesex is a self-funded 501 (c) (3) nonprofit open to all – 4-H membership is not required. Further information is available at www.campmiddlesex.com.

The Woburn-based Cummings Foundation Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings and has grown to become one of New England’s three largest private foundations. Further information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org .

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