Horizons for Homeless Children awarded $100,000 Cummings Foundation grant

Horizons for Homeless Children awarded $100,000 Cummings Foundation grant

Roxbury-based nonprofit receives 4 years of funding from the Cummings Foundation

BOSTON, MAY 2021- Horizons for Homeless Children is one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants through the Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Program. The Boston-based organization was chosen from a total of 590 applicants during a competitive review process. The grant will be disbursed in installments of $25,000 a year for the next four years. This is the second $100,000 Cummings Foundation grant that Horizons has received. The Cummings $25 Million Grant Program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties.

Horizons recently moved into a new space which includes a dedicated hands-on STEM room and Art Zone. The grant from the Cummings Foundation will allow Horizons to incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities into the curriculum developed for the children attending Horizons’ Early Education program. Robotics will be a key component of the curriculum and introduces learning concepts and skills from disciplines such as computer science and engineering, while promoting problem solving and open-ended design tasks. In early childhood education, where project-based learning is routine, robotics can be integrated with other curricular areas (including math, literacy, physical movement and the arts) presenting opportunities for social-emotional growth and teamwork.  With the financial support of the Cummings Foundation, Horizons will be able to embark on this work, building a STEM program that will contribute to students moving onto kindergarten on par with their housed peers, avoiding the achievement gap that so often occurs.

“We aim to help meet the needs of people in all segments of our local community,” said Cummings Foundation executive director Joel Swets. “It is the incredible organizations we fund, however, that do the actual daily work to empower our neighbors, educate our children, fight for equity, and so much more.” 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 nonprofits are spread across 43 different cities and towns.

“The Cummings Foundation is a valued supporter of Horizons’ mission.  Their gifts help deepen our work with families experiencing homelessness.  Children living in poverty must not miss out on academic and developmental opportunities because of their housing status.  With the help of organizations like the Cummings Foundation, we can make sure that children have a foundation in learning that will set them on the course for academic success,” said Tara Spalding, Chief Development, Marketing and Volunteer Engagement Officer at Horizons for Homeless Children.


About Horizons for Homeless Children

Horizons for Homeless Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families. Horizons provides high-quality early education, comprehensive family support services and opportunities for play to children living in shelter. Today, Horizons serves more than 1,500 young homeless children each week in Massachusetts through its Edgerley Family Horizons Center and more than 90 shelter-based Playspaces. For more information about Horizons for Homeless Children, please visit: https://horizonschildren.org.


About Cummings Foundation

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings and has grown to be one of the three largest private foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn, and Veterinary School at Tufts, LLC in North Grafton. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

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