The Cummings Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to The Home for Little Wanderers that will be used to pay for in-school mental health services to school-age children in Newburyport, Beverly, Somerville, Revere, Lynn, Peabody, Wakefield and Woburn.
The home is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program and was chosen from among 574 applicants during a competitive review process.
“We are so thankful to the Cummings Foundation for their support of The Home for Little Wanderers and the children we have the privilege of serving every day,” said Lesli Suggs, president and CEO of The Home, in a press release. “As we help these children find permanent, loving homes and supportive adults to guide them through their childhood, this grant will provide them with the services they need to recover, grow, and succeed.”
Mental illness or emotional and behavioral challenges as a result of trauma impact children’s ability to learn and thrive in school, the release said. The grant will providing funding towards services that help children overcome those barriers.
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.