WILMINGTON, MA — The Woburn-based Cummings Foundation recently awarded grants in the amount of $100,000 each to 100 local nonprofits as part of its Seventh Annual “$100K for 100” program. Wilmington High School was among this year’s winners.
“The purpose of this grant, which will be distributed equally over three years ($33,333.00 per year), is to assist in strengthening the existing STEM extracurricular programs and to start a robotics club by giving access to students in these STEM fields and encouraging more female students to participate,” writes Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero.
The grant, which was written by Wilmington High School Science Teacher Julie Kim, will be formally accepted by the School Committee at its Wednesday, May 30 meeting. The High School will then receive its first $33,333.00 check on or around June 30.
The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are based in or primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Previous Wilmington recipients include the Wilmington Police Department (twice), Beyond TOPS, Epilepsy Foundation New England, and the Hope &Friendship Metastatic Breast Cancer Foundation.
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 of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of space that benefits the Foundation. In Wilmington, the Cummings organization owns property on Concord Street and Fordham Road.
This year’s diverse group of grant recipients, which will be officially announced this coming week, represents a wide variety of causes, including education, violence prevention, food insecurity, and homelessness prevention and affordable housing. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.
About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester. With assets exceeding $1.4 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn. Its two largest commitments to date were $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and $15 million to Partners In Health. Additional information is available at http://www.CummingsFoundation.org.
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