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The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF) committee awarded grants to 8 organizations in Chinatown, 2 organizations in Grafton, 12 programs in Medford, 13 organizations in Somerville.

TNSF collects donations from university employees throughout the year and then awards grants to community-based, charitable organizations that serve Tufts’ host communities (Somerville, Medford, Grafton and Boston’s Chinatown) and that 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 $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 Chinatown grant recipients:

  • Asian American Civic Association – $400 for MBTA passes for clients
  • Asian Community Development Corporation – $200 for workshop materials
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center – $300 for first-generation college students to take bus tours of college campuses
  • Friends of the Chinatown Library – $200 for their ongoing library support work
  • A Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center – $400 for a campaign on chronic illness
  • Josiah Quincy Elementary School – $400 to help fitting out maker space in school library
  • Ricesticks and Tea – $2,000 for their food pantry
  • Wang YMCA – $300 for first-generation college students to take bus tours of college campuses

The Grafton grant recipients:

  • Community Harvest – $1,000 for irrigation improvements
  • St. James Outreach – $2,000 for food and services to assist residents in need

The Medford grant recipients:

  • 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”

The Somerville grant recipients:

  • Boys & Girls Club – $250 for their video club to produce a documentary
  • Caspar – $1,000 for bedsheets and other shelter supplies
  • Catholic Charities – $500 to make improvements in a women’s shelter common area
  • Center for Arts at the Armory – $100 in supplies for Expressive Explorers
  • Groundwork Somerville – $325 to provide inter generational mentoring support for farmers
  • Mystic Learning Center – $250 in supplies for Mystic Kids Garden
  • Respond – $250 in toys and book for the shelter’s children’s learning center
  • Somerville Center for Adult Learning (SCALE) – $400 in support for students to help start savings accounts
  • Somerville Food Security Coalition – $480 in supplies for “Come to the Table” and other community meals
  • Somerville High School Chemistry Outreach – $100 in supplies
  • Somerville Homeless Coalition – $750 to provide furniture for their relocated food pantry
  • Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services – $500 to provide emergency and weekend meals for homebound seniors
  • Welcome Project – $500 for multilingual restaurant business development programs