The Neighborhood Builders Grant Press Release from Bank of America

Press Release from Bank of America

Bank of America and Loving Spoonfuls and The Neighborhood Developers Partner in Greater Boston

Neighborhood Builders® helps nonprofits to focus on their impact through leadership development and $200,000 in flexible funding

BOSTON- Bank of America has named Lovin’ Spoonfuls and The Neighborhood Developers as 2015 Neighborhood Builders. The nonprofits are being recognized for their work in Greater Boston. Neighborhood Builders combines leadership development resources with $200,000 of flexible funding intended to help increase their capacity and impact in the Greater Boston community. “We recognize that nonprofits such as Lovin’ Spoonfulls and The Neighborhood Developers are on the frontlines as they tackle tough community issues that impact Greater Boston,” said Miceal Chamberlain, Massachusetts President, Bank of America. “These organizations have each taken transformative and successful approaches to providing vital services that help individuals and families in our area. Through Neighborhood Builders, we hope to help these organizations do even more for those they serve.”

The Neighborhood Developers (TND) began as a developer of affordable housing in Chelsea, Mass., and in 2006 broadened their services to take a more integrated approach to neighborhood revitalization. TND will use the Neighborhood Builders grant to launch a new inhouse Resident Services program that connects low-income families living in TND properties with social workers who are trained in community engagement and financial stability methods.

“Bridging the gap between abundance and need,” Lovin’ Spoonfuls rescues food that would otherwise be thrown away and distributes it to non-profits that feed the hungry in Greater Boston. Lovin’ Spoonfuls will use the Neighborhood Builders grant to increase the weekly collection and delivery of healthy, fresh food by 20 percent, resulting in a projected total of 1.3 million pounds of food handled by the organization in 2016.

“Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders grant will kick start bringing TND’s essential services into the homes of our residents in Chelsea and Revere. The foundations of any family’s success - sound financial planning, gainful employment, and a sense of community, are realized through this work,” said Ann Houston, Executive Director, The Neighborhood Developers.

“There is an abundance of food donors in the Greater Boston area, but our donations are limited by how much food we can handle in a given day,” said Ashley Stanley, Founder and Executive Director, Lovin’ Spoonfuls. “The Neighborhood Builders grant will allow us to increase our food collection and delivery so we can serve more people throughout Boston every week.”

Since 2004, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has invested $183 million in more than 900 nonprofit organizations and provided leadership resources to nearly 2,000 nonprofit leaders through Neighborhood Builders and the Neighborhood Builders Leadership Program® . This long-term investment in nonprofit leadership development and capacity building is the largest philanthropic investment of its kind.

Neighborhood Builders is just one example of our broader corporate social responsibility efforts to build vibrant communities and economies. By advancing partnerships with nonprofits addressing needs related to community development, basic human services and workforce development and education, we are working to increase financial stability and help individuals and families find the pathways out of poverty.

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