Paraclete Inc. awarded Cummings Grant

South Boston non-profit awarded multi-year Cummings Foundation Grant   

Paraclete Inc. a South Boston nonprofit that provides after school and summer enrichment programs for children who live and attend school in South Boston in grades 4 through 8, was recently awarded a $100,000 grant of $25,000 per year for 4 years.  The grant will help fund programs designed to not only enrich the lives of the children and their families but also to provide needed assistance to the children in order for their families to participate in their children’s lives in after school programs at Paraclete.  Paraclete Inc. is one of 130 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through Cummings Foundation $20 Million Grant Program.  Paraclete was chosen from a total of 738 applicants during a competitive review process.

According to Molly Zollo, Principal and program director at Paraclete the funding has a major and immediate impact on the ability of the program to continue to provide assistance to the children who are most in need in the community.  “This funding will allow us to expand our reach into the neighborhoods of South Boston that have the newest arrivals to our country.  This will help each family to be able to access the many resources available to them.  We also will be able to provide the additional technology resources that our programs need to be viable and current.”

Cummings Foundation’s Executive Director, Joel Sweets said, “We have been impressed with the myriad of ways in which these 130 grant winners are serving their communities, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.  Their ability to adapt and work with their constituents in new and meaningful ways has an enormous impact in the communities where our colleagues and leasing clients live and work.”

Funding for this year’s installment will commence on or before June 30, 2020 according to Mr. Sweets.

About Paraclete Inc.

Paraclete Inc. was formed in 1997 by two educators from South Boston, Sister Ann Fox and Mr. Barry Hynes, to provide after school and Summer enrichment programs for the children of South Boston.  In the years since its formation, Paraclete has stayed true to its mission of being, “In the Service of Others” by providing the guiding lessons for being a Paraclete.  Today more than 1,300 children have received services from Paraclete Inc. over the years.

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About Cummings Foundation

Woburn based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings.  The Foundations 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