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$100,000 Given to Allston-Brighton Nonprofits

Jan 10, 2013

The Harvard Allston Partnership Fund was created in 2008 by Harvard University and the City of Boston in collaboration with the Allston community to improve the quality of life in the North Allston/Brighton neighborhood.   This week, the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund awarded a total of $100,000 to the following local, nonprofits:
  • $5,000 to the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston to help 13 girls: 6 girls (from the waiting list) to be matched with Big Sister mentors and 7 girls from existing mentoring matches.
  • $10,000 to the Commonwheels Bicycle Co-Op to provide classes, workshops, and events for 500 adults and children about the safe use of bicycles.
  • Family Nurturing Center: $7,025 to organize parent-child playgroups for 70 families who speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Participation will strengthen early literacy and improve school readiness.


  • Friends of the Allston Library: $13,000 for sewing machines, cabinets, and be an experienced instructor to teach sewing and quilting to 80 families.
  • Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA): $21,000 to make affordable 17 positions in the after-school and summer enrichment program, and to support adult education programming.
  • The Fishing Academy: $5,685 for scholarships for a week-long fishing excursion in the summer for 45 youths.
  • West End House Camp: $3,750 for scholarships for 8 boys to attend overnight summer camp for two weeks.
  • West End House Girls Camp: $4,800 for scholarships to four girls to attend overnight summer camp for eight weeks.
  • The Literacy Connection: $10,000 to provide tutoring in English literacy and citizenship to 13 adults.
  • Vocational Advancement Center: $19,740 to purchase computers, software, and educational supplies to train 10 disabled adults for supported employment.
Over the past five years, the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund has awarded $500,000 in grants to 21 local nonprofits and organizations.  These organizations serve more than 3,500 residents of North Allston and North Brighton. “The Harvard Allston Partnership Fund has supported vibrant community programming with real impact for hundreds of people in this neighborhood,” Mayor Menino said. “This is a city, university, community partnership that makes a difference in people’s everyday lives.”

 “We are proud to offer our support to this year’s HAPF recipients, who provide important services that directly benefit residents in the North Allston-North Brighton community,” said Christine Heenan, Harvard’s vice president for public affairs and communications. “As a community partner, Harvard is committed to supporting education and enhancing the quality of life for neighborhood residents, and the HAPF is one way we can achieve this together.”

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