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Fidelity House has been awarded a $100,000 grant, to be given in two installments, earmarked for its youth transportation feeds for this year and beyond.

It is the among 140 local nonprofits -- and the fifth in Arlington -- to receive a 2022 award through the Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant program. The others are Visiting Nurses & Community Care, AYCC, Food Link and the bIRch House.

Fidelity House, serving the youth of Arlington since 1955, is dedicated to meeting community needs by providing affordable, diverse and quality services for all ages. Youth participate in its summer day camps, school-age child-care program, preschool as well as children and teen services.

Fidelity House has been dealing with the impact of regulation on transportation affecting both the school year and summer programming. That was further complicated by the disruption of services during Covid-19, resulting in the lack of available vehicles.

'A crucial time'

"The Cummings Foundation’s grant came at a crucial time and will have a positive impact on the youth and families in the community for years to come," said Lisa Urben, who represents Fidelity House, in a June 18 news release.

The Cummings $25 Million Grant Program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the areas where it owns commercial property.

“We are so fortunate in greater Boston to have such effective nonprofits, plus a wealth of talented, dedicated professionals and volunteers to run them,” said Joyce Vyriotes, Cummings Foundation executive director, in the news release. “We are indebted to them for the work they do each day to provide for basic needs, break down barriers to education and health resources, and work toward a more equitable society."

With the help of about 90 volunteers, the foundation identified organizations to receive grants of at least $100,000 each. Among those awarded were first-time recipients as well as nonprofits that had previously received Cumming Foundation grants. Forty of this latter group of repeat recipients were then selected to have their grants elevated to 10-year awards.

This year’s grant recipients represent a wide variety of causes and are spread across 45 different cities and towns.  The complete list of 140 grant winners, plus more than 900 previous recipients, is available at

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings and has grown to be one of the largest private foundations in New England.  The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn, and Cummings Health Sciences.

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This news announcement was published was published Sunday, June 19, 2022.