YMCA farm receives $500 grant for scholarship

Jan 29, 2018

The Dartmouth YMCA’s Sharing the Harvest Community farm is the latest recipient of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program.

The farm will receive the $500 grant thanks to Tammy McCarthy, an employee of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care who nominated the organization for the award. Funds will be used to support a scholarship awarded to college students interested in farming, leadership, and hunger relief.

To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and the Foundation created the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. This program allows each Harvard Pilgrim employee to award a $500 grant, completely funded by the Foundation, to the local charity of his or her choice each calendar year.

Since this community grants program began in 2002, Harvard Pilgrim employees have directed more than $5.2 million to thousands of organizations throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

In 2016, more than 96 percent of Harvard Pilgrim employees participated in at least one form of service or giving through volunteering, the Mini-Grants program, or Harvard Pilgrim’s annual Employee Fundraising Campaign.