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February 28, 2020
Annual report puts older people front and center
 
Our 2019 annual report highlights the work of grantees in four states.
 
The stories demonstrate how organizations are reframing and reimagining aging. They show the power of community engagement and the strength of inclusion.

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Momentum Fund mini-grants spark diverse efforts across the region

Field trips are one way Quincy Asian Resources helps address the social isolation common among older people. The organization used its mini-grant to host field trips for older people creating opportunities to become more comfortable with public transit, meet new people and build new connections.
Goffstown, one of New Hampshire's first age-friendly communities, used its mini-grant funding to offer balance training/falls reduction programs at several community locations. These sessions were available at no cost, making them accessible to people with financial barriers as well as those with transportation challenges. In addition, promoting the programs increased awareness of the risks associated with falls and engaged new community groups.
Cranston Senior Services used the mini-grant to make Cranston a dementia-friendly community. The work included community workshops, town hall meetings and awareness trainings for municipal leaders, senior services staff and library staff.

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Collaboration key in this work

Foundation President Nora Moreno Cargie was the keynote speaker at the RIYHT Media C3 Corporate Citizenship Conference in Boston. This inaugural event brought together community engagement professionals interested in learning how companies can align their values, engage employees and serve communities.
 
Nora encouraged the audience to work together, noting "those of us working in corporate citizenship are tackling intractable issues that are bigger than any one person, community or company." 
 
Golar Richie honored at MLK event
 
Charlotte Golar Richie, a member of the Foundation's Board of Directors, received the Drum Major Award for exemplary community service at Boston's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. The event, which drew more than 1,500 people, marked its 50th anniversary this year.
Food drive exceeds expectations
 
Tufts Health Plan employees donated a range of healthy foods including quinoa, canned salmon, almond milk and peanut butter during our annual food drive.  
 
Contributions topped 1,500 pounds. The food will go to people served by the Connecticut Food Bank, the New Hampshire Food Bank, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, the Watertown Food Pantry and the Worcester County Food Bank. 
 
This is the first of five annual drives led by our Corporate Citizenship team. Donations from the drives will support people served by local organizations working to address the social determinants of health.  
Employees learn about volunteer opportunities in their communities

Representatives from 14 nonprofit organizations visited our Watertown campus to meet employees and share information about local volunteer opportunities.  
 
Our thanks to 2Life Communities, Arc of Massachusetts, Cambridge Women's Center, Carroll Center for the Blind, The Dimock Center, Ethos, HomeStart, Hope and Comfort, MA Audubon Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Operation American Soldier, Read to a Child, Samaritans, St. Francis House, and Watertown Boys and Girls Club for joining us.
 
Last year, more than 50% of Tufts Health Plan employees volunteered in community.
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