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Philanthropic Fund To Respond To COVID-19 Crisis

Community Foundation of Western Mass.

        The first grants from a new COVID-19 response fund in western Massachusetts are expected to be announced this week.               

       The fund was set up by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts to help nonprofit organizations that are taking care of vulnerable populations including the elderly and the homeless during the pandemic.

        Launched last week with a $1 million donation from MassMutual, the fund now totals almost $1.8 million.

         WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill spoke with Katie Allan Zobel, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.
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