Visiting Nurse & Group Care acquired a $500,000 Cummings grant

Arlington VNCC employees celebrate Cummings Gran

Visiting Nurse & Community Care in East Arlington is the fourth nonprofit in the city to announce it has received a Cummngs Scholarship. It will receive $500,000 over 10 years.

Others in the city who have received awards from the Cummings Foundation’s $25 million grant program include AYCC, Food Link and the bIRch House.

Visiting Nurse & Community Care, 37 Broadway, is one of the few remaining independent, not-for-profit home nursing organizations in Massachusetts providing quality community and home nursing, personal care and hospice services.

The Cummings grant will enable Visiting Nurse & Community Care to make technology available to families and our home health and care workers so that continuous video communication to improve care can take place.

PacSana technology, which includes wearable devices aimed at improving care while enabling independent living, will be made available to families. The technology allows users to monitor their loved ones’ activity levels through an app.

education improved

The educational program for our guest workers will be improved and the scope of the community program will be expanded. The donation will help the non-profit organization solidify its mission of providing compassionate home care of the highest quality to its patients.

The Arlington-based organization was selected from 580 applicants during a competitive review. A total of 140 local nonprofits are expected to receive grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 each

The Cummings grant program supports Massachusetts non-profit organizations based in and primarily serving the counties of Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk.

Through this place-based initiative, the Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the areas where it owns commercial properties. Its buildings are all managed free of charge by subsidiary Cummings Properties. This Woburn-based commercial real estate company leases and manages 11 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the foundation.

We are fortunate to have such effective nonprofit organizations in the Boston area and a wealth of talented, dedicated professionals and volunteers to lead them.”

— Joyce Vyriotes, executive director of the Cummings Foundation

“We are fortunate to have such effective nonprofit organizations in the Boston area and a wealth of talented, dedicated professionals and volunteers to lead them,” said Joyce Vyriotes, executive director of the Cummings Foundation, in a press release. “We owe them a debt of gratitude for the work they do every day to meet basic needs, break down barriers to education and health resources, and work towards a more just society.”

With the help of about 90 volunteers, the foundation first identified 140 organizations to receive grants of at least $100,000 each. Among the winners were both first-time recipients and nonprofit organizations that had previously received grants from the Cummings Foundation. Forty of this latter group of repeat recipients were then selected to increase their grants to 10-year awards of $200,000 to $500,000 each.

“Our volunteers bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives, which is so critical to our scholarship selection process,” said Vyriotes. “Through this democratized approach to philanthropy, they decide on more than half of the grants every year.”

This year’s grantees represent a variety of causes, including food insecurity, immigrant and refugee services, social justice, education, and mental health services. The non-profit organizations are spread across 45 different cities and communities.

The full list of 140 grantees and more than 900 past recipients is available at

The Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $375 million to major Boston nonprofits.

About VNCC

Visiting Nurse & Community Care strives to provide the highest quality and most compassionate home care to the patients entrusted to our care. It promises to be responsive and an innovative advocate for the communities we serve, focusing on health care, immunization, education and disease prevention for individuals and families.

Founded in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings, the Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. has grown to become one of the largest private foundations in New England. The foundation directly operates its own not-for-profit subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn, and Cummings Health Sciences.

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This press release was published on Saturday June 18, 2022.

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