Cummings Properties recently distributed $253,000 to local nonprofits, including six Peabody-based organizations. The donations were made in honor of the commercial real estate firm’s full-time staff members, who were each invited through the Employee Directed Giving program to select a charity to receive $1,000.
The Peabody recipients of the cash awards are Burke School, Citizens for Adequate Housing, Civil Air Patrol, Haven From Hunger, North Shore Community Action Program, and Peabody Boys’ Soccer.
In an effort to support local communities, the program guidelines state that selected organizations must be based and provide services in or near colleagues’ hometowns. Several charities received more than one check, thanks to multiple employee nominations. The maximum allowed for any one organization is $5,000.
Linda Jemery, an administrative assistant at Cummings Properties’ Woburn headquarters, designated North Shore Community Action Program (NSCAP).
“NSCAP has always been my first choice,” said Jemery, who has selected the social services organization during previous rounds of Employee Directed Giving. “The main reason is that it has helped members of my family in the past; but having a friend who worked there also allowed me to see all of the wonderful services it offers the community.”
NSCAP provides education and training, housing assistance, homelessness prevention, energy services, and home care for elders throughout the North Shore community.
Employee Directed Giving is open to all full-time staff within any Cummings entity, including the firm’s affiliated New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. The program will be held again in November, in conjunction with the Thanksgiving season, and then each November thereafter.
“Engaging our colleagues in Cummings Properties’ philanthropy has been a win-win situation,” said president and CEO Dennis Clarke. “The funds are benefiting a wide range of worthy local nonprofits, and employees and their families are becoming even more involved in their communities.”
Cummings Properties has a portfolio of 10 million square feet of commercial real estate in 10 suburban Boston communities. More information about Employee Directed Giving, including a complete list of recipient organizations, is available at www.cummingsproperties.com/employee_directed_giving.htm.