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Dedham Savings Community Foundation Supports Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation

The Dedham Savings Community Foundation has donated $10,000 to Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC).  This grant will support their $2.5 million capital campaign to raise funds to create a Center for Equity and Prosperity. The need for an updated space to serve the community has become even more apparent in recent years as demand for JPNDC’s services has grown significantly over time even, yet facilities have not kept pace. Current space is not fully accessible, training areas are small and outdated, and JPNDC cannot accommodate children who accompany parents on appointments.

The Center for Equity and Prosperity will be developed by renovating space that JPNDC currently owns in Jamaica Plain. The Center will be a fully accessible 6,000 square foot space that will serve as many as 1,000 households per year. State-of-the-art training rooms will help job seekers, parents, and small business owners develop skills that will help them build income, assets, and financial security. The entire facility will be child-friendly, with developmentally appropriate play spaces as well as a dedicated childcare room for children accompanying parents who are attending trainings.

ABOUT JAMAICA PLAIN NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Established in 1977, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation is a Boston-based non-profit whose mission is to transform the lives and amplify the voices of Boston residents excluded from prosperity due to an inequitable economic system.  Their major initiatives include affordable housing development, economic prosperity services, early education and community organizing.

ABOUT DEDHAM SAVINGS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Dedham Savings Community Foundation is a privately funded foundation created by Dedham Savings in 2000 to provide financial support to charitable organizations that serve disadvantaged populations within the Bank’s community reinvestment area. These communities include Dedham, Needham, Norwood, Sharon, South Boston, Walpole, and Westwood and contiguous areas.  Typical requests are received from schools, libraries, family service organizations and non-profit organizations.  The Trustees of the Foundation accept grant requests from community organizations and make awards twice per year.

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