Dedham Savings Community Foundation Supports School on Wheels of Massachusetts
The Dedham Savings Community Foundation has donated $5,000 to School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) in East Bridgewater. These funds will be used for the organization’s Tutoring Program for Homeless Children, which helps at risk K-12 students in 11 communities, including Brockton, Fall River, Middleboro, New Bedford, Norwell, Stoughton, Weymouth, Attleboro, Taunton, Dorchester, and Plymouth. Many of these students are at higher risk of coronavirus and the monies will ensure that the children can continue with their regular learning and social-emotional supportive school settings during these times of crisis.
SOWMA’s mission is to support the academic, social, and emotional growth of students impacted by homelessness. The vision is for all students to have the support necessary to be successful in school and achieve a productive future that will help end the cycle of homelessness. The students reached are homeless, formerly homeless, and/or in poverty. Some are unaccompanied, alone with no parental support. Due to trauma and instability, they are at increased risk of falling behind in school or dropping out.
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.