November 23, 2020

Save a Pet Society Inc. in Seekonk Receives $500 Community Spirit Grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

Employee-Directed Mini-Grant Program Has Awarded $6.8 Million to Nonprofits in New England Since 2002

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Wellesley, MA – Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has announced that Save a Pet Society Inc. in Seekonk was awarded $500 from the Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. Ann-Marie Bandieri, an employee of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, nominated the organization for the award. Funds will be used to purchase food and supplies for pet adoptions.

To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and the Foundation created the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. This program allows each Harvard Pilgrim employee to award a $500 grant, completely funded by the Foundation, to the local charity of his or her choice each calendar year. Since this community grants program began in 2002, Harvard Pilgrim employees have directed more than $6.8 million to thousands of organizations throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

“Now more than ever, as nonprofits across the region are dealing with the impact of COVID-19, we are committed to supporting their efforts to care for their communities,” said Karen Voci, President of the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation. “We are so fortunate to have generous and engaged employees who help strengthen Harvard Pilgrim and the communities where we all live and work.”

In 2019, 96% of Harvard Pilgrim employees participated in at least one form of service or giving through volunteering, the Mini-Grants program, or Harvard Pilgrim’s annual Employee Fundraising Campaign.

About Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
Created in 1980, The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation supports Harvard Pilgrim's mission to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities we serve. The Harvard Pilgrim Foundation provides the tools, training and leadership to help build healthy communities throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. In 2019, the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation awarded nearly $2.9 million in grants to 990 nonprofit organizations in the region. Since its inception in 1980, the Foundation has awarded $155 million in funds and resources throughout the four states. For more information, please visit www.harvardpilgrim.org/foundation.

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