National Grid Foundation and United Way do more together for MA communities

By Bob Kievra

The National Grid Foundation has made a $125,000 grant to the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, funds that will help those in need of food, shelter and heat.

Left to right – Carmen Fields, board member, and Robert G. Keller, president of the National Grid Foundation, make a $125,000 presentation to Lisa K. Rowan-Gillis, chief development officer for the United Way and Deborah Rambo, president of Catholic Charities.

The National Grid Foundation was established with the goal of enhancing the quality of life, economic strength and environmental stewardship in National Grid’s service areas.   At a Feb. 24 event in South Boston, Lisa K. Rowan-Gillis, United Way’s chief development officer, said the funds were vitally important at a time when rental prices have outpaced income in and around Boston.

“We win by living united,” she said.  “Together we can do more than anyone of us alone.”

Since its 1998 inception, the National Grid Foundation has provided more than $20 million to hundreds of organizations.   The Foundation’s donations are in addition to National Grid’s corporate work through the United Way.


The Foundation’s 2017 grant will benefit families in five communities through the following agencies:

  • Action for Boston Community Development
  • Catholic Charities
  • Greater Lawrence Community Action Council
  • Lynn Economic Opportunity
  • Quincy Community Action Programs

Deborah  Rambo, president of Catholic Charities, praised the donation, saying it would help provide a needed safety net.   She said since 2008 more than 33,000 families have spent a night in a shelter.

Carmen Fields, a National Grid Foundation board member, said recent warm weather doesn’t mean people aren’t still in need.

She praised two beneficiaries who were on hand to describe the assistance they’ve received in recent years.

“Nothing makes it come alive better than hearing from the intended recipients,” Fields said.

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