Interfaith Social Services received a fully funded campaign
More than $165,000 raised to increase capacity at food pantry and counseling center
Interfaith Social Services, the South Shore’s multiservice center for families in need, is delighted to announce that their 2018 Capital Campaign has been fully funded.
Donors contributed more than $165,000 to purchase a new walk-in freezer for the food pantry and a larger capacity food rescue truck. Funds were also allocated to reconfiguring office space to create more mental health counseling offices, and to facilities improvements, including energy efficient lighting fixtures.
Interfaith, located in Quincy, operates one of the largest emergency food programs in Greater Boston as well as a mental health counseling center and homelessness prevention program. Interfaith’s programs are a safety net for thousands of children and families from the South Shore who are struggling to make ends meet.
In the past decade, Interfaith has seen the number of food pantry clients in need of food assistance climb from 10,000 per year to more than 23,000. In the same time period, the New Directions Counseling Center went from providing 1,900 counseling sessions to more than 2,500 sessions per year. As programs have expanded, the need for facility improvements became apparent.
“These changes will make a significant impact on our organization,” said Rick Doane, Interfaith’s Executive Director. “We will be able to rescue even more food – keeping it out of landfills and getting it to those who need it most. And the counseling center changes will make sessions more private and allow us to get mental health assistance to more people, more quickly. Thank you so much to the donors, businesses and foundations that contributed to this vital campaign.”
The following donors gave generously to help Interfaith reach their goal: HarborOne Bank, Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Greater Boston Food Bank, James Cahill & Gillian Grossman, Kurt & Sarah Livermore, Lauren Payne & William Swanson, First Congregational Church of Milton, Sarah & Scott Alessandro, Mary & Thomas Dinneen, Rockland Trust, South Shore Bank, Holly & Joseph Andrus, Joanne Cormack, Bethesda Lodge No. 30 I.O.O.F., Ethel Schow, Judith Gundersen, Justine & Ralph Palmieri, Jay & Gail Marvin, Maureen & John O’Donnell, Kevin & Cristina Duggan, George Rice, Elaine Joseph, Maggie Trudel, Karissa Colonel, Mary Ann & Robert Skjold, Evan Smith, William Carlson, Joanne Farrington, Cara Gallucci, Liz Tayne, Mark Pachelli and Michael Burke. Two anonymous donors each donated $10,000 and one anonymous donor contributed $20,000.
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For more information about Interfaith Social Services and their programs, visit www.InterfaithSocialServices.org.