August 15 2018

Cummings Foundation Gives $100K Grant for Regional Opioid Program



Grant money from a local philanthropist organization will be used to help combat the opioid epidemic that has been growing both nationwide and locally.


Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery (P.A.A.R.I) Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade said she is pleased to announce the organization has been selected for a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation to work with the Woburn, Wilmington, and Burlington Police Departments to create a regional effort to address the opioid epidemic.


This grant will build on P.A.A.R.I’s current project with the Massachusetts Service Alliance and AmeriCorps to embed service members directly in police departments to assist with police-led opioid referral programs, the release states. P.A.A.R.I will receive $50,000 per year for two years to provide the three police departments with three part-time Recovery Coaches and a regional full-time Program Coordinator to strengthen their efforts to prevent overdose deaths and expand access to treatment and recovery.


“We are thrilled to have been selected for a $100k for 100 grant from the Cummings Foundation," Hunter McDade said. "This grant will allow us to leverage our partnership with AmeriCorps to launch a new regional effort with Burlington, Woburn, Wilmington Police Departments. We’re very grateful to the Cummings Foundation for supporting this important, life-saving initiative.”


Burlington has had a partnership with P.A.A.R.I and AmeriCorps. Last year they used grant money to bring Margie Taylor and Jackie Tayabji as Burlington Police Department’s new full-time program coordinator and new part-time recovery coach. At this time Taylor has been selected as the program’s full-time regional Program Coordinator.


“The opioid crisis has touched virtually every city and town within the Commonwealth,” Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent said. “This partnership forged through the P.A.A.R.I-AmeriCorps Program will make a very positive impact on people and families within not only Burlington but also the other communities involved in this partnership.


The $100k for 100 program supports nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties, the release states. Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation. The Cummings Foundation has awarded more than $220 million during this grant cycle. The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at


“We are indebted to nonprofit organizations like P.A.A.R.I that have a meaningful positive impact on the local communities where we colleagues live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “We are delighted to invest in their important programs and services.”


Photo Caption: Burlington Police Capt. Gregory Skehan, Woburn Police Chief Robert Ferullo, P.A.A.R.I Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade, Wilmington Police Lt. Brian Pupa and Wilmington Police Health & Recovery Coordinator Samantha Reif, LCSW (Courtesy Photo)


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