The Winchester Coalition For A Safer Community, housed within the Winchester Health Department, is a comprehensive community-based organization that works collaboratively with residents, town departments and agencies to reduce substance abuse, particularly in the youth community, and to foster healthy life choices through education.

The Coalition is one of 33 local nonprofits awarded a total of $10 million from Cummings Foundation through its new Sustaining Grants program, which provides funding for up to 10 years. This new grant extends the support originally awarded by the Cummings Foundation to the Coalition in 2014 as part of its $100K for 100 grant program.  We are thrilled and deeply honored to have been the beneficiary not only from substantial financial resources but also from the publicity and enhanced standing that comes with the Cummings Foundation’s support.  The Coalition deeply appreciates the Cummings Foundation’s commitment to community.  See https://www.cummingsfoundation.org/oneworldboston/sustaining_grants.htm for more about the grant.

In addition to the Sustaining Grant, Cummings Foundation also generously supports Winchester’s participation in INTERFACE, a mental health referral service that is free to Winchester residents.

If you want to know more about the Cummings Foundation, you can learn more about it by reading Bill Cummings’ new memoir, “Starting Small and Making It Big”: https://www.cummings.com/book/.  All proceeds from book sales go directly back into the Foundation to be given out as grants to deserving organizations!

The Coalition also gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of the John and Mary Murphy Foundation, the Rotary Club of Winchester, the En Ka Society and Winchester Savings Bank as well as the continued support of Spry Moving & Storage and Peak Event Services for our annual Spring and Fall Safe Disposal Days.