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Massachusetts: Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation Donates $20,000 to South Boston Non-profits

The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF), a national non-profit dedicated to funding programs that improve the quality of life in the communities served by the cruise industry, has donated a total of $20,000 to three South Boston non-profit organizations, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) announced December 22.

Each year the CICF works with cruise ports across the United States to support local non-profit organizations that encourage job creation and training, improve access to community services, and provide youth and adult education. Cruiseport Boston, which is owned and operated by Massport, worked with CICF this year to select grant recipients.

Local recipients include the South Boston Neighborhood House, The Boys and Girls Club of Boston – Edgerly Family South Boston Club, and the Catholic Charities Labouré Center.

"The economic growth and job-creation that the success of Cruiseport Boston generates provides opportunities for Massport to support the South Boston community," said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. "Massport appreciates the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation’s contributions to these three important community organizations. These grants will help provide essential services to families in South Boston."

Additional CICF grant details:

South Boston Neighborhood House (SBNH):  As one of Boston’s original historic settlement houses and the oldest continually operating human service agency in the community, the SBNH’s mission is to support family and neighborhood life in South Boston. This grant will be used to help fund SBNH’s Family Engagement Program, which provides parents with nurturing and literacy-building practices to strengthen families and ensure academic success.

Boys & Girls Club of Boston’s Edgerly Family South Boston Club: The Edgerly Family South Boston Club helps young people, especially those who are most in need, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders. This grant will be used to fund "Inclusion: All Members Included Now," or "I AM IN," which is an initiative that improves the club’s capacity to include youth with disabilities in the club’s programs.
Catholic Charities Labouré Center. The Labouré Center provides a number of youth programs including mentoring, tutoring, and individual counseling as well as job training in healthcare, counseling and assistance for families dealing with substance abuse, youth camps, and health and wellness programs for the elderly. This grant will go toward enhancing the Youth Tutoring Youth Program, which provides a free, fun, and safe after-school alternative for the youth of South Boston, and will also help the Labouré Center increase cultural activities by providing an opportunity for youth to travel and for the organization to host outside cultural and education speakers.

Cruiseport Boston – whose season runs from April into November – will welcome 119 calls in 2016 by more than 30 different ships including 9 maiden calls. Cruiseport Boston is an Executive Partner of the Cruise Lines International Association and a recipient of Cruise Insight Magazine’s "Best Turnaround Destination" and "Most Efficient Port Facilities" awards.

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