Boston Foundation to Partner with Pocasset Pokanoket Land Trust on Direct Services Program

The Pocasset Pokanoket Land Trust has received a $50,000 grant from the Boston Foundation to provide direct assistance to families in Eastern Massachusetts.

“This grant will help our Tribal and BIPOC communities struggling to keep up with the historic rise in food, electricity and housing costs,” said Chief Sequan Pijaki, aka Chief George Spring Buffalo. “We are grateful for this partnership with the Boston Foundation.”

Established in 1915, the Boston Foundation is one of the largest community foundations in the nation—with net assets of $1.8 billion. Funds for this grant come from the Boston Foundation’s Fund for Boston’s Future, an endowed pool of funds built over more than a century by generous contributors who want to help the Greater Boston community thrive. The Food, Fuel, and Shelter Fund is designed to support social service organizations that respond to essential needs for marginalized communities and vulnerable residents in Greater Boston.

“The Pocasset Pokanoket Land trust plays a unique and vital role caring for the rights and wellbeing of indigenous communities on the ancestral lands upon which Greater Boston stands today,” said Orlando Watkins, Vice President and Chief Program Officer of the Boston Foundation. “Experience has shown the powerful role direct cash assistance can have in support of families, and we are proud to be able to support their effort to provide such assistance to indigenous people across Massachusetts.”