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Banking for the Community 2021 Nominees

Action, Inc.
Action’s mission is to improve the quality of life for low-income residents of Cape Ann. They provide: advocacy and housing, Compass Youth Program, elder home care, energy affordability programs, emergency homeless shelter, employment, training, and education programs.
Click here to go to Action's website

Backyard Growers
Backyard Growers is a grassroots organization helping to reshape Gloucester’s relationship with food. We provide support and resources to establish vegetable gardens at homes, housing communities, organizations, and schools. In the end, we create life-long gardeners inspired by the power of growing one’s own food.
Click here to go to Backyard Growers website.

Cape Ann Animal Aid
Cape Ann Animal Aid is a non-profit, no kill organization dedicated to facilitating appropriate placement of adoptable animals and enhancing the lives of all companion animals by promoting respect through education, outreach, and well-being.
Click here to go to Cape Ann Animal Aid's website

Cape Ann Veterans
The mission of the Cape Ann VA is to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. VA carries out four specific missions to make good on that commitment: Veterans Health Care, Veterans Benefits, National Cemeteries, The Fourth Mission, which improves the Nation's preparedness for response to war, terrorism, and national emergencies. It does this by supporting national, state, and local emergency management, public health and safety, and homeland security efforts.
Click here to go to Cape Ann Veterans website

Care Dimensions
Dedicated to helping those affected by life-limiting illness to live each day as fully and comfortably as possible, Care Dimensions meets the needs of the whole person by integrating physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support.
Click here to go to Care Dimensions website.

Essex County Greenbelt Association
Essex County’s Land Trust, Greenbelt works with landowners and the thirty-four cities and towns of Essex County to conserve open space, farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic landscapes. Our work helps protect native plants, animals, and natural corridors, ensure a healthy food supply, maintain clean water, and create free and accessible places for outdoor recreation and the enjoyment of nature.
Click here to go to Essex County Greenbelt Assoc. website.

Essex Senior Center / Council on Aging
ESC/COA provides a comfortable and welcoming environment, both in their senior center and through their outreach efforts. They strive to understand, embrace, and celebrate aging as an essential, lifelong aspect of humanity. Their values include: respect, inclusivity, independence, collaboration, initiative, integrity, dignity, diversity, self-determination, advocacy, compassion, and excellence.
Their mission is to enhance and promote the quality of life for adults 60 and older in the community of Essex.
Click here to go to the Essex Senior Center / Council on Aging website

Essex Shipbuilding Museum (the)
The Mission of the Essex Historical Society Shipbuilding Museum is to provide a center for education, preservation, and the study of traditional Essex shipbuilding as well as the community that supported it. We value the skills, creativity, learning abilities, and connectedness to their environment of the Essex shipbuilders, and we believe that building a clear understanding and appreciation of their unique craftsmanship serves as a valuable model for us today.
Click here to go to Essex Shipbuilding Museum's website

Generous Gardeners
Generous Gardeners was founded by Susan Kelly and Terese O’Connell in 2011 as a plant donation/swapping website. The organization evolved into a group of volunteers with the mission of philanthropy through gardening and was reincorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2014. We currently care for 29 public spaces in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Most of our plants are donated by our volunteers, but we also purchase plants with funds from our annual Gloucester Garden Tour and private donations.
Click here to go to the Generous Gardeners website

Gloucester Education Foundation
Since 2005, this non-profit organization has sponsored new and innovative programs as well as provided support for programs that had been eliminated or significantly curtailed due to cutbacks.
Click here to go to the Gloucester Education Foundation's website

Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
The mission of the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. This mission is fulfilled by emphasizing in our programs and services the following core values: inspiring discovery, embracing history, exploring science, and living stewardship.
Click here to go to the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center's website

Ipswich Animal Shelter
Ipswich Humane Group / Ipswich Animal Shelter is a non-profit group that assists Ipswich Animal Control to enable a no-kill animal shelter for the Town of Ipswich. Ipswich Humane Group / Ipswich Animal Shelter is funded 100% by donations and fully operated by volunteers.
Click here to go to Ipswich Humane Group's website

Ipswich Caring
Ipswich Caring is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that relies on charitable donations from individuals, foundations and local businesses to fulfill its mission. For more than forty years, Ipswich Caring has been a volunteer Board of Directors with a singular goal and commitment to assist Ipswich families in need. With the dedication and generous support of more than 200 volunteers each year, Ipswich Caring provides financial and in-kind support to youth, adults and families through a variety of programs and services.
Click here to go to the Ipswich Caring website

Our mission is to promote recovery and improve the life of those individuals living with mental health challenges as well as those who love and care for them. We accomplish this by providing support, education and advocacy, focusing on the Cape Ann area.
Click here to go to the NAMI website

Open Door (the)
The Open Door's mission is to alleviate hunger in the communities of Cape Ann. They provide free meals and food, advocacy, job skills training and job placement.
Click here to go to the Open Door's website

Rose Baker Senior Center
The Rose Baker Senior Center provides great care and opportunities to the senior citizens of Cape Ann. They offer services of nutrition, health, recreation, transportation, information, and referral programs.
Click here to go to the Gloucester Council on Aging website

Seaside Sustainability
We believe that the well-being of environment, society, and economy are equally important for sustainability. Therefore, we endeavor to create prosperity in all three aspects at the same time through our work.
Click here to go to the Seaside Sustainability website

The mission of SeniorCare, Inc. is to provide and coordinate services to elders, enabling them to live independently at home and remain part of their community. SeniorCare serves residents of Gloucester, Essex, Beverly, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-sea, Rockport and Topsfield.
Click here to go to Senior Care website

Three Sisters Garden Project
We will create and grow an agricultural program that integrates sustainable farmland stewardship, food-based community engagement and education.
Click here to go to Three Sisters Garden website

Wellspring provides help to over 1,600 people a year.
Wellspring provides basic needs assistance to people facing homelessness through: emergency shelter for families, housing search assistance, emergency funding, and guidance. They also provide assistance to families who have recently experienced homelessness and have moved into permanent housing to help keep them moving forward. Wellspring provides permanent homes for 11 low-income people at their lodging house. Wellspring advocates for affordable housing and issues related to homelessness.
Click here to go to the Wellspring website