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Woburn-based foundation donates $100,000 to North Shore domestic violence agency

Posted by Terri Ogan  June 25, 2013 02:34 PM

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The Cummings Foundation of Woburn has awarded the North Shore's Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC) domestic violence agency a $100,000 donation.

HAWC will receive $25,000 annually for four years.

Employees of the Cummings Foundation were asked to nominate a local non-profit that would benefit from a sizeable donation and a majority of employees voted for HAWC.

"We were really impressed by all of the services HAWC has provided to 23 cities and towns of the North Shore since 1978," said Cummings employee and Swampscott resident Ernie Agresti, in an announcement. “Abuse impacts the whole community and we are grateful to have a local program that can help individuals who are vulnerable.”

The foundation was created by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester in 1986 as a trust to "give back" to the communities in which Cummings Properties does business, and most of its employees reside. It continues to provide ongoing support to hundreds of local causes.

A HAWC spokesperson said that the funds will be distributed to support all free HAWC services, which include a 24-hour hotline, individual advocacy, legal advocacy, support groups, shelter, hospital based advocacy and youth violence prevention education.

HAWC’s 24 hour hotline can be reached at 1-800-547-1649. To learn more about HAWC or domestic violence visit HAWC’s website at www.hawcdv.org .

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