Maple Farm Animal Sanctuary - Mendon MASS
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Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Awards $5,000 in Grants to MFS

Maple Farm Sanctuary (MFS) is grateful to the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, which recently awarded us a total of $5,000 from the Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program!

Ten employees of Health Plans, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, nominated MFS for an award of $500 each. MFS plans to use the grants to support a variety of projects, including purchasing a much-needed hay feeder that will enable our resident cow herd to more easily eat nutritious hay in the cold weather months.

“We are so appreciative of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and all the employees who generously selected MFS as a grant recipient,” says MFS Co-Founder Cheri Ezell-Vandersluis. “Our cows will certainly appreciate the grants as well, as they will soon be eating in style from a new hay feeder!”

Additional funds may be used to buy fresh fruits and vegetables to feed the animals and purchase vitamins and supplements to support the care of our many elderly animals.

About the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grants Program

To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and its Foundation created the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. This program enables employees from Harvard Pilgrim, Health Plans Inc. and NTT Data to award an annual grant, completely funded by the Foundation, to the local charity of his or her choice.

Since the program began in 2002, these employees have directed almost $5 million to hundreds of organizations throughout the Foundation's health plan service area – comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.