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Foundation History

​​National Grid Foundation was created to enhance the quality of life across its grant making territory. The Foundation strives to help its partner organizations create opportunities to today’s and tomorrow’s educational and environmental issues. Its objective is based on the principle that giving people the tools to build hope is an essential ingredient in the development of individuals, families and building stronger communities. Since its inception in December of 1998, the Foundation has granted $30 million to local community organizations.

The Y’s After-School Tutoring program provides advanced homework and tutoring services to area students. Children are in a safe, structured program that exposes them to positive values, good role models and receive quality academic assistance.

National Grid Foundation’s support provides two Y staff members offering tutoring and homework help while overseeing the Homework Center. Students arrive after school and can enjoy a snack before beginning their work. Those students struggling with grades and completing their lessons can go to the Homework Center to receive the help that they need whether in the classroom or computer lab.

Staff members and parents see the student accomplishments. Staff member Amanda said, “Homework time allows staff members to provide their knowledge and experience to children. Students struggling with their homework and studies really appreciate the guidance from our staff. Some of the children have Spanish assignments to complete if they attend the dual-language program. It has been amazing to see students improve their grades by working with our staff.”

A parent observes her son’s accomplishment. “My children currently attend the After Care program. I know my first grader tends to have struggles with homework time due to lack of focus or interest. He has been working very closely with one of his counselors during homework time and he is absolutely improving. She helps him focus on his handwriting skills, brainstorming and reading.”

Bob Pettersen, Executive Director of Great South Bay YMCA, says, “The main accomplishment is simple. We assist kids with their schoolwork helping to ensure they are successful at school. It’s also a big help to parents. We also help students who had delays because of the impacts from COVID. It was clearly shared that COVID caused student performance to struggle. This program gave students the extra academic time to help them catch up!”

Students Succeed at Great South Bay YMCA’s After-School Tutoring Program

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WE BELIEVE that addressing global issues begins at the local level. We support and engage non-profit organizations that take ownership for implementing educational and environmental programs and solutions. These partnerships help build stronger communities -- the important first step in transforming individuals, neighborhoods, cities and, ultimately, our planet.

National Grid reaffirmed its dedication to its communities with the establishment of the  National Grid Foundation in December 1998. A $20 million endowment was provided as an outgrowth of its passion for and commitment to the communities it serves. In September 2000, National Grid enhanced its commitment with an additional gift of $10 million and another $5 million gift in 2007. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $35 million in grants to hundreds of non-profit organizations across its grant-making territory.

The National Grid Foundation is more than a funding source. Through its partnerships, the Foundation is afforded the opportunity to work with a host of diverse non-profit organizations. Our experience has shown that by working together we can bring about change that inspires people and transforms communities.

Students Succeed at Great South Bay YMCA’s

​After-School Tutoring Program

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