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BOSTON – Benchmark, a provider of senior living services in the Northeast, announced that it has been named an honoree of Boston Business Journal’s 2020 Corporate Citizenship Awards.
It’s the second consecutive year that the company has been named to the publication’s list of Largest Corporate Charitable Contributors in Massachusetts. Benchmark is the only senior care provider to be recognized.
“Our associates and residents are the heart of Benchmark, so doing what we can to support them and the causes that have deep, meaningful impact in their lives is critically important to us,” said Tom Grape, Benchmark’s founder and CEO. “Our charitable endeavors are among the many ways we carry out our mission of building human connections.”
In 2019, Benchmark supported the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and the American Heart Association, both based in Waltham, and FriendshipWorks in Boston, among other organizations.
In addition to its support of community organizations, each year Benchmark raises funds through leadership and associate donations, as well as fundraising events, to support Benchmark’s One Company Fund. The 501(c)(3) organization, created in 2007, provides grants to associates in times of need.
Grape said he is especially proud that the Fund’s resources were available this year to support Benchmark associates who – like many people in the region – faced challenges presented by COVID-19.
“Helping one another as much as we can during these challenging times should be top of mind for everyone,” he said.
Associates and residents at Benchmark’s 61 independent living, assisted living and memory care communities also volunteer and raise funds for a host of local charities.
Throughout its history, Benchmark has continually been recognized as a top workplace. The Great Place to Work Institute certified Benchmark for two straight years, and the company earned a place on FORTUNE’s 50 Best Workplaces in Aging Services list each of the two years that the magazine published the list. Benchmark is one of only four companies to be named to The Boston Globe’s Top Place to Work all 12 years that the honor has been given.
Other companies recognized by Boston Business Journal included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Mass General Brigham, and Tufts.
“These companies give back at least $100,000 to the local community, and now we are in a time when giving back and helping one another is more important than ever,” said Boston Business Journal Market President and Publisher Carolyn Jones. “These philanthropic companies prioritize the welfare of our communities, and we are excited to be able to honor them.”
Based in Waltham, Benchmark is a provider of senior housing in the Northeast. It has 61 communities across Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, Vermont, and Maine. Benchmark employs nearly 6,000 associates within its communities and corporate office. Founded in 1997 by Tom Grape, Benchmark offers independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care retirement communities, including Branches in Framingham.