Eastern Bank Grant

The Cape Cod Literacy Council (CCLC), a nonprofit organization founded by the Cape Cod Times 30 years ago, whose mission is to advance lives through literacy education, workplace skill development, the obtainment of high school equivalency certificates, and career advancement training today announced it has received a $10,000.00 Targeted Grant from Eastern Bank, America’s oldest and largest mutual bank. The grant will support ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) language development and workplace skills among women who have immigrated to the United States in the Falmouth and upper Cape area. Women who are experiencing language and educational barriers in seeking career advancement or in entering new careers or those who wish to positively impact others through work in their communities will be tutored within these areas as they work to attain their goals. The CCLC is very pleased to be collaborating with WE CAN via their supporting programs and looks forward to working with more parents and caregivers of students served by the Falmouth Public Schools ELL (English Language Learners) Program as well as adults in the surrounding communities.

CCLC Director Kathryn Carpenter says:

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, the hard-working students we serve, and our dedicated volunteers, the Cape Cod Literacy Council is thrilled to have been selected to receive this generous grant. We look forward to educating, supporting, and empowering immigrant women who endeavor to become more actively engaged in their communities through their children’s schools, in the workplace, and throughout the Cape Cod community.”


Eastern’s Targeted Grant program this year creates new opportunities and resources for women in areas where assistance is needed the most. The facts are staggering:
– A woman is assaulted every nine seconds in the U.S. and one in three women has been a victim of physical brutality by an intimate partner, making intimate partner violence the single greatest cause of injury to women.
– In Massachusetts, women earn 83 cents for every dollar paid to men. In New Hampshire, they earn 76 cents. African-American women nationwide earn 64 cents for every dollar earned by white men, and Latinas—only 56 cents.
– In the sciences, women represent less than 25% of those employed in computer and mathematical occupations occupations and only 15% in architecture and engineering. For women of color, this gap is even wider. Asian women, African-American women, and Latinas make up less than 10% of working scientists and engineers in the U.S.
– Women receive more graduate degrees and they hold more faculty positions in colleges and universities, and yet, men hold the highest number of tenured university positions.
– Only 32 women run Fortune 500 companies and only two are women of color. Less than 20% of all board seats in Fortune 1,000 companies are held by women.

“We believe in breaking down the barriers that stand between people and prosperity. That’s why Eastern is a strong advocate for the advancement of women,” said Bob Rivers, Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank. “With each Targeted Grant, we aim to enhance the lives of our neighbors and contribute to real progress around the advancement of women in our local communities. On behalf of everyone at Eastern, we congratulate this year’s Targeted Grant recipients and thank them for working to level the playing field.”

For a complete list of the 2018 Targeted Grant recipients, click here