WALTHAM — Benchmark, a provider of senior-living services in the Northeast, announced it has been named an honoree of Boston Business Journal’s 2020 Corporate Citizenship Awards. It’s the second consecutive year 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 Assoc. of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and the American Heart Assoc., 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.”
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.