Editor’s Note: The following was submitted by the Dover Neighbors Fund.
The recently established Dover Neighbors Fund has received an extraordinary offer from a member of the community.
A local family (who wishes to remain anonymous) will personally match any gifts to DNF, up to an aggregate total of $20,000.
The donor said, “Dover is such a beautiful town and many of us enjoy a high standard of living. We believe engaging our community to assist others in their time of need is the right thing to do and hope the challenge gift will encourage others to join us.”
“This is a tremendous act of generosity,” said Eric Morse, executive vice president, Needham Bank and one of the founders of DNF. “It is exactly this kind of leadership that speaks to the willingness of Dover residents to support families and individuals in times of need.”
Unlike many surrounding towns, Dover until recently did not have a specific community organization devoted to providing financial support, on a temporary basis, to neighbors in need. While local churches do an excellent job of servicing their congregants and others, it was felt that an additional resource was needed to supplement their important work.
Once Dover attorneys Jonathan Fryer and Vincent O’Brien established a 501 (c) (3) in the name of the Dover Neighbors Fund, Needham Bank provided initial seed funding of $8,500.
The four founding trustees are Fryer and O’Brien; longtime Dover resident and local real estate agent Mary Crane; and Morse. At the time of establishment, they stated that it was their intention to get the fund “up and running” and to then obtain assistance from town volunteers to continue its management.
“It was our hope that Dover residents would see the value in this type of resource and also choose to make a charitable donation. This offer to match donations is the kind of response we were hoping for,” said Morse.
The fund’s account is housed at Needham Bank. Donations can be made payable to the Dover Neighbors Fund and sent to Needham Bank, Attn: Erica Shom, 1063 Great Plain Ave., Needham, MA 02492. Donations can also be made in person by bringing a check to Needham Bank’s Dover office at 60 Centre St.
The funds are invested in a FDIC-insured deposit account. The long-term intent is to grow the principal to the point where earnings, not principal, are donated. All requests for a donation must be submitted in writing to one of the Trustees; Jonathan Fryer or Vincent O’Brien at Fryer & O’Brien, P.O. Box 16, 9 Whiting Road, Dover 02030, or Mary Crane or Eric Morse, 25 Main St., Dover 02030.
“It is important to keep in mind that, even in tranquil Dover, residents are not immune to unplanned illness, job loss, divorce, and other unanticipated events that can have a dramatic impact on one’s quality of life,” Morse added. “Many of us are aware of elderly neighbors who need a helping hand, or know someone who at some point needs the kindness of others — and that’s precisely why the DNF has been established.”
For more information about the Dover Neighbors Fund, visit www.DoverNeighborsFund.com.