Through the generosity of Bruce and Eva Gordon, long-time Lexington residents, humanitarians, and members of First Parish in Lexington, the Good Samaritan Fund was established “…to provide financial awards to needy individuals.” In offering guidance on the selection of individuals to receive these awards, the donors stipulate that the major beneficiaries be those people whose lives would be significantly improved with modest amounts of money, such as senior persons needing specific medical aids or other items, refugees needing a first month’s rent or food, a special gift for a disabled child, or a first year scholarship for a person who would otherwise be unable to attend college or technical school.

The Social Action Committee of First Parish would like to announce the first wave of these awards with an application deadline of February 1. Selected recipients will be notified by March 15.  Late applications will be considered in the subsequent grant cycle. The deadline for this second wave of awards is May 1 with notification by June 15. If you are aware of any individuals or families who qualify based on the Gordon terms reproduced above, please encourage them to apply.

To be considered, completed applications must include the following: a detailed description of the need, a valid cost estimate with supporting document, a personal financial statement such as the first page of last year’s tax return, and a letter confirming the need/financial eligibility from an independent authoritative source such as a representative from the local human services department or senior center, social worker, physician, or religious leader. The supporting letter must be received on the individual’s institution/department letterhead.

Applications will be held in strict confidence and can be found here: Application for Grant from Gordon Good Samaritan Fund or at First Parish Church during office hours Monday through Thursday 8:30AM-4:00PM. Questions should be directed to goodsamaritanfund@FPLex.org. Completed applications should be mailed to:

Good Samaritan Fund

Attention: Chair, Social Action Committee

First Parish Church of Lexington

7 Harrington Road

Lexington, MA  02421