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 second wave of these awards with an application deadline of May 30, 2020. Selected recipients will be notified between June 1st to June 30th.  Late applications will be considered in the subsequent grant cycle. 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. Questions should be directed to Completed applications should be mailed to:

Good Samaritan Fund

c/o Elaine Hylek

4 Ryder Lane

Lexington, MA. 02421