News & Awards

Plummer Youth Promise is proud to serve young people in need throughout Northeastern Massachusetts. We have been honored to have our dedicated employees and innovative programs recognized for excellence.



Other Recognition:

  • 2015 Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce—Plummer Foster Care 2nd place in YouTube Video Awards
  • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Plummer Music Program performed at Children’s League of Massachusetts Advocacy Day at the State House
  • 2015 Plummer resident top 10 finalist in Salem Five/92.5 The River “Music Matters” Contest


Plummer Youth Promise Receives Cummings Foundation Grant

Plummer Youth Promise Receives $330k Grant 

SALEM, Mass. (June 11, 2020) – Plummer Youth Promise is thrilled to be one of 30+ organizations to receive a 10-year $330,000 grant from Cummings Foundation. This generous donation is part of Cummings Foundation’s $20 Million Grant Program, which will award a total of $20 million to 130 local-area nonprofits in 2020.

Plummer Youth Promise’s mission is to set a standard of excellence that improves outcomes for young people in or at risk of entering state care by deeply engaging youth, families, and the systems that impact them to develop permanent family relationships, skills, and community connections.

Cummings Foundation continues to be one of our most dedicated partners in our efforts to further the Plummer mission. In 2016 we received our first grant from Cummings Foundation as part of their $100k for 100 program. This generous support helped propel our mission forward as we invested heavily in our permanency work, which focuses on finding forever families for all youth in our, regardless of their age.

As we prepare to sustain this growth and strive for excellence in our field, including positive outcomes for every youth we serve, we are deeply appreciative for the continued general operating support from Cummings Foundation. This support includes our office space at 50 Audubon Road, which is operated by Cummings Properties and owned by Cummings Foundation, with all rental profits going to charitable causes. This space serves as a home base for social workers who are frequently on the road providing services to a growing number of young people living in group homes that are not operated by Plummer, as well as those working with youth ages 18-22 living in Community Apartments across the county.

“The support from Cummings Foundation has been pivotal for us and hundreds of other nonprofits,” said Plummer’s Executive Director, Nicole McLaughlin. “Having a grant of this size for general operating support is extraordinarily helpful in that we can use our judgement to direct it where it will have the greatest impact in ensuring our success. We feel great about having a business relationship with such a philanthropic organization and knowing that our rent dollars are being reinvested in the local community.”

About Plummer Youth Promise

Founded in 1855, Plummer Youth Promise offers direct care through its residential and community-based programs. Plummer’s innovative approach has gained national attention and has become a model for similar social services agencies. As such, Plummer shares best practices with partners through training and consultation. The Plummer Promise is to work to ensure every youth in its care has someone to call family – someone unconditionally committed to nurture, protect, and guide them to successful adulthood.

About Cummings Foundation

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester. With assets exceeding $1.4 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough, and Woburn. The Foundation has awarded more than $260 million in grants to Greater Boston nonprofits alone. Its giving is concentrated in Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties and benefits a broad range of causes, including human services, education, healthcare, and social justice. Additional information is available at


Plummer In The News:


Anonymous donor brightens holidays for boys at Plummer Home

December 23, 2016


3rd Annual Paddle for Plummer Highlights

August 19, 2016


Sunday’s Children are Andrea, 7 and Marissa, 10

October 17, 2015


Paddle for Plummer is a success

July 14, 2015


Making a difference, one child at a time

May 23, 2015


Music Does Matter

May 4, 2015


Lynn Juvenile Court Law Day 2015 Day Award Presented to the Plummer Home

May 1, 2015


Worcester Native Brings Power of Music to Troubled Teens

January 10, 2015


Press Releases:

The Plummer Home Becomes Plummer Youth Promise

May 15, 2017