We are once again proud to have been named a Boston Business Journal Corporate Citizenship Award honoree for 2021. These awards, now in their 16th year, recognize companies and nonprofits who give back to the Greater Boston area.

To euphemistically put it, this past year has been one of note for all of us. We here at Village have continued to give back to our long-time partners, such as the Allston Brighton CDC, the Greater Boston Food Bank, the Environmental League of Massachusetts and Crossroads. We also worked with our friends at the National MS Society to adapt events for the time of Covid, by notably hosting our annual Boston Volvo Thanksgiving 5K virtually.

But we also realized that in these hard times we need to do even more, so we expanded our giving to include organizations which highlight some of the unique challenges of our times. From contributing to The Boston Foundation Covid-19 Response Fund and to the Indian Americans of Lexington Covid-19 response for India, to donating to our Boston NAACP chapter and the Greater Boston PFLAG, to helping address food insecurity by giving to the Boston Area Gleaners, to donating funds to the Samaritans to provide lifesaving suicide prevention services.

Our corporate ethos is simple: a corporation succeeds by being part-and-parcel of the local communities we serve. Thanks to the BBJ for the recognition, but it is more gratifying that we are able to share the list with so many other companies who hold similar beliefs.