April, 2019
Dear Friends,

It is appropriate that April is Volunteer appreciation month, as I watched our incredible volunteers in action on Thursday morning. This event would not be possible without our incredible event committee and volunteers who worked tirelessly to put together a beautiful, powerful, and moving event. I want to say thank you to them and, especially to our event co-chairs, Chris and Katie Schuster, The 6th Annual Spring Inspiration Breakfast truly lived up to its name, showcasing inspirational stories to a sold out crowd. Empathy was the word and action of the day, with Keynote Speaker Mary Gordon speaking so eloquently about the need for empathy in our world, and how it can be engendered at any age.

I was delighted to present the Community Philanthropist Award to Meg Ramsey, whose friendship and leadership has been so important to the Foundation for so many years. And to present the Young Philanthropist of the year awards to 3 outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Alumni, Elise Andelman from Holliston, Young Wang from Hopkinton, and Jordan Ramsay, from Framingham. Jordan spoke passionately on behalf of the youth of today, who, in his words, are ready to be superheroes. And I truly believe that they will be.

Thank you,
Executive Director
P.S. Be sure to save the date for the Community Leadership Breakfast on Friday, October 25, 2019!
Jordan Ramsay Inspires the crowd at the Spring Inspiration Breakfast
Jordan is a graduate of the 2015 Youth in Philanthropy Summer Institute.

After being presented with the Young Philanthropist of the Year award, Jordan spoke to the audience about his experiences. It was a moving and passionate speech, calling for a world focused on empathy and justice. See the final moments of his incredible speech on our website.
Volunteer Spotlight Will Falb
Will participated in the Natick Youth in Philanthropy Program in 2017. It was there that he discovered his passion for volunteering and Waypoint Adventure. 

"One thing I hear each time I go out with Waypoint, whether it be rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, or completing a ropes course, is a participant saying that they pushed their limits and did what they didn’t believe they could do. That is my favorite part." 
Upcoming Grant Deadline Reminder
Applications for the 2019 MetroWest Hunger Relief Grant Program and the Alleviating Hunger and Homelessness: Small Capital Grant Program are due Friday, May 3 .

The All eviating Hunger and Homelessness Grant Program is a one-time small capital grant opportunity for nonprofits addressing hunger, homelessness, and/or homelessness prevention in our region.

The MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund is to invest in local organizations that work across the food system to eliminate hunger and provide food security to all MetroWest residents.
Youth In Philanthropy News
How Can YIP Alumni stay involved?
Did your student enjoy their Youth in Philanthropy experience? Are they interested in taking their leadership development to the next level, while giving back to the community? There are a couple of ways for them to stay involved as a YIP Alumni, such as the YIP Jr. Board! Applications are due on June 7.
Now Accepting Applications for the Fall!
Applications for our Fall programs in Hopkinton, Natick, and Sudbury are now open. Do you know a MetroWest High School student who would be interested? Students have the option of applying to YIP via written application, interview, or video. The priority application deadline is Friday, June 7.

Upcoming Workshops
Tuesday, May 7

Data and Evaluation
Half Day Workshop
Wednesday, May 22

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