November, 2018
Dear Friends,

I hope that you all had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. This year, it was easy for us to find things to be grateful for. We are grateful to live in a state and a nation that makes it possible for people to make a difference, to inspire others and strive for change, to speak their minds, and pursue their dreams. And, we are grateful to you and for the passion and commitment that we all share to strengthen and sustain our communities.

As we enter the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season, we are often asked "How can I get involved in my community? Where can I help?"

  • Volunteer at organizations like Open Table, Mt. Calvary Community Supper, Household Goods, Inc., or Charles River Watershed Association
  • Reach out to your local senior center to ask if you can help with any holiday events or meals
  • Donate to your local homeless shelter: contact South Middlesex Opportunity Council (508-872-4853) or Middlesex Human Services Agency (781-894-6110)
  • Hold a drive for your local food pantry, or organizations like Family Promise MetroWest, A Place To Turn in Natick, Circle of Hope, or Hope and Comfort
  • Donate warm winter coats in good, wearable condition for kids, adults, and babies to Coats for Kids. Drop-off locations are plentiful
  • Donate toys: Timothy’s Toy Box in Framingham, or Toys for Tots are currently collecting for children in need

These are just some of the ways that you can make a difference in MetroWest.

P.S. As 2018 comes to a close and you start to think about your year-end giving, please consider making a gift to the Foundation , to ensure our communities receive the support that they need and remain strong and vibrant; now and in the future.
Spotlight: The Robbins House – Concord’s African American History Museum
The Robbin's House completed their wayside and window exhibit with support from the Foundation for MetroWest, and we are so happy to have been a part of their project. The wayside includes a timeline of the long Civil Rights movement listing local, state and national events. The window exhibit is a thought provoking sculpture of Ellen Garrison, the civil rights activist born in the Robbins House. Both are compelling and thought provoking and we encourage you to visit.   Learn More.
2018-2019 MetroWest Women's Philanthropy Series
Join us for the first of our four-part speaker series, designed to educate, engage, and connect women on topics of personal and family philanthropy.

Making Space at the Table: Practical Ways to Incorporate Your Child’s Voice in Your Family’s Philanthropy
Tuesday, December 11, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Hopkinton Public Library, 13 Main Street

Hear from a panel of local family giving experts and learn practical ways to include your children in your family’s charitable decision-making process.

Meet the team! Erica Noyes, Marketing and Communications Manager
Erica joined the Foundation staff this June, with almost twenty years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

"I graduated from college with a focus in photography and music, but I always knew I wanted to work in nonprofits. It was important to me that I make a difference." Learn more about Erica
Applications for the Spring Youth in Philanthropy Programs are due next week.
Do you know a high school student who lives or learns in MetroWest? The deadline for our Spring programs in Needham , Wellesley , Sudbury , and Weston is December 7!

What will students gain?
  • Students will become philanthropists gain leadership skills 
  • meet new friends 
  • award up to $10,000 in grants to local nonprofits

Remember-participation is free for all students!
We are Hiring!
The Foundation for MetroWest is currently hiring a part-time Development Assistant. We offer a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills, and would love to have you join our team! Learn more about these positions on our website . 
Making History. Together.
Our very first giving campaign to support Youth in Philanthropy, 300 in 100, has reached almost 100 donors! Every gift will count in the campaign as we aim to reach this record-breaking number of supporters. Join us in supporting YIP!

You make all this possible!
 Make a gift today to support your Community Foundation.