MetroWest Fund for Families

Together we can build strong families, create better lives, and strengthen our communities.

Poverty, homelessness, hunger, mental illness, domestic violence, unemployment - these issues are not limited to big cities and faraway places. They exist in our own neighborhoods. Like most suburban areas in the U.S., the MetroWest region has seen poverty rates increase with more families facing challenges than ever before.

At the Foundation, we believe that building strong families and supporting our most vulnerable citizens are crucial to the long-term health of our region.

By making a contribution to the MetroWest Fund for Families, you become part of our effort to ensure that all citizens, regardless of age, disability, or income, get the services they need. Together we help strengthen families, and this strengthens our region.

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2015 Family Support Grants:

To support their Autism Alliance of MetroWest’s Portuguese Support Group, a monthly convening of family members who are caring for loved ones with autism and who gain education about topics related to autism
To support scholarships for professional consultations (parent coaching) to low-income parents of Asperger Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles who live in MetroWest

To support a collaboration with two other organizations to address the urgent, child health issues of Bethany Hill Place’s residents

To support INSPIRE, a parent support series for parents with a child who has a diagnosed special need/disability; an experienced, licensed social worker designed the curriculum using expert guidance/resources, and facilitates all groups
To support their innovative Chalk Talk group therapy program within the Framingham Housing Authority, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, and Cameron and Walsh Middle Schools in Framingham

To support the growth of Catering Options, their social enterprise that trains and employs individuals in mental health recovery

To support the launch of a Career Access Lab and Basic English program to Waltham, a town that makes up 20% of learners on EAL’s waitlist
To support the Waltham Family Strengthening Project that reaches vulnerable families with children under six in collaboration with Waltham Family School and Waltham High School; the program delivers proven interventions with compassion to stabilize families, prevent abuse and neglect, and improve future options for young parents and their children
To support parent engagement for the program, which helps students at high risk of dropping out of school attain a high school diploma and a realistic, sustainable, post-graduate plan

To sustain their Interactive Literacy program so that they can continue to serve an increased number of low-income, immigrant families with limited educational opportunities and access to family support services, especially those families with children with special needs

To support their Stock the Shelves program, which increases access to essential personal care products like soap, deodorant, and toothpaste by placing these items on food pantry shelves

To support Jeff’s Place in offering pro bono or reduced rates for bereavement-related individual and family therapy and counseling
To support services for vulnerable new parents and babies in MetroWest towns, including home visits and support groups
To support Reducing Achievement Gaps Family Assistance Network, a wrap-around, emergency aid program that serves Framingham’s most economically disadvantaged, primarily Brazilian immigrant children and their families
To support their Nature Explorations program which provides underserved Framingham youth with after-school experiences designed to spark curiosity about the wonders of the natural world; executed in partnership with Hoops and Homework
To support their Framingham adult ESL program and provide additional ESL classes to help adult immigrants in the MetroWest area learn English, navigate systems, and prepare for college and career

To provide general operating support; MWLS provides legal support in a variety of areas, including housing, domestic violence, government benefits, health care access, immigration relief for victims of violence, education, elder law, wage and hour disputes, consumer debt, small business formation, and the operation of the pro bono panel

To support MWMS mediators in providing free mediation services in summary process sessions (eviction cases) to landlords and tenants in three district courts in MetroWest

To support NSC’s case management program and related NSC services, which provide basic human services to low-income residents in Natick

To support their expansion to reach more at-risk children, parents and/or entire families get the specific item or service they urgently need in order to encourage positive change, maintain stability, or both
To expand their programming for low and no-cost events for LGBTQ families to help them establish roots and build community in MetroWest; LGBTQ families will be connected with one another and with local businesses through family-friendly and educational activities
To support their third annual, large citizenship workshop in Framingham to benefit immigrants living and working in the MetroWest area

To support REACH’s Peers Against Violence program, which partners with local schools to provide classroom-based programming, peer leadership activities, and faculty/staff/parent training to promote healthy relationships

To support local foster families and provide the funding for youth in their care to participate in enriching activities and experiences such as sports, music, and camp

To support services to survivors of rape and sexual assault, including a 24-hour hotline, counseling and support groups, and legal and medical advocacy; all are offered free of charge and in English, Spanish, and Portuguese

To support the addition of two specialized classes (a basic computer class and a citizenship class) in their English/Life Skills Program for immigrant students

The MetroWest Fund for Families is not currently accepting applications for its 2016 competitive grant program. 

Application deadline was Monday, August 1, 2016 at 5:00 PM. 

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