Foundation’s October 29 ONEmetrowest campaign emphasizes community service and $50,000 match – Framingham SOURCE

The following is a press release submitted to SOURCE media for publication.

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NATICK – Building on its successful 2020 campaign, the Foundation for MetroWest announces its 2n/a ONEmetrowest annual day on October 29 placing greater emphasis on community involvement and mobilizing critical support for its mission.

The Foundation, with the support of Foundation Trustee Louis Crosier and his wife Hope, will match every donation made on ONEmetrowest Day, up to $50,000.

In another effort to support the community, the Foundation for MetroWest invites community members to volunteer with one of six participating nonprofit partners, going the extra mile to invest in the area through the action.

The Foundation has served as a connector, partner and resource for the cities and towns that make up the MetroWest region for the past 26 years. ONEmetrowest Day is part of the Foundation’s ONEmetrowest campaign. Starting October 8, the overall goal is to raise $350,000 for the ONEmetrowest fund.

This fund powers everything they do to help the MetroWest region thrive – making grants in areas such as hunger relief and youth and family support, programs, convocations, community relief emergency, research and much more. They hope the focus on ONEmetrowest Day will propel them towards their goal. Over 121 community members have already shown their support for the campaign since its launch.

“The Foundation is committed to investing in and strengthening the communities it serves,” said Chief Executive Officer Jay Kim. “ONEmetrowest Day is about bringing communities together to take action and get involved in the great work happening right outside their doorsteps. We always say, if you live here, we hope you’ll consider giving here.

Six nonprofit partners will invite community members to volunteer throughout the day, creating new connections and opportunities between nonprofit organizations and their communities.

The participating organizations are:

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., volunteers pack, sort and assemble boxes of fresh produce for families in need.

  • Middlesex Social Services Agency

From 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers will help assemble Thanksgiving dinner starter kits as part of MHSA’s annual holiday giving program.

  • Rise Above Foundation (remotely)

From 10:00 a.m. to noon, volunteers will write notes on care packages to be sent to host youth at the college.

From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on-site volunteers in Framingham will help create personalized kits of personal care items for women experiencing poverty.

  • Charles River Watershed Association:

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will work alongside CRWA staff to remove invasive species from Warren Woods to Ashland.

  • Medfield Cultural Alliance

From 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., volunteers will restore historic park benches at Medfield State Hospital.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation quickly refocused its work to meet MetroWest’s pressing needs brought on by the pandemic, providing more than $5 million in emergency relief funding to date. During unprecedented times, the Foundation has mobilized the community and distributed resources to the region’s most vulnerable neighbors, tapping into the power of the community.

“Throughout the pandemic, we’ve had to shift priorities and adapt to meet the changing needs of our community,” Kim said. “That’s the role we’re meant to play as the community foundation in this region, and I couldn’t be more proud of what the Foundation has accomplished so far.

This year’s ONEmetrowest Day Matching Gift Challenge is made possible by the Crosier family. Louis and Hope are longtime friends and supporters of the Foundation’s work, with Louis serving as Chairman of the Board from 2019 to 2021.

“The Foundation for MetroWest has been an anchor for the community during some of the toughest years we’ve ever had,” said Louis Crosier. “We have always believed in the importance of the role they play in our community and we are proud to go further in our support for ONEmetrowest Day in the hope that the community will join us on this day of giving. .”

The ONEmetrowest campaign is an extension of the Foundation’s key initiatives for 2021, including ongoing emergency relief efforts, refreshing Impact MetroWest with additional data on race and equity indicators and more.

For more information about ONEmetrowest and information on how to donate, please visit www.foundationmw.org/onemetrowest-campaign.

Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest is the community foundation serving the region’s cities and towns, encompassing 700,000 residents from Westborough to Waltham and Acton to Dedham. The Foundation promotes philanthropy in the region, helps donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serves as a resource for local non-profit organizations, and improves the quality of life for all of our residents. The Foundation is supported by a wide range of businesses, individuals, community groups and other philanthropic organizations. Since its inception, the Foundation has granted $23 million to its nonprofit partners and currently manages over $30 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact.

Jill E. Washington