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The Metrowest Women’s Fund Announces Creation of a New Fund at MassBay Community College For Single Mother Students

7/15/2021

WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (July 15, 2021) – MassBay Community College and the Metrowest Women’s Fund are creating a new fund with a $25,000 grant from the Metrowest Women’s Fund to assist MassBay’s single mother students with their emergency financial needs. These funds will provide financial aid for non-tuition-related emergencies these students may encounter while pursuing their degrees including childcare expenses, housing costs, living expenses, and other basic necessities.

 

“Our single mothers have many responsibilities outside the classroom, and we want them to have the peace of mind knowing there is a support system behind them while they earn their degree,” said MassBay President, David Podell. “The support of the Metrowest Women’s Fund will allow our students who are single moms to focus on their education by lifting the crushing burden of fiscal stress. For these remarkable single mothers, the funds will make a tremendous difference in helping them overcome the sizable challenge of managing their life expenses while they pursue the education that can transform their lives and the lives of their children. We are truly grateful to the Metrowest Women’s Fund and anticipate these funds having a tremendous impact.”

 

The Metrowest Women’s Fund invests in women and girls in the Massachusetts Metrowest area through education, community building, grant making, and strategic partnerships. The Metrowest Women’s Fund programs focus on education inequality, safety from violence and uplifting the next generation of girls.

 

“The pandemic has highlighted the childcare crisis that impacts women who are in the workforce while enrolled in higher education,” said Metrowest Women’s Fund Co-Founder, Rachel Sagan. “This fund for non-tuition-related emergencies will keep hard-working single moms in school.”

 

The Metrowest Women’s Fund was founded by Rebecca Parkhill of Weston, MA and Rachel Sagan of Sudbury, MA, who were driven by a single goal of doing their part to make the community of Metrowest a place where women and girls are supported and have access to the services they need and deserve.

 

“We are inspired and proud to support  as many financially vulnerable students as possible at MassBay, the community college in our service area,” said Metrowest Women’s Fund Co-Founder, Rebecca Parkhill. “The fund will bring new resources in support of the needs of women and girls in Metrowest.”

 

To learn more about the Metrowest Women’s Fund visit www.metrowestwomensfund.com.

 

To learn more about MassBay visit www.massbay.edu.

 

MassBay Community College is the most affordable higher education option in MetroWest Boston, offering a robust portfolio of courses and more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs with flexible day, evening, and weekend classes in Ashland, Framingham, Wellesley Hills, and online. MassBay students receive an unmatched educational value by earning stackable credits that transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, and workforce-ready skills necessary to advance careers in high-demand fields such as health and life sciences, automotive technology, engineering, business, cybersecurity, and the humanities. MassBay’s Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) and Practical Nursing (LPN) programs were both ranked as the #1 Nursing Program in Massachusetts in 2020-2021 by national nursing advocacy organizations RegisteredNursing.org, and PracticalNursing.org. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and remains firmly committed to its mission of meeting the needs of the diverse local communities it serves. We value the intrinsic worth of all individuals, collectively in pursuit of inclusiveness and prioritize our work towards achieving equity within our community and beyond.

Girl Serving Organizations in Metrowest

6/30/2021

Big Brother Big Sisters of Central MA/MetroWest    www.bbbscm.org

Big Sister of Greater Boston    www.bigsister.org

Birthday Wishes    www.birthdaywishes.org

Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley   www.bgcav.org

Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest   www.bgcmetrowest.org/

BRACE    www.brazilianamericancenter.org

Budget Buddies   www.budgetbuddies.org/

Communities for Restorative Justice    www.c4rj.org

Discovery Museum    www.discoveryacton.org

Danny's Place    www.dannys-place.org

Dignity Matters    www.dignity-matters.org

Discovering Hidden Gems    www.discoveringhiddengems.org

Domestic Violence Services Network   www.dvsn.org 

DOVE    www.dovema.org

Family ACCESS    www.familyaccess.org

Family Promise    www.familypromise.org

Girls Inc. of Worcester   www.girlsincworcester.org/

Girls on the Run    www.girlsontherun.org/

Girl Scouts of Eastern MA    www.gsema.org

Girlstart    www.girlstart.org/boston-metro-west

Hoops and Homework   www.hoopsandhomeworkinc.com

Horse SenseAbility at Wildstar Farm    www.horsesenseability.org

Jeff’s Place  www.jeffsplace.org

Jewish Family Service of Metrowest    www.jfsmw.org

Kids Backing Kids    www.kidsbackingkids.org/about_us

Lesley University Steam Beans    www.lesley.edu/professional-development-and-continuing-education/steam-learning-lab

Lovelane Therapeutic Horseback Riding    www.lovelane.org

MA Commission on the Status of Women    www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-commission-on-the-status-of-women

Metrowest Commission on the Status of Women

 www.mass.gov/service-details/metrowest-commission-on-the-status-of-women

MetroWest Legal Services    www.mwlegal.org

My Life My Choice    www.mylifemychoice.org

One Can Help    www.onecanhelp.org

One Love Foundation    www.joinonelove.org

OUT Metrowest    www.lgbtcenters.org/LGBTCenters/Center/7263/

OUT-MetroWest

REACH Against Violence    www.reachma.org

Rise Above Foundation    www.weriseabove.org

SMILE Mass    www.smilemass.org

Spark Kindness    www.sparkkindness.org

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Roundtable         www.domesticviolenceroundtable.org/domestic-violence-roundtable.html

ThinkGive    www.thinkgiveproject.org

Voices Against Violence    www.smoc.org/voices-against-violence.php

Wayside Youth    www.waysideyouth.org

YMCA    www.metrowestymca.org

Press Release: 2021 Grants Announced

5/10/2021

For Immediate Release

 

The Metrowest Women’s Fund Announces Grant Awards

 

The Metrowest Women’s Fund announces grant awards to twelve (12) non-profits serving the needs of women and girls in Metrowest. The Metrowest Women's Fund invests in women and girls in Metrowest through education, community building, grant making and strategic partnerships. 

 

“We are extremely inspired and proud to support our community through these grants and to bring new resources in support of the needs of women and girls in Metrowest,” said Rebecca Parkhill, Co-Founder, of Weston.

 

“Our grants support several programs concerned with the crisis of domestic violence. The pandemic has caused an escalation of violence and barriers to finding resources,” added Rachel Sagan, Co-Founder, of Sudbury.

 

Grants are awarded to the following organizations:

 

Boys and Girls Club of MetroWest: Support the Framingham Clubhouse for girls providing homework assistance, career development, STEAM programming.

 

Congregation Beth El of Sudbury: Scholarships for first-generation students at Framingham State University.

 

Dignity Matters: Provide free access to period protection and underwear for women and girls who are homeless and economically disadvantaged.

 

Discovering Hidden Gems: Support the Sister Circle program, a youth-led program serving teen and college-age young women in underserved communities.

 

DOVE: Support YouthSpeak program into the Middle and High Schools in Walpole. Which teaches teens about healthy relationships and dating violence prevention.

 

Family ACCESS of Newton: Support counseling and consultation services for multilingual women and their children who have experienced trauma.

 

Family Promise Metrowest: Support mothers and teens, at risk of homelessness, pursuing advanced education.

 

MassBay Community College Foundation: Emergency childcare needs of students who are single mothers from low incomes.

 

MetroWest Legal Services: Legal representation to victims of domestic violence and their families of low incomes.

 

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence: Support their community advocacy program for domestic abuse survivors.

 

RIA House: Support a direct services Peer Mentor for survivors of the commercial sex-trade.

 

Voices Against Violence: Support their School Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Program, their primary prevention training in schools.

 

The Metrowest Women’s Fund grants program focuses three impact areas:

 

Education with a focus on opportunity for low-income women and girls including first-generation.

 

Girls: The Next Generation with a focus on particular needs of girls from low incomes.

 

Safety From Violence with a focus on domestic violence, senior abuse, sexual assault, and survivors of the commercial sex trade.

 

As Co-Founders of the Metrowest Women's Fund, Rachel of Sudbury and Rebecca of Weston are driven by a single goal: to do their part in making our community a place where women and girls are supported and get the services they need and deserve.

 

Service area includes the 33 towns in the Metrowest: Acton, Ashland, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Harvard, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, Needham, Sherborn, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Walpole, Waltham, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Weston and Westwood.

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins

10/30/2020

The Metrowest Women's Fund and Womenade Boston jointly sponsored a program on "Victim, Witness, Offender: Women and the Criminal Justice System." Our inspiring key note speaker, Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins, and the General Counsel Donna Patalano addressed many complex issues and answered thoughtful questions from over 60 attendees. Here is another chance to catch this great event. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Tlv9WB48jI

Giving In This Time: Why Locavore Philanthropy

10/30/2020

Rachel Sagan & Rebecca Parkhill, Metrowest Women’s Fund Co-Founders

 

As co-founders of a new, community-based social venture, we are inspired and guided by the concept of “locavore philanthropy.” We created the Metrowest Women’s Fund because we think that supporting local non-profits is the best way to meet the significant needs of women and girls in Metrowest Boston.

Locavore philanthropy is a lot like the locavore food movement. During the pandemic, the locally grown food movement is increasingly relevant. People are focused on where their food comes from and many are making a conscious effort to consume locally grown foods as much as possible. The reasons to eat locally grown food include sustainability, support of local economies, and reduction in waste and energy involved in transporting food. Some advocates believe that locally grown food even tastes better.

We believe that the principles driving the local food movement apply to our giving and illustrate the power of local giving, i.e. Locavore Philanthropy.  

Locavore philanthropy includes supporting the issues that are close to your heart and home. Local dollars are arguably “fresher.” There is less distance between the community group, the people in need and the donor who makes the gift. Rich relationships can grow and develop between those who give and those who work or volunteer at local organizations, even on Zoom. Just as we meet the farmer at a Farmer’s Market, community-based non-profits offer donors many opportunities to meet fellow supporters, staff and volunteer leadership -- at Town Meeting, the baseball field, or a local business. These connections help us better understand the benefits these local agencies provide and the real needs facing children and families in our community. Local giving also holds the donors accountable to those they support. As members of a community, it is harder to turn our backs and look away.

There is tremendous power in giving locally to our smaller non-profits. Together, by giving locally, we can create sustainable results that support the most vulnerable in our community.

Press Release: Inaugural Grant Program Announced

5/1/2020

For Immediate Release

 

The Metrowest Women’s Fund Announces Inaugural Grant Program 

 

The Metrowest Women's Fund, a newly created social venture, invests in women and girls in Metrowest through education, community building, grant making and strategic partnerships. 


“The Metrowest Women's Fund is in the business of improving the lives of women and girls in Metrowest,” said Rebecca Parkhill, M.Div., Co-Founder. 

 

With a mission to identify the needs of women and girls in the Metrowest and raise resources to meet those needs, the Metrowest Women’s Fund recently completed its inaugural grants program. In partnership with Jewish Family Services of Metrowest, grants are awarded to the following organizations:

 

Domestic Violence Services Network: Support individualized tutorials to help and educate high-risk victims of domestic violence. 

 

Dignity Matters: Provide free access to period protection and underwear for women and girls who are homeless and economically disadvantaged.

 

Family Promise Metrowest: Support mothers and teens, at risk of homelessness, pursuing advanced education.

 

Mass Bay Community College Foundation: Expand sexual violence prevention programs for students.

 

MetroWest Legal Services: Legal Representation to victims of domestic violence and their families of low-incomes.

 

RIA House: Support a direct services Peer Mentor for survivors of the commercial sex-trade.

 

“Metrowest women and girls need us to come together and invest in the community. We have big goals – matching the resources in our community with those in need,” said Rachel Sagan, JD, Co-Founder.

 

The Metrowest Women’s Fund focuses on three social impact areas:

 

Education with a focus on opportunity for low-income women and girls including first–generation.

 

Girls: The Next Generation with a focus on particular needs of girls from low incomes.

 

Safety From Violence with a focus on domestic violence, senior abuse, sexual assault, and survivors of the commercial sex trade.

 

Only 1.6% of all philanthropic giving is dedicated to issues of women and girls. 

 

“Metrowest women and girls need us to come together and invest in the community,” added Sagan

 

As Co-Founders of the Metrowest Women's Fund, Rachel of Sudbury and Rebecca of Weston are driven by a single goal: to do their part in making our community a place where women and girls are supported and get the services they need and deserve. 

 

Service area includes the 33 towns in the Metrowest: Acton, Ashland, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Harvard, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, Needham, Sherborn, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Walpole, Waltham, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Weston and Westwood.