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    Leadership Strengthening MetroWest Stories of Impact Foundation Videos About Our Foundation Your Community Foundation Communities We Serve Meet Our Board of Trustees Staff Financials Publications News Events Employment Volunteering Contact Us Home Discover Impact Initiatives Youth in Philanthropy Share Email Facebook Twitter Share Print User Log In Username Password Login Retrieve Password 2016 Spring Inspiration Breakfast Impact Initiatives Town Funds Community Endowment of Lexington Give Now to CEL CEL Grants

    Original URL path: http://www.foundationformetrowest.org/DiscoverbImpactInitiativesb/YouthinPhilanthropy/tabid/154/ctl/Login/Default.aspx?returnurl=%2fDiscoverbImpactInitiativesb%2fYouthinPhilanthropy.aspx (2016-05-02)
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    Strengthening MetroWest Stories of Impact Foundation Videos About Our Foundation Your Community Foundation Communities We Serve Meet Our Board of Trustees Staff Financials Publications News Events Employment Volunteering Contact Us Home Discover Impact Initiatives Summer Institute for Youth Leadership Share Email Facebook Twitter Share Print User Log In Username Password Login Retrieve Password 2016 Spring Inspiration Breakfast Impact Initiatives Town Funds Community Endowment of Lexington Give Now to CEL CEL

    Original URL path: http://www.foundationformetrowest.org/DiscoverbImpactInitiativesb/SummerInstituteforYouthLeadership/tabid/193/ctl/Login/Default.aspx?returnurl=%2fDiscoverbImpactInitiativesb%2fSummerInstituteforYouthLeadership.aspx (2016-05-02)
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    Leadership Strengthening MetroWest Stories of Impact Foundation Videos About Our Foundation Your Community Foundation Communities We Serve Meet Our Board of Trustees Staff Financials Publications News Events Employment Volunteering Contact Us Home Discover Impact Initiatives Strengthening MetroWest Share Email Facebook Twitter Share Print User Log In Username Password Login Retrieve Password 2016 Spring Inspiration Breakfast Impact Initiatives Town Funds Community Endowment of Lexington Give Now to CEL CEL Grants CEL

    Original URL path: http://www.foundationformetrowest.org/DiscoverbImpactInitiativesb/StrengtheningMetroWest/tabid/149/ctl/Login/Default.aspx?returnurl=%2fDiscoverbImpactInitiativesb%2fStrengtheningMetroWest.aspx (2016-05-02)
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  • Protecting Harvard's Waterways
    these issues beginning this summer as part of its project Protecting Our Waterways Aquatic Invasive Surveys and Bacterial Testing in Harvard and the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge with funding from the Foundation for MetroWest The NRWA currently monitors water quality and stream conditions at one location on Bowers Brook with sampling once per month over seven months each season As part of this project monitoring will be expanded with two to three additional sites in Harvard and at the Oxbow NWR and samples will be collected weekly during the months of July and August The results will be used to create a River Report Card that will be posted on NRWA s website shared with local papers town and state officials and the Oxbow NWR The information will also be used to post alerts to notify the public when water conditions do not meet swimming or boating standards Additionally the NRWA will undertake an aquatic invasive survey of river reaches in Harvard and the Oxbow NWR hand pulling any water chestnut plants that are located Early hand removal of individual plants is vital to prevent the aggressive spread of this plant that is responsible for the current 90 acre infestation of the Nashua River in the Pepperell and Groton area Local residents may be aware of similar efforts undertaken on Bare Hill Pond NRWA will work cooperatively with the Friends of the Oxbow and information garnered from the survey will be shared with the Oxbow NWR and the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex strengthening capacity to undertake a regional approach to water chestnuts As part of this project the NRWA will be looking for volunteers in Harvard to assist with stream monitoring and invasive surveying and removal Educational presentations will also be made to the public the first being

    Original URL path: http://www.foundationformetrowest.org/DiscoverbImpactInitiativesb/StoriesofImpact/ProtectingHarvardsWaterways.aspx (2016-05-02)
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  • Bob Brack Story
    the needs in my community and how I could maximize my philanthropic giving while supporting the causes I care about explained Brack I knew that I would be retiring soon and I wanted to find a way to stay active in the community I realized that the Foundation had the resources to help me then and after retirement Brack has lived in MetroWest his whole life He spent his childhood in Newton raised his family in Natick and currently resides in Concord with his wife Janet He has fond memories of the Eliot Church in South Natick where he married his late wife Joan baptized his children and spent many Sunday mornings with friends and family He has deep roots in the community and believes in the importance of investing locally One of the benefits of working with the Foundation is the flexibility and ease of giving offered through Donor Advised Funds I ve really been able to have fun with my Donor Advised Fund said Brack It s been great because I have the opportunity to support occasional needs in the community that surface outside of the Foundation s grantmaking cycle that are meaningful and timely When I was running my business it was important to have an operation that could be nimble my Donor Advised Fund gives me that nimbleness to support the needs in my community After retiring in 2012 Bob was able to dedicate more time to his work with MetroWest nonprofit organizations As the current Foundation for MetroWest Board Chair he is working to help increase visibility for two Foundation programs the Center for Philanthropy Education and Youth in Philanthropy The Foundation plays a significant role in the community beyond grantmaking The Center for Philanthropy Education is a great educational resource for nonprofits It provides

    Original URL path: http://www.foundationformetrowest.org/DiscoverbImpactInitiativesb/StoriesofImpact/BobBrack.aspx (2016-05-02)
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  • Creating Positive Change Through Music - Stories of Impact - Discover: Impact & Initiatives - Foundation for MetroWest
    band but don t know how have a place to practice or know people to play with Private music lessons are also offered for students who are new to their instrument or want to improve their skills Early on Co Founders Rizkallah and Tom Pugh began incorporating philanthropy into their program They implemented a Community Engage concert night for each session In preparation for the event students present causes that are important to them Each student submits a charity of their choice and proceeds from the benefit concert are donated to the organization selected by the group of students It s amazing to watch these kids play music to help others explains Rizkallah It changes how they connect with each other and how they feel about each other These concerts help them realize the impact they can have on others and their community It s a very transformative experience The benefits Plugged In students receive extend beyond music and philanthropy We want to give kids a place to enjoy music while collaborating with their peers and creating a strong support network for themselves explains Pugh We take all comers We don t send people away We say come as you are Lucy a local teen at Weston High School joined Plugged In for the musical component but what she received was much more She had recently missed a significant amount of school due to medical issues She had experienced great difficulty catching up from all the missed classes but throughout the process she explained that the team at Plugged In helped her get through this difficult time I knew that I could really rely on the Plugged In family to be there for me to stick up for me to be my friends when I felt like I didn t

    Original URL path: http://www.foundationformetrowest.org/DiscoverbImpactInitiativesb/CreatingPositiveChangeThroughMusic.aspx (2016-05-02)
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  • Students Become Philanthropists in 2 Days - Stories of Impact - Discover: Impact & Inititiatives - Foundation for MetroWest
    Youth Leadership and it was huge success Eleven students from seven different MetroWest towns came to the Foundation s office on Monday June 30th and Tuesday July 1st to learn about the importance of becoming actively involved in their own community discover a keen awareness of their own potential and develop the skills necessary to become successful leaders The Summer Institute for Youth Leadership in partnership with the Honey Dew Family Foundation is designed as an introduction to our year long Youth in Philanthropy program The first day focuses on team building activities leadership skills and philanthropy education while students spend the second day researching nonprofits and deciding which organization they should receive a 2 500 gift Guest speakers from local nonprofits ReDiscovery and Junior Achievement each participated teaching the students everything from creating a budget to interview skills the proper handshake and other necessary life skills The students were given a list of MetroWest nonprofit organizations and separated into five groups The groups were tasked with researching these nonprofits evaluating each organization and selecting the one they felt was most deserving of a donation Each group presented the nonprofit of their choice to their peers explaining why that organization should receive this money After much evaluation and discussion the students decided to award 2 500 to REACH Beyond Domestic Violence As a group we came to the conclusion that by supporting REACH Beyond Domestic Violence we could help bring awareness and visibility to a serious issue that affects 1 in every 4 women said one participant The second session of the Summer Institute for Youth Leadership begins on Tuesday July 22 2014 A limited number of spots are currently available If you know a high school student who would benefit from this great opportunity please encourage them to download

    Original URL path: http://www.foundationformetrowest.org/DiscoverbImpactInitiativesb/StoriesofImpact/StudentsBecomePhilanthropistsin2Days.aspx (2016-05-02)
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  • Katie McCann - Stories of Impact - Discover: Impact & Initiatives - Foundation for MetroWest
    knowledge and skills to continue this tradition Throughout the program students have the opportunity to run for leadership positions fundraise for the program visit local organizations and award the Foundation for MetroWest s youth development grants to nonprofits Looking to expand her involvement in the community McCann applied to the program It sounded like a great way to learn more about the needs in our region and how to best support local nonprofit organizations and the great work they are doing in our community Her involvement with YIP continued straight through to high school graduation During her junior year she assumed a leadership role and by her senior year she was helping coordinate and facilitate all aspects of the YIP program at Concord Academy From participating in the program I gained a much deeper understanding of the different social and community issues and how nonprofits work to address those needs said McCann The site visits are what made the biggest impact on McCann As part of the YIP program students visit the nonprofit organizations that applied for funding For McCann these visits stand out to her to this day The site visits brought everything we had been reading on paper to life I was able to really see these organizations in action and talk to people there Having that direct contact made everything real for me and impacted the way I now think about community needs and services Shortly after arriving at Wellesley College she joined Stronger Communities Stronger Schools SCSS a student run organization that partners with community organizations and Boston public schools to help create stronger communities and school systems McCann was an integral part in growing SCSS s participation by 400 and spent about three days a week helping to run the organization as Co President Site

    Original URL path: http://www.foundationformetrowest.org/DiscoverbImpactInitiativesb/StoriesofImpact/KatieMcCann.aspx (2016-05-02)
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