July 16, 2018
Mass. Mentoring Gets $165K; MetroWest Youth Award $106K

July 29, 2017 — Mass Mentoring Partnership, a Boston-based statewide nonprofit that supports and advances youth-adult relationships, recently was awarded $165,000 to support its western Massachusetts network, while 26 MetroWest organizations were granted $106,500 through a program that teaches students about philanthropy.

Mass Mentoring Partnership Gets $165K for Western Massachusetts Programs

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) this week announced that it will receive grant funding totaling $165,000 over the next three years from First Niagara Foundation to support its Western Massachusetts network.

First Niagara, which was acquired by KeyBank in mid-2016, has invested more than $300,000 in Mass Mentoring Partnership since 2011. The foundation has supported MMP’s western Massachusetts activities, including increasing mentoring opportunities in Holyoke Public Schools and Hampden County, and assisting high-impact partners such as the Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative, Springfield Youth Coalition, and the 100 Males to College initiative.

Marty Martinez, CEO of MMP, said, “Mentoring influences the lives of at-risk young people in many positive ways. This investment will help us continue to create and bolster positive youth-adult relationships in western Massachusetts through strategic partnerships, capacity building, and technical assistance. It’s a big step toward ensuring that these important relationships endure and strengthen our communities.”

“Mass Mentoring Partnership has demonstrated for more than 25 years just how important an extensive network of community organizations can be for fostering productive youth-adult relationships,” said Jeff L. Hubbard, KeyBank Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Market President. “We are proud to support their effort in Western Massachusetts as they continue to build on what they’ve accomplished for youth across the state.”

Youth in Philanthropy Students Grant $106K to 26 MetroWest Nonprofits

The Foundation for MetroWest, based in Natick, this week announced that students participating in its with Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) and Summer Institute for Youth Leadership programs, granted $106,500 to 26 area organizations during the 2016-2017 school year.

The foundation said this year’s grant total represented a 22% jump in giving over the $87,000 granted last year.

“We are so proud of our YIP students. Every year they continually impress us with their dedication and thoughtfulness to the needs in MetroWest,” said Judith G. Salerno, the foundation's executive director. “This year, we were able to increase our giving substantially to youth-serving organizations in MetroWest, while teaching our students the power of philanthropic literacy and the importance of giving back.”

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • AccesSports America, Lexington: $1,000
  • Camp Starfish, Stow: $4,500
  • Community Harvest Project, Harvard: $5,000
  • Doc Wayne Youth Services, Framingham: $4,500
  • The Food Project, Lincoln: $2,500
  • Friends of the Waltham Family School, Waltham: $4,000
  • Greater Waltham ARC, Waltham: $5,000
  • Hoops & Homework, Framingham: $4,500
  • Hope & Comfort, Newton: $5,000
  • Jeff’s Place Bereavement Center, Framingham: $4,500
  • John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation, Framingham: $5,000
  • Key Program Children’s Charter, Waltham: $5,000
  • Lucy’s Love Bus, Lincoln: $5,000
  • Medfield Animal Shelter, Medfield: $2,500
  • More Than Words, Waltham: $5,000
  • Mystic Valley Elder Services, Waltham: $2,500
  • Natick Service Council, Natick: $5,000
  • Plugged In Teen Band Program, Needham: $5,000
  • The Price Center, Newton: $5,000
  • Rise Above Foundation, Hopkinton: $5,000
  • Salvation Army – Waltham Corps, Waltham: $5,000
  • Samaritans, Inc., Boston: $5,000
  • Save a Dog, Sudbury: $5,000
  • Waltham Boys and Girls Club, Waltham: $2,500
  • Wayside Youth & Family: Tempo Young Adult Resource Center, Framingham: $5,000
  • YMCA of Greater Boston – Waltham Branch, Waltham: $2,500
MetroWest is loosely bounded by Routes 128 on the east, Route 495 on the west, Route 2 on the north, and Route 109 on the south.

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