Team Framingham - Charitable Organizations
Voices Against Violence
Voices Against Violence, a division of the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, is a domestic violence and rape crisis center serving the Greater Framingham/Marlboro region of Metrowest. Guided by a philosophy of Empowerment, Voices staff work in partnership with individuals and families to ensure their safety, create stable home environments, gain independence, and to develop personal and economic self-sufficiency. Voices is also a social change organization, working on a community and societal level through community outreach and education.
Each year Voices provides free and confidential services to over 3000 victims and survivors including a 24hr hotline, crisis intervention, information and referral, counseling and advocacy, emergency shelter and supervised visitation services. All services are offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese and are offered regardless of income, race, gender, sexual orientation or immigration status.
Friends of the Callahan Senior Center
The Friends of the Callahan Senior Center is very grateful to be chosen once again as a charity to benefit from Framingham runners in the Boston Marathon. We are the 501 (c) 3 organization that supports programs and services for people 55 and older at the Callahan Center. The money raised by marathon runners supporting the Friends of Callahan is targeted for the Continuing Connections program.
This program is for people in the Metrowest area with a diagnosis of early stage dementia or Alzheimer’s and their care partner to attend together. Both partners participate in weekly programs that offer peer lunches and therapy in the areas of art, music and exercise to continue the connections that remain. Social Services staff provide counseling, education about resources and referrals to other services, on an ongoing basis as needs change. In addition, these couples are able to enjoy excursions as a group to museums, historical sites, cultural events and group dining at area restaurants. For many people dealing with this diagnosis, such group outings quickly become a thing of the past. Very strong bonds of connection have formed among the participants who become a new support network for each other. This program serves as a model for other towns in meeting the complex needs of people dealing with this diagnosis. We appreciate your help in continuing the moments of connection, joy and peer support that are made possible with your generosity.
Framingham History Center
The Framingham History Center was established in 1888 as the Framingham Natural History and Historical Society. The mission of the Framingham History Center is to preserve and share Framingham’s history in order to encourage connection to community.
The town of Framingham is best known for its busy thoroughfares, and densely populated downtown. This image overshadows a history that is as rich as the history of its neighboring towns, where heritage is a major portion of its economic and cultural base. Framingham’s history has taken a back seat to over 60 years of enormous changes that have impacted the town’s sense of community. It is time to showcase Framingham’s heritage and reap the rewards that benefit other neighboring towns. We do this by providing a rich offering of public events, lectures, exhibitions, celebrations, and tours, we inspire and educate the public, provide community gatherings, and share historical research resources with all.
We are a non-profit organization that depends largely on memberships and donations to perform our mission of preserving and sharing Framingham's unique history and culture.
Hoops and Homework
It is the Mission of Hoops and Homework to provide two safe, supervised environments for after school and summer educational and recreational activities for children who live at the Cochituate Homes (Interfaith Terrace) Complex, and the Carlson/ Pusan Public Housing, to provide staff and volunteers to supervise children in the completion of their school assigned homework, promote reading and math skills, and to provide opportunities for a variety of recreational, cultural, and enrichment activities. All services and food to be provided to the children free of charge.
Major Programs and geographic scope of services
There is no more worthwhile undertaking than to set out to make a real difference in the life of a child. Hoops and Homework plays a vital role in the lives of the children living in section 8 rental housing units in the Waverly and Beaver St. area, which is the lowest income area of the town. This area was described by Robin Welch, former principal of Woodrow Wilson School as “the projects”.
Focused on improving the quality of life for disadvantaged, underprivileged and underserved youth and their parents, Hoops and Homework provides high quality, professional, and impassioned care and meals for 86 children. We are open from 3 to 6pm. Additionally, Hoops and Homework opens from 1 to 6 pm on vacation days, early release days, summer days and any other days when school is not in session.
Organizational Structure and number of staff
It is stressful and unproductive and can be dangerous for children to be left on their own after school. At best, they spend their time in front of the television. At worst, they engage in risky or dangerous behaviors. Hoops and Homework provides children with a safe, supportive after school environment. We employ 9 paid staff to supervise and mentor our 86 children. Each of our two centers has a very experienced and qualified supervisor. In addition, we have a former principal and former director of Special Education who come weekly to help and to supervise the staff.
The target population and community needs to be addressed, Percent and number of low income kids served by the project
Data from the most recent census shows that Median household income is $29,162 for the area which Hoops and Homework serves (Census Tract 383102.) This is in the lowest 6.6% of the state. Blacks and Hispanics make up 87% of the organization’s target population. Data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education indicate that the students from our area falling into the high service need category is from 53% to 87%. These are students at risk of educational failure or otherwise in need of special assistance and support, such as students who are living in poverty, who are far below grade level, who have disabilities, or who are English learners. Of our 86 students, 35 have single person head of household, 57 are from extremely low income families, and 29 are from low income families. These kids need a lot of care and mentoring.
Goals to be achieved by the project
We have been evaluating the skill levels of our kids in English and Math and identifying the areas where they are weak in order to work on those specific areas. We have shown measurable and identifiable results for them. They are making progress.
Resiliency for Life
We are incredibly grateful that the Resiliency for Life Program has been selected by the Town of Framingham as a non-profit that will be supported by the Team Framingham Boston Marathon runners. Money we have received in the past has paid for after school tutors, parent meeting speakers and trips to colleges where students can see their goals and dreams come to life.
Resiliency for Life is a voluntary academic intervention and dropout prevention program within the Framingham Public Schools that develops skills and confidence in students with social difficulties who are at risk of academic failure. High school drop-outs are 6 times more likely to be incarcerated and have significantly higher health issues. In fact, each high school dropout costs the state $4 M (net) over their lifetime. In the last 6 years, our graduation rate is 99%.
Our teachers work with high risk students in grades 6-12. In the past 3 years, we expanded our program into the middles schools because reaching kids earlier is more effective in terms of both outcomes and costs. The program is seamlessly woven into the regular school day. Students start each day in the Resiliency homeroom and end their day in our after-school program, which includes tutoring, lessons in life skills such as financial literacy, college and career planning, sports therapy, and much more. We go on college visits, we do community service and we focus on accountability to ourselves and our community.
The Framingham Public Schools provide about 40% of our funding, but the remainder must be raised through the generosity of our community. The program is also in the midst of an expansion into the three Framingham middle schools. In FY2015, we needed to raise $200,000 in donations to support 70 students; this year, we need to raise $240,000 to support about 110 students.
RFL is a certified 501c3 charity. More information can be found at www.resiliencyforlife.org.
Framingham High School Foundation
The mission of the Framingham High School Foundation (FHSF) is to financially supplement activities, arts and athletics at the Framingham High School which may otherwise be restricted due to budgetary limitations. We firmly believe that after school activities are important opportunities for students to explore their passions outside of the classroom for their healthy social and emotional growth. FHSF is funded through private tax-deductible donations and by the annual Salute to Framingham and Holiday Marketplace. Examples of student programs supported over the past several years include:
- Robotics Club equipment/parts
- Open Verse entry fees
- Marching Band marimba
- Gay Straight Alliance Club books
- Flyer TV equipment
- Athletic Trainer ice machine
- New Sound System for the gym, in partnership with the Merloni Family
- Wellness Center equipment
- Uniforms and equipment for several athletic teams
- Championship/Post Season travel for athletic teams, Robotics Club and arts groups
FHSF is a 501 c 3, managed by a Board of parent volunteers. For more information, go to www.framinghamghighschoolfoundation.org.