OutMetroWest Director Finalist for Nonprofit Excellence Award

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has named Jack Patrick Lewis, Executive Director of OUT MetroWest (Wellesley and Framingham), as a finalist for a 2016 Nonprofit Excellence Award.

Lewis is being recognized for his impact as a young nonprofit professional. The Nonprofit Excellence Awards will be presented on June 27 at the Network’s celebration of Nonprofit Awareness Day, a statewide holiday that highlights the work of the nonprofit sector and raises awareness of causes throughout Massachusetts.

“The Nonprofit Excellence Awards celebrate the innovative, creative, and effective work being done by nonprofits throughout the Commonwealth,”  said Jim Klocke, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. “We are delighted to shine a light on these impressive finalists, and on the 33,000 nonprofits and more than half a million nonprofit employees that provide invaluable services across Massachusetts.”

This year, MNN received over 200 Nonprofit Excellence Award nominations.

Finalists will be recognized and winners will be announced at Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s Nonprofit Awareness Day celebration at the State House on June 27, presented by Citizens Bank.

Under Mr. Lewis’s leadership, OUT MetroWest enriches the LGBTQ community in MetroWest Boston through programming, education, and advocacy. The organization offers weekly evening programs that are designed to combat the depression caused by a teen’s sense of alienation. Jack has worked with his engaged board to rapidly create a broad coalition of support from churches, businesses, and community partners. Since the organization was created in 2015, OUT MetroWest has served 600 high-schoolers from 50 towns and launched the state’s first program for middle-schoolers.

“I am honored to be nominated for this Young Professional award for my work with OUT MetroWest. The work the organization does is vital to the youth we serve, and I am grateful to all of our community supporters and partners who make the work possible,” said Lewis, who lives in Framingham.

Nonprofits across the state will also be engaging in a social media campaign on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram leading up to June 27 and will use the hashtag #nonprofitsmakesense to highlight their unique contributions to their communities. Anyone interested in learning more about the awards, event, or social media campaign can visit www.massnonprofitnet.org/npad2016.

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is the voice of the entire nonprofit sector in Massachusetts. MNN was launched in 2007 and is the only statewide organization dedicated to strengthening communities by serving nonprofit organizations through advocacy, public awareness, and capacity building. MNN has more than 750 nonprofit and for-profit affiliate members that represent every subsector and region of the state.

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Courtesy photo: Jack Patrick Lewis (right) with Marie Caradonna, OUT MetroWest’s youth worker.

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Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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