Jim O’Connor Community Service Award Honoree Selected For the 27th Annual Salute to Framingham

FRAMINGHAM – The Salute to Framingham committee announced this morning, January 22, the 2019 recipient of the Jim O’Connor Community Service Award, given in honor of those who hold the passion, vision,
commitment and leadership skills of the Salute to Framingham founder, Jim O’Connor.

The honor is given to organizations who work as a team to serve the youth of Framingham. . This year, the Jim O’Connor Community Service Award will be awarded to Hoops and Homework.

Hoops and Homework is an after-school and summer program that offers academic and enrichment services to children and youth in some of Framingham’s poorest neighborhoods.

An excellent example of community organizing in response to a clear need – the lack of an affordable and accessible after-school program for children living in the lowest income section of Framingham – Hoops and Homework has been extremely successful for students, their parents, and their teachers. Staff and volunteers assist youth with homework Monday through
Friday during the school year. Tutoring support, with an emphasis on reading, is provided. Lending libraries with reading areas are always available. The computer area, which is used to promote interest and skills in using technology, as well as to strengthen academic and technology skills and confidence, is set up at each site and is monitored and supervised.
Healthy snacks are provided each day along with lunches during the school vacation periods to provide needed nutrition.

The program was launched in 2012 by a group of concerned citizens, led by Framingham resident Herb Chasan, interested in making improvements to this underserved section of the city. This group persuaded Framingham Town Meeting to appropriate $81,000 to initiate the after-school homework and recreation program at two locations: Framingham Housing Authority’s site at Carlson and Pusan Rd, and the Cochituate Cooperative Homes site at
Interfaith Terrace.

Hoops and Homework Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit 501c3 charity in December 2014 in order to continue to provide after-school services. The funds that are donated are used to pay for staff, supplies, insurance and snacks at the two sites.

Private donations and grants have made it possible to sustain the program. In June, 2017, the Massachusetts Office of Early Education and Care approved Hoops and Homework as a licensed childcare provider. They are the only neighborhood-based after-school program in Framingham.

In November, 2017, Hoops and Homework earned eligibility for state tuition vouchers.

The Salute to Framingham will take place on Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Framingham ballroom.

Online ticket sales begin February 1, 2019.

For more information about the Salute to Framingham, please visit www.salute-to-framingham.com.

All proceeds from the Salute to Framingham benefit the Framingham High School Foundation which supports the extracurricular Activities, Arts, and Athletics at Framingham High School.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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