The following is a press release
NATICK – For 25 years, the Foundation for MetroWest has served as a connector, partner, and resource for the 33 cities and towns that make up the region.
Today, September 23, the Foundation launched ONEmetrowest, its most ambitious year-end campaign to date aimed at engaging 1,000 donors who are “all in” for the Foundation’s mission by December 31.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation quickly pivoted its work and efforts to address the pressing needs in MetroWest. From food insecurity to personal hygiene to basic needs, the Foundation was there for its neighbors during the most critical time in its history, granting nearly $3.5 million in emergency relief funding to date. Though the Foundation was able to mobilize resources and quickly distribute funding to the region’s most vulnerable neighbors, there is still more work that lies ahead, as we move into the fall and beyond. Donors to the ONEmetrowest campaign can show they stand by their neighbors in need and understand the importance of their community foundation during this challenging time.
“MetroWest is comprised of many distinct towns and cities, yet we all walk the same streets, share the same soccer fields, and shop at the same stores,” said Judy Salerno, executive director, Foundation for MetroWest. “Our community has turned to the Foundation for support during the good times and the unprecedented ones. Now, we’re leaning on our community to ensure we can sustain our work for many years to come. ONEmetrowest is about more than raising dollars for our annual fund—it is about ensuring everyone in this region feels united, responsible for each other’s well-being, and vested in the vitality of our communities because we are stronger together.”
ONEmetrowest will engage the Foundation’s longstanding supporters as well as community members who are new to the organization’s mission by collectively exploring the issues, opportunities, and voices that unite the 33 cities and towns of the region. The campaign will mobilize neighbors to increase engagement throughout the region, create new connections to foster important discussion and debate, and strengthen support for the organizations and nonprofits that contribute to MetroWest’s unique community and character.
The campaign is an extension of the Foundation’s 2020 key initiatives, including emergency relief efforts, celebrating its 25th anniversary, and revitalizing Impact MetroWest with additional data on race and equity indicators in the region. Additionally, the Foundation’s new series, “Voices of MetroWest,” will amplify diverse voices with unique perspectives and convene community members in a series of virtual town hall events aimed at elevating meaningful and impactful discourse.
“As a community foundation, we have proven the importance of our existence over the past 25 years, especially through our recent emergency relief work,” said Jay Kim, Chief Operating Officer, Foundation for MetroWest. “While this has certainly been a highlight in our history, it is important that we are around for the next 25 years and beyond to continue this important work for our friends, families, and neighbors who rely most on the resources we provide. We are asking our community to show that it is ‘All in for ONEmetrowest’ by giving to our annual fund by December 31.”
For more on ONEmetrowest and information on how to donate, please visit www.foundationmw.org/onemetrowest-campaign.
Celebrating 25 years of service to the MetroWest region of Boston, the Foundation for MetroWest, the only community foundation serving the region, is embarking on its most ambitious annual fund campaign yet—ONEmetrowest. Though the region is comprised of a multitude of towns and cities, we are stronger when we come together as one. The Foundation promotes philanthropy across the area, helps donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serves as a resource for local nonprofits and enhances the quality of life for all our residents. The Foundation wants to ensure it can continue doing this work for 25 more years and beyond. Since inception, the Foundation has granted $23 million to its nonprofit partners and currently stewards more than $26 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact.