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In 2015, the foundation awarded planning grants to the Bellingham, Milford and Framingham Public Schools to develop plans for implementing a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) framework within their respective districts. SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, and make responsible decisions. Research shows that children with strong social-emotional skills perform better in school, have more positive relationships and better mental health outcomes.
Now with their plans complete, the foundation's board of trustees recently approved three-year, $105,000 implementation grants for each district. The grants are designed to help each school system train personnel in grades K-5 on SEL systems, beliefs and practices leading to improved school culture. In addition to the grants, the foundation will be supporting the districts through a "learning community" where they can share best practices and learn from those systems that have successfully implemented SEL practices.
The MetroWest Health Foundation recently awarded over $750,000 in new grants to area nonprofit and municipal organizations. The grants were made as part of the foundation’s spring grant cycle and are designed to help organizations accomplish projects that improve the health and well-being of residents and communities in the MetroWest region.
The 19 new grants address a variety of issues including heath equity, healthy aging and access to care. The largest grants were $250,000 to South Middlesex Opportunity Council to support the establishment of a new South Framingham community center, and $150,000 to Riverside Community Care to support mental health services in the Greater Milford area.
In addition to these organization, grants were also made to the following:
BayPath Elder Services, Inc. $34,736
To improve access to services for LGBTQ elders.
Brazilian American Center $30,915
To facilitate the access to mental health and wellness services.
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center $20,000
To improve specialty care referrals for patients.
Framingham Board of Health $19,240
To make Framingham an age/dementia-friendly community.
Framingham Housing Authority $19,944
To reduce incidents of heat stroke among elderly and disabled residents.
Franklin Council on Aging $9,798
To support a Dementia Friendly community.
Franklin Food Pantry $2,150
To train volunteers and staff in trauma informed care.
Health Care for All $24,245
To improve access to care for immigrant families in the MetroWest community.
Hudson Board of Health $20,000
To build local capacity and expertise around how adults can develop strong connections to the youth in their lives.
Learning Center for the Deaf $20,000
To support the establishment of an outpatient mental health clinic to serve deaf and hard of hearing children and
MetroWest Regional Transit Authority $26,000
To offer diversity, equity, and inclusion training for staff.
MetroWest Worker Center $20,000
To provide medical accompaniment to immigrant workers injured on the job.
MetroWest YMCA $25,000
To strengthen primary prevention strategies within the region.
Natick Service Council, Inc. $20,000
To increase health insurance enrollment and health literacy of residents.
OUT MetroWest $20,715
To build capacity to serve LGBTQ youth of color.
RIA House Inc. $29,992
To improve mental health and recovery services for women survivors of
South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. $10,000
To develop an action plan on behalf of the Greater Framingham
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