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Southborough Community Fund

Who We Are

​Established in 2014 by local residents, the Southborough Community Fund (SCF) promotes a spirit of philanthropic giving to help enhance the quality of life for all Southborough residents. As a fund of the Foundation for MetroWest, the SCF is a source of funding to support community needs and opportunities in the areas of Human Services, Arts & Culture, Environment, and Community Building, and provides ways for residents to make an immediate impact in their community. The SCF, with the leadership, expertise, and support of the Foundation, will provide a source of funding exclusively for the town of Southborough.

It is the Community Board’s goal to fund projects that bring innovative thinking to big issues and small ones – for the benefit of all of Southborough.

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Tom Crotty

Chair
Tom recently moved into a Senior Advisor role at Battery Ventures after serving twelve years as Managing Partner responsible for overseeing all investment and operational aspects of the venture capital partnership. He has served as a board member for dozens of companies in the communications, software and ecommerce sectors. Active in the nonprofit sector, Tom is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for MetroWest, co-founded Hub Financial Charities after 9-11, serves as Board Chair of Grassroot Soccer, and is a Trustee of St. Mark’s School. Tom, his wife Shari and their two children have resided in Southborough for over 21 years.

Andrew Abu

A former executive in sales, Andrew attended Boston College and graduated from Bentley College with a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Accounting. He joined the real estate industry in 1990, where he has developed a reputation for providing outstanding customer service almost exclusively working by personal referrals from past clients. In September 2004, Andrew parlayed his entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for the business by forming his own real estate company, Andrew Abu REALTORS. Andrew maintains top five status consistently in our county, but he measures his success by the trust and confidence that his clients place in his company. Andrew is involved with his community as follows:
Andrew is currently a Board of Visitors Member at Worcester Academy and Fay School. In addition, he is a Corporator at Avidia Bank and a Director of the Central Massachusetts Association of Realtors. Andrew has lived in Southborough for the last 12 years with his wife Jane and three college age children.

Noreen Reilly Harrington

Noreen is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and is a Clinical Psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of mood and weight disorders, with a particular focus on bipolar disorder. Actively involved in research, she has co-authored numerous books and scientific articles and was a co-founder and Vice President of Concordant Rater Systems, a pharmaceutical consulting firm, which was successfully sold in 2010. She earned her undergraduate degree at University of Pennsylvania and her doctoral degree at Temple University. For the past 14 years, she has resided in Southborough with her husband and 3 sons and has embraced an active role in the community, currently serving on the Board of Trustees for the Fay School. In the past, she has volunteered on the Fireball Committee for the Southborough Fire Department, has assisted in fundraising for the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and has served on the board of Southborough Kindergroup.

Cathy Kea

Cathy currently heads the Southborough Organization of Schools and volunteers with the Senior Center and Meals on Wheels. She managed the second floor of the Boston Lord and Taylor store before moving to Southborough. Additionally, she has worked with Kindergroup, Smiling Kids, Saint Matthews Church and Southborough Youth Soccer.

Elizabeth Wetherbee Klein

Beth is the founder of Solstice Advisory, a marketing and positioning consulting practice in New England. She previously worked as senior vice president of the Plan Sponsor Network (PSN), and was an investment manager research platform at Informa Investment Solutions.
Beth and her husband David are members of the UMass Medicine Development Council and co-chairs of the UMass Medicine Winter Ball held each December. Additionally, they are members of the US Fund for UNICEF’s Family & Philanthropy Committee. Beth is a member of the Women’s Executive Council at Dana-Farber. Beth and her husband David live in Southborough with their three children.

Thomas M. (“Tim”) Lescalleet

Tim is the Senior Vice President of Griffin Industrial, LLC, which is the real estate operating subsidiary of Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc., a publicly traded company (GRIF). His responsibilities include business development, transaction management (leasing, acquisitions & dispositions), land approvals & development, and executive oversight of the company’s management and construction operations. Tim’s industry background includes over 25 years of experience in real estate development, management and brokerage. Prior to joining Griffin Industrial, he was a partner at The Codman Company, and prior to that he was with CB Commercial (now CB Richard Ellis).

Marybeth Strickland

Marybeth has been actively involved with many organizations in the community including Our Father’s Table, St. Matthew’s Church, and Southborough SOS. She has served as an elected member of the Southborough School Committee since 2003, with several years as chairperson. She is a member of their budget, collective bargaining, and policy subcommittees. After many years in product management & implementation for financial software, she is currently involved in business operations consulting for small companies. She holds a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Nazareth College of Rochester. Marybeth has been a resident of Southborough since 1996 with her husband Gary & their 3 children.

Sujal Bhalakia

Sujal Bhalakia is an operations executive in the life-science field with extensive leadership experience in the medical device, pharma and biotech companies. Sujal has served on the board of Town of Southborough Economic Development Committee and is currently an Advisory Board member for the biomedical engineering program at UMass Lowell. Sujal and his family have lived in Southborough since 2004.

Kevin Gillis

With over 25 years of financial leadership and management experience, Kevin leads Third Rock Venture’s non-investment activities, which include running internal operations and overseeing the firm’s finance, legal, communications and administrative functions. He also leads fundraising activities and manages the firm’s limited partner relationships. Kevin earned a BA in history from Brandeis University and an MBA at Bentley University. He is incredibly proud of his wife and two children, and feels grateful to be part of a wonderful extended family.

Beth Dill

Beth is currently retired after being in Finance and Operations at several companies. Her last position was COO/CFO of Stone Temple Consulting, a digital marketing agency, which was sold to Perficient Digital in July 2018.  She is currently the treasurer of The Lenny Zakim Fund and works closely with Bethany Hill Place.  In addition to her volunteer work, she does some financial consulting in the nonprofit sector and teaches weaving.  Beth and her husband Eric have lived in Southborough for the past 27 years and have raised three children.

Andrea Thomas

Andrea grew up in Southborough and returned in 2012 with her husband TIm to start their family. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Andrea recently stepped away from her career in sales and global procurement to be home with her young children, Elizabeth and Teddy. She serves on the board of Southborough Kindergroup and plays an active role at the Fay Early Learning Center.

Erin Cox

Board Member

Erin Cox is a professional coach, a tech co-founder (wiseHer), and a non-profit growth specialist. She is passionate about figuring out what makes something (an organization, a program, a product) orsomeone (an executive, a rising star, a working parent) special and growing it/them to achieve incredible results. Erin honed her skills in management, organizational development, strategy, programmatic quality and growth, partnership management, fundraising and leadership in long stints at two education non-profits (Jumpstart and uAspire). Erin is a graduate of Tufts University (BA), Boston

University (MBA), LeadBoston, the Institute for Professional Education in Coaching, and is a kidney donor.

Lisa Dumont

Board Member

Lisa Dumont been a resident of Southborough since 2005. She is married with two children, Donald (14) and Lily (12). Since being in Southborough she has found many ways to get involved with the town through the school and recreation activities, serving as treasurer for SOS at Woodward for two years and for SEF for the past 4 years. Lisa has worked at Cabot Corporation, a global specialty chemical company headquartered in Boston for the past 20 years, holding a variety of finance roles including my current role as Controller.

Amy Yazdani

Board Member

Amy Yazdani has been a member of the board of the Southborough Education Foundation for 7 years, and president for the past 5. Amy has also recently been elected to the Southborough Library Board of Trustees after serving as an appointed trustee for a partial term. As an avid lover of books and education, she enjoys learning the details of running a library, a municipal facility and working to keep the library productive, inclusive, evolving and supportive of the community. Amy has been a resident of Southborough for almost a decade. She has been a member of the Friends of Southborough Library for

5 years, 4 of those as Vice President.

What does SCF Support?

​The Community Board accepts grant applications from registered nonprofit and town organizations operating in Southborough. It encourages applications that bring innovative thinking to big issues and small ones - all for the benefit of Southborough. We support programs that increase volunteerism and community involvement, strengthen civic engagement, and emphasize collaborations that enhance community initiatives.

SCF will consider grants that fall within these priority areas:

  • Human Services – To support families, youth, seniors, and underserved populations in creating pathways that improve the overall quality of life.
  • Arts & Culture – To support the cultural vitality of the Southborough community, including the visual arts, the performing arts, and historic preservation.
  • Environment – To support programs that preserve the natural resources of Southborough and to increase environmental awareness, education, and engagement.
  • Community Building – To support increased volunteerism and community involvement, to strengthen civic engagement, and to emphasize collaboration that enhances community initiatives.

SCF accepts grant applications from registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations, organizations with an eligible fiscal sponsor, and town agencies serving Southborough. At this time, SCF will not accept applications from Southborough schools or organized youth sports programs, as they are currently well-funded and stewarded.

Assabet Valley Mastersingers

To support AVM's May 2020 concert entitled “Bridges of the Spirit”

Friends Of The Southborough Council On Aging

Supporting three distinct projects

· To provide support to caregivers through regular contact by the Senior Center Outreach Coordinator and delivering meals twice a month for seniors and their caregivers

· To support programs that focus on caregivers who are supporting friends or family members with dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease

· To create a fund which supports transportation for seniors who cannot access regular senior transportation because of physical or cognitive limitations

Friends Of The Southborough Youth Commission

Supporting six distinct projects:

· To support the SYFS Camp Scholarship Program, providing Southborough families with financial need the opportunity to send their children to summer camp

· To support Next Level Parenting which provides parents education regarding developmental, biological, social, and mental health issues pertaining to children and adolescents

· To support Creative Art workshops which utilize music and art therapy techniques for youth

· To support staff trainings for Southborough Youth and Family Services

· To support an emergency fund that will assist families experiencing temporary financial hardship

· To support Southborough residents experiencing chronic financial hardship or going through a difficult situation that could benefit from an item or service not considered emergency need

Pilgrim Church – The Messiah Community Chorus

A sponsorship to support the 2019 Messiah Community Chorus presentation of Handel's Messiah

Southborough Historical Society

To support the SHS' collection, conservation, and preservation

Southborough Library

To support “Crafternoons”, an ongoing series of art creation programs designed for children and young adults

Southborough Open Land Foundation

A sponsorship to support the 2020 Art on the Trails program held at the Elaine & Philip Beals Preserve

Thrive Support & Advocacy

To support Thrive's After School Community (TASC) program for children, teens and young adults with developmental disabilities

Assabet Valley Mastersingers

To support AVM's choral concert exploring the world of American folk music

Friends of the Southborough Council On Aging

To provide meals twice a month for seniors and their primary caregiver(s), as well as to support regular phone check-ins between caregivers and the COA's Senior Center Outreach Coordinator

Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission

Supporting four distinct projects:

  • To support the SYFS Camp Scholarship Program, providing Southborough families with financial need the opportunity to send their children to summer camp.
  • To provide basic goods and/or services to Southborough residents with demonstrated needs.
  • To provide training for two individuals to participate in a train-the-trainer model with respect to SYC's youth substance programming.
  • To support an emergency fund that will assist families experiencing temporary financial hardship. Of this, $2,500 is to be used specifically for direct assistance to families, with the remaining $500 to be used to support staff time.
  • Pilgrim Church

    The Messiah Community Chorus: A sponsorship to support the 2018 Messiah Community Chorus presentation of Handel's Messiah

    Southborough Historical Society

    To support the SHS' collection conservation and preservation

    Southborough Library

    Supporting two distinct projects:

  • To support an ongoing series of art creation programs designed for children and young adults
  • To provide a multi-day literacy event series for children in preschool through grade 6
  • Southborough Open Land Foundation

    To support the 2019 Art on the Trails program held at the Elaine & Philip Beals Preserve

    Thrive Support & Advocacy

    To support Thrive's out-of-school time programs (Kids' Club and TASC) for children, teens and young adults with developmental disabilities

    Assabet Valley Mastersingers

    To support the ‘Choral Gems for Romantic Organ’ concert at Pilgrim Church in March 2018

    Friends of the Southborough Council on Aging

    To provide meals twice a month for seniors and their primary caregiver(s

    Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission

  • To support the Southborough Youth and Family Services (SYFS) Camp Scholarship Program
  • To support an emergency fund that will be used to provide basic goods and/or services to Southborough residents who have demonstrated needs
  • To support SYFS’ multi-generational mentoring program called Project Friend
  • Pilgrim Church

    Messiah Community Chorus: To support the Messiah Community Chorus’ presentation of Handel’s Messiah, an annual tradition in Southborough

    Southborough Historical Society

    To support the stabilization of its historical collections and to develop educational exhibits and materials for the community

    Southborough Open Land Foundation

    To support the 2018 Art on the Trails program to be held at the Elaine and Philip Beals Preserve

    Thrive Support & Advocacy

    To support the Extended Day program at Algonquin Regional High School for young adults ages 18-25 that addresses a gap in services for those living with autism spectrum disorder or other intellectual and developmental challenges

    Assabet Valley Mastersingers (AVM)

    The Assabet Valley Mastersingers is dedicated to perpetuating the love and appreciation of choral music. With a commitment to performance excellence and innovative programming, local talented vocalists and instrumentalists perform celebrated masterworks, lesser-known masterworks, and commissioned works.

    This grant will support the production and presentation of the Assabet Valley Mastersinger’s concert “The Poet Sings” to be held March 19, 2017, at St. Mark’s School, Southborough.

    Best Buddies, International

    The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    This grant will fund the cost of conference attendance (fees and travel expenses) for three buddy ambassadors and a teacher chaperone to attend the Best Buddies Leadership Conference during July 2017.

    The Friends Of The Southborough Council On Aging (COA)

    The Friends of the Southborough COA provides financial support to the Senior Center for programs, supplies, and services. The mission of the COA is to advance the well-being of the senior population through policymaking and advocacy, enhancing the dignity and interests of Southborough Seniors.

    This grant will enable the Council to provide meals twice a month for seniors and their primary caregiver(s).

    Greater Marlboro Programs, Inc.

    Greater Marlboro Programs, Inc. designs services to empower individuals and their families and to foster inclusion, interdependence, and self-expression. Our supports build upon individual strengths and preferences with the ultimate goal that each person will live in our community as a productive, participating member.

    This grant will provide funding to pilot a new Extended Day Program for young adults with developmental disabilities who would benefit from a structured educational and recreational program in the hours following the young adult’s school, work, or day program.

    New Hope, Inc.

    New Hope’s mission is to end domestic and sexual violence in our communities. They work towards this goal by providing full-spectrum, trauma-informed care to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, regardless of race, age, income level, gender or sexual orientation.

    This grant will support New Hope’s continued work to build a network of local community resources and direct outreach to Southborough residents, making them aware of the free services available through their local advocate and through their 24-hour, toll-free hotline.

    Southborough Historical Society

    The mission of the Southborough Historical Society is to preserve the best of our past for our future, enhancing the quality of life in Southborough, Massachusetts.

    This grant will assist with immediate needs for organizational support and preservation of historic resources due to flood and subsequent mold damage.

    Southborough Public Library

    Our public library serves patrons of all ages beginning at birth. They are the center of community activity providing services such as circulating books and other materials as well as in-house programs for children, teens, and adults. Programs vary from literature related to natures, arts, sciences and other fields with an emphasis on variety to meet the needs of the community.

    This grant will fund a series of art workshops and classes for children, covering an age range from preschool to middle school.

    Southborough Friends Of Youth Commission (SYFS)

    SYFS is a community resource that offers guidance and support to children and families who are in need or in crisis. They offer a variety of both preventive and treatment services, in and out of the schools, including early intervention programs, mental health education for school personnel and parents, counseling/crisis intervention, and programs connecting families with resources. They also provide programs that offer fun and strengthening activities for youth and the community at large.

    This grant will once again provide Youth Camperships for those in need so that more children in town can receive a positive and meaningful camp experience.

    Southborough Open Land Foundation

    SOLF works to preserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of the Town of Southborough in order to maintain and improve the quality of life for present and future generations.

    This grant will support estate planning workshops with property owners about the advantages of placing a conservation restriction on property and/or donating land to a land trust.

    Southborough Town Agency Collaborative

    The collaborative of Southborough includes the Food Pantry, Senior Center and Youth and Family Services. They work together to provide services, referrals, and assistance to town residents in need of support. It also provides financial assistance to households in emergency situations. The three groups work together with the Fire and Police Dept. to share information and resources in order to assist residents short and long term.

    This grant will once again create a pool of emergency funds designated to assist with urgent, essential services for Southborough residents in need. Areas of assistance include food insecurity, utilities, transportation, heating fuel, medications, and other essential services.

    Southborough Trails Committee

    The STC oversees volunteers to create, monitor and maintain town resource trails in Southborough in coordination with any entities that are public or private, and will coordinate with the Regional trail organizations.

    This grant will support the hiring of professionals to remove the most dangerous obstructions from a recent microburst on Town trails and assist with the purchase of posts and "blazes" to mark trails clearly.

    Pilgrim Church - Messiah Community Chorus

    The Messiah Community Chorus comprised of 40-50 volunteer vocalists, supported by a professionally hired full orchestra and vocal soloists presents an annual performance of George Friedrich Handel’s “Messiah”. As an annual tradition that dates back to the early 1970s the concert is performed at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in downtown Southborough.

    This sponsorship & matching grant challenge will once again support the 2016 performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at Pilgrim Church in Southborough.

    Assabet Valley Mastersingers (AVM)

    The Assabet Valley Mastersingers is dedicated to perpetuating the love and appreciation of choral music. With a commitment to performance excellence and innovative programming, local talented vocalists and instrumentalists perform celebrated masterworks, lesser-known masterworks, and commissioned works.

    This grant will support funding for Handel's "Alexander's Feast" to be performed at St. Mark's Performing Arts Center on March 13, 2016.

    The Friends of the Southborough Council on Aging (COA)

    The Friends of the Southborough COA provides financial support to the Senior center for programs, supplies, and services. The mission of the COA is to advance the well-being of the senior population through policymaking and advocacy, enhancing the dignity and interests of Southborough Seniors.

    Two grants were received:
    Grant #1 will help fund six "Art 4 Healing Workshops" for seniors, helping them express feelings related to bereavement and loss through painting and the language of color.

    Grant #2 will fund a program of eight healthy nutrition education sessions specific to seniors' needs, including healthy breakfast ideas, making soup from scratch, and other ways to prepare meals with healthy food options. It will be open to all seniors and held at the Senior Center kitchen.

    Heritage Chorale, Inc.

    The mission of the Heritage Chorale is to perform a wide variety of high-quality choral music and inspire in themselves and their audience a greater love and understanding of music.

    This grant will support the performance of "Shakespeare & Friends" at St. Mark's Performing Arts Center on May 14, 2016. This performance is part of a series targeted to children and families in the MetroWest area.

    HOPEworldwide Food Bank

    The mission of HOPEworldwide is to provide healthy food and other required items to a need MetroWest population in a manner that provides dignity to clients.

    This grant will provide support for healthier options for clients (which includes many Southborough families,) including a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables to augment the processed and packaged foods traditionally offered by most food banks.

    New Hope, Inc.

    New Hope's mission is to end domestic and sexual violence in our communities. They work towards this goal by providing full-spectrum, trauma-informed care to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, regardless of race, age, income level, gender, or sexual orientation.

    This grant will support New Hope in its continuing efforts to build its network of local community resources, specifically distributing information and building awareness of its services in Southborough.

    Southborough Fire Department

    This grant will provide partial support for the purchase of Thermal Imaging Camera, an essential piece of equipment that enhances the safety of firefighters and the effectiveness of locating victims in low visibility environments.

    Southborough Friends of Youth Commission (SYFS)

    SYFS is a community resource that offers guidance and support to children and families who are in need or in crisis. They offer a variety of both preventative and treatment services, in and out of the schools, including early intervention programs, mental health education for school personnel and parents, counseling/crisis intervention, and programs connecting families and resources. They also provide programs that offer fun and strengthening activities for youth and the community at large.

    This grant will provide Youth Camperships for those in need so that more children in town can receive a positive and meaningful camp experience.

    Southborough Open Land Foundation

    SOLF works to preserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of the Town of Southborough in order to maintain and improve the quality of life for present and future generations.

    This grant will support an environmental education program for residents to learn about the growing beaver population in Southborough and what appropriate strategies can be employed to address problems for homes near an increasing number of beaver lodges and dams.

    Southborough Recreation Department

    Southborough Recreation Department offers a variety of fun and affordable programs that satisfy the needs and interests of residents young and old.

    This grant will provide partial support for the funding required to replace the Fay Memorial Playground on Central Street.

    Southborough Town Agency Collaborative

    The collaborative of Southborough includes the Food Pantry, Senior Center and Youth and Family Services. They work together to provide services, referrals, and assistance to town residents in need of support. It also provides financial assistance to households in emergency situations. The three groups work together with the Fire and Police Department to share information and resources in order to assist residents short and long term.

    This grant will create a pool of emergency funds designated to assist with urgent, essential services for Southborough residents in need. Areas of assistance include food insecurity, utilities, transportation, heating fuel, medications, and other essential services.

    Pilgrim Church – Messiah Community Chorus

    The Messiah Community Chorus comprised of 40-50 volunteer vocalists, supported by a professionally hired full orchestra and vocal soloists presents an annual performance of George Friedrich Handel's "Messiah." As an annual tradition that dates back to the early 1970s, the concert is performed at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in downtown Southborough.

    This sponsorship and matching grant challenge will support the 2015 performance of Handel's "Messiah" at Pilgrim Church in Southborough

    Woodward Memorial School – Woodward Green Team

    The Green Team's mission is to inform the school community – students, parents, and staff – about reducing environmental impact through education and implementation of enhanced recycling, composting and gardening.

    This grant will support a Styrofoam recycling event on April 9, 2016, providing funds for rental equipment during the day.

    Assabet Valley Mastersingers

    To support Thrive's After School Community (TASC) program for children, teens and young adults with developmental disabilities

    Southborough Access Media

    This grant will support Veteran interview funding for the film project “Lessons in Local Life and Paying it Forward”.

    Southborough Friends of COA

    To support Thrive's After School Community (TASC) program for children, teens and young adults with developmental disabilities

    Southborough Friends of COA-Fire Department

    This grant will support the purchase of 3 Knox Boxes to provide increased emergency assistance for frail elder seniors who may be in need of assistance or “well being” checks.

    Southborough Friends of Youth Commission

    This grant will support a Youth Campership Program for those in need so that more children can receive a positive and meaningful camp experience.

    Southborough Library

    This grant will support the library in providing science programming, with a focus on science combined with literature, for preschool through older elementary school-age children.

    Southborough Open Land Foundation

    This grant will support the Continuation and Expansion of Wildlife Survey, Nature Walks and Programs for Environmental Advancement.

    Southborough Recreation Department

    This grant will support the purchase of Two Freedom Concept Adaptive Bikes that will help students with limited to severe developmental mobility challenges learn to use the bikes and help them build confidence. The program allows children from all backgrounds to have a fun, enriching, and growth-producing summer.

    Southborough Town Agency Collaborative

    This grant will support the Collaborative Emergency Need Funding: United Parishes of Southborough, Southborough Senior Center and Southborough Youth and Family Services.

    United Parishes of Southborough Food Pantry

    This grant will support the Food Insecurity Program.