Nonprofit Community Services

Contributing to the quality of life in our communities by offering educational, health, environmental, social, and other services.

American Cancer Society New England Division

American Cancer Society New England Division

43 Nagog Park, Suite 110, Acton, 01720

781-894-6633

Ashland Sporting Association, Inc

Ashland Sporting Association, Inc

158 Pond Street, Suite A, Ashland 01721

508-315-4820  www.ashlandhalfmarathon.com

Ashland Sporting Association, Inc. is a non-profit incorporated in 2013, and organizes the annual Ashland Half-Marathon and 5k in October.  The Ashland half-marathon and 5k both start from Marathon Park, the original Boston Marathon starting line.

Bethany Hill School

Bethany Hill School

89 Bethany Road, Framingham 01702

508-875-1117 

 

Call2Talk

Call2Talk

A confidential emotional support call line.

508-532-CALL

Charles River Community Groups

Charles River Community Groups

South Natick 01760

A cooperative of nonprofits, we collaborate on public programs and share resources to better engage our neighbors: Bacon Free Library, Broadmoor Wildlife Refuge, Eliot Church, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Natick Communtiy Organic Farm, Natick Historical Society.

Choose Framingham

Choose Framingham

Along with great neighborhoods, Framingham has extraordinary options for shopping and dining, a vibrant and innovative center for business and industry that hosts a number of world class companies, an expanding hub of cultural and educational opportunity, & unmatched road and railway access.

Family Promise Metrowest Day Center

Family Promise Metrowest Day Center

Common Street Community Church
13 Common Street, Natick 01760

508-315-4820 

Family Promise Metrowest is a charitable nonprofit cooperative interfaith partnership with 40 area congregations offering homeless families with children safe transitional shelter, meals, supportive services, case management and employment assistance as they seek permanent housing.

Foundation for MetroWest

Foundation for MetroWest

5 Eliot Street, Natick 01760

508-647-2260 

A resource, leader, and catalyst that connects the philanthropic interests of donors with nonprofits, and nonprofits with each other across 33 towns. Our grants focus on family support, arts and culture, environment, and youth development.

Framingham Downtown Renaissance

Framingham Downtown Renaissance

129 Concord Street, Framingham 01701
508-861-3289 

Framingham Downtown Renaissance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to guiding Downtown Framingham to its most vibrant future. We join our great local businesses and neighborhood communities to welcome you as our guests and future friends!

Framingham Public Library

Framingham Public Library

49 Lexington Street, Framingham 01701

508-532-5570

Franklin Downtown Partnership

Franklin Downtown Partnership

9 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

774-571-3109

Franklin Downtown Partnership is a pro-active organization that brings residents, business owners and community leaders together, encourages cooperation, and builds leadership for the purpose of revitalizing downtown Franklin.

Friends of Saxonville

Friends of Saxonville

P.O. Box 3236
Framingham  01705

We educate the public about the special identity of Saxonville, an historic neighborhood of Framingham, and preserve, enhance and protect its cultural, economic, environmental and historical qualities.

Leadership MetroWest

Leadership MetroWest

1671 Worcester Road, Suite 301, Framingham 01701

508-872-6161

We empower participants and alumni of our signature program, the Leadership Academy, to be more effective community and business leaders and to embrace cross-sector collaboration.

MetroWest Nonprofit Network

MetroWest Nonprofit Network

PO Box 1661, Framingham 01701
508-377-3998
 
Natick Community Organic Farm

Natick Community Organic Farm

117 Eliot Street, Natick  01760

508-655-2204 

Natick Community Senior Center

Natick Community Senior Center

117 East Central St, Natick 01760 

508-647-6540

 

OUT MetroWest

OUT MetroWest

P.O. Box 2122, Framingham 01703

508-875-2122 

Planet Aid

Planet Aid

47 Sumner Street Milford MA 01757

508-893-0644

A nonprofit organization that collects and recycles used clothes and shoes (look for our bright yellow boxes!) to support projects that improve health, aid vulnerable children, train teachers, and enhance the quality of life across the globe.

Rotary Club of Framingham

Rotary Club of Framingham

The Rotary Club of Framingham is a service organization of local business men and women from who want to better the community in which we live and/or work. As a club, we undertake a variety of community projects.

SPARK Kindness

SPARK Kindness

Natick 01760

SPARK= Successful, Positive, Authentic, Resilient Kids. We build kind, empowered and inclusive communities where no child or family feels alone, bullied, unsupported or unconnected.

Sudbury Foundation

Sudbury Foundation

326 Concord Road, Sudbury 01776

978-443-0849

The Sudbury Foundation is a private foundation working to transform lives and strengthen communities through grantmaking and scholarship programs in Sudbury and surrounding communities.

United Way of Tri-County

United Way of Tri-County

46 Park Street, Framingham 01702
888-811-3291
 
The United Way of Tri-County helps local neighbors as MetroWest’s largest community-based investor in Education, Financial Stability, Health and Basic Human Needs – the building blocks for a good quality of life. GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER.

Services - Natick Organic

Services - Rotary

Community Spotlight: Framingham

America’s largest town boasts a population of almost 70,000 residents speaking more than 50 languages and living 20 miles west of Boston in urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods. Along with great neighborhoods, Framingham has extraordinary options for shopping and dining, a vibrant and innovative center for business and industry that hosts a number of world class companies, an expanding hub of cultural and educational opportunity, unmatched road and railway access, and active investment in the Town’s infrastructure.

Higher Education

Framingham boasts excellent higher education opportunities right in our back yard at Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College, as well as easy access to the world-class institutions in the greater Boston area, including Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Boston University, Boston College, Wellesley, Brandeis, Bentley, Northeastern University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

In addition to continuing education opportunities at Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College, there are opportunities for arts education through both the Danforth Museum School and the Amazing Things Arts Center Workshops

Recreation
Framingham operates over 200 youth, adult, and family arts and athletic programs on 62 public athletic fields, an indoor pool, a skating rink, and an athletic center. You and your family can also enjoy 52 playgrounds with equipment, 20 public tennis courts including 10 with lights, and three public beaches. You could go boating and picnicking at Farm Pond, skating at Loring Arena, walking through Wittenborg Woods - you’ll run out of weekends before you run out of things to do! 

When completed, the Cochituate Rail Trail will connect Framingham and Natick residents to local schools, offices, shopping, and transportation hubs. The 25-mile Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, which will connect Framingham with Lowell, is in the planning stages, as is the 104-mile long Mass Central Rail Trail, connecting Boston to Western Massachusetts, passing just north of Framingham.

For a list of public beaches in town, go here.

Eat, Drink, Shop
Framingham is one of those unique places that offer just about every shopping opportunity imaginable. Our section of Route 9 / Worcester Road is well-known throughout New England as a mecca for popular retail and restaurant experiences. 

Downtown Framingham boasts over 30 ethnic enterprises, including Asian, Hispanic, Brazilian, and Eastern European shops, cafes, and restaurants. Shoppers looking for alternatives to big box stores and chain restaurants can enjoy Brazilian, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Asian cuisine; imported clothing shops; and attentive service that defines family-owned operations.

The Golden Triangle is located at the MassPike (I-90) Exit #13 roughly in the area bounded by Route 9, Route 30, and Speen Street. This area includes the Natick Mall, the Framingham Mall, and Shoppers World for a comprehensive shopping and dining experience with everything from a grocery store to high-end luxury shops. In between are a wide variety of restaurants at every price-point. 

In addition to the section of Route 9 that forms the border of the Golden Triangle described above, Route 9 extends through Framingham with a large number shopping, dining, and other services serving local and regional customers. This includes hubs of activity at Framingham Centre and the Technology Park area at Mass Pike Exit 12.

Visual and Performing Arts


Arts and culture flourish in Framingham and an abundance of entertainment venues are located throughout the town. The IMAX theater, AMC movie complex, Amazing Things Art Center, and Nevins Hall at the Historic Memorial Building just begin to identify the diversity of experiences offered. Framingham also plays host to a number of regional cultural institutions including the Danforth Museum of Art, the Mazmanian Art Gallery, Garden in the Woods, and the Framingham History Center. 

For more things to do, view the Framingham Calendar of Events.

Performing Arts

Amazing Things Arts Center

Performing Arts Center of MetroWest

 

Visual Arts 
Danforth Museum of Art - Focusing on American art from 18th century to present day, the Danforth Museum of Art is dedicated to showing the very best examples of contemporary art by both emerging and established artists, as well as an exploration of the School of Boston Expressionism. Our compelling exhibitions and permanent collection of over 3,500 works of art offer countless opportunities for all ages to explore a range of media and artistic forms of expression. Our mission strongly supports education: the 400 yearly studio art courses offered in the Museum School, family workshops, and artist lectures offer Museum members and visitors numerous opportunities to learn and create.

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

Fountain Street Fine Arts is an artist-run, membership based gallery housed in the century old Bancroft Building in Framingham.  Also check out their blog: http://www.fsfaboston.com/growingagallery/ .

Fountain Street Studios located just outside downtown, the Fountain Street Studios is a vibrant artists community that holds frequent strolls and open houses that allow you to come visit and watch the artists at work.

Saxonville Studios, located in the Saxonville area of Framingham, this small but diverse group of artists has been active for more than 20 years.