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 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass / MetroWest

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass / MetroWest

4 Franklin Commons, Framingham 01702

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: Ashland

The Town of Ashland bustles year ‘round, but spring is an especially energetic season as the town’s cultural and business initiatives roll out.  Although primarily residential, the town integrates small businesses as well as cutting-edge tech corporations into its community initiatives.

 

New England History

Centuries ago, Ashland was a stopping point on a major Indian trail which later became known as the Bay Path, connecting Cambridge and Connecticut. It was here that a community of Natick Indians was established as the Village of Magunkaquog in about 1659. The town is also known as the site of Henry Warren's invention of the electric clock, later manufactured here under the Telechron name. Today, the high school’s teams are the Clockers.

 

Corner Spot

Indicative of the energetic business community emerging in this town, the Corner Spot was developed in early 2017--through individual donations—as a place for new businesses to debut for one to six weeks. Opening in June of 2017, this innovative example of community placemaking will offer a rotation of new enterprises, as well as a restful spot for simply hanging out.

 

Farmers Market

One of the region’s most robust farmers’ markets offers special themes—such as Dog Day --each Saturday morning (June 10-October 7) as well as live music, non-food vendors, and family activities in the park at 125 Front Street. On special weekends throughout the rest of the year, the Farmers Market pops up indoors to offer Pre-Thanksgiving and Mid-Winter Markets.

 

Special community events

Long a home to annual community events and festivals, such as Ashland Day in September, the town now offers more programming through Arts!Ashland Alliance. Through arts and culture programming, the group also works to cultivate the economic vitality of the community. Its signature event is the Dragon Fly Festival, held mid-August.  Other cultural offerings come from the Friends of the Ashland Library, which offers speakers and documentary film evenings.

 

Dining

Pockets of great cuisine are spread throughout this community of 18,000, including along Routes 126 and 135, as well as downtown sidestreets. The gourmet Oregon Club, a former speakeasy, is tucked among residences in east Ashland.  In downtown, Stone’s Public House (circa 1832) boasts a ghostly history and modern hearty pub fare. New Mexican and Asian eateries have debuted in recent years as well.

 

Recreation & Sports

To commemorate the site of the original Boston Marathon Start Line, Ashland now boasts Marathon Park., which is now the site of the start line of the semi-annual Marathon Park Prep, a half-marathon favored by runners eager to experience a large portion of the Boston Marathon’s April route.

There’s plenty of recreation for those inclined to relax. The 470-acre Ashland State Park offers swimming, picnic areas, boating, fishing, and hiking/biking trails. The Bay Circuit Trail connects Ashland to 34 other communities. The public schools’ new turf fields are the site of regional sports competitions.