News & Updates | Mar 23, 2022

FFMW Partnered with MathWorks: Investing in Literacy & Basic Needs for Framingham Students

We are proud to announce that Foundation for MetroWest and MathWorks have partnered to fund a pilot program with Literations and Jewish Family Service of Metrowest to promote literacy and address social determinants of health for families in Framingham Public Schools. The MetroWest Daily News featured an article about this partnership. You can read the article here, and download the complete press release here.

The Foundation was approached by MathWorks with an interest in using our funding to promote equity in the region through utilizing the Foundation’s Impact MetroWest initiative that includes a section on racial disparities. Through the strength of existing relationships and its community network, the Foundation and MathWorks together helped mobilize Literations and Jewish Family Services (JFS) to initiate a pilot program aimed at holistically closing the learning divide.

“Our partnership with the Foundation for MetroWest is a unique opportunity to connect MathWorks’ longstanding commitment to education through our Social Mission programs and our ongoing efforts to ensure a culture of equity and inclusion in our community and beyond,” says Jeanne O’Keefe, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of MathWorks. “Our closely aligned goals of improving the lives of everyone in MetroWest allowed us to mobilize a program that will give students from diverse backgrounds the tools and support they need to learn, create, and innovate.”

Impact MetroWest data shows that third grade reading proficiency in Framingham was at just 38% across the district in 2019 in comparison to the statewide rate of 52%.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with MathWorks to support Literations and Jewish Family Service on this unique program tailored to the direct needs of the Framingham community,” said Jay Kim, Executive Director at the Foundation for MetroWest. “Our Impact MetroWest data has given us the ability to address significant community challenges and we’re confident this program will help drive real change for students and families in the region.”

Download the complete press release here.