The Parmenter Foundation is dedicated to supporting nonprofit organizations that provide high-quality, innovative hospice and palliative care as well as family bereavement programs serving MetroWest children, adults and caregivers. We exclusively fund high quality programs that have meaningful impact for our neighbors who are navigating the challenging end-of-life and/or grieving process.
For more information about the grantees listed below, please click on their logos.
About: Behavioral Health Partners of MetroWest provides a referral line that is a centralized point of entry for coordination of services including counseling, housing, food, and employment for MetroWest families coping with grief and mental health issues.
Our grant provides: Funds to staff a tri-lingual care coordinator position for the referral line to help those in need of behavioral health and social service assistance get connected to partner agencies and/or other resources in the community.
About: Camp Erin® Boston is a free bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 receive a camp experience, led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities.
Our grant provides: Funding for a weekend bereavement camp for children and teens.
About: Family Promise Metrowest’s mission is to transform the lives of families with children that are facing homelessness by mobilizing a diverse community to provide shelter, education and comprehensive support.
Our grant provides: Support for comprehensive shelter programs.
About: HEARTplay serves children, teens and young adults of all abilities who are coping with the life-limiting illness or death of an important person in their lives.
Our grant provides: Funding for children’s grief support programming utilizing expressive arts therapy.
About: Jeff’s Place provides free grief support groups for families who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. It serves children ages three to 18, along with their caregivers, as well as young adults aged 18 to 25. Jeff’s Place’s vision is that no one grieves alone.
Our grant provides: Funding to help develop outdoor space to allow the safe gathering of grief support programming for children, teens, and families.
About: Why Me, Inc. is dedicated to providing support services to families experiencing childhood cancer from the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout every step of treatment and beyond.
Our grant provides: Funding for a bereaved parents weekend support retreat.
About: Wildflower, Inc. provides sustained, long-term support for children who have lost a parent, as well as their families, for as many years as they need help.
Our grant provides: Funding to expand a “Camp to College” program to help launch grieving MetroWest teenagers to higher education as well as funding for a vocational training pilot program for solo parents.
The Parmenter Foundation supports Camp Casco, a week-long day camp and a week-long overnight camp for childhood cancer patients and survivors at no cost to their families. This grant is used to fund a new part-time Program Director position. The Program Director position is critical to Camp Casco’s continued success and growth as the director oversees the family services, including planning and execution of several week-long sessions, family social events, clinic visits and communications with families. In addition, the Program Director supports more than 75 committed volunteers, all of whom play an essential role in the quality family outreach and camp experiences that Camp Casco families have the opportunity to participate in year-round.
The Parmenter Foundation supports Dignity Matters’ efforts to aid local homeless and disadvantaged women and girls to stay healthy, regain self-confidence, continue working and to attend school. Dignity Matters collects, purchases and supplies feminine hygiene products, bras and underwear to these women and girls who are in need.
The Parmenter Foundation supports the Domestic Violence Services Network’s new program: IMAGINE. While DVSN provides many and varied direct services to victims of domestic abuse, IMAGINE targets the needs of its highest risk victims. For both small groups and individuals, this program includes tailored education and support in such areas as financial literacy, legal assistance, and employment skills.
The Parmenter Foundation supports health education to uninsured patients at their Sudbury free clinic with the goal of improving health behaviors and, ultimately, health status. With over 250 volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, health educators and more, the MetroWest Free Medical Program serves over 1,000 patients per year with over 1,500 medical visits. These patients receive quality and compassionate preventative, diagnostic and acute medical care.
The Parmenter Foundation supports Open Table’s mission to address hunger in our local community by providing healthy food, in a welcoming environment, while respecting the dignity of those served. Open Table is comprised of generous volunteers who distribute approximately 7000 pounds of food and serve 250 meals each week. The organization is a vital resource for food-insecure individuals hailing from MetroWest and beyond.