Cummings Foundation News
Cummings Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for the 2018 cycle of the
$100K for 100 program. Submission of an LOI is the first step toward applying to become one of 100 local nonprofits to be awarded $100,000 next June.
$100K for 100 supports charities that are headquartered in – and provide at least 80 percent of their services in – Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties in eastern Massachusetts.
Please review the $100K for 100 webpages, as we have made changes to the timeline, eligibility requirements, and FAQs. The link to the online LOI is also available on this site.
Please spread the word to locally based nonprofits about this significant grant program.

[gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ font_weight=”bold” ]Maureen Willis is New Executive Director of English At Large[/gdlr_heading]
“We are very pleased to appoint a person with such impressive credentials and experience.  After an extensive interview process with a number of highly qualified candidates, the Board and staff voted unanimously for Maureen. Her knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm to take on the challenge of guiding the excellent work of our staff and ensuring our continued growth, makes her the ideal choice to take EAL to the next level.” ~Hicham Mouhsin, President of EAL’s Board of Directors

“I am excited and honored to be joining EAL as Executive Director.  Both personally and professionally, I am inspired by the mission of EAL to help people new to our country achieve their life goals. It will be extremely rewarding to work to support this success.” ~Maureen Willis

Maureen is a native of Woburn with more than 20 years of  experience in nonprofit administration, communications, marketing, and fundraising. She is a founding director of the Woburn Community Educational Foundation (WCEF).  She has led the development offices at several community-based nonprofits, and most recently has served as a consultant to a number of charities in Greater Boston. Willis has a B.A. in Executive Management and an M.A. in Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy from Bay Path University.

Willis also brings a great deal of energy and commitment to the English At Large mission of helping adult immigrants gain the English language skills that will enable them to attain economic self-sufficiency, support their families, and become fully engaged in their communities.

[gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ font_weight=”bold” ]English At Large, Volunteer Based Non-Profit[/gdlr_heading]

English At Large (EAL) is a recipient of a 100K for 100 grant from the Cummings Foundation. They are a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that provides free individual and small group English language instruction to adult immigrants in 21 Greater Boston communities. EAL  provides free, practical, and accessible English language instruction to refugee and immigrant adults in 21 Boston area communities.

Their vision is that newcomers to the United States will develop the English language skills and acquire the cultural knowledge they need to fully engage in their communities and fulfill their life goals.

EAL helps people overcome language barriers, so that they can get find jobs, adjust to their new environment, obtain community services, access health care and advocate for their children at school.

Each year EAL’s trained volunteers provide free one-to-one English language tutoring and small group instruction to hundreds of adult learners in 21 Boston-area cities and towns, helping them improve their English language skills, adapt to American life, and participate in their communities

 [gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ font_weight=”bold” ]Volunteer Opportunities with EAL[/gdlr_heading]

Resume Review Event
English At Large will be holding two resume review events for learners to work on their career goals!
 We are looking for volunteers to help English language learners practice and improve their resume writing skills.
 By serving as a resume reviewer, your candidate will improve how they present themselves to potential employers, and deliver important cultural information that can be hard to access.
There will be a volunteer orientation session before the event — if you have not volunteered at a resume review event before, please plan on attending one.

There are two resume reviews:

Saturday, February 25, from 10:30 am – 1:45 pm at the Acton Memorial Library in Acton, MA.

Monday, March 27, from 12:30 am – 3:00 pm at the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA.


Introducing the Language and Culture of the U.S.



[gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ font_weight=”bold” ]February Women of Woburn Lunch[/gdlr_heading]

Our special guest at the February Women of Woburn Lunch will be Joyce Vyriotes. Joyce serves as communications director for the real estate side of the Cummings organization. She also serves as the associate executive director of the Cummings Foundation.  Joyce will  share the story of the Cummings organization. From Bill Cummings’ early entrepreneurial ventures to his founding of Cummings Properties to the creation of a $1.4 billion foundation. Learn some fun facts and little-known history of one of Woburn’s most visible businesses.

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[gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ icon=”icon-heart” font_weight=”bold” ]The Women of Woburn[/gdlr_heading]

The Women of Woburn is a professional women’s networking group that meets monthly for lunch. WOW is designed to foster relationships both personal and professional. We meet monthly at member businesses for lunch, casual networking, business education/development and fun.

Our mission is to offer women a balanced approach of networking, internal development, attention to important issues. We seek to provide the comfort to share their ideas through a luncheon hosted by a different member each month. We’d like to leverage our contacts from the Woburn Chamber of Commerce to create a fun and professional environment of resources, friendships, and opportunities to help meet the challenges of women in business.