Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest, a non-profit agency that provides vital social, health and community services to alleviate suffering, enhance lives and support people in need, is pleased to announce that CEO Marc Jacobs is this year’s recipient of the John R. Heerwagen Award for Nonprofit Leadership from Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation.

This prestigious annual award recognizes a strong nonprofit leader whose work significantly has benefited the lives and wellbeing of residents within the Foundation’s community. It reflects the support John R. Heerwagen, former CEO of Middlesex Savings Bank, provided to the Foundation and its efforts to help strengthen local nonprofits, his belief in the importance of leadership and the need to develop and recognize strong leaders. A one-time grant of $15,000 accompanies the award.

Additionally, JFS will receive a 2018 Middlesex Savings Bank grant of $20,000 to support the JFS Children’s Clothing Closet.

“I am honored beyond words to be the recipient of the John R. Heerwagen Award for Nonprofit Leadership,” stated Jacobs. “John set the standard and the bar very high as a business and community leader, and Middlesex Savings Bank continues to demonstrate that through Mike McAuliffe’s current leadership. Though this award is for me, it really is not, and should not be about me. I am the lucky one to lead an extraordinary organization.”

JFS offers a range of services targeted to the needs of persons of diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, residing in Metrowest communities. Guided by a tradition of social responsibility and compassion, JFS is dedicated to supporting people of all ages and backgrounds, treating people with dignity and compassion, helping people achieve and sustain healthy lives and independence, providing culturally relevant services and collaborating with community partners to broaden impacts. JFS is staff driven, volunteer powered, community invested and is proud to be our community’s vehicle for acts of loving kindness and for measurable impacts.

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