Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $5,000 Foundation grant to OUT MetroWest in support of that organization’s work with LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) youth in Framingham, Natick, and surrounding communities.
Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Framingham, OUT MetroWest serves middle and high school youth in grades six to 12 through scheduled meetings, programmed events, and drop-in activities. Adult facilitators are versed in areas including counseling, education, cultural diversity, and adolescent mental health, according to Interim Executive Director Sawyer Bethel, LICSW.
“We are happy to help OUT MetroWest strengthen and broaden its outreach efforts,” said Sousa. “We also appreciate the organization’s goal of ensuring that our communities are welcoming to LGBTQ individuals and families.”