About The Organization
The Prospect Hill Community Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides free academic enrichment and professional development programs to the residents of Prospect Hill Terrace. Programming is largely operated inside and around the Community Center, a renovated apartment building located centrally in the community. The Prospect Hill Terrace is home to more than 140 families that have free access to our unique programming, created to directly serve the needs of community members. The Community Center is supported by an innovative private-public partnership, including organizations such as Bentley University, Brandeis University, the Waltham Housing Authority, and the Waltham Police Department.
Since opening the Center in 2014, we have provided free academic and professional development services to many of the children and adults in the Waltham community. Our flagship program, the after-school program serving more than 30 kids Monday-Friday 3:30-5:00 during the fall and spring, offers one-on-one tutoring by university students under the direction of our Program Director. Our programs range from elementary, middle, and high-school tailored tutoring sessions, to special events and programs throughout the year that cater to children and adults alike, such as the Fall Feast and Spring Community Day.
Our ability to offer free programs to our participants that would otherwise not have access to essential education-based resources is dependent on our donors and volunteers like you. We encourage you to learn more about our services and get involved as a donor or volunteer.
About the Community
The Prospect Hill Terrace housing development is home to +140 families who represent a wide array of countries, cultures, and aspirations. More than 175 children live in Prospect Hill and over 80% of their families are led by single mothers. The Community Center is a vibrant, educational, enjoyed resource to residents of the Prospect Hill Terrace community.
Bentley University and Brandeis University students provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for our participants. Students change each semester based on classes and service placements, though many stay in touch for the duration of their undergrad time and beyond. In fact, several former college volunteers now serve on our board of directors!
The success of our programs relies on our dedicated Directors, Board of Directors, and volunteers.
Jemia Cunningham-Elder, Program Director
Virtual After School Youth and Teen Program
Sonya Bhabhalia, Development Director
Board of Directors
Rachel Palumbo, President
A.M. Urban Education Policy, Brown University '21
Olivia Miller, Vice President
B.S. Mathematics and Business Studies, Bentley University
Dawn Pawlowski, Treasurer
Tina Touri, Clerk
Alli Criscenzo, Board Member
BuildOn, Student at Simmons University School of Social Work
Herlyne Das, Board Member
Grad Student, St. George's University School of Medicine
Jill Eglitis, Board Member
Brooke Gruman, Board Member
Sarah Johnson, Board Member
Maya London, Board Member
Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce, Student at the University of California Davis School of Medicine
Brian Quigley, Board Member
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Ryan Schwartz, Board Member
Focus on Tanzanian Communities
Lee Wilson, Board Member
Grad Student, Institute of World Politics '23
Waltham Housing Authority