Jeanne Foster named “Patriots Difference Maker”

By: Chris Loney | Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Jeanne Foster, volunteer at the uAspire Springfield Promise Program, was recently honored by the New England Patriots as this week’s educational volunteerism “Patriots Difference Maker.” She joined Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley President and CEO Mike Durkin in a book giveaway at the Waltham Boys & Girls Club on September 18.

Jeanne has volunteered with the uAspire Springfield Promise Program since it launched in 2009. In her role as a volunteer college affordability advisor, Jeanne has met with every senior student at four schools in the Springfield area to discuss college. For many students, this is the first meaningful conversation they have ever had about college. Jeanne tirelessly provides her support to hundreds of students in the Springfield area, who now see college as a new opportunity.

Jeanne was named a “Patriots Difference Maker” as part of the Celebrate Volunteerism initiative, led by the Kraft Family and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. Each week, the initiative will focus on one area of volunteerism, with the goals of sharing powerful examples of volunteerism in action and educating others about volunteer opportunities in the community. The Foundation and this initiative honor the legacy of Myra Kraft, who dedicated her life to philanthropy and charitable service.

uAspire is fortunate for Jeanne’s service to youth in Springfield to empower them to pursue their education.

Learn more about how you can volunteer to help kids and youth in your community and watch highlights from the afternoon here.

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