The mission of America SCORES New England is to empower students in urban communities using soccer, writing, creative expression, and service-learning. With teamwork as the unifying value, America SCORES New England inspires youth to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students, and become agents of change in their communities.
Hestia encourages all members to join, participate in, and eventually lead a committee. It is highly recommended that each member serve on the Grants Committee at some point to fully understand and appreciate the heart of the Hestia Fund.
The Steering Committee provides long range strategic thinking and planning for Hestia. The goal of the committee is to safeguard Hestia's perpetuity and to insure excellence in the pursuit of its mission. The 9-member committee is composed of: the Chair, the Vice Chair, the Treasurer, the Founder, the Grants Committee Chair, the Education Committee Chair, the Membership Chair, and members-at -large who serve for two years (staggered terms). The committee meets approximately six times per year. It may meet twice in May and June or over the summer to discuss and make recommendations to the membership based on the deliberations of the May Annual Meeting. It meets in the fall to fine tune any of those recommendations once they have been discussed by the entire membership. In the fall it also discusses leadership succession, and selects the new Vice Chair, a process that includes considering the nominations from the full Hestia membership. The new Vice Chair is usually announced at the Holiday Tea in December.
The membership committee is charged with recruiting members to carry out the Hestia mission. Our hope is to keep membership close to and below 60 active members to enable us to maintain a certain intimacy and friendship among the women. It is our objective to strengthen, enrich, and balance our group going forward. The membership committee works as a team to welcome guests and new members and ensure smooth transition. Other responsibilities include reporting on membership status at monthly meetings, recruiting prospective member and reviewing new member materials, continuous brainstorming to increase diversity of membership, organizing fall membership luncheons, and considering new assignments such as a mentoring program for new members. It is a great committee for a new member to be introduced to Hestia. The committee meets on need basis about 3 - 4 times a year.
The Grants Committee is empowered to decide which potential programs will be visited by Hestia Members. Later, the committee reviews all site visit reports and decides how to distribute Hestia's funds. Membership is a two year commitment. Four members come onto the committee each year so that we have a combination of veteran and new committee members each year. The chair of the board is chosen at the end of the cycle and comes from within the committee. The Chair serves on the Steering Committee. Each committee member must attend all committee meetings, read and review Requests for Proposals (RFPs), lead site visits, read and review reports, engage in thoughtful discussion and critique, and deliberate with the other members of the committee. January is the busiest time of the year for this committee. The meetings are roughly as follows: 2 in September, 8 in January, 2 in February-April, and 1 in May. Meetings last approximately 3 hours. Site visits occur in the afternoons between late-September and early December.
Annual Meeting Committee
The Annual Meeting Committee plans, from beginning to end, the Annual Meeting event. This includes creatively developing the theme for the meeting through consultation with other committees. The most important outcome for the Annual Meeting is for the general membership to provide the Steering Committee with recommendations for future programs for Hestia. In addition, to developing the theme for the meeting, the committee will develop the agenda, including guiding the break-out sessions. The committee also coordinates the space, meal, and any other specifications with the meeting host. Various incidentals are also the responsibility of the committee: invitations, agendas, flowers, gifts, and any materials needed for the meeting. The time commitment includes monthly meetings from January to May.
The charge of the Education Committee is to build Hestia members' knowledge and skills so that we may be more effective as philanthropists. The committee has planned speakers to help educate the membership. In past years, the education committee completed an analysis of Hestia's grants portfolio in order to determine patterns and the effectiveness of past grant decisions. The Committee meets regularly from September through May. Some months the committee meets one time, whereas other months have required more meetings. To achieve the committee's objectives, it may be necessary for members to work outside the scheduled meeting times.
The responsibilities include preparing an annual budget, overseeing billing and collection of dues and grant funds donations from members, paying Hestia's bills, reconciling checking and investment statements, reporting on Hestia's financial health to the membership, serving on the Steering Committee, and doing other financial analyses as necessary. The Treasurer is a one-woman committee. The time commitment is about 8 hours per month.