WESTBOROUGH – A nonprofit to help end homelessness among young adults, co-founded by Westborough High School alumnus Connor Schoen, has been nominated for a worldwide honor.
Breaktime, a Boston-based nonprofit, was recently named a finalist to earn the Classy Awards’ People’s Choice Award.
“The award is a testament to the community I came from,” said Schoen, who graduated from WHS in 2017. “I am so grateful for all the support from the Westborough community over the years.”
The awards, founded in San Diego in 2011, honors innovative nonprofit organizations around the world.
Voting will take place through April 25. To vote for Breaktime, visit https://awards.classy.org/finalists/
Schoen and Tony Shu were undergraduates at Harvard University and volunteering at the Y2Y shelter for young adults experiencing homelessness. They founded Breaktime in 2018 as a way to help young adults find employment and break the cycle of homelessness.
Breaktime offers several programs, including the Double Impact Initiative, which employs young adults to prepare and serve meals to those experiencing food insecurity. Through this program, 25 jobs were created and 650,000 meals served during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since its creation, Breaktime has created 60 jobs and recently expanded into communities north of Boston. It has also received grant funding from the state, as well as the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation and the Born This Way Foundation.
“It’s the most exciting time for Breaktime,” said Schoen. “We’re expanding our impact in so many ways.”
The organization has been featured on the CBS Evening News, and has received several awards, including Forbes 30 Under 30.
To learn more about Breaktime, which is a 501 c3 organization, visit https://www.breaktime.org/
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