Wellesley’s Hope Aldrich will be recognized later this month with the 1851 YMCA of Greater Boston Legacy Award for Volunteer Leadership for her 20-plus years of service as a board member. Aldrich, an insurance executive, will accept the award at the Y’s annual Spark Party on Oct. 17.
Aldrich says the Y’s “mission to serve and empower youth and families first resonated with me as a young working mother starting out in my career.”
As the Y’s board chair from 2003 to 2004, Aldrich helped lead the nonprofit’s early education and after school program expansion, increasing access for nearly 5,000 youth and affordable childcare for working parents. As a member of the Y’s Executive Committee and Chair of the Development Committee, she was instrumental in raising funds for renovations of the Y’s Oak Square, Huntington Avenue, East Boston and Parkway locations. To date, she has raised more than $3 million to support the Y’s programs and services. In addition, she remains actively involved with the Y’s Training Inc. job training program, which enables unemployed and underemployed adults to find jobs and earn a living wage.