Freedom through unity in the community.

Hopkinton Freedom Team is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in January of 2022. Your help and support will help us tremendously as our initial seed funding. A small amount goes a long way!

To Our Hopkinton Community and Beyond:

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we acknowledge the fatal and devastating mass shooting at Club Q, a LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Spring this weekend. Our words fail to convey adequately the horror of yet another mass shooting targeting the LGBTQ+ community.

This latest atrocity happened just hours before today’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honor the memory of those whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence, of which transgender women of color remain especially vulnerable.

The Human Rights Campaign has documented what it calls an epidemic of violence against transgender and gender-nonconforming people, with 32 trans and nonbinary people killed this year alone. Many violent crimes committed against trans and nonbinary people go unreported. This epidemic of violence must end.

The HFT unequivocally condemns violence and we strive to build a community of support for ALL through love, inclusion and trust.

To that end, please consider supporting the great work of just some of the local organizations that offer support to our friends and neighbors in the LGBTQ+ community.


With Deep Respect,

The Hopkinton Freedom Team Board

November 22, 2022


Active Bystander Skills * Free Public Workshop *

Sunday, January 15, 2023, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm ET

on Zoom

Appropriate for ages 13 to adult

To commemorate the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, we offer this public workshop as an action you can take to observe Hopkinton’s MLK Giving Back initiative. Please join us for a 2-hour introductory, skill building workshop on how to be an empowered active bystander.

  • Explore how to safely and effectively intervene when we witness situations of bigotry or injustice.

  • Participate in action-oriented practices and role plays to work through challenging scenarios based on real life, so that we can be better prepared with skills to step in.

  • Learn the basics of how to speak up in different situations, how to engage allies, and how to participate in effective dialogue to help build a culture of change in your communities.


If you've taken this workshop in the past, please join us again to support the learning and to share your experiences of being an active bystander.

REGISTRATION for this free event IS NOW OPEN!

Register Here


A comprehensive 20+ page educational handout, to review in advance, will be sent to registrants two weeks before the training.

The workshop will be facilitated by Christopher Ellinger and Tonia Pinheiro at TrueStoryTraining.com.


Sponsored by Hopkinton Freedom Team, Inc. and Hopkinton Youth and Family Services,

with support from Middlesex Savings Bank.

Please go to this form HERE to express your interest in future Active Bystander trainings if you cannot make our January 15th training.


PeACE DAY 9/21/2022

The HFT and the HHS Diversity Club paired together at Polyarts and Family Day for peace in our world. Visitors stopped by to decorate cut out hands that are now on display at the HHS above Hopkinton artist Michael Alfano's sculpture.

AT THE HIGH SCHOOL

Inspired by Sadako and the One Thousand Paper Cranes as told by Eleanor Coerr, the HHS Diversity Club and HFT members, along with other community members, made origami cranes for health and world peace at Polyarts and Family Day, September 2022.

Past Events

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Next Hopkinton Pride Parade: Sunday, June 11, 2023 starting and ending at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts!

CALLS TO ACTION: What can you do today to learn, elevate and spread LIT (Love, Inclusion, Trust) in our Community?

Photo Credit: John Cardillo, Hopkinton Independent

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Hopkinton Freedom Team

P.O. Box 60, Hopkinton MA 01748

Our Mission

The mission of the Hopkinton Freedom Team is to create unity in the community by fostering inclusion, solidarity and compassion for all people. The Freedom Team is focused on moving beyond tolerance to embracing, sharing and celebrating our community’s diversity. Its members meet monthly to explore ways of offering dialogue, support and programming to community members with a goal of promoting love, inclusion and trust (“LIT”).

The Freedom Team also offers a safe, confidential and respectful space to discuss incidents involving harassment or discrimination related to race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability or class using a transformative justice model. This model offers opportunities for conversation and reconciliation to help repair experiences of misunderstanding or harm. Individuals may access this opportunity to talk by calling the hotline number at 774-278-4455 if they have experienced or witnessed bias-motivated threats, harassment or violence.

The first Freedom Team formed in 2016 in Natick through the inspiration of Jamele Adams; the Hopkinton Freedom Team formed in 2020.

Hopkinton Freedom Team Membership

Your membership starts with a pledge to promote love, inclusion and trust within our community.

Every year our town of Hopkinton becomes world-renowned as a place of world-wide unity and common ground for thousands of people who come here from all over the world to run in The Boston Marathon. In a way, this is the same intention of The Freedom Team. Our wish is to promote this same sense of being a welcoming town to all its residents as well as visitors by growing more inclusive-minded and welcoming as a community for all people. Our ultimate dream goal is to have every resident of our town sign up for general membership to the Freedom Team and its mission to promote love, inclusion and trust within our community.

You are invited to sign up for general membership to The Freedom Team by submitting a pledge form below and sharing what you have done to bring more unity, peace and acceptance to Hopkinton and beyond.

call town of hopkinton HOTLINE at 774-278-4455 to report bias-motivated threats, harassment and violence.