Mildred’s Dream Foundation was created in appreciation of the legacy and lifetime work of Mildred Piltch, lovingly referred to as “Millie” by those who knew her well. Born and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts, Mildred never wandered far from her roots. She and her husband Roy raised their family in Cambridge and Brookline, where she saw all nine of her children graduate from her alma mater, Brookline High School. A bright, talented, kind, and compassionate individual, Mildred was an incredible mother. She appreciated and respected the strengths and challenges of all nine children and helped them develop a strong sense of self.
Along the way Mildred taught her children many lessons that they have drawn on throughout their adult lives. She noted on more than one occasion that parents do as well as their least well-doing child -- imagine what that must have meant with nine children! – and that parents need to love and appreciate their children for the individuals they are (and not necessarily the people parents might want them to be). Mildred let her children know that even though she did not always like what they did, she always loved them.
Although Mildred never graduated from college, education was of the utmost importance to her and to the family. In turn, she was especially proud that all nine of her children earned college degrees and that six of them became educators themselves. Although Mildred was proud of her children’s achievements in school and in other areas, she wanted them not just to do well, but also to do good.
Mildred also reminded her children on a regular basis that no matter what they accomplished, their achievement would not have happened without the support of those around them. She thought it important to acknowledge those people and to give back to the individuals and communities that helped shape her children’s lives. She wanted to pay it forward by assisting and mentoring people and supporting organizations working to make a difference.
Mildred did not just talk about these things; she did them. She was involved in the Devotion School and Brookline High parent associations, volunteered with students who had educational or emotional challenges and served as an elected Brookline Town Meeting Member for many years. She did all of this while raising her children, holding down a fulltime job, and helping her husband with his printing business.
Mildred’s passion for and commitment to making the world a better place was evident in everything she said and did. The Mildred Dream Foundation honors her passions: helping those with physical or mental health challenges; eliminating violence and abuse while supporting survivors of such trauma; and providing the best education possible for everyone. In celebration of the life she lived, her children have created the foundation in her honor. They are hopeful that others will help make Mildred’s dream a reality and make a difference in the world.