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Non-Profit Spotlight:
Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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Parmenter Holiday Concert & Luncheon

Parmenter is hosting a Holiday Concert & Luncheon at the Weston Golf Club (275 Meadowbrook Rd, Weston), Tuesday, December 5, 11:30am-2pm.  Event benefits Parmenter Hospice Services.  Concert begins at 12pm.  Music will be provided by The Weston High School Chamber Orchestra and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Chamber Singers.  Seating is limited, reservations required.  Tickets are $75/person.  For questions, call Gail at 508-358-3001×361.  Event flyer online here.  RSVP card online here.

Wayland Police collecting for Toys for Tots

The Wayland Police Department will serve as a drop-off location for the US Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots toy drive.

If you would like to donate a new, unwrapped, non-violent toy,  you may do so until December 14th at the Wayland Police Department.

If you have any questions, please contact Det/Sgt Jamie D. Berger at 508-358-1722

Help Provide Holiday Cheer for Families Affected by Domestic Violence

2016 Holiday Drive photo with Malcolm Astley, George Connor, Diane Seligman, Ruth Backman, Joan Gaumnitz, Dossie Kahn and Fay Farber

Each year, the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable sponsors a family from a local domestic violence agency for the holidays. Families in shelter for the holidays face a sad and difficult time as they are separated from family and friends and are hiding from their abusers. They may feel lonely and consider returning to friends and family to celebrate the holidays. However, visiting friends and family places them at high risk as abusers typically look for them at relatives’ homes especially during the holidays. As they begin to face the reality of their situation, the families may begin to be overwhelmed with sadness for what they no longer have and can no longer hope for. Focusing on providing a happy time for their children in shelter often helps the mothers get through this painful time of personal loss.

With the help of the community, families in shelter can have happy holidays. The outpouring of generosity from individuals, families, businesses, faith communities, scouts, book groups and local civic organizations can relieve the stress and depression that overcomes shelter families at this time of year. The support that comes from the community at this time of year reinforces their decisions to seek safety and end violence in their lives. Each gift, each donation, each wish of goodwill has a positive effect on their self-esteem. They are moved by the fact that complete strangers whom they have never met are so caring.

The Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable invites our local communities to become involved in making the holidays brighter for families affected by domestic violence, those living in shelter and transitional housing, and those who have moved on from shelter and transitional housing to rebuild their lives in our communities.

Three local agencies offer services and programs for families affected by domestic violence. They are REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, The Second Step, and Voices Against Violence. All of these agencies need your help to provide happy holidays and to meet the ongoing needs of families who have been victims of domestic violence. All of these programs conduct a holiday drive as well as collections throughout the year to meet the needs of their clients. At a time when there is a shortage of affordable housing and the cost of living continues to rise, these families face increasingly difficult challenges to their obtaining self-sufficiency. Won’t you please help?

There are a number of ways that you can help. Sponsoring a family can be a wonderful way for you and your family to do something together to help others. You can match yourselves with a smaller family or invite your relatives, friends, and colleagues to join you in sponsoring a larger family. For those who cannot sponsor a family, gift cards to retail stores for food, clothing, and other necessities are welcome. Popular stores include Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, CVS, Target, and Stop and Shop. Wrapping paper, ribbon, and tape are also needed. Or neighborhoods and organizations may do a drive for items needed throughout the year, items like food, new sheets, towels, paper goods, cleaning products, and toiletries. Helping hands are also needed to serve as elves and reindeer. Whatever you can do to help is greatly appreciated.

For further information about how you might help, please contact:

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
Deborah Heimel 781-891-0724 X108

The Second Step
Cindy Laughrea 617-467-5334
Please sign up for a family by November 14th

Voices Against Violence
Simone Williams 508-820-0834 X2114



WCPA/Cradles to Crayons Holiday Book Drive

WCPA Partners with Usborne Literacy for a Lifetime Program Holiday Book Drive for Cradles to Crayons 

At the end of November, the WCPA will be partnering with the Usborne Literacy for a Lifetime program to provide books to Cradles to Crayons, which will be distributed to kids in need for the holidays. Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization that gives kids ages 0-12 living in low-income or homeless situations throughout Massachusetts the essentials they need to thrive. The week after Thanksgiving, you will have the opportunity to make a donation that will go directly toward purchasing Usborne books for Cradles to Crayons. The goal is to raise $1,000, which Usborne will match 50%. Stay tuned for more information about how you can help! Questions? Email Allison Kates at

Wayland Girl Scout Brownies hold Diaper Drive through December 1

November 1-December 1, 2017

Diapers are a basic need for children, as essential to their health and well-being as food, shelter, and a parent’s love.  Yet many families in our area struggle to provide babies and toddlers with a sufficient supply of diapers to remain clean, dry and healthy.

What is the diaper need in the greater Natick/Framingham area?

  • Almost 3,000 families with children from birth to age 5 in Natick and Framingham alone qualify for WIC (Women, Infants and Children), a federal food and nutrition program for low income families.
  • At a rate of 6 to 10 diapers each day per child, a family needs $75 to $100 a month for diapers—up to $1,200 a year per child!
  • WIC and “food stamps” (SNAP program benefits) cannot be used for diapers.
  • Many families have to decide between food, medicine, and clean babies.

How can you help?

Happy Hollow and Loker’s 3rd Grade Brownies are collecting Diapers! We are looking to collect enough diapers to provide diapers for 75 babies for 1 week, 4,000 diapers.  All diapers collected will be donated to the diaper pantry at Tempo, an organization dedicated to supporting young adults in need and to the “A Place to Turn” Diaper Bank.

Please contribute disposable diapers in all sizes, wipes, and unopened diaper cream to the collection bin in the front lobby of the school or at the Public Safety Building (Police Station) throughout November.

The Girl Scout Brownies are doing this as part of a town-wide third grade Girl Scouts effort to help young parents that cannot afford diapers and really need our help! For more information contact

Support Project Pajama

“The children were nestled, all snug in their beds…”

Are you looking for a great way to get your kids involved in giving back this holiday season? Please consider supporting two Wayland moms in providing pajamas for underserved children in Lowell, MA.

3rd Annual Project Pajama

Kim Bruno and Giselle Shardlow founded Project Pajama after Kim learned that a high school classmate of hers, who is now a teacher in Lowell, needed help collecting pajamas for her students. Their aim is to provide 300 pairs of children’s pajamas to families in need. They hope to provide warmth and comfort to ensure a better night’s sleep that will lead to a more healthy and productive life.

How to Help

Kim and Giselle are collecting brand-new, unwrapped girls and boys pajamas, sizes 6 to16, from November 15th through December 4th. Please place donations of new pajamas in the holiday wrapped boxes outside of their homes. May we all be a bit warmer this season—whether it is because of a new pair of pajamas or because of doing a good deed.

Donation Locations:

  • Kim Bruno: 1 Pheasant Run
  • Giselle Shardlow: 22 Shaw Drive

“I have never slept in a pair of pajamas.” ~Fourth-grade girl, jumping for joy over not having to sleep in her clothes again.

“Oh my, I’ve never won anything before. Can I try them on?” ~Kindergarten boy upon receiving his pajamas.

Our 2017 goal is to collect 300 pajamas!

Feel free to forward on to anyone who might also be interested. Thank you so much!  Flyer online here.

A child’s life is honored by strangers giving back

Boston Globe 11/4/17: A child’s life is honored by strangers giving back. Greg Tufaro lovingly remembers his daughter, Marisa, as a talented artist, singer, musician, and writer whose love of school and life “was amazing, when you think of all the adversity she had to overcome.” Born with a congenital heart defect, Marisa endured six open-heart surgeries prior to a heart transplant. After a postoperative complication developed into a rare form of stage 4 cancer, she died in January at 13.