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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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Fundraiser for the Wayland High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team

Captains, from left to right, are Kyle Miller, Conor Keating, Ben Travis, and Kyle Camphausen

Do you have bikes you no longer use taking up space in your garage or shed?   The Wayland High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team is partnering with charitable organizations that refurbish bikes and provide them to people in need.  To raise funds for items not covered in the budget of the Athletic Department, the Lacrosse Team will pick up your bikes for $30 per bike.   Of course, we are happy to accept larger donations, and we can provide receipts for tax purposes.  Your participation in this fundraiser benefits the Boys Lacrosse Team and people who otherwise would not have a bike.  We ask that you provide bikes that are in reasonably good condition.

Please register for this fundraiser no later than December 8, 2017 by sending an email to laxbikes@gmail.com with the number of bikes you are giving, your address, and confirmation of your total donation based on $30-plus per bike.  Checks should be made payable to Wayland High School Boosters, indicating WHS Boys Lacrosse in the memo line of the check.  Please have the bikes in your yard on December 9 with your check in an envelope taped to one of the bikes.  The Lacrosse Team will pick up the bikes throughout the day on December 9, starting at 8am.  Thank you from the Wayland High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team.

Pick-up on December 9!

Wayland Middle School PTO running gift drive campaign for Wayside Youth & Family Support Network

The Wayland Middle School PTO is starting a holiday gift drive for middle school-aged kids living in residential homes of Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, a local organization offering support, housing, and education to children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and trauma. These are kids that are neither with foster families or their own families during the holidays. Most gifts range between $5-$30, and all are 100% tax-deductible!

Visit: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2GAUX0NNVVLLR

Donate gifts via Wayside’s Amazon.com wishlist, curated especially for the Wayland Middle School PTO gift drive. All gifts will be shipped directly (c/o Wayside director Sara McCabe)

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.

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
deb@reachma.org

The Second Step
Cindy Laughrea 617-467-5334
claughrea@thesecondstep.org
Please sign up for a family by November 14th

Voices Against Violence
Simone Williams 508-820-0834 X2114
swilliams@smoc.org

 

 

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 alliekat325@gmail.com.

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.