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Board of Selectmen seeks volunteers for Board and Committee Openings

The Board of Selectmen is beginning the process for filling volunteer openings on boards and committees.  These openings are the result of expired terms as of June 30, 2017, or vacancies due to early resignation.  Both reappointments and new appointments will be considered.  A complete list of open positions as of June 30, 2017, is posted on the Wayland town website here:  http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_WebDocs/boardvacancies.

Applicants must be registered voters in the Town of Wayland.  Anyone interested in volunteering should submit a statement to the office of the Board of Selectmen, MaryAnn DiNapoli, atmdinapoli@wayland.ma.us.  Please describe your interest, background, and qualifications relevant to the opening being sought, and a résumé, if available.  Applicants are encouraged to attend at least one meeting of the committee to which they seek appointment and discuss the board’s function and responsibilities with a current member of the Board or the appropriate staff member before being considered for appointment.

If you have any questions, contact Town Administrator Nan Balmer at nbalmer@wayland.ma.us.

Wayland Rail Trail Brush Clearing and Turntable Excavation at Wayland Depot

Volunteer rail trail brush clearing and turntable excavation at the Wayland Depot.  Efforts will focus on clearing brush from the preserved track in the historic district so that it can be better appreciated by users of the trail and so that it will be an attractive part of the future Wayland railroad interpretive site alongside the trail. The Wayland Historical Commission is sponsoring its 16th annual volunteer Spring brush clearing at the Wayland Depot (1 Cochituate Rd.) on Saturday, May 6 (9am-4pm) and Sunday, May 7 (1-4pm). Volunteers are encouraged to come either day to help remove brush, vines, and undergrowth along the inactive railroad tracks alongside the rail trail near Wayland Depot. We will also continue to excavate the turntable pit to expose more of the circular granite walls in addition to removing brush that has grown up at the engine house and water tank sites. Volunteers should bring work gloves and pruning tools, shovels, and should wear work clothes and boots. For more information call Rick Conard at (508) 358-4597 after 7pm or by email at RRConard@earthlink.net.  For the trail, there is some touching up needed on the trail edge, as well as removal of some trash.

Internship and Service Year Opportunities with Sudbury Valley Trustees

Sudbury Valley Trustees is offering two summer internship opportunities to local students seeking professional experience with conservation work. The Stewardship Assistant Intern will assist with stewardship of reservations held by Sudbury Valley Trustees. Primary responsibilities include locating, marking and monitoring property boundaries and general monitoring of properties. The Stewardship Assistant will assist with other stewardship activities including both office and field work, such as property maintenance and trail mowing, and working with volunteers on various stewardship tasks. The Community Engagement Intern will work with SVT’s Membership and Outreach staff to expand community-based outreach projects and increase public support for land conservation. Primary responsibilities include fundamental communications and outreach targeted at both the general public and other audiences, such as property visitors and SVT members. These internship positions are unpaid for 10 hours per week. SVT can work with your college or university to transfer time for academic credit. Visit www.svtweb.org for more information on internship responsibilities and requirements.

SVT will once again host three TerraCorps members (formerly MassLIFT-AmeriCorps) during the 2017 – 2018 service year, August 28, 2017, to July 25, 2018. Part of the national AmeriCorps program, TerraCorps members spend 11 months of service at a nonprofit conservation organization in Massachusetts, where they help their host organization engage the local community and expand its capacity for the future. In return, TerraCorps members receive a living allowance, an education award, and additional benefits. SVT’s three positions are Community Engagement Coordinator, Land Stewardship Coordinator, and Regional Conservation Coordinator. We encourage those interested to read more about the Terracorps program and eligibility requirements at http://www.svtweb.org/news/svt-seeks-terracorps-members-2017-2018.

Sudbury Valley Trustees is a regional land trust, protecting and caring for land and wildlife habitat in 36 communities surrounding the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury Rivers.  www.svtweb.org

5th Annual Eric Chase Memorial Blood Drive, June 10

Leukemia is a blood cancer. During his illness, Eric needed many, many blood products–whole blood, packed red cells & platelets.

The past four years were a huge success with enough blood donated to help 1,200 people!

Sign Up for a time to Donate Blood online here

Host Families Needed

Have you met Sid from India or Nora from Switzerland?  They are the 2 AFS students currently attending Wayland High School.  Now you also can have the opportunity to host a foreign exchange student through AFSUSA.

Each year more than 2300 students from 90 countries come to the US to study in our high schools and live with host families.  By hosting an AFS exchange student, you will begin to see the world differently.  Profiles of available students who have been selected to come to our area are available on the afsusa.org website.  Maybe you would like to learn more about culture in Pakistan or want to open your home to a student in South America or the Far East.  Please take a few minutes to look at the student profiles.

Any family interested in opening their homes to a study abroad student for the 2017-2018 school year should contact Jody Pongratz: japongratz@gmail.com or 508-650-1153. AFS is an international leader in student exchange for the past 65 years.

Habitat for Humanity Metrowest/Greater Worcester partners with MathWorks to support veterans

WHATOperation Playhouse, an initiative of Habitat for Humanity MetroWest Greater Worcester in support of veteran families, will be onsite in Natick where groups of 10 – 12 volunteers will build, design and decorate six children’s playhouses, which will then be donated to local military/veteran families on the same day.  Event flyer online here.

All proceeds raised through this event are used to support Habitat’s local affordable home builds currently ongoing in Holliston and Northborough and the Critical Home repair program throughout the region.

WHO:

  • Habitat for Humanity will help organize the event, select veteran families and manage proceedings
  • MathWorks, lead sponsor of the event, will provide staff volunteers to help build the playhouses
  • Consigli Construction Co., Inc.will provide volunteer lunch and refreshments, ensure building space and offer access to amenities such as power and tents.

WHEN:  Friday, May 12 from at 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. — 3:00 pm photo-opportunity of the dedication ceremony when playhouses will be unveiled to the selected veteran families and the children will be awarded a “certificate of ownership”.

WHERE:  MathWorks – Lakeside Campus, 1 Lakeside Campus Drive  (formerly 19 Superior Drive), Natick, MA 01760

For further information about Operation Playhouse or Habitat for Humanity MW/GW, please contact Bonnie Biocchi at bonnie.biocchi@habitatmwgw.org.

About Habitat for Humanity-MetroWest/Greater Worcester

Habitat for Humanity-MetroWest/Greater Worcester is a non-profit organization that provides simple, decent, affordable home ownership opportunities for families in need living between 30-60% of the area’s median income. Our mission is to provide homes, community and hope. Homes are sold to qualified and carefully selected low-income families on a no-profit basis with an interest-free mortgage. Selected homeowners participate in comprehensive homebuyer education. In keeping with its motto of “a hand up, not a handout,” partner families must contribute 400 to 500 sweat-equity hours helping build their homes. For more information visit www.habitatmwgw.org.

CareGroup Parmenter Home Care and Hospice seeks volunteers

Please consider volunteering and giving the gift of time to support our patients at our non-profit Hospice! You are needed!

CareGroup Parmenter Home Care and Hospice is looking for people to join our hospice volunteer team. Volunteers play a critical role in the lives of our patients and families. As an integral part of the care team, volunteers take on a variety of important roles to add valuable support at a challenging time in our patients’ lives.

Please consider this volunteer opportunity. We are hosting an upcoming 6-week hospice volunteer training at our Wayland office: 266 Cochituate Road in Wayland
Dates: 6 weeks Tuesdays 9am-12pm – March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2

To learn how to get started with our volunteering or if you have questions, please contact:
Rebecca Wendler, Manager of Hospice Volunteer Services
rwendler@mah.harvard.edu
Mobile: 508.907.9660
www.caregroupparmenter.org