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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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Wayland, Let’s Do Lunch!

Every weekday in Wayland a dedicated team of volunteers criss-crosses the town delivering hot meals to residents who find it hard to grocery shop or cook for themselves. The benefits go far beyond nutrition for both recipients and volunteers. Many relationships span years. Take a look:

Get to know some Wayland residents you might not meet otherwise, and meet some important needs in your community. It takes about an hour. To volunteer to deliver Meals on Wheels – regularly, seasonally, or as an on-call substitute — contact Volunteer Coordinator Ann Gordon (agordon@wayland.ma.us) at the Wayland Council on Aging, 508-358-2990. Wayland: Let’s Do Lunch!

Flyer online here

Bringing the World to Wayland through AFS

When asked what they enjoy most about their time at Wayland high school, both Teresa Hank Gomez and Emma Nallet are ready to produce an entire list of answers. The warm and accepting atmosphere, friendly student teacher relationships, the vast range of classes and activities that are offered, and the sense of trust and responsibility that is placed on them and their classmates.

 

Both students spent the past school year at Wayland high school and were hosted by local families. Their goal was to experience life as a US teenager, go to school, play sports, and learn about all the holidays and traditions. “Originally I thought this would be a great way to perfect my English language skills,” explains Teresa Hank Gomez who is from Germany. “But now I realize this year was about much more than that. I have grown more independent and have gained a deeper understanding of the United States”

Emma Nallet from France says she could not agree more. “This has been a life-changing experience for me, I really feel I have been granted a close-up view into this country”. She was particularly impressed with her US classmates’ interests in current affairs and political engagement. “The walk-out at our high school after the shootings in Parkland, Florida was truly inspiring, and I am proud to have been part of such a momentous uprising.”

Their exchange year was facilitated by AFS (former American Field Service), which offers many opportunities for students to live and study abroad while being placed with a host family.

“We are truly fortunate that our schools and the community are so open to accommodate these foreign students” says Jody Pongratz, the local AFS coordinator. Having been an exchange student to Malaysia herself she feels strongly about the mission of AFS, which is to create a more just and peaceful world by bringing people together on a personal level.

Teresa Hank Gomez and Emma Nallet find it “bittersweet” to have to return to their home countries in just a few weeks. While they are excited to reunite with family and friends in Europe, Wayland has become a second home for them. “My host family has treated me like one of their own children, and I know I will miss them and our times together a lot” says Nallet. Both students understand that their host families’ welcoming attitude and generosity cannot be taken for granted, “it is hard to put into words what they have done for me, I will always think of them as my ‘second family’ in the USA” says Hank Gomez.

Is there anything they will not miss? “Speed bumps”, says Hank Gomez jokingly, “but mainly because the school bus driver tends to ignore them which makes for a turbulent ride to school each day”

AFS has been a leader in international high school student exchange for more than 70 years. Each year, AFS-USA sends approximately 1,100 US students abroad, provides $3 million in scholarships and financial aid, including US Department of State sponsored scholarships, and welcomes 2,300 international high school students who come to study in U.S. high schools and live with host families. More than 5,000 volunteers in the U.S. make the work of AFS possible.

Help Wayland Residents On Your Schedule

If you’re looking for a vital volunteer role serving your fellow Waylanders that you can do on an “as available” basis, FISH may be just the group for you. Friends in Service Helping – FISH – is a Council on Aging volunteer group that arranges for and provides rides for Wayland residents to medical appointments when they have no other way to get there. FISH volunteers can be drivers or telephone volunteers, working from home to match clients with available drivers. We are looking for more of both! The client is responsible for any tolls or parking expenses. Please see our flyer for more details about FISH, or contact Ann Gordon, Volunteer Coordinator at the Council on Aging, at 508-358-2990 or agordon@wayland.ma.us.

Learn more about Volunteer Opportunites at the COA online here

Learn more about FISH online here

 

Join the Wayland Student Corps

Members of Student Corps pose in front of the goods they collected and donated to Parmenter as part of their holiday food drive

Student corps is an organization that organizes and hosts community service activities. We welcome all students to join the Wayland High School Student Corps for an opportunity to better our community and earn your president award, a prestigious award that recognizes the service of volunteers. This year alone we have participated in and organized numerous events that were able to positively impact our town; this included the donation of more than 15 full bags of canned goods to Wayland Parmenter Food pantry and the cleaning of the area around WMS and the Wayland railroad site. Contact Amelia_Ao@student.wayland.k12.ma.us (president) to join or visit https://studentcorps.org/ to learn more.

Help Clear The Tracks by the Rail Trail, May 5 – 6

The Wayland Historical Commission is sponsoring its 17th annual volunteer Spring brush clearing at the Wayland Depot (1 Cochituate Rd.) on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to come either day to help remove brush, vines and undergrowth along the inactive preserved railroad tracks alongside the rail trail west of Wayland Depot.

Flyer online here: BrushClearingMay2018

SVT Garlic Pull and Program on Garlic Mustard Foraging and Tasting

Garlic Mustard: An Edible Invasive

Garlic mustard is an invasive plant originally brought to the United States by colonial settlers who used it for cooking. This noxious plant now requires vigilant control as it invades fields and woodlands, displacing native vegetation. Dispersed by wind and water, garlic mustard seeds spread quickly. Garlic mustard is particularly harmful as it changes soil conditions to inhibit the growth of most other plants.

Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) is holding upcoming programs that teach participants about garlic mustard management and its culinary benefits. On Wednesday, May 2 at 5:00 pm, participate in SVT’s Annual Garlic Mustard Pull at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury. Work alongside SVT’s stewardship team and learn effective strategies for controlling garlic mustard. On Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 pm, SVT is co-sponsoring a Garlic Mustard Foraging and Tasting with One Earth Collaborative in Framingham. Participants will get their hands dirty foraging and then come together to prepare simple and flavorful recipes and discuss the spirituality of eating invasive plants. A $5 fee is requested to cover the cost of ingredients.

Registration is required and space is limited. For more information and to register, please visit www.svtweb.org/calendar or call 978-443- 5588 X123. SVT and nearly 3000 members protect and care for land and wildlife habitat in 36 communities surrounding the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury Rivers. One Earth Collaborative, a project of Open Spirit in Framingham, seeks to deepen our spiritual connection to the Earth.

Selectmen seek volunteers for Town Administrator Screening Committee

The Wayland Board of Selectmen is seeking volunteers to serve on the Town Administrator Screening Committee. Members of the Screening Committee will work with the Town’s consultant, Community Paradigm Associates, in identifying finalists for the Wayland Town Administrator position. The selected finalists will be brought to the Board of Selectmen for consideration. It is anticipated that a preponderance of the Town Administrator Screening Committee’s activity will transpire during mid- to late-June, during which time the interviews of semi-finalists are expected to occur.

Wayland residents interested in volunteering to serve on the Town Administrator Screening Committee are asked to submit a letter of interest by Tuesday, April 24, to:

David Porter
Executive Assistant to the Town Administrator
Wayland Town Building
41 Cochituate Road
Wayland, MA 01778
Via email: dporter@wayland.ma.us