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Disclosure: Waylandenews Executive Director Kim Reichelt is a member of the Wayland School Committee. Her work on this site, however, is as an individual, not as a member of the School Committee.

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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Wayland-based foundation grants $60K to MetroWest nonprofits

Wayland Town Crier 6/24/20: Wayland-based foundation grants $60K to MetroWest nonprofits. The Parmenter Foundation of Wayland has set out on its eighth decade of philanthropic funding to nonprofits in MetroWest with the awarding of its first cycle of 2020 grants. The five grantee organizations span a broad range of MetroWest communities and demonstrate high-impact programs and innovative plans for the funds.

Wayland Community Fund serving Wayland residents temporarily in need of financial assistance. We are here to help!

The Wayland Community Fund (WCF) provides short-term emergency financial assistance to Wayland residents who have lived in Wayland for at least one year. WCF provides funding for basic needs such as utilities, rent, food, medical bills, and other living expenses. Please call us if you need help with your bills.

Residents must apply with a formal request for assistance and if eligible, payment is made directly to the vendor or supplier of service. Please call 508-358-3624 or go to the town website for an application.

The WCF is managed by five appointed volunteer professionals, it has no overhead or administrative expenses. For donations please send a check to: The Wayland Community Fund, Treasurer’s Office, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778 or Donate online.

Vokes Theatre Drive-Thru Food Drive, Saturday, June 27

Vokes Theatre, Wayland to hold drive-thru food drive Saturday June 27 11 AM-1 PM

The Wayland community has a growing demand of food insecurity during the Covid-19 crisis, and the Parmenter Food Pantry in Wayland provides support to those in need. Vokes Players will be supporting the Parmenter Food Pantry by holding a “Drive Thru” Food Drive. On Saturday, June 27, 11am-1pm the Vokes Players will hold the food drive in the Vokes Theatre parking lot located at 97 Boston Post Rd, Route 20, Wayland.  Donors should place bagged donations, in their vehicle’s trunk or back seat in advance of arriving. When the donor drives into the parking lot, gloved and masked volunteers will remove the items from the car. Donors are asked to please follow these instructions for donations, so a safe environment can be maintained for all.  For donations, please bring ONLY the requested items that Parmenter needs: Hot/cold cereal, Pasta, Pasta sauce in plastic jars, Peanut butter, Jelly, Canned fruit or vegetables, Tissues, Toilet Paper, Apple juice or canned chicken or tuna. By joining together for this great cause, Vokes Theatre is hoping to positively impact the Wayland community during this challenging time. Thank you for your support.

Dignity Matters awarded Cummings Grant

Framingham nonprofit receives Cummings Foundation grant

Dignity Matters is one of 130 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $20 Million Grant Program. The Framingham-based organization was chosen from a total of 738 applicants during a competitive review process.

Dignity Matters collects, purchases and supplies menstrual care, bras and underwear to local women and girls who are homeless or economically disadvantaged, in order to help them stay healthy, regain self-confidence, and live with basic dignity.

“The grant from Cummings Foundation will allow us to further scale up our operation to serve even more women in need in Massachusetts. As the inequality rate in the local community continues to grow, so does period poverty and the demand for Dignity Matters’ services” said Kate Sanetra-Butler, Founder and Executive Director of Dignity Matters. “The grant from Cummings Foundation will support our growth by funding critically important warehousing and volunteering space for the organization. Dignity Matters is on track to distribute over million units of menstrual care and pairs of underwear in 2020 and the grant from Cummings Foundation will fund warehousing capacity underpinning our operations”, said Sanetra-Butler.

The Cummings $20 Million Grant Program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate, Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 10 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“We have been impressed, but not surprised, by the myriad ways in which these 130 grant winners are serving their communities, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “Their ability to adapt and work with their constituents in new and meaningful ways has an enormous impact in the communities where our colleagues and leasing clients live and work.” Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $280 million to greater Boston nonprofits.

Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $280 million to greater Boston nonprofits.

Social distancing requirements will prevent Foundation and grant winner representatives from convening for a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn, as planned, to celebrate the $20 million infusion into greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. Instead, Cummings Foundation expects hundreds of individuals to
gather virtually for a modified celebration in mid-June.

The Cummings $20 Million Grant Program resulted from a merger of the Foundation’s two flagship grant programs, $100K for 100 and Sustaining Grants.

The Foundation and its volunteers first identified 130 organizations to receive grants of at least $100,000 each. Among the winners are first-time recipients as well as nonprofits that have previously received Cummings Foundation grants. A limited number of this latter group of repeat recipients will be invited to make in-person presentations in the fall, when public health related circumstances allow, proposing that their grants be elevated to long-term awards. Thirty such requests will be granted in the form of 10-year awards ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 each.

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention, affordable housing, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity. The nonprofits are spread across 40 different cities and towns, and most will receive their grants over two to five years.

The complete list of 130 grant winners is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

A great deal more information about Cummings Foundation is detailed in Bill Cummings’ self-written business book, “Starting Small and Making It Big: Hands-On Lessons in Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy.” The brand-new, and significantly updated, 6th edition is available on Amazon or cummings.com/book.

About Dignity Matters
Dignity Matters supports more than 8000 women every month through 130 service partners in Massachusetts, including homeless shelters, domestic violence centers, public schools, after school programs and medical clinics for the homeless population. In 2019, the organization also extended its reach to food pantries in Greater Boston and MetroWest areas.

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn, and Veterinary School at Tufts, LLC in North Grafton. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

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PHOTO: “Dignity Matters’ Team celebrating receiving the grant from Cummings Foundation”.

Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund

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  • Wayland COVID-19 Reflief Fund at wayland.ma.us/donate
    • Select “Wayland, MA” in the Municipality drop down menu
    • Click the gray “Click here to VIEW or PAY your bills” box
    • Select “Donation” in the left column
    • Complete the requested information
  • For more information about the fund, click here

For those who are in need of basic food resources, please call 508-358-7701.


Town of Wayland COVID-19 Relief Fund

There are Wayland residents who need our help. Wayland families are in need of food/grocery support during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Governor’s Stay at Home advisory now extends to May 4th, and some families find that they do not have sufficient food resources.
Residents may have a financial need, others may be uncomfortable leaving the house for the essential purpose of going to the grocery store, and some residents are themselves or have family members with compromised health and should not leave the house.

The Town of Wayland has established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to collect financial donations and will use the funds to purchase grocery items from Wayland’s Donelan’s and Stop & Shop. Weekly deliveries to residents start the week of April 6th. Any Wayland individual or family with a self-identified need will be included. The Town is also coordinating with the three food pantries in Wayland.

All donations made to the Town of Wayland are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law; funds will be held in a separate COVID-19 donation account established by Wayland’s Treasurer. At the end of the Town’s COVID-19 relief effort, any remaining funds will be shared equally between the Wayland Community Fund and The Friends of the Wayland Council On Aging.

Please call 508-358-3620 with any questions. Thank you to all for taking care of our Wayland community.

COVID-19 & Gender Equality: How a Gender Lens Can Save Lives and Inspire Breakthroughs 

COVID-19 & Gender Equality: How a Gender Lens Can Save Lives and Inspire Breakthroughs

A Webinar and Fundraiser for Save the Children

Join Save the Children’s Boston Leadership Council for a Live Webinar on Wednesday, May 6, 7:00-7:45pm to raise critically needed funds for the U.S. and global response to COVID-19. Learn more about gender-differentiated impacts of a pandemic and how a gender lens can save lives and inspire breakthroughs.

Visit the website to register for the webinar or to make a donation. We are humbled to have an amazing $50,000 matching gift commitment to double your impact. This event is chaired by Wayland resident Sejal T. Srinivasan, Boston Leadership Council Chair, Communications and Community Development Committee. Wayland residents ML and Larry Krakauer are also members of the Executive Committee of the Boston Leadership Council.

Read more about the event and the gender impacts in the press release below
Continue reading COVID-19 & Gender Equality: How a Gender Lens Can Save Lives and Inspire Breakthroughs 

Wayland RN is collecting items for the ICU nurses at a major Boston hospital

From Wayland RN Joanne Burke:  Your kindness is amazing! Trying to brainstorm creative ways to keep spirits up and support for our nurses and staff.
Nurses love:
  • Food( individual wrapped like power or granola bars, snack bags )
  • Candy (individually wrapped )
  • Cheerful notes spreading sunshine
  • Self care items (lotions, lip balm …..)
Maybe our Wayland community would like to do something like that? I bring items / notes to my staff of 180 people almost daily. Items can be left on my front porch . I will put out bins today at  51 Maiden Lane, Wayland.  They will  go from there to support our cohort units and nurses that are floated to care for our patients.