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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.

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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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Town Services for Residents’ Needs

To: All Residents
From: Town Administrator and Health Director Date: March 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Re: Town Services for Residents’ Needs

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Our COVID-19 Request: Stay Home

Stay at home   #flattenthecurve

We at WaylandeNews urge everyone to stay home to the greatest extent possible. This pandemic is unprecedented in our …

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Cancellations due to coronavirus

We will do our best to keep our calendar up to date.  General guidance would be to assume that pretty much anything you might be going to has been can…

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All Library Programs Cancelled and Library Public Meeting Room Closed

In response to the Governor’s State of Emergency declaration and recommendation that non- essential gatherings be canceled, we have canceled all libra…

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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.

Wayland Community Fund Needs Your Help!  Please Donate!

We are expecting the Corona virus to present unusual challenges to our funding. With so many people out of work, it will become difficult for local residents to pay bills such as rent, utilities, and food purchases.

The Wayland Community Fund (WCF) continues to help families in need during the Coronavirus epidemic and we continue to need your support! Please Donate!

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. The current epidemic has affected everyone in one way or another. Many of our neighbors have lost jobs, have no oil left in their tank, little food and/or are challenged with family care.

“Requests for help increased sharply this past year and donations continue to be down” according to Wayland Community Fund Chair, Lynn Dowd.

WCF receives no public funding. It relies primarily on contributions from Wayland residents and a few businesses, supplemented by a small trust fund created 20 years ago. Managed by five appointed volunteer professionals, it has no overhead or administrative expenses.

Please consider supporting this vital Wayland community organization by sending a charitable donation to: The Wayland Community Fund, ℅ Treasurers’ Office, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778 or Donate online.

Residents must apply with a formal request for assistance and if eligible, payment is made directly to the vendor or supplier of service. If you know a Wayland resident who needs financial help, please ask them to call 508-358-3624.

More information can be found on the Town of Wayland website.

Please Donate to Keep Families Safe from Abuse

Recently, the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable board voted to donate $20,000 to five area domestic violence agencies to support them in their efforts to keep survivors safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. While this time of social distancing is challenging for all of us, we know that for survivors, this crisis is being felt multi-fold and in some cases may be life threatening. We hope that many of you will join us to provide funds to keep victims safe. Our local programs are all continuing to provide support to survivors. Shelters and transitional living programs remain open, and community advocacy has shifted to a mostly phone/video call support system.

In addition to the safety risk that being confined to home has created, there are a plethora of other concerns. Right now, many survivors are facing lost wages due to workplaces closures. Food access is limited. Bills, rent, and utilities are likely not going to be able to be paid. Domestic violence agencies are already hearing increased needs for financial support from survivors, and they know this will only grow exponentially as this pandemic continues.

We know that we live in very generous communities, and we are asking those of you who are able to make an online financial donation. A financial donation gives the agencies the greatest flexibility to meet the needs of survivors stated above as well as possibly placing survivors in hotels as there is currently no shelter space available due to the pandemic. Our local agencies include:

Please join the Roundtable in supporting some of the most vulnerable in our communities. We appreciate your consideration of this request and thank you for your support.

Foundation for Metrowest announces two new Emergency Funds

Dear Friends,

We hope that this message finds you healthy and safe. As the Community Foundation serving this region, the Foundation for MetroWest is announcing the launch of two new funds to further support all who live, learn, and work here.

In partnership with the City of Framingham, the Feed Framingham COVID-19 Fund has been created in order to send emergency funds to organizations working to facilitate direct access to hunger relief efforts in Framingham.

The MetroWest Emergency Relief Fund is a new fund of the Foundation for MetroWest.

This Fund will award one-time operating grants to non-profits addressing the most immediate needs or experiencing significant financial challenges due to closures during broad-based community emergencies, such as natural disasters, financial crises, and public health emergencies.

We know that our communities in MetroWest will face significant challenges over the next few months and beyond. A public health emergency such as the global COVID-19 pandemic illustrates how our lives and our communities are directly tied to one another, and we are committed to ensuring that our donors, nonprofits, and partners can work together to care for our most vulnerable neighbors.

We hope that other funders, businesses, and generous donors will join us to support the good work being done during these challenging and uncertain times through the Feed Framingham COVID-19 Fund and the MetroWest Emergency Relief Fund.

Sincerely,
Judith G. Salerno, Executive Director
Jay Kim, Chief Operating Officer
and the Staff and Board of the Foundation for MetroWest
The Foundation expects to make an initial round of grants from the Emergency Relief Fund as soon as possible. Details on how nonprofit organizations can submit grant requests to the MetroWest Emergency Relief Fund will be available shortly.
For general questions about the MetroWest Emergency Relief Fund, please send an email to info@foundationformetrowest.org.
For those philanthropic and business partners interested in supporting this effort, please contact Jay Kim.

The Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund is pleased to announce its 2020 mini-grant recipients

This marks the seventh year that the LDAMF has awarded grants in support of innovative, creative initiatives in the three areas of its mission: Effective Teen Relationships & Violence Prevention, the Arts, and Community Service. These grant recipients carry Lauren’s spirit and memory into their important work.

A total of 15 project proposals were funded this year. They are: 

  • Deborah Marion of Golden Tones Chorus: “Collaborative Intergenerational Music-Making.” High school students and retirees will build a bridge across generations as they rehearse and perform loved songs together.
  • Joe Oneschuck of Wayland High School Band and Jazz: “A Masterclass of Music and Spirit.” Professional trumpeter Ashley Hall will visit WHS to perform and to work with students on their craft and also to discuss risk taking and vulnerability in the life of an artist.
  • Rachel Carrol of Wayland High School: “Lauren Dunne Astley Anniversary Project.” Planning for and bringing to light a meaningful remembrance on the tenth anniversary of Lauren’s death (spring 2021).
  • Charlotte Salitsky, for TEDxYouth@Wayland. The student-led TEDxYouth@Wayland event on May 17, 2020 will bring powerful young voices to the stage and will include speakers whose topics aim to deepen empathy, build understanding, and empower young people to act.
  • Luisa Barros of Atlant Music: “Unity Peace Festival.” The goal of this annual afternoon celebration of music, arts, and community is “to bring the community together to celebrate our neighborhoods, spread a message of peace, and help young people and families connect with organizations and programs that provide services to youth.” The Unity Peace Festival will take place on June 13, 2020 in Dorchester.
  • Aidan O’Hara of Wayland High School Theater Ensemble: “WHS Theater Arts Lobby Display/Gallery.” This semi-permanent display of framed photographs will celebrate the rich history of theater and the performing arts at Wayland High School.
  • Eve Budnick of Opera del West: “A Night of Divas and Doggies.” This performance of two one-act comedic operas at The Center for Arts in Natick on March 22, 2020 will have something for everyone — humor, pathos, and excellent music in an intimate local venue (and a chance for young professionals to gain experience
  • Yamini Ranjan: “Women of Wayland – The Podcast.” An exciting, creative initiative that aims “to connect and inspire women in our community by telling remarkable stories of women around us.” This will be the second season of the Women of Wayland podcast.
  • Rafaela Carlisle-Swedberg of the Brookline Police Department. Support to allow officer Carlisle-Swedberg to attend The National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence for training in recognizing, identifying, and effectively intervening in cases of domestic violence and teen-dating violence.
  • Nancy Schacter of Jewish Family and Children’s Service. “TeenSafe” is a leadership development program that trains teens to recognize the signs of domestic and dating

March is Wheelchair Collection Month

If you have or know of any wheelchairs (or wheelchair parts) that are no longer being used, please help us give the Gift of Mobility to children and adults around the world. For more information, contact Cindy Leonard at 508-653-3743. Help us change lives, one wheelchair at a time!  More information online here

2020 Wayland PTO Backpack Auction: online auction open until March 11

The Backpack Auction is the second part of the Wayland Elementary School’s PTO annual “Gift Your Child” fundraising campaign. The donations received in the auction go directly towards funding enrichment programs and teacher support for Claypit Hill, Happy Hollow, and Loker students and staff. The online auction is open now, and ends on March 11 at 8pm.