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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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Become a Tutor of English

Have you ever thought about tutoring someone in English? Most people who decide to become tutors are thinking of the good it can do, helping others become more proficient in English and better able to cope with employment, landlords, schools or the medical profession. But then they discover the rewards, the satisfaction that comes as progress is made and a relationship develops that enriches both learner and tutor. Tutors often speak of their pleasure in learning about another culture and their greater appreciation for the challenges facing those who are adapting to ours.

Because of the constant demand for tutoring, all available tutors are now working with students, and the next tutor-training course has been scheduled. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program director Ginny Steel is currently enrolling prospective tutors for the five-session course that starts on October 15. The class will meet at the Wayland Library on five Monday evenings 6:00 – 9:00. Class dates this fall are October 15, 22 and 29 and November 5 and 19 (not meeting on Veterans Day). No prior knowledge of a foreign language is needed, just an openness to other cultures and the desire to share your knowledge of English. The training is free, although it is necessary to purchase a textbook for about $20.

For more information or to enroll in the tutor-training course, you can phone Ginny Steel at 508-358-7517 or email her at virginia@thesteels.com.

Resources for ESL tutors and learners are available online here.

OARS River Cleanup, September 15

OARS will hold its 32nd Annual River Cleanup on Saturday, September 15 from 9 am to noon. OARS volunteers will walk the banks and wade into the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers to help restore our beautiful rivers for people, fish and wildlife. Trash, tires, bottles, car parts, bicycles – whatever we find that shouldn’t be there – will be collected for appropriate disposal.

This September morning of inspiring work has become a regional tradition for individuals and teams from local businesses, civic associations, scout troops, and high schools. We will be working this year in Westborough, Northborough, Framingham, Wayland, Sudbury, Marlborough, Hudson, Stow, Maynard, Acton, Concord, and Billerica. The cleanup will be followed by a pizza lunch and celebration along the rivers

We hope you will join us. For more information and to volunteer please contact the OARS office at 978-369-3956 or office@oars3rivers.org. Visit us at www.oars3rivers.org.

OARS is the watershed organization working to protect, improve, and preserve the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers, their tributaries and watersheds for the purposes of public recreation, water supply, and wildlife habitat.

Join Wayland’s Community Emergency Response Team

CERT trainees practice moving and transporting an injury victim

This fall and early winter, Wayland’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be conducting training for those who are interested in becoming members of the CERT team. Training will take place on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. beginning September 24th at the Wayland Public Safety Building, at the intersection of routes 27 and 20, and will run for 10 weeks.

In addition to this multi-week, comprehensive training course, CERT also conducts sessions on a variety of relevant topics throughout the year.

CERT is comprised of volunteer residents of Wayland who are willing to assist the town in the event of any emergency that requires additional backup resources. CERT’s main responsibility is to operate and staff the town’s emergency shelter, located at the Wayland Middle School, in the event of a disaster caused by blizzards, hurricanes, or other situations forcing people to leave their homes to seek shelter.

CERT operates under the direction of Wayland’s Emergency Management Director (Police Chief Robert Irving) and the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

No special skills are required to join CERT. The standard FEMA training program offered covers such items as disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations including CPR and first aid, light search and rescue operations, CERT organization, and terrorism. In practice, the CERT team is divided up into several sub-teams, including shelter, first aid, animal rescue and care, and general support.

Once trained, members participate when available and to the extent of their comfort level.

So please consider becoming a member of Wayland CERT and learn how to take care of yourself, family and neighbors in the event of an emergency! For more information, and to register for the upcoming training, please contact Joseph Gordon, Wayland CERT Coordinator, via email at gordon@waylandcert.org, or Doug Leard, LEPC Chairman, at DJL@emergencypreparedness4all.com.

Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers Needed

Join the MRC!  New Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers are always needed!  We have a great group of volunteers, however, we would love to recruit new members.  If you are interested in helping out your community and would like to volunteer please contact the Health Department at Health@wayland.ma.us.

Applications available for Youth in Philanthropy program this fall in Wayland

Do you know an eighth grade student who is interested in making an impact in their community and becoming a civic leader? The Foundation for MetroWest is currently accepting applications for their Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program to take place this winter in Wayland. Applications are due no later than Friday, October 5 and are available online at www.yipmetrowest.org. Classes will meet at The Wayland Middle School on Monday afternoons, beginning November 5. Eighth grade students living in Wayland are eligible and welcome to apply.

A unique experiential learning program, YIP, provides participants with the knowledge to become engaged and informed civic leaders in our community by learning the importance of philanthropy and the needs that exist in our backyard. YIP also helps local youth develop valuable 21st century skills, including critical thinking, understanding budgets, public speaking, reaching consensus, and case-making. Ultimately, the group of 20 high school students work together to evaluate grant applications and distribute funds to worthy nonprofits working to serve youth in our communities.

A recent YIP participant said, “YIP is a truly amazing program that has taught me an array of useful skills and has given me a new perspective. This program has allowed me to have a new and improved outlook on my community and how I can help.”

Since launching in 1997, the Foundation for MetroWest’s Youth in Philanthropy program has educated over 1,250 students who have granted over $1.1 million to over 200 MetroWest youth development organizations. The Foundation for MetroWest is proud to be running one of the largest youth philanthropy education programs in the country. For more information about the Youth in Philanthropy program, visit www.yipmetrowest.org.

About Foundation for MetroWest

Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest is the only community foundation serving the 33 cities and towns in the region. We promote philanthropy in the region, help donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serve as a resource for local nonprofits and enhance the quality of life for all our residents. Since inception, the Foundation has granted $15 million to charitable organizations and currently stewards more than $22 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact. To learn more, please visit www.foundationformetrowest.org or call 508-647-2260.

Youth in Philanthropy Metrowest program starts September 12

Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) MetroWest at Sudbury
The Grange Hall, Sudbury
Starting Wednesdays, September 12, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
For 8th Grade and High School Students
Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) is an experiential leadership development program designed to empower and educate local youth to become our community’s next generation of philanthropists–those who give their time, talent, and treasure for the common good.
By joining a YIP program you can make a positive impact in your community while teaming up with other students from across MetroWest. Through the program you’ll get to visit local organizations, delve into community needs, grant money to causes benefiting youth – and potentially fulfill community service hours! Unlike other volunteer opportunities, YIP puts the power of decision making in your hands and empowers you to be a change-maker. The program provides you with a skill-set you can draw upon throughout your life.
For more information about our program and/or to apply, click here.

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