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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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Student Corps Volunteering

Wayland High School Student Corps is an organization that looks to engage students in various community service events and activities. We work towards aiding the community in any way we can and promoting a spirit of teamwork, growth, and kindness. We’ve previously organized food drives, town clean ups, and music concerts for the seniors at Traditions of Wayland, so if anyone is looking for volunteers, please feel free to contact Amelia_Ao@student.wayland.k12.ma.us. Any student at Wayland High School is welcome to join!!!

Domestic Violence Roundtable Collects Valentine Donations for Families in Shelter

2018 Roundtable Valentines Day bags decorated by children at Sudbury Extended Day

Each February, the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable collects items for Valentine’s Day and fills gift bags for women, men and children temporarily living in local domestic violence shelters and transitional housing programs: REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, The Second Step, and Voices Against Violence. The Valentine Bags are decorated by the children from Sudbury Extended Day.

Members of our local communities are cordially invited to participate in this collection and to help fill the bags at the Roundtable meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 3 PM at the Wayland Public Safety Building. This is a great opportunity for schools, scout groups, civic organizations, workplaces, families, friends, and neighbors to join the Roundtable in making lives brighter for families affected by domestic violence. Small gestures like the gift bags let families know they are supported in their decision to leave an abusive situation and brighten their day.

Some examples of needed items are gift cards for CVS, Target, grocery stores etc. For mothers in the shelters some items would include full size bath products, socks, cosmetics, nail polish, hair products, phone cards, journals, postage stamps etc. Items for teens and children should be age appropriate from crayons, coloring books, small stuffed animals, matchbox cars, stickers socks, and non-violent toys, to bath and hair products, books, diaries, movie passes, ITunes cards, and candy.

In past years the Roundtable has provided as many as 125 bags for families in shelter and transitional housing.

If you are interested in contributing to the Valentine’s Day collection, please contact the Roundtable at info@dvrt.org . A collection basket will be available in the lobby of the Wayland Public Safety Building located at the intersection of Routes 20 and 27 in Wayland from February 5-12, 2019.

 

ESOL Tutor Training

Becoming 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.

The Wayland Library sponsors an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program that serves a wide area around Wayland. Because of the constant demand for tutoring, all available tutors are now working with students, and the next tutor-training course has been scheduled. Program director Ginny Steel is currently enrolling prospective tutors for the five-session course that starts on February 26. The class will meet at the Wayland Library on five consecutive Monday mornings, 9:30-12:30. 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 (later) 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.

The Town of Wayland Wants You to Volunteer!

The town has a variety of volunteer opportunities that call for light, medium, or heavy time commitments and for specific skills or no particular skills at all, only an interest in the board’s work and willingness to learn. We—the Board of Selectmen—are providing you with information that we hope will pique your interest. This column focuses on the new Cable Advisory Committee (CAC).

The CAC has three principal responsibilities: 1) negotiate the terms of the renewal Cable TV licenses with Wayland’s service providers, Comcast and Verizon; 2) recommend that the Board of Selectmen grant these licenses; and 3) monitor the performance of the licensees during the ascertainment process to ensure compliance with the license terms and conditions. We expect that the five member committee will meet monthly or every other month beginning in 2019. Helpful—but not required—skills include negotiating experience, interest in or some knowledge of our local cable operations, ability to understand contracts, and common sense.

If you have questions or are interested in being considered to fill this or any town board position, please contact Teri Hegarty in the Selectmen’s office at thegarty@wayland.ma.us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Red Cross Blood Drive, December 11

Please help us celebrate the season of giving on Tuesday December 11th to donate blood for the American Red Cross. Donors are encouraged to preregister and make an appointment with the Red Cross by calling: 800.733.2767 and using the sponsor code CH01778.

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.