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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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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

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