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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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Can You Drive A Senior to the Doctor?

Wayland’s FISH program — Friends in Service Helping — provides free rides to Wayland residents who have no other way to get to a medical appointment. Created nearly 30 years ago as a grass-roots community program, FISH is now managed by the Wayland Council on Aging.

Residents request rides by calling FISH (508-358-FISH), and administrators reach out to find a volunteer driver who is available. More than 90 percent of rides are in the MetroWest area. This is a flexible, “as-available” volunteer role, and vitally important to Wayland residents who face transportation challenges.

Give a neighbor a lift, and get one yourself, by helping to meet these important needs. When neighbors help neighbors, it knits our community together. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Ann Gordon at the Wayland Council on Aging, 508-358-2990, or download a volunteer application from the COA website.

Deliver a Difference with Meals on Wheels

Delivering Meals on Wheels in Wayland is a rewarding volunteer job that is time-limited (it takes about an hour), direct (you meet the people you serve), local (neighbors serving neighbors), and important (a vital part of the social safety-net that enables folks to remain at home). If you have time to help out once in a while, or regularly, we would welcome your help.

Monday through Friday, starting at 11am, three volunteers pick up food at the Wayland Council on Aging in the Town Building, and fan out across town delivering a hot meal to eight or ten addresses each. Some are regular weekly volunteers; others are on-call and fill in when they can. All are critically important to the health and well-being of Wayland residents who find it difficult to cook for themselves.

If you would like to volunteer, or to learn more, please contact Ann Gordon at the Council on Aging, 508-358-2990, or visit the COA website and download a volunteer application.

 

 

The Foundation for MetroWest is currently accepting applications for their Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program

Now accepting applications for the Wayland Youth in Philanthropy program, beginning this fall

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 Tuesday, October 15 and are available online at www.yipmetrowest.org. Classes will meet at The Wayland Middle School on Monday afternoons, beginning November 4. Eighth grade students living in Wayland are eligible and welcome to apply.

A unique experiential learning program, YIP, provides participants 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, consensus building, and case-making. Ultimately, the group of 20 students work together to evaluate grant applications and distribute funds to worthy nonprofits working to serve youth in our communities.

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

“I honestly can’t believe how impactful YIP has been in such a short time,” says the parent of a recent graduate. “Our daughter keeps talking about the site visits and has been so inspired by the entire experience that she is now going to volunteer at a non-profit over the summer to learn more about how one operates. Beyond that, the experience of asking questions of the non-profits has given her more confidence and she told us she is raising her hand more often at school!”

Since launching in 1997, the Foundation for MetroWest’s Youth in Philanthropy program has educated over 2,000 students who have granted over $1.2 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 $16 million to charitable organizations and currently stewards more than $23 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact.  To learn more, please visit www.foundationformetrowest.org or call 508-647-2260.

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 September 23. The class will meet at the Wayland Library on five Monday evenings 6-9pm. Class dates this fall are September 23 and 30, and October 7, 21 and 28 (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.

The Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable Hosts “Meet and Greet”, September 10

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, please join members of the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable for a special “Meet and Greet.” This event is specifically designed to welcome new friends to the Roundtable and to provide new and meaningful ways for old friends to deepen their involvement with the work of the Roundtable. The meeting will be held from 3-4:30 PM in the Community Meeting Room of the Wayland Public Safety Building, 38 Cochituate Road, Wayland.

Did you know that the Roundtable is comprised of many committees that do the work of the Roundtable? Each committee will have a brief opportunity to share highlights of their work. These presentations will be followed by an open meet and greet time where attendees can learn more about roles that might interest them. Please join the Roundtable and learn more about the important work that this organization has been doing in our local communities for the past 20 years.

To learn more about the Roundtable, you may go to www.domesticviolenceroundtable.org or contact the Roundtable at infodvrt@gmail.com

The Wayland Cultural Council is seeking new members!

If you support the existence of cultural activities in town, consider joining this appointed board and be involved in the process. As part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Local Cultural Council (LCC) program, the committee disburses state appropriated funds. Wayland is one of 329 such local councils supporting projects in the arts, humanities and sciences through a grant application process.

New members are welcome to join before the next granting cycle begins in the fall. Contact Co-chair Rachel Sideman-Kurtz at rsideperson023@gmail.com to learn more.

This year the council awarded $6,271 to 13 recipients including the upcoming performance “Unveiled,” at Congregation Or Atid and the performance “Isabella” at the Council on Aging (COA) both occurring this month. Awards also supported the Wayland Public Libray’s “Wayland Reads” and the Chinese American Association’s Lunar New Year Celebration earlier this year. Grants funded “Silent Night” by the Vokes Players as well as DeCordova’s EBT $1 Admission Program, the Discovery Museum’s “Free Friday Night Fun” program and forthcoming signage for heirloom trees at Heard Farm. Grants also supported the Control Freaks, Wayland High School’s Robotics Team and student participation in the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival hosted at the high school. In addition, grants were awarded for a performance of the Musicians of the Old Post Road, the library program, “A Universe of Stories” and the COA program “Songbirds of the Northeast.”

If you would like to have a role in bringing such programs to fruition, your interest and enthusiasm are welcome. You can learn more about the Wayland Cultural Council
and the Massachusetts Cultural Council at https://www.mass-culture.org/Wayland.

The 7th Annual Eric Chase Memorial Blood Drive is on Saturday June 8

The 7th Annual Eric Chase Memorial Blood Drive is on Saturday June 8 at Wayland High School, 8am-3pm. Team Eric, spearheaded by Mimi Licht, has again arranged for two Blood Mobiles from Dana Farber & Boston Children’s Hospital to arrive early that morning at Wayland High.

Sign up for a specific time to donate blood at: www.TeamEricChase.com

Plan to Give the Gift of Life! Each pint of blood donated can help up to 3 patients in need. Thank You for donating blood in the past. Your willingness to roll up your sleeve and donate blood has helped over 1,500 patients!

Eric often donated blood until he was diagnosed with AML Leukemia and then he needed many blood products. Pay it Forward–Donate on June 8! Please help us spread the word by talking to your friends or forwarding this email. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday June 8.

Happy Mothers Day & Best wishes,
Don Chase & Nikki Fedele