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Wayland Philanthropy

We have been approached by a number of residents who have sought to make donations to WaylandeNews. While we are flattered by the sentiment, we do not accept financial contributions. We strongly encourage those who wish to thank us to instead make a contribution to a Wayland nonprofit organization listed on our Wayland Philanthropy page. If you wish, you may consider making a donation in the name of WaylandeNews, and help us to help our local nonprofits!  Businesses should check our Advertising page for information on becoming a Philanthropic Sponsor

Charitable and Non-Profit Organizations (more detail on the organizations below available here)

Christopher's Haven
Dudley Pond Association
Fresh Air
Friends of the Wayland Council on Aging
Friends of the Wayland Public Library
Golden Tones
Infante Sano
Kids to Kids
Parmenter Community Health
Mazie Foundation

Rebuilding Together
Save a Dog Foundation

Spread the Bread
Sudbury Valley Trustees
Vokes Players

Wayland Angels
Wayland Charitable Committee
Wayland Community Center
Wayland Historical Society
Wayland Public Library Millennium Endowment Fund
Wayland Public Schools Foundation
Wayland to Waveland
Wayland Veterans Memorial Committee
Wheels for the World

Religious Organizations

If you are aware of a Wayland nonprofit that accepts donations and is not included on the list, then please let us know. We seek to limit this list to social, charitable, community and established religious organizations, for which contributions are tax deductible.




Charitable Events & Fundraisers

1/9/09:  Sudbury Valley Trustees Annual Benefit & On-Line Auction.  Come to the Snow Ball, join us for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dancing and a silent auction on February 28th, 2009. The Snow Ball will be held at the Sheraton Framingham at 6:30pm. For more information, contact Michael Sanders at 978-443-5588 ext 11 or by e-mail. Snow inspired attire encouraged!

1/5/09:  The Robbs Portraiture is holding their third annual "Free February" Portrait Sessions - this year extending it through the end of March. During these two months there is no charge for a qualifying portrait session. Clients only pay for the enlargements and prints that they choose to purchase. All portrait sessions, from Petite to Premium, are included and photography can take place at a client's home, the Robbs studio, or outdoors. Also, ten percent of the value of all resulting print orders will benefit Smiling Kids Inc., an organization that provides birthday gifts to our area's less fortunate children. To qualify for a Free February Portrait Session, you must mention the offer when you first contact The Robbs (508-655-5870, robbportraits@comcast.net). The Robbs are also reaching out to those families who have suffered in this economy with "Pink Slip Print Prices". If your breadwinner has lost his or her job due to the recession, you'll only pay half. Just show your "pink slip" or some proof of your situation and pay half the cost of a Value print package resulting from a Free February/March 08 portrait session. Affording a quality portrait should be the least of your worries. Your privacy will be protected. February and March can be a great time for a portrait of a baby, children at any age, a family or extended family, expectant mother, Sweet Sixteen, the family pets, and more. Please visit www.robbportraits.com to information on Free February Portrait Sessions, and the view examples of great wintertime portraits, and visit www.smilingkidsinc.org for information about Smiling Kids, Inc.

12/30/08:  Wayland Master Plan Advisory Study Committee Volunteers Wanted.  The Wayland Planning Board is looking for residents interested in serving on the newly created Wayland Master Plan Advisory Study Committee. The Planning Board will be appointing three members to the eleven-member Master Plan Advisory Study Committee, with additional representation coming from other Town Boards and Committees. The Committee, which was created at the 2008 Special Fall Town Meeting, was charged with reviewing the 2004 Master Plan, assessing the implementation status of the Plan’s goals and recommendations, and making recommendations to the Planning Board for amendments to the Plan to reflect recent developments and changing to land use trends. The Wayland Master Plan Advisory Study Committee will serve under the guidance of the Planning Board and will serve for up to 18 months. Interested residents who wish to serve as Planning Board appointees are encouraged to submit a letter of interest to the Wayland Planning Board by January 16, 2009. For more information, please contact the Planning Board Office at 508-358-3615 or by email at jlaydon@wayland.ma.us.

12/13/08:  Help Needed for Maintaining Wayland Bay Circuit Trail. The Bay Circuit Trail is a 200 mile trail around Boston that goes through Wayland. We are looking for a Trail Steward to help blaze, monitor and maintain the Wayland section of the trail. If you enjoy walking and exploring trails and can wield a hammer to nail blazes and a lopper to cut back brush, this is a great opportunity to help maintain your town's trail from Lincoln to Sudbury. No trails experience necessary. We will work with you to get you started. If interested, email Denny Nackoney or call him at 781-237-5174.

12/12/08:  Help Breakfast Club support toy drive.  The Cochituate Father-Son/Father-Daughter Breakfast Club is again supporting a toy drive to provide toys for needy children in the Boston area in conjunction with Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD).  The club has been collecting toys for ABCD for several years.  They are now in a position where they are counted upon to provide a goodly number of toys for needy children in the city.  Donations of unwrapped toys can be made at Mel's, Russell's, downstairs at the Wayland Library, and at Town Building.  Collection boxes will be available at these locations until December 18.

12/12/08:  Parmenter Food Pantry Needs donations.  Please consider a food donation to Parmenter, whose food pantry has seen an increased demand for food and it is a challenge to keep food on the shelves. Donations of canned food, pasta, cereal, soup, etc. are greatly appreciated.

12/12/08:  Wayland Charitable Committee needs donations.  Over the last 11 years, the WCC has distributed approximately $200,000 to Wayland residents. This has been possible thanks to a fund created by a generous bequest by former resident Suzanne Leavitt, as well as private contributions. Payments are made directly to vendors and provide support for utility payments, rent, food, clothing, medical bills, and many other items. Applicants must have lived in Wayland for at least one year and can call 508-358-3624 for assistance. Beginning last year with the increase in fuel costs and compounded now by the economic crisis, the need in Wayland is growing. The income generated by the fund is not sufficient to cover the requests for assistance. This year already, the WCC has provided $31,000 of assistance to 37 families. Moving forward, our goal is to raise $30,000 to help cover increased costs and needs. Please make a tax deductible contribution to support your neighbors. I have seen first hand over the years how caring and generous our community is. Together we can support each other. Every donation from $5 to $5,000 will make a difference. There are no administrative costs; all funds directly benefit our neighbors. Send a tax deductible contribution to the Wayland Charitable Committee c/o Mike Patterson, Treasurer/Collector’s Office, Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland MA 01778.

12/12/08: Wayland Public Library Millennium Endowment Fund.  The Library thanks you all of those who continue to support the Wayland Public Library Millennium Endowment Fund. If you are planning any end-of-year giving, please consider contributing to the Endowment Fund.  For more information, click here.

12/6/08:   Spread the Bread's 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Contest. It's the most wonderful time of the year...so why not set aside some time and make a magical gingerbread house for Wayland's community-wide "Holiday Gingerbread House Contest" on late Sunday afternoon, December 21st, from 4-6pm at Starbucks in Wayland. Along with some great memories enjoy prizes to win for yourself and someone special: a jaw-dropping BIKE, TOY basket, gift certificates for dinner, Starbucks Gift Baskets and more... We kindly and respectfully ask that Gingerbread Houses be donated to charity, St. Francis House in Boston, for those individuals transitioning out of homelessness for Christmas this year. Delivery arranged through Spread the Bread. If you have someone you'd like to donate your house to, that's great too! It's a fun time to unpack your imagination and create your version of your "holiday gingerbread house." Maybe it's a gingerbread Santa coming down the chimney of your gingerbread creation or rock candies to make a fireplace or stone walkway, peppermint sticks and candy canes for porch posts and round peppermints with a hole in the middle to create a wreath for the door. The rules are simple: Everything must be edible and gingerbread house may not exceed 12 x 12 x 12. All entrants must pre-register at www.spreadthebread.org by e-mailing your: name, address, telephone, e-mail and age to info@spreadthebread.org or filling out a registration form at Starbucks. Houses can be dropped off to be judged at 3pm that Sunday afternoon. We will have a child and adult categories. For contestants we ask for a suggested donation of $10.00 to help underwrite this event through Spread the Bread. This contest is sponsored by Starbucks, Spread the Bread, the Wayland Town Crier, Liberty Pizza, Sweet Beads, WaylandeNews.com, the Andrea Fund Make the Dash Count Youth Board and in partnership with the Boston College Volunteer and Service Learning Center and the Wayland Children and Parent Association and the Wayland Angels.

12/4/08:  Whole Foods 5% Day for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Tuesday, December 9, 8am-10pm. When you shop at Whole Foods Market Wayland on December 9th, 5% of the day's net sales will go to support The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

12/4/08:  Whole Foods Coats for Kids. For the month of December, bring your gently used children's coats to Whole Foods Market Wayland and they will be dry cleaned courtesy of Anton's Cleaners and donated to local community agencies in need. Coats and babies and adults welcome, too.

12/4/08:  Homes for the Holidays.  Wayland to Waveland is sponsoring a holiday program, Homes for the Holidays, that allows you to purchase construction supplies and building materials on their Holiday Gift Registry. They have identified nine needy families who are in the midst of rebuilding homes but have reached a construction standstill due to lack of funds and supplies. They have compiled a list of what they need to complete construction and move in, including nails, light fixtures, bathroom and kitchen fixtures and cabinets, and doors. Visit their Web site to meet these families, complete the Holiday Gift Registry form, and mail it with a check to Wayland to Waveland Homes for the Holidays, c/o Town of Wayland, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland MA 01778. Your gift is tax deductible, and with your help W2W will once again make a difference in the lives of families in Waveland.

11/26/08:  WPSF "HATS Off" Holiday Campaign Runs Through December 19th.  For 25 years, the Wayland Public Schools Foundation (WPSF) has supported teachers by funding classroom innovations and creative units of study not covered by the regular school budget. Making a donation to the Wayland Public Schools Foundation is a perfect way to acknowledge teachers and administrators and conforms to the gift-giving policy distributed by Superintendent Gary Burton.  All donations to HATS Off (Honor and Appreciate Teachers and Staff) are earmarked for professional development, providing opportunities for Wayland teachers to stay abreast of educational trends and new approaches that will inspire great teaching and learning. Donations also qualify for matching gifts at participating companies.  In an effort to go green, the WPSF is encouraging everyone to order HATS Off certificates through our website, www.WaylandPublicSchoolsFoundation.org. There is a dedicated HATS Off site at the website. Alternatively, certificate forms may be printed from the website and mailed to P.O. Box 97, Wayland, MA 01778, along with a check made payable to the Wayland Public Schools Foundation.  An acknowledgement certificate will be sent to the faculty member of your choice along with your name and personal greeting. The amount donated will not be disclosed.  The deadline for HATS Off donations is Friday, December 19th. For late submissions, delivery of certificates cannot be guaranteed before Winter Break. Questions? Contact Carmela Wise at candrwise@comcast.net or Sohie Lee at slee@wellesley.edu.

11/8/08: Trees for Troops.  Donate a Christmas Tree to military men and women and their families. Come to any of our 8 Mahoney's locations between Nov. 17th and Dec. 7th and purchase a Christmas Tree to donate to a military family. Your donated tree will be picked up and shipped by FedEx to one of over 40 military bases across the country and overseas. There is a choice of 2 sizes of trees to donate: 5' Balsam Fir for $19.98 or a  7' Balsam Fir for $29.98.  In addition, Mahoney's will make a $5 donation for every tree donated by our customers and will provide a card for you to write a personal message to the recipient of your donated tree.   For more information visit Mahoney's Garden Center or call 781-729-5900.

11/6/08:  Connect & Make a Difference this Season.  SOAR 55, Service Opportunities After Reaching 55 connects adults 55+ to meaningful community service opportunities in Newton, Wellesley, Framingham, Weston, Ashland, Natick and Wayland. SOAR 55 collaborates with over 65 non-profits and civic organizations and works one on one with you to find an opportunity that meets your interests, talents, skills and your schedule. Check us out on the web at www.soar-ma.org. Sample assignments include: The SOAR 55 Non-Profit Management Consulting Group which trains team members to work with area non-profit agencies on short-term management, organizational and program consulting projects; Mentor a high school student who needs support and encouragement; Become a Learning Partner in local elementary schools helping with math and reading skills; Tutor ESL or GED students to help them achieve greater self-sufficiency and independence. Mentor a MCI Framingham inmate enrolled in Boston University’s “College Behind Bars” program as part of a mentoring team. Become a part of the River Monitoring Group to help keep the Charles River clean. All of our assignments are a chance to learn new skills, share your experience and expand your neighborhood connections. Orientation, training and support are provided and many assignments require approximately two hours a week. Contact Jan Latorre-Stiller at 617-969-5906 x120 or jlatorre-stiller@ncscweb.org.

10/30/08: Holiday Cheer Project. The holiday season is the perfect time to help out a child who might otherwise not have new clothes or toys this year. For the next month, Temple Shir Tikva will be distributing holiday wish lists from children who live in shelters in the Metrowest area to participating individuals and families. If you are interested in participating in this program, you can sign up to sponsor one or more children (or request more information) by emailing Mimi Facher or calling her at 508-358-6088. Sponsors are asked to purchase three wish list items for each child they are sponsoring. (Gift certificates are welcome too!) All gifts will be collected at Temple Shir Tikva at 141 Boston Post Road in Wayland on Wednesday, December 3rd, 3:30-6:30pm. Wrapping paper is always welcome as well. The deadline for requesting a list is November 28. This is a wonderful project for families to do together as they celebrate the good fortune of the holidays.

10/27/08:  Computer Recycling Event: Recycle and GIVE back! Saturday, November 8, 1-4pm.  Safely and CHEAPLY recycle your computers, monitors, printers, cell phones and more... and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the "Make the Dash Count Foundation." This Foundation is run locally by 15 youth board members from Wayland, Framingham and Needham high schools, and serves as a living legacy for the beloved Happy Hollow School teacher, Andrea Chick.  Throughout the year, these student volunteer leaders learn about philanthropy, review grants and gift $20,000 a year to organizations that help kids at risk of not fulfilling their dreams. To date, this youth board has gifted $60,000 locally.  This year, due to the economic downturn, they are charged with the challenge and opportunity to raise this money.  On Saturday, November 8th from 1pm to 4pm, stop by the Wayland Middle School and drop off your old computers, monitors and more. Local recycling centers charge $25 to recycle one of these items, but through this special fundraiser it's as little as $15 and it all goes to this charity!!  Thanks to the support of Computer Recycling USA, all equipment will be disposed of
safely and securely from a data security and environmental perspective. Certificates available. To learn more about Make the Dash Count Foundation and this fundraiser, e-mail Ron Chick or visit: www.makethedashcount.com or www.computerrecyclingusa.com.

10/17/08:  Wayland firefighters ready to help MDA.  Wayland firefighters will participate in a fundraiser called "Fill-the-Boot" on Friday, October 17, 7am-5pm to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Firefighters will be at Legion Square, the intersection of Main, East Plain and West Plain streets, adjacent to Fire Station 2, with their boots so that motorists may give their dollars and change to help firefighters in their support of MDA.  Last year Wayland firefighters raised $7,600 for area children and adults battling neuromuscular disorders.  MDA helps children and adults who are affected by any of 40 neuromuscular diseases covered by MDA’s comprehensive medical services and research programs. MDA receives no government funding and charges no fees. Please help your local firefighters battle this dreaded disease with your kind contribution.

10/15/08:  Winter clothing drive for Afghanistan. We can save many lives by our mere contributions!! Brandeis International Business School is running a Winter clothing drive for Afghanistan, Friday, October 3 through Thursday, October 30.  Your new or gently used winter clothing will be accepted at the Following locations: IBS Student Services, Heller Main Entrance, Kutz Hall Graduate Student Services.  Clothing should be clean and in good condition.  Latest figures from Afghanistan’s National Disasters Management Authority (ANDMA) indicate that 503 people - mostly children and the elderly - have lost their lives due to cold weather and heavy snow from December 2007 to January 29, 2008. If you can't make it to Brandeis with your donations, contact Peggy Patton to have her pick them up from you.

9/15/08:  Save A Dog to hold 6th Annual Benefit Auction & Dinner Dance, Saturday, November 1 at Sandy Burr Country Club.   Attention Dog Lovers, Red Sox fans, and everyone in between! Save A Dog is hosting its 6th Annual Auction & Dinner Dance on Saturday November 1, 2008 from 6-11 p.m. at the Sandy Burr Country Club, 103 Cochituate Rd. in Wayland. Come and bid on our fabulous prizes including 2 tickets to watch a Red Sox game with dinner and refreshments in Red Sox General Manager, Theo Epstein’s, private suite. Other items include Golf Packages, Weekend Getaways, Autographed Red Sox items, Gift Baskets, and a Vineyard and Wine Tasting Tour. There’s something for everyone on your holiday gift list!  This event will feature silent and live auctions, dinner & dancing, and a 50/50 raffle. With items beginning at $20, there is something for everyone. Admission is $75 in advance (before October 25th) or $90 at the door. For early bird registration, more information, and to view auction items, be sure to visit our website at www.saveadog.org/auction2008.asp.  The goal of this auction is to raise funds for our new Adoption Facility opening in the Fall of 2008. Save A Dog is a local private non-profit 501(3)c organization committed to rescuing homeless dogs and adopting them into loving forever homes. Since inception, we have saved over 2700 lives! Come out for a fabulous evening and have fun bidding on our spectacular prizes while doing your part to help homeless dogs! For more information on Save A Dog you can visit our website www.saveadog.org

9/25/08:  Team Cure is walking in the annual Juvenile Diabetes Walk in Boston.  Please join Wayland Team Cure in our annual JDRF Walk To Cure Diabetes on Saturday October 4th. If you wish to walk with Wayland’s TEAM CURE, please register online at www.jdrf.org and indicate that you will be walking with Team Cure. Walkers can meet at St. Ann’s Church in Wayland where we will once again provide buses that will leave at 8.45am and be back by 2pm.Please let us know if you can join us so we can plan for transportation, t-shirts etc For more information contact Jody Brown j-brown@comcast.net or 508-358-1610

9/25/08:  CAPA Bottle & Can Drive - Saturday, November 15, 10am-2pm in the Wayland High School parking lot near town pool. Donate your returnable glass and plastic bottles and aluminum cans for carbonated beverages (i.e., soda, seltzer water, and beer). We will return them and put the 5¢ deposit to work for the Fine Arts programs. If you will be out of town and need an early pick-up or drop off location please e-mail hodgewayland@yahoo.com or call (508) 655-6862.

9/18/08:  Learn to Row crew fundraiser. Nationally recognized Wayland-Weston Crew program is holding its Fall "Learn to Row" fundraiser on Saturday September 27th, 8am-12pm at its boathouse located next to the Wayland Town Beach, for ages 12 and up, including adults. Come learn how to row a "scull" yourself and/or introduce your youngster to the basics of this wonderful "life" sport! The cost is $30 per person, which includes pancake breakfast. Crew is a club sport with Varsity status in Wayland, and is funded solely by membership fees and donations. Our fundraising efforts provide critical support to our programs. Please email Jay Hachigian with a preference time for learn to row. Send checks to Sonchu Gavell at 81 Claypit Hill Road, Wayland, MA 01778. Come and enjoy rowing on our beautiful Lake Cochitutate and support the crew teams!

9/3/08:  Saturday, October 4, Wayland Public Schools Foundation All That Glitters Celebration, 7-11:30pm, Weston Golf Course.  Join the celebration at All That Glitters: A Sparkling Anniversary Celebration of 25 years supporting Innovation in Education. For a quarter of a century, the Wayland Public Schools Foundation (WPSF), staffed by volunteers, has been partnering with Wayland's teachers to bring excellence and innovation to every classroom. Your support will enable the Foundation to continue to provide valuable programs that the school budget cannot. Help us to turn educational ideas into realities that will positively impact our teachers and students for years to come. Enjoy an evening of catching up with friends and being inspired by the accomplishments of the WPSF thanks to your generous support. Invitations have been mailed. Buy your tickets now.

8/22/08: Food pantry needs donations. A Place to Turn, a food pantry serving residents of MetroWest, has been busy over the last year, particularly in the summer, and needs community support. The pantry is committed to helping individuals and families who are unable to meet their basic need for food. Cash donations will be used to purchase healthy food and juices. Of specific need are the following food donations: peanut butter, juices, cereal, coffee, kid-friendly snacks, toothpaste and shampoo. For more information contact Joanne Barry.

8/8/08:  Wayland Hockey Association/Wayland Boosters to Co-host Fundraising Golf Tournament to Support Wayland Athletes.  The Wayland Hockey Association and the Wayland Boosters announced that they will co-host a golf tournament to support Wayland hockey and varsity sports. The tournament will be held at the Wayland Country Club at 11:30am on October 10th.  The tournament will consist of a four-person scramble, with individual hole contests, team prizes and raffles. Snacks and beverages will be available during the day with a special awards dinner immediately following the tournament. Registration will begin at 11:30, with a shot-gun start 12 noon. More information on sponsoring or participating in the golf tournament can be found on the Wayland Boosters website, www.waylandboosters.org, or print the online pamphlet.  Golfers must register by September 26.

8/8/08: Join the Wayland Police Department in the 2008 Jimmy Fund Canister Drive.  The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association have once again joined forces with the Jimmy Fund to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients now and in the future. The Mass. Police Chiefs have played an essential role for the Jimmy Fund over the past 55 years, and continue to support cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston through the 2008 Jimmy Fund Canister Drive. “Jimmy Fund Canisters will be on display in local businesses in Wayland from now through December,” said Chief Robert Irving. “We have always relied on the generosity of the businesses and residents of Wayland to make our fundraising for the fight against cancer a success.” Located on countertops across the area, the canisters offer store’s patrons an opportunity to join the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police to raise more than $200,000 for the Jimmy Fund in coming months. Please join the Wayland Police Department and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police on the front lines of this fight. Chief Irving will be joining fellow chiefs from all over Massachusetts at the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk on September 21st. Anyone wishing to support Chief Irving’s fund raising for this event may do so by logging on to www.jimmyfundwalk.org and clicking on “Support a Walker”

7/14/08:  The Boston Heart Walk will be held on September 13 at the DCR Hatch Shell from 10am to 2pm.  www.bostonheartwalk.org

6/26/08:  Visit Sudbury Valley Trustees properties in Wayland.  Sudbury Valley Trustees is a land conservation group founded in 1953, by seven Wayland Residents. It is dedicated to protecting and preserving open spaces in the 36-towns that are in the Concord, Assabet and Sudbury River basins. SVT properties extend as far north as Lowell and Tewksbury and as far south as Upton and Holliston. SVT manages over 3,000 acres of land in this area including over 500 acres in Wayland!  The Wayland properties that are listed on this flyer are open to the public at no charge. They are wonderful places to take your children for a lazy summer afternoon picnic and stroll.

6/26/08:  The Massachusetts Environmental Trust is launching a new “Land and Water Conservation” license plate that will support the conservation of land critical to the protection of the Commonwealth’s water resources. Similar plates in other states have conserved tens of thousands of acres in recent years through funds raised. This new tool for land conservation is needed here now more than ever. To learn more, please visit the Trust’s website at www.MassEnvironmentalTrust.org or www.masslandandwater.com.

5/23/08:  Your donation turns innovation into award-winning reality.

Your donation turns innovation into award-winning reality.


Wayland High School’s online news site, WSPN, wins the “Pulitzer Prize” of student journalism.

A grant from the Wayland Public Schools Foundation allowed an enterprising group of Wayland students to buy the computers and equipment needed to get WSPN off the ground, create a cutting-edge web site, and earn national recognition.  Now the entire school community can keep informed and connect like never before.

You can help bring innovation – like WSPN – to every Wayland classroom by giving to the Wayland Public Schools Foundation.  Please send your tax-deductible donation today to:

Wayland Public Schools Foundation

P.O. Box 97, Wayland, MA 01778

Or visit:


to donate online and increase your impact with a matching gift.

Don’t wait!  Our annual appeal ends June 30, 2008.






11/26/06:  The Wayland Charitable Committee provides short-term, emergency help to Wayland residents in financial need. Recipients must have lived in Wayland for at least one year. Payment is made directly to vendors or the suppliers of services. Assistance is provided for utilities, rent, medicine and pharmaceutical needs, food, clothing, and many other items.  Applicant’s names are kept in confidence. The degree of financial disclosure depends on the size of the request. Residents in need of financial help are encouraged to contact the Committee’s answering machine at 508-358-3624.

11/10/06:  Donations needed for Wayland Food Pantry.  The Parmenter Wayland Food Pantry, run by Parmenter Community Health, is looking for non-perishable grocery items and/or financial support.  To make a cash donation of any size, make checks payable to Parmenter Community Health and write "Food Pantry" in the memo line.  Mail to: Parmenter Community Health, 266 Cochituate Rd., Wayland MA 01778.

Volunteer Opportunities in and around Wayland

There are many opportunities to help at the Wayland Council on Aging.  Click here for details

7/8/08:  Volunteer Opportunities for Kids, Families and Teenagers.  Wayland Girl Scout Troop 3166 has assembled a listing of volunteer opportunities to help everyone in town find an interesting opportunity to volunteer, get involved with their community and have fun. These opportunities are located in Wayland, the Metrowest area, and the greater Boston area. Some of them are one time events that you can help with and others require training and even a long-term commitment. All of them provide the opportunity to help people or an organization. Many also provide the opportunity to get experience in an area of career interest. Some even provide the opportunity for teens to do an internship. In preparing this book they made our best effort to provide you with accurate, up-to-date information. However, the needs of organizations change, and so you should contact any organization you are interested in to confirm that the volunteer opportunity still exists and to determine if there are any changes to the information we have provided.  We hope that this book will help you find an opportunity that you will enjoy.

2/20/08:  SOAR55 is your Volunteer Connection!  SOAR55, Service Opportunities After Reaching 55 is seeking individuals who are 55+ interested in sharing their skills and expertise in a variety of programs in the communities of Newton, Wellesley, Natick, Wayland, Ashland, Weston and Framingham.  Service opportunities are coordinated to work with your schedule. For an hour or two a week, or even once a month, you could: help elementary children with reading or math skills, mentor a young child who has a parent in prison or teach children how to protect themselves from assault; work with new immigrants improving their language skills by tutoring in an ESL program or help a student prepare for their GED (high school equivalency exam); mentor a woman as she finds a path to stability and self-sufficiency or provide companionship to an isolated elder; transport a cancer patient to their chemo or radiation treatments located in Boston or the Metro West area.  This is an opportunity to share your experience, connect with others, and learn new skills. Orientation, training and support are provided. Hours are flexible. Please call Jan Latorre-Stiller at 617-969-5906 x120 or email at jlatorre-stiller@ncscweb.org. Please visit our website at www.soar-ma.org for a complete listing of volunteer opportunities.

1/1/08:  ESOL Tutors Needed. The Wayland Library has sponsored an ESOL Program for 18 years that has trained over 200 tutors. We have a waiting list of learners who need help, but right now lack corresponding number of volunteers willing to tutor these students a couple of hours a week. Training classes for new tutors have been scheduled at the library on five Thursday mornings starting on January 17. No teaching experience or foreign language ability is required in order to be a tutor. We will train you, painlessly, even enjoyably, to offer this service to someone who really needs help. You will work one-on-one with adults who desire to improve their abilities in spoken and written English. For more information, please call Ginny Steel at 508-358-7517.

9/27/07: Volunteers needed to help struggling readers at the elementary level. All three Wayland elementary schools are looking for volunteers for two days/week for 30 minutes/day to listen to and support the most challenged readers in the class. During each 30-minute session, the child and volunteer will be engaged in reading books at the student's independent level. Enjoy this very rewarding experience helping children succeed in reading! If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Jennifer Needham, Reading Specialist, at (781) 246-8561. A CORI check will be required.

6/15/07:  Volunteer opportunity with Friends of Wayland Youth and Family Services.  The Friends plan programs, projects and other activities centered around Wayland’s children and their families. This past school year the program theme has been "Being True to Yourself," and events included a master teacher panel discussion, a presentation by Lisa Machoian on teenage depression, and an evening with Sharon Maxwell on how to talk with your children about sex.  Meetings are monthly and members work on projects on flexible schedules. If you would like to volunteer, or would like more information, contact Paul Neustadt

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Wayland's Pandemic Flu Task force seeks volunteers.  If you are interested in serving your community, please e-mail either Arnold Soslow, MD (a.soslow@comcast.net) or Steven Locke, MD (slocke@hms.harvard.edu). Let us know in what capacity you would like to serve. Please provide your name and address, and describe how your neighborhood defines itself (such as Happy Hollow, Claypit, Cochituate, Damon Farms, Mainstone, etc.). We also need your contact phone numbers and areas of expertise (e.g. information, pharmacy/medication, medical, nursing, medical assistants, physician assistants, nutritional, educational, food service, veterinarian or bereavement). We are also seeking donations of a personal computer and software (Windows XP, Word, Excel, Access) for our Pandemic Flu E-Mail Registry. Someone skilled in Web page design and development would be greatly appreciated, as we need to set up an interactive Wayland Pandemic Flu Web site.

There are approximately 15 vacancies on various town boards.  If you would like to be part of the solution, see if there are any openings that interest you.

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