Category Archives: Charity

MCPE’s OneMedfieldOnward

From Clair Meehan for MCPE –

MCPE”s #𝙊𝙣𝙚𝙈𝙚𝙙𝙛𝙞𝙚𝙡𝙙𝙊𝙣𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙 campaign starts TODAY!

All year, you have asked how YOU CAN HELP get our kids back into the classroom as safely as possible, and Monday is the time to come together and make it happen!!

Today we officially launch a 5 day fundraising initiative to help cover needs that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as air filters, disinfecting spray and wipes. Keeping our kids, teachers, staff and administrators safe is critical, but it’s not free. Join us next week by making a donation and encouraging your friends and neighbors to do the same!

To learn more, or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit the MCPE website.

Pamela Bates, Matthew Parillo, and Kirsten Poler join MFi board

Medfield Foundation names 3 to its board of directors

The Medfield Foundation has announced that Kirsten Poler, Matthew Parillo and Pamela Bates have been appointed to its Board of Directors. These appointments reflect the growth of MFi and its initiatives and contributions to the town. The MFi Board of Directors governs all Medfield Foundation events and campaigns, administers associated funds and works with local nonprofit groups.

“The work of MFi and our organizations is more important than ever in these times and our Board composition must evolve to support outreach to new residents and families in Medfield. With these changes, MFi has further increased the makeup of our board in terms of gender and career experience,” said Evan Weisenfeld, president of Medfield Foundation.

Poler is a trusts and estates lawyer who practiced at Palmer and Dodge and Wellesley College until relocating to London 20 years ago.  While in London, Kirsten worked to raise money for various nonprofits which included trekking to Mt Everest base camp for Women for Women and running several London Marathons for the NSPCC.

Having moved back recently, Kirsten has worked on behalf of the Annual Fund for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation, The Charles River School, and her alma mater, Amherst College. Kirsten is enjoying getting to know all things Medfield and has also joined the Conservation Commission and the board of the Cultural Alliance of Medfield.  Kirsten lives with her husband and youngest daughter and many assorted animals on their farm.

Parillo is a Massachusetts native who lives in Medfield with his wife and two children. He is the assistant vice president of communications at Brandeis University’s Institutional Advancement division. He is responsible for directing an integrated and strategic communications effort to support fundraising and constituent engagement initiatives. He has coached soccer for Medfield youth and has taught sailing at a public sailing center. He also serves as an advisor to Footnote, a MassChallenge online media company that brings academic research and expertise to a broader audience.Get the Inside Massachusetts Politics newsletter in your inbox.

Bates resides in Medfield with her husband and two children in the Wheelock School and Medfield Children’s Center. She is the chief operating officer at Shorelight, a Boston-based global education company partnering with top-ranked, nonprofit North American universities to build innovative programs and services that help talented students thrive and become global citizens. She serves on the Parent Board of the Medfield Children’s Center, volunteers for her alma mater Wheaton College (Norton) and as a mentor for Lead5050 focused on increasing opportunity for women in international education.

For information about the foundation, visit https://www.medfieldfoundation.org/

Lueders are Civic Founders of MFi Legacy Fund

Photo by Colleen Sullivan

Mike & Connie Lueders and Lueders Companies are Civic Founders of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) is pleased to announce Mike & Connie Lueders and Lueders Companies as Civic Founders of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund.

Mike and Connie Lueders believe in and support the Medfield community and the mission of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund. Mike and Connie said, “Having been residents of this community for 36 years, we have experienced the unity, support, and common goals shared by MFi. We are honored to be part of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund and Civic Founders.”

The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund is an endowed fund of the Medfield Foundation, and is working to raise an initial endowment of $1 million to support non-profit and community initiatives in town. By supporting these initiatives now and in the future, the Legacy Fund seeks to assure that Medfield will have the continued support for its current and future families and provide financial resiliency to meet community needs. The endowment is being raised through “Founders” like Mike and Connie Lueders and Lueders Companies.

For almost 40 years, Lueders Environmental, Inc. and Lueders Tree & Landscape, Inc. have provided personalized landscape care services with a more thoughtful approach to the environment. Lueders Environmental provides Lawn and Plant Health Care Diagnostics and Services. Lueders Tree & Landscape, Inc., focuses on expert pruning of Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. To learn more, visit Luedersco.com.

If you too appreciate your Medfield community and would like to leave your mark on Medfield’s future, please consider becoming a Founder of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund. Learn more about the Legacy Fund at http://medfieldfoundation.org/legacy-fund.

𝙼𝚞𝚛𝚍𝚎𝚛, 𝙼𝚢𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚢, 𝙸𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚞𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚂𝚌𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚕: 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙳𝚊𝚛𝚔 𝚂𝚒𝚍𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝙼𝚎𝚍𝚏𝚒𝚎𝚕𝚍

From Liz Whitcher for the Medfield Coalition for Public Education –

𝙼𝚞𝚛𝚍𝚎𝚛, 𝙼𝚢𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚢, 𝙸𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚞𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚂𝚌𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚕:
𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙳𝚊𝚛𝚔 𝚂𝚒𝚍𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝙼𝚎𝚍𝚏𝚒𝚎𝚕𝚍

Yes, even Medfield has some scandalous history! Tickets include your choice of 3 entrees from Basil and access to a live virtual history talk with Richard DeSorgher! 
Optional add-ons include our signature cocktail-the Dark and Stormy and 2 of Richard’s books on the history of Medfield! #OneMedfield 

For more information and to sign up: https://www.medfieldcoalition.org/medfield-history-night

New Life 5k Virtual Trail Run

From Tod Dimmick for the New Life Furniture Bank –

The 2021 New Life 5K hopes to offer both virtual and in-person components


The fourth annual New Life 5K Trail Run will take place this spring. The event benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to individuals and families who are transitioning out of homelessness.

The New Life 5k in all its forms is open to runners, walkers and everyone in between.  Each year the event brings out hundreds of enthusiastic supporters. Last year, the “Virtual 5k” was a tremendous success, after organizers offered one of the first virtual races in Massachusetts. Virtual runners participated last year from as far away as Australia. This year, the organizers hope that participants will have the choice of whether to participate in-person on May 8th at Medfield State Hospital, or virtually between April 17th and May 8th.


The in-person component will only occur if Massachusetts moves into the stage of Phase 4 that allows Road Races.  The organizers will determine whether or not the in-person event will occur by April 30th (If the in-person event is not permitted, in-person registrations will become virtual registrations). The in-person 5k Trail Run will include measures to ensure safe participation, including staggered start times throughout the day on May 8th.   

The virtual component will be structured much like last year. Participants create their own 5k route, or use fitness apps like MapMyRun and Strava, and then complete their route anytime between April 17 and May 8. Participants can log their times on RaceWire. On May 9, results will be posted and awards will be given.

New Life Furniture Bank of MA collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are made available at no cost to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness. New Life has remained vigilant throughout the pandemic and has continued to serve people in need by finding creative and safe ways to operate online and with minimal contact.  In 2020, New Life served almost 500 families.  The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Walpole Donation Center, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for folks who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property to donate their gently used goods and furniture.

Registration is open at www.newlifefb.org/5k, with discounts for registration before April 12, and for teams of four or more.  The registration fee is $25 “early bird” and $30 regular. T-Shirts will be available for an additional fee. Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org.

Tim & Linda Bonfatti – MFi Legacy Fund founders

We give to the Medfield Foundation
Legacy Fund because we believe
deeply in the local initiatives it
supports, like Medfield Outreach
and Medfield Cares About Prevention.
Having this strong community
charitable foundation helps make
Medfield a special place and is the
reason why we have lived here for
over 25 years. Linda & Tim Bonfatti
We invite you to join us.
To learn more, please visit:
medfieldfoundation.org/legacy-fund

If you too value what Medfield has meant to your family, invest in its future by becoming a Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund founder too.

Holistic Wellness Center becomes First “Civic Founder” of Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund


Photo credit – Jenny Moloney Photography

Holistic Wellness Center becomes First “Civic Founder” of Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) is pleased to announce that Holistic Wellness Center, LLC (HWC) of Medfield has become the MFi’s first Civic Founder of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund. Holistic Wellness Center is owned and operated by Darrah March O’Connor and Sarah Schochet Henken. HWC is an independent wellness center that offers the best in holistic healing treatments that include (but not limited to) Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Reflexology & Energy Work. HWC has been operating since 2010! In addition, HWC offers the best in Holistic, Metaphysical and Fair Trade goods hand selected from around the world. Historically, HWC has offered many related workshops which they plan to resume when it is appropriate and safe to do so again. Holistic Wellness Center is located in the Medfield Crossing Shopping Plaza on route 27 – right here in Medfield!

The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund is an endowed fund of the Medfield Foundation, that seeks to raise an initial endowment of $1 million to support non-profit and community initiatives in town. By supporting these initiatives now and in the future, the Legacy Fund seeks to assure that Medfield will be able to do more of the special things in the future that make Medfield the great community that it has been for so many people and their families, and provide financial resiliency to meet future community needs. The endowment is being raised through “Founders,” who commit to contributing at least $5,000 over five years.

Sarah Henken said “We are delighted to join with the Medfield Foundation to help Medfield by means of the Legacy Fund, and we hope other businesses will consider participating as well. HWC is honored to be the first Civic Founder.” The Civic Founders are businesses who contribute at the Founder level.

If you too appreciate your Medfield community and would like to leave more of your mark on Medfield’s future, please consider becoming a Founder of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund. See more about the Legacy Fund at http://medfieldfoundation.org/legacy-fund/.

MFC’s letter to Medfield

From Susan Maritan, Medfield Food Cupboard Publicist –

Dear Friends of the Medfield Food Cupboard,

We are starting off the New Year with a big THANK YOU to the Medfield community for its overwhelming support during this most unsettling year. The outpouring of generosity this holiday season will be remembered as the one with the biggest impact in our 29-year history. 

The entire town – individuals, businesses, faith-based organizations, schools, town departments, and community service groups – pitched in with monetary donations, food, and volunteer hours to ensure we remained open and that our shelves, refrigerator, and freezer were filled. Your efforts  continue to make a difference every day in the lives of over 200 residents who rely on us for emergency and supplemental food. 

We served more households and children than ever before, a significant accomplishment given Covid restrictions. Your support provided needed relief to individuals and families facing financial hardships and created a happy holiday for many children, seniors, and parents. Community groups provided presents, stockings, blankets, hand-knitted gloves and hats, pies and breads, Christmas trees, gingerbread house kits, and passes to the Winter Light Show, to those who otherwise may have gone without.

We look forward to working together in 2021 as we continue to operate under the challenges of this pandemic and strive to meet increased demand for our services. Your meaningful gifts of money, food, and time are helping to alleviate food insecurity for our neighbors in need. Gratitude from clients, smiles on children’s faces, dinners on tables, and food in the cupboard for tomorrow’s meals are the best start to a New Year for one and all. Thank you, dear neighbors, for making this possible. 

Susan Gorog and Tracey Rogers
Co-Presidents, Medfield Food Cupboard

New Years resolution = donate to the MFi!

Still time to make a 2020 donation to the Mfi

Below is the first ever Medfield Foundation annual appeal, that went to about 3,300 homes. If you want to donate for 2020, just date your check today, or contribute on-line at https://www.medfieldfoundation.org/give.

Donor Information
First Name Last Name
Address
City, State, Zip
Phone Email
I would like my donation to be anonymous
I would like more information on becoming a Legacy Fund Founder
My employer oers matching gifts to double the value of my donation
Please complete reverse side
Please make your checks payable to Medeld Foundation, Inc. All donations are tax deductible.
Medeld Foundation is a 100% volunteer-run organization. 100% of this donation goes directly to support your cause.
Gift Donation Form
Medeld Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprot organization (Tax ID #04-3559057) which makes all donations to us
tax-deductible. Make your donation by December 31 to ensure that it can be deducted from this year’s taxes.
Gift Donation Form
Angel Run Public Need Fund Donation $50 $100 $250 Other:
Legacy Fund Founder Donation $5,000 Legacy Fund Founder
$5,001 - $9,999 Partner Circle
$10,000 - $24,999 Heritage Circle
$25,000+ Legacy Circle
Legacy Fund General Donation $50 $100 $250 Other:
Founder Level donations may
be paid over one to four years.
Desired number of annual
payments:
Please complete reverse side
Please return in the enclosed envelope
Proceeds from our annual Angel Run benet Medeld residents in need. This year, more than
ever, your donation is critical for our ability to continue our 15th year of supporting the local
community.
I would love to share that I am a single mom of four
children... I’ve been out of work for three weeks, still
waiting on my unemployment, and it is so nice to
know that this program is there and helping so
many. I can’t say enough good about this amazing
program. God bless and thank you so very much.
When you are told that there are people that care
about their community to donate something they
have that others don’t, it means so much. It really
took a lot of pressure off me so I thank you with
all my heart. . .my guardian angel.
The Medeld Foundation Legacy Fund is an endowment created to support community driven
projects to ensure a strong and vibrant Medeld, now and in the future.
Friends of the Medeld Rail Trail
First ever MFi Legacy Fund grant recipients
The Friends of the Medeld Rail Trail was a recipient of a $5,000 grant, which they
felt was key to showing community support as they applied for state funding. Since
that time, the Rail Trail has received a total of $200,000 in additional grants from the
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation for the creation of the
Medeld Rail Trail. Recently the Medeld Select Board signed a lease with the MBTA
for the rail righ-of-way and construction on the project should begin in the spring
of 2021. Visit them at medeld.baycolonyrailtrail.org
Medeld Cares About Prevention (MCAP) was a recipient of a $5,000 grant
to enlist the services of Bright Solutions Consulting to help them apply for a
federal “Drug-Free Communities” grant. The grant request was successful and
Medeld was awarded $625,000 to be used over a ve-year period to implement
comprehensive strategies to reduce youth substance use in Medeld.
Visit them at MedeldCares.org
The Cultural Alliance of Medeld (CAM) was a recipient of a $10,000 grant from the
MFi Legacy Fund. Under the guidance of Jean Mineo, The Cultural Alliance is working
to develop an Arts Center at the Medeld State Hospital. The Medeld Select Board
and the State of Massachusetts have approved a long-term lease with the Cultural
Alliance which is now in the process of raising additional funds for the renovation and
operations of the Arts Center from private resources.
The MCAP coalition owes the success of the $625,000 DFC grant application to the
Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund grant, which allowed MCAP to hire an experienced
grant writer,” said Chelsea Goldstein-Walsh LICSW, of Medfield Outreach. “We are
looking forward to launching a proactive and comprehensive effort to decrease youth
substance use and promote wellness in the community.
I don’t know what to say. You saved 3 people.
Testimonials from some of the people helped through your donations
.
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Medfield Helping Hands, a Medfield Foundation initiative

Colleen Sullivan’s article in the Medfield Patch –

Please Consider Joining “Medfield Helping Hands”

The Medfield Helping Hands is a volunteer network that supports Medfield families in temporary crisis. Please Join!!!

Colleen M. Sullivan's profile pictureColleen M. Sullivan, Patch MayorVerified User BadgePosted Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 9:00 pm ET|Updated Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 9:03 pm ET
Katie Henebry, Kathleen Cahill and Laurie Nealon
Katie Henebry, Kathleen Cahill and Laurie Nealon (Courtesy photo)

Please Consider Joining “Medfield Helping Hands”

Although this time of year is stressful for most people it can be devastating for those struggling with a temporary crisis of some kind and this year with the added stresses of COVID-19, “Medfield Helping Hands” hopes to get more Medfield residents to join in helping their neighbors in need.https://72490c44d4a364f5c538a333c0a49828.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Some people may remember this group when it was called “Medfield Angels” then it was became “Medfield Neighbor Brigade” and now it is the “Medfield Lotsa Helping Hands”. For many years this group of volunteers has been making meals for Medfield families dealing with a temporary crisis.

Joining simply means that you will be on an email list and receive notifications of local needs. Once you receive an email, you will log into your account and if possible sign up to help make and deliver a meal (you choose the date) based on the Volunteer Calendar provided.

The Medfield Helping Hands is a volunteer network that supports Medfield families in temporary crisis and they support other Medfield volunteer organizations as well.

Medfield residents, Katie Henebry, Kathleen Cahill and Laurie Nealon work with other organizations (Medfield Outreach and the Medfield Food Cupboard) to determine the needs in the community and they manage the Medfield Lotsa Helping Hands website.https://72490c44d4a364f5c538a333c0a49828.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.htmlSubscribe

To join, please visit https://lotsahelpinghands.com, then click on Join a Community. Under Community Name enter Medfield Helping Hands.