Category Archives: Charity

New Life 5K Trail Run on 5/11

From Tod Dimmick –

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New Life 5K Trail Run to take place May 11

The second annual New Life 5K Trail Run will take place on May 11, 2019.  The event benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to those in need.

This community-building event offers a morning of both competition and fun at the scenic Medfield State Hospital Grounds while supporting a great cause. The New Life 5K Trail Run is open to avid runners, walkers and everyone in between.  The inaugural event in 2018 brought out over 400 enthusiastic supporters of the New Life Furniture Bank mission.

Registration is open at www.newlifefb.org/5ktrailrun, with discounts for registration before April 5th, and for teams of four or more.  The first 400 registrations will receive a t-shirt on race day thanks to New Balance, an event sponsor.

“The New Life 5K Trail Run is a meaningful, fun way for the community to support our mission,” said Ron Yates, a co-founder of the New Life Furniture Bank. “As a direct result of funds raised from runners and sponsors, those coming out of homelessness are able to furnish their new homes with your gently used items,” he added.

“Financial contributions and donations of home furnishings continue to be our sole means for assisting our clients in need. We are proud to have been able to serve 1,700 households in just a little over five years,” said Doug Marshall, also a co-founder.

New Life Furniture Bank of MA collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are then made available at no cost to individuals and families in need. The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Donation Center in Walpole, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for local residents who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property.

Those interested in running are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org/5ktrailrun.  Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org

MFi Camp Fund appeal

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Medfield Foundation 2019 Summer Camp Fund Appeal

Adults and children throughout Medfield have happy memories of summer camp. From a traditional experience in the woods to skill building or specialized camps, many Medfielders cherish these summer camp experiences and the friends they made there…How would you feel if you were left out of this experience?

Before the summer camp season begins, the Medfield Foundation (MFi) board wants the town to know that there is a highly significant need for assistance by families whose children yearn to attend camp; however, due to difficult financial situations at home they would be unable to attend. It can be challenging to grow up in an affluent community and not have the same access to resources.

After first responding to a specific significant need 2 years ago, this fund has become a popular way for people with means to give back to their community.  We are now in our 3rd year of the fund, and, like years past, are looking to raise $5000 to give all of our youth this joyful opportunity.

The Medfield Foundation encourages you to make a tax deductible donation to help Medfield children attend summer camp! There are easy ways to make your donation or to find out more:

  1. Send your check to the Medfield Foundation, ℅ Medfield Town House, 459 Main Street, Medfield MA 02052. Please make your check out to Medfield Foundation, Inc and then write “CAMP” in the memo line!
  2. Use this link to donate:  http://medfieldfoundation.org/donate/

Want more information before donating? Contact MFi Treasurer, Abby Marble call: 508-361-9825  email: treasurer@medfieldfoundation.org or Board Member John Byrne call: 860-748-1447  email: byrne.johnb@gmail.com.

Did you know…

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation whose mission is to enrich the lives of Medfield residents, build a stronger community, and facilitate raising and allocation of private funds for public needs in the town of Medfield. Since its inception in 2001, the Medfield Foundation has raised over $2 million to support community-wide initiatives in Medfield.

MFi was founded on the realization that some residents were interested in contributing more than town taxes to support projects and services that would enrich life in Medfield. Annual fundraising revenue varies each year as the initiatives and needs in the town change. You are urged to go to http://medfieldfoundation.org/.

 

 

New Life FB’s Towel Drive

From Susan, Barbara and Laura of New Life Furniture Bank –

 

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MARCH TOWEL DRIVE FOR NEW LIFE FURNITURE BANK

A set of fresh towels makes the perfect gift. It is a thoughtful housewarming gift for a young person, a terrific shower gift for a future bride, and a much-needed gift for the new college student. It can also be an impulse purchase as a quick, affordable pick-me-up for a dull bathroom. New Life Furniture Bank knows that its clients, likewise, appreciate having a fresh and clean washcloth, hand towel and bath towel for every family member — the reason behind their March Towel Drive.
New or gently used bath towels, hand towels and/or washcloths  (they don’t have to match, but no beach towels, please) would be greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at the United Church of Christ, Saint Edward’s Church, Park Street Books, Medfield Parks and Recreation, and Medfield High School. Towels, as well as other household donations, may also be dropped off any Saturday morning at the New Life Donation Center at 102 Elm Street Walpole between 9:00-11:30.

New Life provides high-quality, gently-used household essentials and furniture at no cost to its Metro West and Greater Boston clients through a referral process. For five years New Life has been helping individuals and families in transition and coming out of homelessness, including those escaping domestic abuse, victims of fires and floods, refugees and veterans.

 

In FY2018, New Life provided furniture and housewares for 547 households, which included approximately 1350 towel sets. The expectation is that 650 households will be served this year. New Life asks that you please help them meet the increased need by donating towels this March.
New Life Furniture Bank is a volunteer-based organization with a donation center in Walpole that is always in need of helping hands, household donations and financial donations. To learn more, please visit: newlifefb.org.

Inaugural MFi Legacy Fund grants

The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund held a recent event to announce and celebrate its inaugural grant recipients.

Pictured below at the event are (L to R) Todd Trehubenko, Co-chair of the Legacy Fund Community Board, Christian Donner of the MRT, Dawn Alcott,Medfield Youth Outreach Director for the MCAP, Jean Mineo of the Medfield Cultural Alliance, and Chris Cahill, Co-chair of the Legacy Fund Community Board.

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$20,000 in Grants Awarded by The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund

The following provided by Kerry McManama, Communications Director, MFi.

$20,000 in Grants Awarded by The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) Legacy Fund Board of Directors is pleased to announce the donation of grants, totaling $20,000, to three non-profits serving the Medfield community. The Legacy Fund is an initiative of the Medfield Foundation that invests in local non-profits that build a strong and vibrant community.

The first grants awarded by the Legacy Fund, founded in 2016, were celebrated at a festive reception in late 2018. Grant recipients include:

  • Friends of Medfield Rail Trail
  • Medfield Cares About Prevention.

Funds granted will help construct the Medfield Rail Trail, contribute to efforts to develop an arts center at at the former Medfield State Hospital property, and support community-based efforts to prevent youth substance abuse.

“We are honored to support these outstanding and committed Medfield organizations with grants made possible by the generosity of Medfield donors, in particular our Legacy Fund Founders,” says Christopher Cahill, Medfield resident since 1998 and Co-chair of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund.

Medfield residents interested in giving where they live may make a tax-deductible donation to the Legacy Fund, or contact Info@MedfieldFoundation.org to explore joining its Board of Directors.

About Medfield Foundation (MFi) Legacy Fund

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) Legacy Fund, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest,was formed to support community-driven projects in Medfield, ensure a strong and vibrant community, and respond to diverse needs and voices into the future. The MFi Legacy Fund is a permanent, grant-making source of funding to support community needs and opportunities, and provide ways for donors to give back or leave a legacy to the community. For more information, visit www.foundationformetrowest.org/

About The Medfield Foundation (MFi)

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation. The Foundation facilitates the raising and allocation of private funds for public needs in the town of Medfield, with a mission to enrich the lives of residents and build a stronger community. Since 2001, the Foundation has raised over $2 million to benefit the Town of Medfield. To learn more about the Foundation and its initiatives, or how to volunteer or contribute, please visit www.MedfieldFoundation.org or email Info@MedfieldFoundation.org.

Nominate your favorite volunteer by 1/31

Why are all these people smiling?

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The 2017 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards nominees. Back row: Tracey Rogers, Tracy Fedak, Anne Phipps, Nancy Irwin, and Mary Pat McSharry. Front row: Jim and Patti Schwartz, Jean Mineo, and Lily Doctoroff. (Photo courtesy Colleen Sullivan)

They are smiling because they just listened to the moving vignettes told by and about them at the 2017 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards!

To submit your nomination, please go to: http://bit.ly/MFiVol.

All submissions must be submitted by January 31, 2019.

The 2019 Volunteer Awards reception will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019, from 3:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon, at The Center at Medfield, One Ice House Road, Medfield. The Medfield Foundation Board Members welcome attendance by all townspeople and guarantee attendees will be moved and inspired.

Applaud commitment to community. Recognize those who give where they live. Nominate your neighbor today!

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Brothers Marketplace & Roche Bros. generously sponsored the Volunteer Awards

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The Angel Run doesn’t run itself

The Angel Run doesn’t run itself! We need your help leading and supporting this magical event. The MFi Angel Run team is recruiting new team members! There are many ways to get involved. Opportunities to support your community – and have a ton of fun – range from positions on the Angel Run Committee to race weekend volunteers. Some positions are available for next year; others will become available within the next year or two. Race weekend volunteers are always needed. Grab a friend and get involved! Angel Run Committee positions: Angel Run race weekend support needs: • Race Director (co-chair) • baking • Event Coordinator (co-chair) • directing parking • Treasurer • registration • Registration Coordinator • t-shirt packing and delivery • Decorations Coordinator • Post-Race Party Coordinator • Marketing and Publicity • Shirt and Bib Coordinator • Corporate Sponsorships Connect to Learn More Email AngelRun@MedfieldFoundation.org or call (774) 469-0260. Did You Know? In 2006, family and friends of Natasha Domeshek organized the Angel Run, an MFi initiative, in remembrance of their beloved third grader who loved extending kindness and warmth to everyone she met. Twelve years later, this Medfield holiday tradition continues, with the vast majority of proceeds used to extend kindness and warmth to Medfield residents in need. Building Community MedfieldFoundation.org/AngelRun

Angel Run details

Important information for Sunday’s Angel Run
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The MFi Angel Run is this Sunday

Thank you to those who have already registered for the 2018 MFi Angel Run and for your support of the Medfield Foundation. And for those of you who haven’t, you can still register at the race this Sunday beginning at 11am.

This Sunday will mark the 13th anniversary of the Angel Run! Over 1,200 runners and walkers have already registered and will be lacing up their shoes and heading out on the course for one of Medfield’s most cherished events.

Here are a few details to help make sure you are ready for the big event.

  • The race starts at Medfield High School at 12:30pm.
  • Race shirts and bibs will be delivered to Medfield residents on Wednesday for those who signed up during early-bird registration. If you don’t receive your package by end of day Thursday, please email us at angelrun@medfieldfoundation.org. Be sure to look at your front door, side door or even in your mailbox before contacting us 🙂
  • If you live outside of Medfield, you can pick up your shirt and bib beginning at 11am on Sunday at the Registration desk in the Medfield High School Cafeteria. The high school is located at 88 South St, Medfield, MA 02052 or get directions here.
  • If you registered after early-bird registration, you can pick up your bib # (no shirt) at the registration desk starting at 11am on Sunday.
  • If you haven’t yet registered or have a friend who would like to participate, you can download the registration form and bring it with you on Sunday or fill one out in the Medfield High School Cafeteria. Registration opens at 11am. The cost per runner is $30 (no shirt is included). We take cash, checks (made out to Medfield Foundation) or credit cards if necessary.
  • A limited number of Angel Run shirts will be available for purchase for $15.00 in the cafeteria beginning at 11am.
  • The race ends at Blake Middle School around the back from the high school. There is a post-race party in the middle school cafeteria with tons of snacks and the awards ceremony which begins at 1:30pm. Be sure to stop in.
  • If you registered as a Competitive Runner or for the Sleigh Division, you will have special mark on your bib. The Sleigh Division will be in the first corral and start the race a few minutes before everyone else, followed a few minutes later by the Competitive Runner group. Both groups should be sure to be at the starting line before 12:30. Only those with the Competitive Runner or Sleigh Division marking will be allowed in this first groups.
  • Parking is available at both Medfield High School and Blake Middle School. There will be parking attendants on hand and please follow any parking directions. Overflow parking is available at Metacomet Park. We suggest arriving early to avoid the crowds.
Come Greet Santa

Santa will be arriving at approximately Noon courtesy of the Medfield Fire Department. Be sure to bring the kids and welcome Santa to the Angel Run.

Attention Parents of Medfield School Children

Friday is “Where Your Angel Run Shirt to School Day” at all Medfield schools. Be sure to have your child show their Angel Run spirit by wearing their shirt to school and seeing which of their friends will be participating.


We are still in need of volunteers willing to help out for the event. Do you have family that are planning to watch instead of participate? Their assistance could be very helpful. Open positions are listed on our Sign-up Genius site. And even if you are participating, we are looking for Bakers to provide some treats for the after party. Use the Sign-up Genius site to register as a Baker or donate other party items.
National Anthem

Congratulations to Maria Neafus, 15, who will sing the National Anthem at approximately 12:25pm next to the starting line. Maria is a sophomore at Medfield High School and enjoys acting and singing.

Bib Tag Timing
Your time will be automatic as the clock will start when you cross the starting line and stop when you cross the finish line. No more worrying about jockeying for position.

We ask that the Sleigh Division line up first, followed by the Competitive Runners, then casual runners behind that group, followed by walkers and families with strollers and or dogs. Be sure to look for the flags indicating where to line up for the start.

What about the Weather?

The Angel Run is a rain or shine event. If the weather is a bit unpleasant, we’ll still be doing the event. So dress appropriately and put on a smile.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please email us at angelrun@medfieldfoundation.org.
See you Sunday!
The Medfield Foundation Angel Run Team

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