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NLFB’s 6th annual 5k Trail Run and Kids Fun Run – 5/13

From Tod Dimmick –

The 6th New Life 5k Trail Run hits the trails on May 13th  

New Life Furniture Bank is excited to host its 6th annual 5k Trail Run and Kids Fun Run, on Saturday, May 13th on the Medfield State Hospital grounds (at Hospital Rd. & Service Dr., Medfield, MA). The route winds through the beautiful Charles River Reservation, and the event is open to runners, walkers and everyone in between. Bellforge Arts Center will host a live DJ, food trucks, and fitness activities. 

Trail Run registration is open at An “early bird” discount  of $25 is available until April 29; after that registration will be $30 until May 11; and $35 on race day. On-site Kids Fun Run registration will be $5. There is a $5 group discount for teams of four or more when the registrations are made at the same time.  On-site registration opens at 9:00 am on race day. Children ages 4-10 are invited to join us for the Kids Fun Run at 10:00 am, and the Trail Run starts at 10:30 am, with live music to follow. The first 250 people to register will receive a t-shirt on race day.  

The Trail Run benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide gently used household furnishings to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness.

The  Medfield-based non-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.  

“Last year, New Life served over 700 households and the demand for our services is greater than ever,” noted Rich Purnell, Executive Director of New Life. “The Trail Run is a fun and effective way to make a difference for the individuals and families we serve as we empower them with the means to furnish their homes.” Over the years, the Trail Run has become a community-building event and New Life is grateful to Bellforge for collaborating to enhance the race atmosphere.  

Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit  

Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund grant applications open until 3/17

The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund has announced that applications are now being
accepted for its 2023 Community Impact Grants. Up to $30,000 in grants will be
awarded, and any Medfield-based nonprofit or Town department is eligible. Applicants
are welcome to submit a grant request online at by
March 17, 2023.
The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Community Board will review all submissions
and select the finalists who will be invited to PITCH IT!, a Shark Tank-type event to be
held in person on April 12, 2023. At PITCH IT!, applicants will present their proposal,
goals, and financial needs and directly engage with the Community Board on their
projects. The Community Board will make its final selection of grant recipients for the
2023 funding round in early May, 2023.
This year marks the third round of Legacy Fund Community Impact grants. To date,
over $48,000 has been awarded to seven organizations, including the Cultural Alliance
of Medfield, the Friends of the MHS Theatre Society, the Friends of the Medfield Rail
Trail, Medfield Cares About Prevention, Medfield Outreach, The Peak House Heritage
Center, and Sustainable Medfield.
Grantees have used their awards to further important projects in Medfield and, in some
cases, to leverage significant additional resources such as matching grants or federal or
state funding. This year’s applicants should be prepared to illustrate a strong and
compelling current need for funds, and possibly present how those funds may generate
additional investments in the Medfield community as well.
Act fast to take advantage of this spectacular opportunity!

Hunter’s Run coming April 2

From Matt Parillo –

Hunter’s Run Foundation


Hunter’s Run Foundation was founded by Kristen Williams.  It serves to bring awareness to Organ Donation.  Kristen Williams’  14 year old son is a two time double lung transplant recipient.  Hunter had his first transplant at 21 months old.  He was blessed to have his second in July of 2015. In late 2022, Hunter had a kidney removed and is battling cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy but still enjoys getting out and exercising all that his body will allow him.​ Hunter is hoping to be able to ride his bike around the course this year!!

We are so excited to announce April 2, 2023 will be the 8th Aunnual Hunter’s 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Run. This is Hunter’s Run Foundation’s  8th consecutive year raising funds for Boston Children’s PediatricTransplant Center. These funds go to familes who are currently in the hospital with their sick child. Funds go to help with housing, food, and parking amonst other family needs (as Boston Children’s sees fit). These funds help families focus on what is important during which could be the most tramatic time in their life.  Our 2022 donations allowed us to gift Boston Children’s Hospital $10,000. We also donated to Donate Life New England. We hope to do the same in 2023!!!

Hunter’s Run Foundation’s mission is to bring awareness to the importance of Organ Donation.  It also serves to help various organizations such as Boston Children’s Hospital and Donate Life. 

Penultimate chance to benefit your hometown of Medfield!

With thanks to WGBH –

“Penultimate” is, of course, a fancy word for “next to last.” And we’re reaching out to you on the next to last day of 2022 with a simple yet urgent request.

Your fellow residents are protecting their investments in Medfield with year-end additional gifts. Could you please join them?

Your reward? More and better special things for you and your loved ones in your hometown of Medfield, like the Medfield Rail Trail, the Hinkley Helpers, the Grist Mill, the Angel Run, the Volunteer Awards, the Camp Fund, the Straw Hat Park, and all the many more Medfield Foundation initiatives that make Medfield our shared special place.

Not to mention the glow you’ll get from knowing you went above and beyond for an institution that connects our community closer together. Take advantage of this penultimate chance and give now.

With our sincere thanks,

The Medfield Foundation

459 Main Street

Medfield, MA 02052

Help the Angel Run

Help out Medfield’s Most Family Friendly Event!

From Meg Foley –

We still need bananas and apples for the day of the race. The more we get donated the less money we have to spend! 🙂

Feel free to share the link w/ friends, post it, text it! 🙂 

Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s 2021 grantees’ report

Legacy Fund Grantees Report

Grantees of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s latest 2021 round of grants reported to the Medfield Foundation board and the Legacy Fund founders at a meeting this past Monday evening at the Public Safety Building.

  • Peak House Heritage Society showed a remarkably informative video produced by Medfield TV of the PHHS’s archeological dig that the PHHS’s grant funded in the basement of the Peak House. Rob Gregg reported that the most mysterious findings were three 1912 license plates, mysterious because the last residents in the Peak House left in 1910. The rest of the archeological findings are in the process of being analyzed and cataloged.
  • Friends of the Medfield High School Theatre Society reported on the new cyclorama purchased with its grant which was installed at the back of the stage in the MHS auditorium, allowing for better performances. “The replacement of the MHS auditorium cyclorama allows students to engineer complex lighting scenarios; offers those performing a more complex atmosphere in which to tell their stories; and enhances the visual quality of shows for Community members who attend performances.”
  • Medfield Outreach used its grant to commission a survey of town needs, data designed to focus Outreach’s strategic plan. Outreach Director Kathy MacDonald reported on the survey and its results. “In the winter of 2022, Medfield Outreach began work to complete a community needs survey and create a five-year strategic plan for the department. What you see on these tabs is the result of that almost six month long undertaking.”
  • Sustainable Medfield used its grant to further publicize and share its mission promoting sustainability with town residents – “1. Provide residents a one-stop resource of Medfield-specific ACTIONS to improve our environment and reduce our carbon footprint. and 2. Connect community groups to network and collaborate on sustainability.”

About the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund
The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Is a professionally-managed endowment created to support community-driven projects. Volunteer-run and designed to complement the initiatives of Medfield organizations, the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund raises funds from the community and makes grants to established non-profit organizations through a competitive process. For more information or to contribute to the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund, please visit

ANGEL RUN 12/4 – on-line registration ends 11/18

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The Angel Run is back! 
Join us for the 17th running (or walking) on Sunday, December 4th at 12:30pm.


On-line registration closes on Friday, November 18th at 11:59pm.  In-person registration the day of the event will be available.  


The Angel Run is a community “fun” raiser and family event. It brings members of our community together during a festive time of year to generate funds in support of Medfield families in need. In 2006, family and friends organized the run in remembrance of Natasha Domeshek. The Medfield Foundation Inc. (MFi) took up the holiday tradition in 2012. Since then, the proceeds support town residents in need through the MFi Public Need Fund. 

The Route
The Angel Run course is a USATF certified 5K. The Angel Run utilizes electronic disposable bib timing to ensure accurate results for all participants. The race begins at Medfield High School and ends in front of Blake Middle School. 
There is plenty of parking at both Medfield High School and the attached Blake Middle School. For overflow parking, we suggest using Metacomet Park which is only a few blocks walk to the starting line.

Our Presenting Sponsors
We would like to acknowledge Needham Bank and The Louis & Mary Kay Smith Family Foundation and thank them for their continued support.

About The Medfield Foundation Charity
The mission of Medfield Foundation, Inc. (MFi) is to enrich the lives of Medfield residents and build a stronger community by supporting private fundraising initiatives that address un-met public needs.  In 2021, MFi received 38 requests for assistance. Rent assistance continues to be the number one most common type of request.  As a community foundation, we have had the privilege of working with many organizations and individuals in our town to raise over $3 million dollars that has been directed back to Medfield since our inception in 2001.
Participation in MFi initiatives like the Angel Run have a direct impact on Medfield residents in need.  “There is so much to say about this foundation that words could never express. I have so much gratitude for everyone who is a part of this and consistently helps families such as myself. A few years ago, my lease was up for renewal and the rent increase was more than I could handle. This foundation donated a portion of the rent, which allowed me to situate my bills and funds to be able to help me be prepared for the upcoming months. The amazing souls apart of this program have honestly been a blessing and got my family and I out of multiple ruts. I hope all families in need can continue to receive their help and gratitude. Thank you again for all that you do!” – Recent recipient of MFI support.

To learn more about MFi please visit our website at    

We look forward to seeing you in December!
The MFi Angel Run Team

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New Life Is Turning Empty Spaces into Homes

Publishing on behalf of New Life Furniture Bank Executive Director, Rich Purnell –

New Life Is Turning Empty Spaces into Homes

Nearly a decade ago two friends met at a coffee shop and worked on a plan to start a locally based furniture bank. Not long after, that napkin sketch came to fruition and New Life Furniture Bank of MA was formed. Since that time the non-profit has brought hope and comfort to the lives of almost ten thousand people, including: veterans, single parents, survivors of domestic abuse, refugees, people who lost their footing due illness or job loss, and, of course, their children.

New Life is launching its annual campaign with an ambitious goal of raising $185,000 by December 31, and New Life Furniture Bank Executive Director, Rich Purnell is asking that the community support their mission. “Over the last 12 months there has been a massive increase in demand for New Life’s services and our expenses are increasing. For example, donations of gently-used mattresses have declined significantly this year due to the diminished housing market. As a result, we need to purchase more mattresses than ever. Furthermore, the wholesale price we pay for mattresses has doubled over our nine years of operation. Cash donations are essential so that we can provide mattresses for as many of our clients as possible.”

“Try to imagine the challenges, stressors, and fears one faces when coming out of a homeless shelter,” said Purnell as he stood in New Life’s Walpole showroom surrounded by tables, chairs, other gently used home furnishings. “When we meet our new clients, they have at long last found a space to live in, which is fantastic! It’s what they’ve dreamed of for months or even years. But an empty space is not a home. Do you know what makes a place a warm, welcoming home? [It’s] beds, furniture, towels, sheets, and necessary kitchen items. But, with little or no budget for shopping, how can a person do it?” New Life Furniture Bank helps them do it, and supporters financial donations will enable New Life to reach and serve more households and bring support and security all year round.

Over its nine years of operation, New Life has gained a reputation across eastern Massachusetts as a reliable resource partner that provides those in need with quality, gently used home furnishings and personalized support from caring volunteers. During that time the organization has provided household items to more than 4,400 households because of generous donations from residents and businesses in the surrounding communities.

Gifts may be made at or by check payable to New Life Furniture Bank of MA, sent to P.O. Box 573, Medfield, MA 02052.

New Life 5k Trail Run on 5/7 updates

From Todd Dimmick –

New teams enter the New Life 5k Trail Run on May 7th

New Life is excited to host its 5th annual Trail Run on Saturday, May 7th on the Medfield State Hospital grounds (at Hospital Rd. & Service Dr., Medfield, MA). The route winds through the beautiful Charles River Reservation, and the event is open to runners, walkers and everyone in between. Many teams have already entered the Trail Run, including A Team, Eliot Church XC, GNRC, Iwaki America, MAKT, Millis UCC on the MOVE, Shamrock Shuffle, Soles of Medfield, UCC Medfield, Unicorn Amazing, and Westwood First Parish Church. These teams include runners from across eastern Massachusetts. New teams are welcome and are easy to set up. 

To celebrate being back in person after two years of virtual runs, New Life has partnered with the Cultural Alliance of Medfield to provide live music on race day. Also, the Furniture Matters club of Medfield High School will introduce a Kids Fun Run for children 4-10 years old.

Trail Run registration is open at Registration is $30 until May 5; and $35 on race day. On-site Kids Fun Run registration will be $5 (cash or check). There is a $5 group discount for teams of four or more when the registrations are made at the same time.  On-site registration opens at 7:30 on race day. The Kids Fun Run starts at 9:00, and the Trail Run starts at 9:30, with live music to follow. The first 300 people to register will receive a t-shirt on race day.

The Trail Run benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to those in need. 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.

Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit

CAM’s “Fairy Walk & Daffodil Days” postponed to Sunday, due to rain

From Jean Mineo –