The Medfield Foundation Angel Run will be held on Sunday, December 5. It’s a 5K / Run / Walk community “fun raiser” and family event. The route is filled with decorations and festive highlights. Bring your friends, the kids, the dog, the stroller and Grandma too. Wear your festive holiday gear and and help raise funds for Medfield families in need.
Early Bird Registration is $25 and includes a commemorative shirt, but ends soon on November 1.
Standard Registration is $30 and runs until November 19, but does NOT include a shirt.
MEDFIELD FOUNDATION LEGACY FUND NOW ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS
The Community Board that operates the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund announced today that applications are now open for their second round of grants. Any Medfield-based nonprofit is eligible and welcome to submit a grant request online at www.medfieldfoundation.org/legacy-fund by October 15, 2021.
The Community Board will review all submissions and select the finalists who will be invited to a Shark Tank-type event (PITCH IT!) in October where they can present their projects, goals, and financial needs. The final selection of grant recipients will be made by the Community Board in early November.
The initial round of Legacy Fund grants was made two years ago, with monies awarded to the Cultural Alliance of Medfield (CAM) ($10,000), the Friends of the Medfield Rail Trail ($5,000), and Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) ($5,000). CAM is using its grant to create the Cultural Arts Center at the former Medfield State Hospital; the Medfield Rail Trail has started construction of its new multipurpose trail; and MCAP hired a grant writer who succeeded in garnering a five-year, $625,000 Federal SAMSA drug prevention grant.
This year’s grant candidates should be prepared to illustrate a strong and compelling current need for funds, and possibly present how those funds may be leveraged in some material way, as illustrated above.
Time is running out to submit an application, so local non-profits are encouraged to act fast to take advantage of this spectacular opportunity.
ABOUT THE MEDFIELDFOUNDATION 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 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 www.medfieldfoundation.org/legacy-fund.
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Posted onMarch 20, 2021|Comments Off on 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.
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.
Opportunities to get involved with the Medfield Foundation:
Town meetings – Get involved distributing water and promoting MFi initiatives at Town Meeting
Medfield Day Booth – help on Medfield Day to promote MFi and its initiatives – help with set up/breakdown, host game, distribute information, meet and greet. Help with Angel Run Booth and race registrations.
MFi’s Angel Run – run a subcommittee or volunteer to help during the event itself. Man booth on Medfield Day. Help by doing behind the scenes work leading up to the event.
Volunteer Awards – work with other committed volunteers to promote this important initiative. Get involved in the process, decision making and the event itself. Help fundraise for the event and coordinate all the small things that make this such a great event. Coordinate the day in which the volunteers are honored.
Initiate paperwork for new funds and initiatives.
Keep fund/initiative paperwork up to date
Record and distribute minutes at our monthly meetings.
Write press releases
Enhance our PR/ Publicity/ Marketing
Database management of email addresses and donors
Web site maintenance – Work with our website manager to keep content current.
Grant writing – find &/or write grants for our general fund as well as our initiatives
Fund liaison – work closely with our initiatives to give support and guidance
Fundraising for general fund
Volunteer Awards committee volunteer
Search out corporate sponsors
Medfield Foundation (www.MedfieldFoundation.org). If interested, please contact me at Osler.Peterson@OslerPeterson.com or 508-359-9190.
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Posted onFebruary 2, 2021|Comments Off on Holistic Wellness Center becomes First “Civic Founder” of Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund
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/.
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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.
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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.
Dec 18, 2020 9:00 pm ET|Updated Dec 18, 2020 9:02 pm ET
Interface Referral and Resource Card. (Courtesy photo)
MCSP funds another year of Interface Referral Service
The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) is proud to announce successfully funding the renewal of Interface Referral Service for the Town of Medfield for 2020-2021. In a year as emotionally trying as 2020, MCSP hopes to increase the awareness of this valuable service for any resident of Medfield.
The William James INTERFACE Referral Service, offered through the Freedman Center, is a mental health and wellness referral Helpline available Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 888-244-6843 (toll free). This is a free, confidential referral service for residents of participating communities. Callers from these participating communities are matched with licensed mental health providers from an extensive database, on average, within 2 weeks of their call to INTERFACE. Each referral best meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller.
MCSP would like to thank the following organizations for their support and generous contributions that allow for the continued service: Norwood Hospital/Steward Health Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Needham, and CHNA7 – Community Health Coalition of Metrowest.
In addition to the aforementioned health partners, there are others to thank. Several local businesses and many community members have supported programming that raises funds for the coalition; others have shown their support by making donations. Special thanks to long time supporters: Tracy Buckley of Medfield Yoga Studio, Burning Wheel Yoga, and Karen Johnson.
MCSP is an initiative of Medfield Foundation, Inc. (MFi), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization administered by Medfield Outreach. For more information, visit medfieldfoundation.org. To donate, visit the Medfield Foundation’s Network for Good page. When making a donation through Network for Good, please be sure to include the name of the coalition (Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention) in the designation of the online form.
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