Category Archives: Medfield Foundation

Angel Run Early-Bird Registration Ends November 8th

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Greetings Angel Run Friends,

Join us for the 14th running (or walking) of the Angel Run on Sunday, December 8 at 12:30pm.

Early registration ends on Friday, November 8th so register now for $25.00 per person and receive your commemorative shirt.  You can still register online after November 8th, however the price goes up to $30.00 per person and you will not receive a shirt.


The Angel Run course is a USATF certified 5K. The Angel Run uses chip timing to ensure accurate results for all participants. The race begins and ends at Medfield High School.  There will be a special separate starting corral for competitive runners. You decide if you should belong to that group, be sure to note this on your registration.

We hope to see you there (with bells on)!Cheers,

The MFi Angel Run Team

MCAP gets $625K Federal grant

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Chelsea Goldstein-WalshChelsea Goldstein-Walsh, Interim Director of Medfield Youth Outreach announced this afternoon that Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) ( was today awarded a Drug-Free Communities grant of $625,000, to fund a Substance Use Prevention Coordinator who will run MCAP’s  prevention efforts.  The Federal grant will pay MCAP $125,000 per year for five years,  with the hope that the Substance Use Prevention Coordinator position will become permanent after five years.  About 150 DFC grants nation wide were awarded this year.  Towns that have received past DFC grants have seen a statistical decrease is substance abuse.

Medfield Youth Outreach, first through Dawn Alcott and now Chelsea, initiated, oversee, and manage the MCAP coalition.  MCAP had come exceedingly close to getting the Federal grant in prior years it applied. 

This year, however, MCAP had the added benefit of having received a $5,000 grant from the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s 2018 inaugural round of grants, which monies MCAP used to hire a grant writer, thereby parlaying the Legacy Fund grant into the $625,000 of benefit for the Town of Medfield. 



The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund is an endowment, created and being funded to make life better in Medfield.


Above photo was from the inaugural Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund grant awards celebration. From L to R are Todd Trehubenko, Christian Donner of the Medfield Rail Trail, Dawn Alcott of MCAP, Jean Mineo of the Cultural Alliance, and Chris Cahill (Todd and Chris are the Co-chairs of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s Community Board).


The following was Chelsea’s email announcing her good news to MCAP –


I am happy to report that Medfield Cares About Prevention was selected as one of the Drug-Free Communities grant recipients for this funding cycle! Our town will receive $125,000 a year for 5 years ($625,000 total) to implement prevention strategies aimed at reducing youth substance use. You can see the list of recipients here:

Thank you all for your hard work in making our grant application a success! Our next step is to solidify the hiring process for a full-time coalition coordinator with the grant funding to help us implement this work. Our next MCAP meeting on Monday, November 4th at 11:30 am will largely be dedicated to coming up with a hiring plan. I’ve attached a copy of the job description for the coalition coordinator for your reference.

Congratulations to you all for this successful team effort!



Medfield Youth Outreach




Medfield Helping Hands seeks volunteers who want to help others

Medfield Helping Hands

The Medfield Helping Hands is a volunteer network that supports Medfield families in temporary crisis. We also support other Medfield volunteer organizations.

To join, please visit, then click on Join a Community. Under Community Name enter Medfield Helping Hands.


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Below was posted today on FB –

Katie Hazen Henebry to Friends In Medfield
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Hi All! Please consider joining Medfield Helping Hands, formerly Medfield Neighborhood Brigade. MHH is an initiative of the Medfield Foundation (MFi)! We are looking for volunteers and would love to have you be apart of it!

We have just posted the new list of Birthday Wishes. We are hoping that you will consider sponsoring a Medfield child with two gift cards for $25.00 each. This program has been developed with Medfield Youth Outreach to support families that are currently supported by Medfield Youth Outreach as they go through a temporary crisis. We hope the Birthday Wishes program will allow these families to distribute the funds they may have spent on a birthday gift back into bills that are more crucial in sustaining their basic needs. If you would like to sponsor a child whose birthday is in November through January please visit our site, choose the child you would like to sponsor and assign that child to you. The gift cards give the parents the chance to purchase something special for their child.

We need all of you to make this site work! Please join us by going to, join community, search Medfield Helping Hands. We already have needs waiting to be taken and families in need of support. Thank you!

Peak House Heritage Center opens Sunday

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The Peak House, one of the town’s and the country’s oldest houses is newly rejuvenated by the creation of the Peak House Heritage Center, a Medfield Foundation initiative.  Their website is chock-a-block full of data, details, graphics, and information – in a word it is spectacular.  It is also beautiful, fascinating, authoritative, and has an easy to navigate interface.  Link to it here



MFi 2019 Volunteer Awards


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Medfield Foundation (MFi) Volunteer Awards 2019


By Janet Casey


The enthusiasm was palpable at the Medfield Foundation Awards Ceremony honoring this year’s volunteers at the Center at Medfield, on Sunday, March 31.  A common theme of the eleven recipients was that volunteering is its own reward.


“I like doing community service because there is no better feeling than helping someone out,” said Sam Joline, a Medfield High School student, and one of the nominees for the Youth Award.


The Medfield Foundation (MFi) started the Volunteer Awards in 2008 as a way to recognize people who freely give of their time to help others and make Medfield a better place.  Each honoree receives a $100 donation in their name to their favorite charity. The awards categories are: Youth Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award.


Medfield High School student, Maeve Devlin, was honored as Youth Volunteer of the Year for her leadership role with Best Buddies, a club that matches high school students up with students with disabilities.  “Disabilities do not define them,” said Maeve, who has volunteered at the Special Olympics since first grade.


Other Medfield High School nominees for Youth Volunteer of the Year include Hannah Rogan for her efforts with Miss Amazing as a buddy, dance workshop helper and now Co-Director.  Morgan Caro found her calling in helping at Golden Opportunities for Independence (GOFI), a nonprofit that breeds, raises, and trains service dogs for disabled members of the community.  She is looking forward to working with some new puppies. Sam Joline was nominated for his volunteer work at the Medfield After School Program (MAP) and at New Life Furniture Exchange in Millis.


The Volunteer of the Year Award went to Pat Casey for his 17 years on the Economic Development Committee, and for his work on the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee, where he was a “conciliator and collaborator” in producing a 210-page report using his “data analytic” expertise.  The committee met every two weeks for four years.


Other Volunteer of the Year nominees include Dick Judge, whose passion is restoring Medfield’s 300-year-old Kingsbury Grist Mill.  “The grist mill represents to me a Currier & Ives view of Medfield,” said Dick, who is always looking for people to donate their time, materials and/or money to continue the mill’s restoration.  Another nominee, Michele Feinsilver Hoye, is all about gardening, whether as president of the Garden Club, teaching through her native shade garden at the back of the Medfield Public Library or as one of four administrators of the newly formed Peak House Heritage Center.  Michele helped restore the Peak House gardens with plants that were around during the time of the early settlers. Nominee Liz Sandeman is passionate about New England Donor Services. “Twenty-two people die every day on the waiting list,” said Liz, who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness.  “My sister was one of them, she was 54.” She explained that you can register as an organ and tissue donor with any condition. A busy mother of five, nominee Michelle Barrett is a driving force in the Medfield schools and community, as a past MCPE president, past president of New ‘n Towne, St. Edward’s Church faith formation classes, girls’ lacrosse coach and on just about every school event.  Michele said she volunteers so the teachers and nurses can do their jobs.


The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Steve Nolan and Marie Zack Nolan, who have been volunteering in Medfield for more than 30 years, on just about every town committee.  Marie led the Medfield Energy Committee to reduce Medfield’s municipal buildings’ energy use. Through her efforts, the town’s energy cost was reduced from $1.2 million in 2008 to $670,000 in 2017, a 44-percent reduction.


Steve used his legal expertise, calm and sense of humor to aid in the development of the 17 Affordable Homes at Allendale when the state was holding up progress.  His work on the Medfield State Hospital property earned him Citizen Planner of the Year from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association. He was also instrumental in the planning that led to a thriving, downtown Medfield.  “The strength of the town is in its volunteers,” said Steve, who finds volunteering rewarding, enriching and social.


The recipients were presented certificates from State Senator Paul Feeney, State Representative Denise Garlick, State Representative Shawn Dooley and Medfield Selectman Gus Murby.  U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III sent certificates.



MFi Legacy Fund at NNT’s Touch-a-Truck

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MFi Legacy Fund’s School Bus & Motorcycle at New ‘N Towne’s Touch-a-Truck Saturday

The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund sponsored the school bus at the New ‘N Towne Touch-a-Truck event last Saturday morning at the Blake Middle School parking lot, and for good measure brought along the official Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund motorcycle (thank you MFi President, Evan Weisenfeld!).

Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund stickers were placed on every child, and most of the DPW workers.

The wheels on the bus may “go round and round,” but the door to the bus did not fully open on its own, so the bus had its own door man.

The Legacy Fund is an initial $1 m. endowed fund that the Medfield Foundation is raising to assure that in the future the town will be able to do more of the special things that make Medfield the great community that it has been for all of us and our families. Creating a Medfield Foundation endowment now will provide financial resiliency for the town’s future.  To help, see more about the Legacy Fund at

Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards tomorrow


All are invited to honor and celebrate the eleven extraordinary volunteers suggested by their fellow residents for the 2019 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards.  The reception in honor of those volunteers occurs tomorrow at 3PM at The Center, 1 Ice House Road.

Come to hear the volunteers and those that nominated them discuss the remarkable things that they are doing for Town of Medfield and why they do it – it is guaranteed to be magical.

2019 MEDFIELD FOUNDATION VOLUNTEER AWARDSMaeve Devlin, YOUTH VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Best Buddies, Medfield High School, and others Hannah RoganMiss Amazing, New Life Student CouncilSpeaker, UCC Youth Group Leader, and others Morgan Caro Golden Opportunities for Independence, New Home Life, Medfield Dance Academy, Miss Amazing, National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society Sam JolineNew Life, Millis Book Drive, Lions Club Tree Delivery, MHS,MAP Pat Casey, VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee, Economic Development Committee Richard Judge Kingsbury Pond Grist Mill Committee, Bay Colony Rail Trail Michele Feinsilver Hoye Medfield Garden Club, Peak House Heritage Center, Medfield Memorial Library, The Center Liz Sandeman Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP), Medfield Lions, Medfield TV, NE Donor Servcices, PTO-Box Tops Collect, Hannah Adams Michelle Barrette Medfield Public Schools, St. Edward’s Parish, and many others Stephen Nolan & Marie Zack Nolan, LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Marie Zack Nolan Geographic Information System 1995-2012; Conservation Commission2004-2008; , Medfield Energy Committee (chair & member) 2008-2018;Open Space Committee 1998-2005; Warrant Committee 1997-2003; Councilon Arts (chair, treasurer, member) 1989-1996; Medfield Arts Lottery Council1986-1997; Medfield Cultural Council 1997-2000 Stephen Nolan Medfield Affordable Housing Committee 1990-2018; Zoning Board ofAppeals (chair & member) 1993-2018; Town Bylaw Review Committee2011-2017; Planning Board (chair & member) 1989-1991; Historic DistrictCommission (chair & member) 1990-1993; State Hospital AdvisoryCommittee 2013; State Hospital Negotiating Committee 2013-2017; StateHospital Master Planning Committee (chair & member) 2014-2018 Sponsored by Brothers Marketplace & Roche Bros.