Category Archives: Medfield Youth Outreach

Medfield Foundation’s Camp Fund a Success

camp fund kids

Medfield Foundation’s Camp Fund Succeeds

The Medfield Foundation Camp Fund completed a successful year, raising more than its $5,000 target, to send Medfield in need children to summer camp and to provide swim pond passes. The Medfield Foundation Camp Fund is in its second year, and is a direct initiative of the Medfield Foundation board members. The Medfield Foundation thanked the Medfield community for its outpouring of support that sent the kids to summer camp.

The Medfield Foundation Camp Fund was hugely aided this year by a major $5,000 grant from the Home Committee. Longtime Home Committee member and current chairperson, Kathy Thompson stated that “the Home Committee was impressed by the Medfield Foundations Camp Fund during its initial year last summer, sending Medfield children to our local camps, and this year the Home Committee wanted to support such a great, local goal for Medfield kids.”

The Medfield Foundation Camp Fund teamed with the Medfield Park & Recreation Commission and the Medfield Youth Outreach to identify the children in need of assistance and to provide scholarships to the kids. This summer 18 children were helped to attend 28 weeks of summer camp and 9 swim pond passes were provided allowing approximately 34 people to attend the pond. Medfield Youth Outreach Director, Dawn Alcott, said “I hope the Medfield Foundation really recognizes that its help is so far beyond camp or a one time boost. The Camp Fund allowed caregivers to continue at their jobs…and ultimately kept families in their homes or at the very least more financially secure! The recipients are so genuine in their thanks and their relief.”

The Medfield Foundation ( is a volunteer-run private nonprofit, tax deductible 501(c)(3) corporation created in 2001 that has raised over $2 m. in private monies for public purposes in Medfield. The Medfield Foundation is raising a $1 m. endowment that will provide a permanent legacy of support for public purposes in Medfield. A variety of planned giving opportunities are available.

Mental health information

Last night while attending the Warrant Committee meeting at the Public Safety Building, I picked up one of the relatively new INTERFACE referral cards (a copy of the card appears below).  The Town of Medfield signed on with INTERFACE starting in November, and since then any resident can INTERFACE to get a referral to a mental health professional.  The back of the card lists other mental health resources.

Call the INTERFACE® Helpline 617-332-3666 x1411 or 1-888-244-6843 x1411 WILLIAM JAMES COLLEGE INTERFACE Referral Service Where can you learn about Mental Health Resources in or near your community? How can you access Mental Health Services for all ages? Find answers at the INTERFACE Referral Service. Call Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm to consult with a mental health professional about resources and/or receive personalized, matched referrals. For additional information and resources, please visit interface. wil liam james .edu/ community /medfield. Funding for this valuable service is generously provided by the Medfield Public Schools and the Town of Medfield.Interface cards_Page_2


Suicide prevention training

The newly-formed Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (“MCSP”) invites interested community members to attend a FREE suicide prevention training taught by Riverside Trauma Center. The training is intended to help address this public health crisis by rais-ing awareness of suicidal behavior and teaching tools that can help prevent suicide. The MCSP particularly encourages parents and adults to attend. We hope to offer train-ing specially targeted to youth at a future date. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 7:00-9:00 p.m. The United Church of Christ in Medfield 496 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052 FREE to the Public For questions, contact Heather Krauss at If you are inclined to financially support the MCSP, please consider making a donation through its Go Fund Me page at RSVP not required, but kindly appreciated. To RSVP, please visit:

Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention

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The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention, is a newly formed steering-committee (created September 2017) of community members/professionals who desire to create a coalition that promotes mental health resources.  We recognize that a public health crisis has touched our town and by coming together, we can form an initiative that raises awareness and has the potential to save lives . The MCSP has created this GoFundMe account in order to raise funds that will:

  • hire a consultant to effectively guide our development of a strategic plan for suicide prevention among all ages in Medfield
  • create and disseminate printed resources
  • fund future QPR trainings
[The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention is a program of Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP).]
Funds raised will benefit:
Medfield Foundation, Inc.

  Certified Charity
Medfield, MA

1:30PM today – Grief Support Meeting for the Friends of Tom Beardsley

From Medfield Youth Outreach –


Hi Everyone,

Grief Support Meeting for the Friends of Tom Beardsley

Young adults and concerned parents are invited to a grief support meeting for the friends of Tom Beardsley.  The meeting will be held at the United Church of Christ (496 Main St., Medfield), at 1:30pm.  The meeting will be facilitated by Psychologist Larry Berkowitz, EdD of Riverside Trauma Center and Dawn Alcott, LICSW of Medfield Youth Outreach.  If you have questions about the meeting, please call Pastor Karen Munn (cell: 269.932.8602) or the UCC Medfield office(508.359.2351).

Also… Forwarded is a webinar from Family’s From Depression Awareness.  If you recognize the name of the person who sent it…yes…our own Ari the MSW intern from BC who helped us in 2016 and 2017 with data collection for MCAP is now a big part of what they do.  Please share this webinar as a resource to parents and professionals in your circles.

My best,


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Arielle Cohen <>

Subject: Please share! Free Teen Depression Webinar with Dr. Nancy Rappaport
To: Dawn Alcott <>,
Hello Dawn and Chelsea

I hope this email finds you well. I saw that the Medfield Youth Outreach Facebook page shared our Teen Depression webinar post. Thank you so much! I wanted to go ahead and send you this email as well. At the bottom you will find a flyer and some fact sheets that may be of use to you. The flyer has a QR code (believe it or not, people still use those!), so it makes it easy for families to register if they are waiting in your office. We have two more webinars coming up, so I’ll reach out again when I have more information.

Families for Depression Awareness is presenting a free Teen Depression webinar on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 PM ET/ 4:00 PM PT. Expert Presenter, Dr. Nancy Rappaport, will discuss what schools and parents can do when a teen is reluctant to seek treatment or ask for help. The program is designed for parents, caregivers, school educators and personnel, youth workers, and anyone interested in teen mental health. Register to join us for a live webinar discussion.

After the webinar, complete our online evaluation and we’ll send you a free set of our Depression and Bipolar Wellness Guides for Parents and Teens, in English or Spanish.

Can’t attend the live webinar? Register today to submit your questions and watch the recorded webinar after it airs.

Please share information about the free webinar with your network!

On behalf of the families of Families for Depression Awareness, thank you for helping save teen lives by sharing this resource!



Arielle Cohen
Programs Coordinator
Families for Depression Awareness
391 Totten Pond Road, Suite 101
Waltham, MA 02451

Follow Families for Depression Awareness on Facebook and Twitter



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This email is intended for municipal use only and must comply with the Town of Medfield’s policies and state/federal laws. Under Massachusetts Law, any email created or received by an employee of The Town of  Medfield is considered a public record.  All email correspondence is subject to the requirements of M.G.L. Chapter 66. This email may contain confidential and privileged material for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any review or distribution by others is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient please contact the sender and delete all copies.


Send a Medfield child to camp

From the Medfield Foundation, Inc.


Attention Medfield Residents!

Help send a child in need to camp this summer.

This is an especially difficult time of year for some local families who want to send their kids to camp but simply can’t.

MFi is launching a special fundraising effort to help send kids to camp and/or purchase family passes to Hinkley Pond for local families in need.

A small donation now can make a big difference in the lives of these kids. Our goal is 200 families donating $50 each. Your generosity and support are much appreciated. Can we count on you to help?

Donate Now!…/ExpressDonation.aspx…

Parental skills training tonight

From Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) yesterday –

All parents welcome

You are welcome to attend and bring other parents/adults who care about Medfield youth with you.  If you could tweet about this, post to your facebook pages, blogs, share from Medfield Youth Outreach’s facebook page or MCAP’s it would be so very helpful.  This is coming together quickly due to the needs of hurting parents in the community and literally just gained final approval this evening.  This rose organically from the community. Let’s get behind it and spread the word!

Medfield Youth Outreach


Open Invitation For All Parents:

St. Edward Church of Medfield warmly welcomes Jim McCauley, LICSW, from Riverside Trauma Center for an evening where parents can develop their skills in navigating conversations with youth about depression and feelings of hopelessness. The Regional MetroWest data supports that youth are reporting more stress and that some have reported depressive symptoms and thoughts of suicide (MWAHS, 2016).  Parents have been reaching out community wide for ways to have meaningful conversations with their youth about these issues and to find pathways to build greater support in the community.

This evening is sure to be a dialogue to empower Medfield families in navigating these discussions and finding resources for the future.


Please join us on TUESDAY, JUNE 20TH AT 7PM AT ST. EDWARD CHURCH.  For more information please contact St. Edward Church: 508-359-6150 or

Childcare available for ages 4+.


RSVP here


All community parents are welcome.


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Angel tree – make wishes come true


Angel Tree program relies on the generous spirit of Medfield residents

The Angel Tree is up in the Medfield Public Library and needs your help! This program helps Medfield families who need some extra assistance this holiday season by providing two “wants” and two “needs” for each child or teen in the family. Participating families submit a wish list of items for their children, and those wishes are added to paper Christmas angels that adorn the Angel Tree on display in the library.

To support a family in our community, simply visit the tree during normal library hours, select one or more angels, fulfill the child’s wish listed on the angel, and return the wrapped gift to the Angel Tree with the paper angel attached to the gift. The program runs until Wednesday, December 14th, so please be sure to return your wrapped gift to the tree by 5:30 pm on that day. The gifts will then be collected and distributed to families so their holidays can shine a little brighter.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Medfield residents, and we are so grateful for your warmth and caring spirit! Questions about the Angel Tree can be directed to Medfield Youth Outreach at (508) 359-7121 or

Youth Outreach’s new advisory board

The Board of Selectmen met with the Medfield Youth Outreach Director, Dawn Alcott (above left) and worker, Chelsea Goldstein-Walsh (above right), at our regular first Tuesday of the month BoS meeting.  They discussed the Medfield Youth Outreach plan to establish a new advisory board, to whom Medfield Youth Outreach would report in the future.  Formerly MYO was slotted under and reported to the Board of Health.  All parties agreed that it was not a food fit having the Medfield Youth Outreach being placed under the Board of Health.

If anyone is interested in being part of the MYO advisory board, they should contact Medfield Youth Outreach at 508-359-7121 or  The Medfield Youth Outreach proposal for the new advisory board is set forth below.

Proposed Advisory Board Structure for Medfield Youth Outreach Membership: + Diverse representation with both appointed members and citizens at large + 7-9 voting members appointed by the Selectmen, 4-6 non-voting members + Term limits consistent with other town boards Municipal: (Some or all of the following) • Law Enforcement • Department of Recreation • Public Library • School Department /School Committee • Council on Aging/Veteran Services At Large Membership: (Some or all of the following sectors) • Youth Representative (1 or 2) • Parents • Clergy • Prevention Services • Pediatrician/Pediatric NP • Child and Family Clinician/mental health service provider • After School Service Providers/Young Child Services • Other: Marketing professionals, Grant Writers, etc. Non-voting Associate Membership/ Also in attendance: • Board of Health Liaison (as the BOH oversees the Advisory Board to MYO and MYO)? • Warrant Committee Liaison • Friends of Medfield Youth Outreach/Fundraising group (through MFi) representative • Additional qualified/interested parties if seats are filled from other categories • Consultants to Medfield Youth Outreach (as able attend) Purpose: + Build collaboration between Medfield Youth Outreach and town departments, community groups, and residents • Guide policy, approve budget, advocate for the needs of the department, support department goals, provide input about the needs of the community, protect the position from funding or· political change, receive updates and provide feedback on the services provided • Explore youth and family service trends and issues as they pertain to the department and community at large Responsibilities: + Complete/contribute to the Performance Evaluation of Director • Attend one meeting per month September through June for 1-1.5 hours monthly + Represent the Medfield Youth Outreach budget to the Warrant Committee/Selectmen annually (2 additional meetings) + Keep the Board of Health informed about the Medfield Youth Outreach Department /Advisory Board functioning and progress

The Board of Selectmen will ultimately make appointments to the new Medfield Youth Outreach advisory board at a later meeting.