Category Archives: Volunteers

Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards 3PM, 3/31 at The Center

Come join MFi in celebrating volunteerism in our community!

The Medfield Foundation is proud to celebrate the amazing citizens of Medfield who give of their time, talent and energy toward making our town so incredible.  Please join us on March 31, from 3pm to 5pm at The Center at Medfield to honor all of this year’s very special Volunteers!  Let’s come together to applaud the character of volunteerism, the backbone of our community.  There will be light refreshments, riveting speeches, and good old-fashioned community building.  We hope to see all our fellow civic do-gooders join in honoring this year’s nominees, and giving thanks to those who are dedicated to making Medfield a truly remarkable place to live!

2019 MEDFIELD FOUNDATION VOLUNTEER AWARDS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR NOMINEESNOMINATORSPROJECTS/WORK Richard JudgeSharon JudgeKingsbury Pond Grist Mill Committee, Bay ColonyRail Trail Pat CaseyJack Wolfe, Martha Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Festa, Joanna HilvertCommittee, Economic Development Committee Michele FeinsilverJane CarterMedfield Garden Club, Peak House Heritage Hoye Center, Medfield Memorial Library, The Center Elizabeth SandemanDawn Alcott,Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP), Errin ChapinMedfield Lions, Medfield TV, NE Donor Servcices,Medfield PTO-Box Tops Collect, Hannah Adams Michelle BarretteNicki GustafsonMedfield Public Schools, St. Edward’s Parish, andothers YOUTH VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Hannah RoganJack Morrill Miss Amazing, New Life Student Council Speaker,UCC Youth Group Leader, and others Maeve DevlinGail DuffyBest Buddies, Medfield High School, and others Morgan Caro Meg DrewGolden Opportunities for Independence, New HomeLife, Medfield Dance Academy, Miss Amazing,National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society Sam JolineErik OrmbergNew Life, Millis Book Drive, Lions Club TreeDelivery, MHS, MAP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Stephen Nolan &Martha Moon, Town of Medfield Marie Nolan Cynthia Greene, Sarah Raposa 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;Council on Arts (chair, treasurer, member) 1989-1996; Medfield ArtsLottery Council 1986-1997; 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; HistoricDistrict Commission (chair & member) 1990-1993; State HospitalAdvisory Committee 2013; State Hospital Negotiating Committee2013-2017; State Hospital Master Planning Committee (chair & member)2014-20182019 MFI Volunteer Awards - Nominees-3_Page_2

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The Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards are made possible through the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brother’s Marketplace.

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2018 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards recipients

 

FPUU wins climate change award

First Parish Meeting House

 

Full article is available here –

https://www.uuworld.org/articles/climate-change-work-honored

 

Two UU congregations honored for climate change work

Iowa and Massachusetts congregations win awards in Interfaith Power & Light’s Cool Congregations Challenge.

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First Parish UU Church of Medfield, Massachusetts, won in the Community Inspiration category for forming a town-wide coalition that launched an educational campaign to encourage drivers to stop idling their cars. The UU Society in Coralville, Iowa, won in the Renewable Role Model category for its new “green” church building.

Steve & Marie Zack Nolan – MFi Lifetime Achievement Award

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MFi Salutes Stephen Nolan and Marie Zack Nolan – Lifetime Achievement Award!

Medfield Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award – Stephen Nolan and Marie Zack Nolan.  Through the nomination provided by colleagues Sarah Raposa, Martha Moon, Cynthia Greene, Margaret Bancroft and Lucy Masters, it is clear that Steve and Marie exemplify the qualities MFi values:  dedicated volunteerism driven to provide a meaningful impact in the town of Medfield.

A quote from their nominators: “If Marie and Steve Nolan had not moved to Medfield in the mid-1980s our town would feel, look, and be organized in detrimentally different ways so that we wouldn’t have the opportunity to enjoy the vibrant community that exists today.”  These two dedicated citizens of Medfield have been donating their time and talents since the day they moved to town!  Some of their highlights include:

  • Medfield Warrant Committee
  • Geographic Information System
  • Medfield Affordable Housing Committee
  • Conservation Commission
  • Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Medfield Energy Committee
  • Historic District Commission
  • Open Space Committee
  • State Hospital Negotiating Committee
  • Council on Arts
  • State Hospital Master Planning Committee
  • Medfield Arts Lottery Council
  • And much more!

This “highly dedicated and energetic couple” have spent so much of their time making Medfield a welcoming, comfortable, beautiful and energy conscious town.  Their efforts also extended into the Public School system, assisting in the classroom as well as many different extra-curriculars: sports, theater, film club, just to name a few.

As leaders in the community, the town has benefited from “their insight, intelligence, expertise, commitment, and – not the least – good humor!”  Whether it be Marie’s leadership in helping to reduce Medfield’s energy costs by nearly $600K, or Steve’s tireless efforts in managing the many different and emotional perspectives relating to the Affordable Housing discussions in Medfield, it is clear that these two conscientious citizens have made a tremendous impact on our town.

With the overwhelming support of their community, we welcome Stephen and Marie Nolan into the ranks of Lifetime Achievement Award winners.  Congratulations!!!

Please join us on March 31, from 3pm to 5pm at the Center in Medfield to honor all of this year’s very special Volunteers!

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The Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards are made possible by the generous sponsorship of Roche Brothers and Brothers Marketplace.

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MFi Volunteer Awards invitations going out – reception is 3PM on 3/31

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The invitations to the 2019 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards recognition reception at 3PM on March 31 at The Center are going into the mail, thanks to the Medfield Foundation Youth Leaders putting the mailings together today.

The public is welcome to attend the reception (invitations only go to the 200 individuals who have been nominated and/or made nominations).

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The Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards are made possible by the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace.

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Pat Casey – Medfield Foundation Volunteer of the Year

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MFi Salutes Pat Casey – Volunteer of the Year!

Medfield Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce this year’s winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award – Pat Casey.  Through the nomination provided by colleagues Jack Wolfe, Martha Festa and Joanna Hilvert, it is clear that Pat exemplifies the qualities MFi looks for:  a dedicated volunteer who is driven to provide a meaningful impact in the town of Medfield.

“Pat brings a unique balance of capability and character to all he does,” say his nominators.  In working with Pat on the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee (MSH MPC), they observed that Pat’s “analytical skills are superb, and they form the foundation for his judgements.  Pat’s work ethic, considering the massive work load for all on the MSH MPC, is equally superb.”  Given that Pat’s full-time job takes up a substantial amount of his time, his commitment to donating a vast number of  hours of professional expertise over a 4 year span to the MSH committee as a volunteer demonstrates just how devoted he is to the improvement of our town.  ”Pat always listens and works to understand and consider everyone’s viewpoint. He is an exceptionally good and careful listener; there is no question of his attention when in conversation with him. And amid sometimes challenging dynamics, Pat was always a conciliator and collaborator.”  In the word of his nominators, “Pat Casey is simply a terrific asset to Medfield.”

Pat had tough competition this year, and we would like to thank the other Volunteer of the Year nominees.  Dick Judge, Michele Feinsilver Hoye, Liz Sandeman and Michelle Barrette we sincerely thank you for your dedication and volunteer spirit focused on improving our town!

Please join us on March 31, from 3pm to 5pm at the Center in Medfield to honor all of this year’s very special Volunteers!

 

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The Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards are made possible by the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace 

Maeve Devlin is the 2019 MFi Youth Volunteer of the Year

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MFi Salutes Maeve Devlin – Youth Volunteer of the Year!

Medfield Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce this year’s Youth Volunteer of the Year – Maeve Devlin.  Through the nomination provided by her Teacher, Gail Duffy, it is clear that Maeve exemplifies the qualities MFi looks for:  a dedicated volunteer who is driven to provide a meaningful impact in the town of Medfield.

Ms. Duffy describes Maeve this way: “One of the most striking aspects of Maeve Devlin is the fact that she really doesn’t see the enormity of what she’s done.”  In her work with the Best Buddies program at Medfield High, Maeve has “fostered a transformative experience” for all students, both those with cognitive delays, as well as those without.  In her 2 years working with this program, Maeve has led by “example, enthusiasm, warmth and tenacity.”  She has succeeding in transforming this into a club where “all students look forward to meeting as friends.”

Maeve has been a force for good in her school, leading other classmates, both those in her class, as well as upper classmen, to become part of her revolution.  By her Sophomore year, Maeve was on the Leadership Board of the Best Buddies, and began organizing some fantastic initiatives such as a pre-Trick-or-Treating party for all of the participants.  Maeve has also organized her friends to participate in the Friendship Walk, catapulting her Chapter into the top 15 of fundraisers.

In her spare time, when not giving her heart to this program, Maeve is the Captain of the Girls Varsity Basketball team, serves as her class’ Vice President, works as a waitress, and does it all with an optimistic smile.

Although Maeve’s accomplishments are amazing in of themselves, what is truly spectacular is that she has developed true, authentic and long-lasting friendship with the participants in the Best Buddies program.

Maeve had tough competition this year, and we would like to take a moment to thank the other Youth Volunteer of the Year nominees.  Hannah Rogan, Morgan Caro and Sam Joline we sincerely thank you for your dedication and volunteer spirit focused on improving our town!

 

Please join us on March 31, from 3pm to 5pm at The Center at Medfield to honor all of this year’s very special Volunteers! 

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The Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards are made possible through the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brother’s Marketplace.

 

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.