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 https://lotsahelpinghands.com, then click on Join a Community. Under Community Name enter Medfield Helping Hands.
Below was posted today on FB –
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 LotsahelpingHands.com, join community, search Medfield Helping Hands. We already have needs waiting to be taken and families in need of support. Thank you!
From the new Medfield Garden Club presidents, Molly Sliney and Carroll Noel-Mozer, by courtesy of Michele Feinsilver –
On Friday, September 6, the Medfield Garden Club dedicated a new civic planting in Medfield, the Pinky Meader Memorial Garden, affectionately known as Pinky’s Garden. Members of the garden club and Pinky’s family gathered behind the Unitarian Church in Medfield overlooking Meetinghouse Pond and the Dwight Derby House to dedicate the granite-inscribed bench and the new garden to a dear friend, gardening colleague, mentor and long-time Medfield volunteer who passed away and left a deep legacy of horticultural knowledge and civic beautification to the Town of Medfield and members of the Medfield Garden Club.
We invite the community to visit our lovely new site on the Unitarian Church lawn at 26 North Street and to enjoy some repose in one of the most beautiful settings in Medfield.
This from the article on the first awarding of the the Lawyers Clearinghouse’s Leadership Award now renamed the Stephen M. Nolan Leadership Award, lets us know that Steve Nolan volunteers a lot in the legal world, just as he did in Medfield. –
“Liz Lintz then introduced event co-chairs Rick Henken and Tim Sullivan to present the Stephen M. Nolan Leadership Award—previously known only as the Leadership Award—to Chrystal. The Clearinghouse had recently renamed the award to recognize the incredible contributions of longtime board member Steve Nolan, a partner at Nolan Sheehan Patten.
“Steve’s dedication to the Clearinghouse over the past 27 years has been nothing short of extraordinary,” Liz said. “We wanted to honor Steve for all that he’s done in a special and lasting way.”
The Lawyers Clearinghouse harnesses the power of Massachusetts legal professionals to strengthen communities. We do this by connecting Massachusetts nonprofits and the homeless with pro bono lawyers. With limited resources, we maximize community impact by streamlining the way lawyers volunteer their skills.
Through our connections to a network of lawyers at top Massachusetts law firms and corporations, we:
The Clearinghouse bridges the gap between lawyers who want to volunteer and nonprofits and homeless people who need their help. Lawyers want to take pro bono cases, but scarcely have the time to research opportunities. Nonprofits need legal help, but can rarely afford an attorney. The homeless and at-risk population needs someone to speak for them. Through our connections to a network of lawyers at top Massachusetts law firms, we serve several communities.
From Barb Myers and Helen Dewey of the Savvy Women’s Alliance –
Volunteers are needed to help receive, sort, and pack styrofoam at the Medfield Transfer Station on Saturday, May 18. Since only clean, white Expanded Polystyrene (#6) packing blocks and coolers can be accepted for recycling, all foam collected must be inspected before it is packed. Residents should remove cardboard, glues, tapes, labels, and stickers before bringing foam for recycling. No take-out food containers are accepted, as guidelines for recycling are strict in order to clean up the process and final product of styrofoam recycling.
Please sign up to help at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0448aaa623a4f49-styrofoam6 or call Barb Meyer for more information 508-359-9613.
Note: popped bubble wrap can be recycled in the bins for plastic bags at the Transfer Station (near the single-stream recycling) and at large-chain grocery stores. Clean packing peanuts will not be accepted but can be reused at Express Business Center 258A Main St., Medfield, 508-359-7444 or Postal Center 14 Milliston Rd B, Millis, 508-376-1200.
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.
From the Medfield DPW –
Posted on: April 18, 2019
Volunteers Needed! Take pride in your community and help clean up litter in your neighborhoods, parks, schools, and public buildings. Bring a Team! Ask your friends and co-workers! This is a great community service opportunity! A few days prior to the event you can visit the Town Hall at 459 Main Street for your Medfield Clean Up Day Recycled Trash Bags as well as litter locations where we need your help!
For more information and a list of locations please call the DPW Office at 508 906-3003.