Category Archives: Charity

New Life Furniture Bank’s talking tables

From New Life, which was started in Medfield by town residents Ron and Barbara Yates –

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How Can New Life’s Talking Tables Change Your Life?

Medfield, Mass – November 10, 2017:  Changing Lives is the theme of the ambitious end-of-year campaign that New Life Furniture Bank of MA launched today. The campaign was kicked-off with the release of a series of clever and creative videos starring two “talking tables”, named Brenda and Eddie, who invite viewers to consider how donating funds, furniture and/or home furnishings to New Life can change lives for everyone – clients, donors and volunteers alike. The video series can be seen on the New Life website www.newlifefb.org or on Facebook or Instagram at New Life Furniture Bank of MA.

The Campaign was launched on November 15th with the goal of raising $50,000 by December 31st. The funds will go toward New Life’s growth, including: paying the monthly rent for an additional 1500 square feet of warehouse space, funding two part-time truck drivers/movers to pick up furniture on weekdays as well as on Saturdays, and purchasing both additional mattresses at below-wholesale price and building supplies for kitchen table construction.

“These are exciting times at New Life,” said Ron Yates, Co-Founder of New Life. “We’re growing quickly and becoming an important contributor in the battle against homelessness. One of New Life’s goals is to ensure that every child in Massachusetts has a bed to sleep in and that every family has a kitchen table they can eat around. We’re really looking for community support in our Changing Lives Campaign so that we can bring that dream to every family.” (Please see below the information on how to contribute to the Changing Lives Campaign.)

Over its four-year lifetime New Life has grown quickly and gained a reputation across not just the MetroWest area but across eastern Massachusetts as a reliable furniture bank that provides those in need with quality, gently-used home furnishings and compassionate support from caring volunteers.

“In 2014, New Life’s first year of operation, we served 100 clients,” said Yates, “and this past year, in 2016, we served 463. Our trajectory for growth in the coming years is on the same steep slope. We have a lot of work to do if we’re going to continue growing and meeting our clients’ needs.”

New Life is focused on three primary areas to sustain their dramatic expansion: launching the Changing Lives Campaign, developing a continuous donation stream of home furnishings, and continuing to recruit dedicated volunteers.

The past few months have been busy ones at New Life. Besides working on the campaign and its launch, volunteers worked on aspects surrounding New Life’s recent name modification. “We have a new logo, an updated website, a new Facebook page and a new Instagram account,” said Doug Marshall, Co-founder of New Life. “We felt the name modification was important. We wanted our name to be crystal clear when asking for help; we want donors, volunteers and clients to know exactly what we’re about, and ‘New Life Furniture Bank of MA’ says it all.”

New Life is extremely grateful to its volunteers, donors, and supporters. Those interested in volunteering with New Life Furniture Bank of MA or donating home furnishings can go to their new website, www.newlifefb.org for more information. Financial contributions may be made online, on the website, or by check payable to New Life Furniture Bank of MA, sent to P.O. Box 573, Medfield, MA 02052.

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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

Trick of Treat for UNICEF

From Kaitlyn Maritan for the MHS UNICEF club –

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New Life Serves 1000th Client!

From New Life Home Refurnishing –

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New Beginnings and Milestone Moments at New Life Home Refurnishing

 

New Life Home Refurnishing had great reason for celebration last month in welcoming its ONE THOUSANDTH client! For three and a half years, the New Life furniture bank, a Medfield nonprofit organization, with a warehouse in Walpole, has been connecting gently used furniture and household donations to help individuals and families emerging from homelessness. These donations have a tremendous impact on clients who have fallen on hard times, providing them not only with much needed furnishings, but also the hope of a fresh start. As volunteer Barbara Yates reflected, “Today’s 1000th client milestone was a very special one for me and for the other volunteers at New Life. It has truly been a privilege to play a small role in providing individuals and families with a comfortable chair, a pretty lamp and best of all, a bed for them and their children.”

 

The 1000th client was a single mother, referred to New Life by a Metro-West shelter, who has now transitioned her family to a subsidized apartment in the area. For a month, she and her son lived in their new home with only two beds and two beach chairs. “I’m so happy to have a job in the area and that my son has his own room”, she said. “He plays in his room a lot – he so enjoys having a space to call his own.” Her positive attitude and pride showed as she talked about being able to walk to work to her job at a local restaurant.  As she discussed her apartment, she described the joy of sitting in her chair, breathing the fresh air, appreciating the quiet of the neighborhood, listening to the birds and reading from her Bible. Her enthusiasm was even greater after she left the warehouse expressing her hope for the future – the goal of New Life for all of its clients. Her moving truck departed with a kitchen table and chairs, a couch, an armchair, bedroom furniture, linens and a wide array of kitchen items.  These items are more than home furnishings; they are symbols of the new beginnings at the core of the New Life model, which would not be possible without the generosity of supportive communities and donors.

 

If you are interested in getting involved with New Life, as a donor or volunteer, we welcome your service and ask you to visit our website newlifehr.org.

MFi camp/swim pond fund needs $

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The Medfield Foundation program to send Medfield children to camp or the swim pond this summer has had a good start, but needs donations.  The MFi is looking to raise $10,000 (200 donations of $50) – the MFi has $1,775 in hand – sponsored campers say thank you.

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

A small donation now can make a big difference in the lives of these kids. Your generosity and support are much appreciated. Can we count on you to help?

Please donate Now!

https://www.networkforgood.org/donati…/ExpressDonation.aspx…

Donate to ANGP

From Tracey Rogers, ANGP Co-chair –

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Please support the CLASS of 2017 by making a donation to this year’s All Night Graduation Party (ANGP). Medfield’s ANGP is a time-honored tradition that has provided a safe and fun way for Seniors to celebrate on graduation night for 25 years. The party held at the Medfield High School could not take place without the support of our community. Graduation Day is Sunday, June 4th, for 218 Medfield Seniors. Use the blue form in the ANGP flyer that was recently sent to all Medfield residents or simply mail your contribution to MHS All Night Graduation Party, PO Box 38, Medfield, MA 02052. On-line donations can be made at medfieldhspto.org.  THANK YOU!

Relay for Life – Chili Chowder Challenge, 4/22

From Medfield firefighter, Bill DeKing –

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Come taste and vote on your favorite chili & chowder from some of the best local restaurants to benefit the Relay For Life of Millis / Medway/ Medfield/ Norfolk on April 22nd from Noon – 4pm. We will have raffles, silent auction, music, cash bar and much much more! Tickets are $20 per person and are available to be purchased in advance or at the door. The following restaurants are going to be there to judge. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to donate.
Thank you,
Bill DeKing
508-254-9008