Continue the Legacy
Since 1949, when the first Parmenter-owned-and-operated facility opened its doors, underserved MetroWest residents found the help they needed in the areas of general and public health, nursing and hospice care, children’s bereavement services, and more. With many years of experience, the Foundation is confident in its ability to: evaluate nonprofit organizations aligned with its mission; and fund the opportunities and programs that are beneficial to the public they serve. Trust in us.
Our goal is to support the MetroWest community for another 70 years and beyond. By supporting the Foundation, you become part of our greater efforts to provide critical resources needed to impact someone’s life for the long term. You will be inspired by the community-at large, and the volunteers and staff who do amazing work every day to improve the lives of people in need.
We are focused on funding programs for those in need, allowing us to stay true to the larger picture of doing the most good.
Parmenter remains nimble; regularly connects with local communities; adapts to meet current community needs; funds solutions that make people’s lives better.
When any one of the programs we support helps an individual in our community, it makes our entire community more resilient, healthier, happier and more capable. The Parmenter Foundation is committed to supporting previously funded programs, such as children’s bereavement programs and hospice care, as well as funding innovative new programs that enable MetroWest residents to heal and build strength. Click here for information on what we fund.
What We Fund
The Parmenter Foundation’s history is grounded in helping local MetroWest residents in the areas of general health and well-being, and child wellness. The Foundation remains true to the legacy of Jonathan Parmenter who was known for his deep compassion for people and his overwhelming desire to help his community.
The Parmenter Foundation is focused on three areas of charitable giving and is committed to seeking out new and innovative opportunities that help local residents improve their lives.
Below represents our focus areas and our Current Grantees:
HEALTHCARE AND HOSPICE SERVICES
What are we funding? First of its kind: integrated mental health referral line
What are we funding? Health care and education for uninsured patients
What are we funding? A hospice bed at little or no cost for those who cannot pay
What are we funding? Children’s bereavement summer camp
What are we funding? Award-winning therapeutic grief program for bereaved children
What are we funding? Camp for childhood cancer patients
What are we funding? Tools to overcome homelessness
What are we funding? Provision of food for Wayland residents in need
The Parmenter Foundation owns and operates The Parmenter Food Pantry, provisioning more than 5,000 meals per year for Wayland residents in need. With the help of many volunteers, the pantry provides to over 80 families each month fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, bread, juice and non-perishable foods.
We encourage the community to help by making non-perishable food and toiletry donations. Donors can drop off contributions at St. Ann’s Church or at The Parmenter Foundation. In addition, the pantry is also grateful for cash donations, enabling the pantry director to purchase fresh and frozen meat and produce. Lastly, on distribution days, we look for volunteers to help sort and pack food bags.
If you are a Wayland resident in need of quality food for your family, please fill out the confidential enrollment form below.
Director: Laurie Hojlo
The Parmenter Food Pantry location:
The Good Shepherd Parish
St. Ann’s Church
134 Cochituate Road
Wayland, MA 01778
What are we funding? Comprehensive support for families with a childhood cancer diagnosis
A current grantee in the area of Community Advocacy. The Parmenter Foundation supports Why Me, Inc. a grass roots nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support services to families experiencing childhood cancer from the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout every step of his/her treatment and beyond. One segment of its support program that we fund is the Circle of Healing Bereavement Retreat held each year to help parents who have lost their child to cancer understand that bereavement is a journey that takes years to unfold.
What We Don't Fund
We do not fund groups or programs that:
- are not 501(c)(3) entities;
- attempt to influence legislation, political activities or candidates for public office or public policy decisions;
- carry on propaganda of any form;
- carry on illegal or unethical activities;
- are private foundations;
- are direct research projects;
- are funds for endowments;
- are fundraising drives and events;
- are higher educational institutions or schools;
- retirement of debt or funding operating deficits.
Grace Johnson Volunteer Appreciation Award
In 2005, to annually recognize outstanding volunteers, The Parmenter Foundation established the Grace Johnson Volunteer Appreciation Award, inspiration coming from a long time Parmenter services volunteer, Grace Johnson. Along with the award for outstanding service, the recipient also receives a modest appreciation gift card.
We invite management, staff and volunteers of our grantee organizations to nominate a volunteer(s) who best exemplifies all the wonderful qualities of Grace Johnson.
Nominations from grantee organizations are due June 1st of each year. Each fall, we look to recognize a new, deserving Grace Johnson Volunteer Award recipient.