The Parmenter Food Pantry Receives $8,500 in Grants

: The Parmenter Foundation of Wayland recently received $8,500 in total donations from three generous donors to support the Parmenter Food Pantry.  The Parmenter Food Pantry provides over 5,000 meals per year to Wayland residents in need.  While many local organizations and residents donate canned goods and non-perishable items, monies are necessary for purchasing fresh meat and produce.  These charitable donations represent approximately one-quarter of the annual cost to operate the The Parmenter Food Pantry.

The three recent donations were made by the following: The Wayland Depot donated $2,500. It is a charitable organization that sells wonderful handcrafted items and gifts made by local and regional artists and uses the proceeds to benefit the Wayland community.  Middlesex Savings Bank donated $1,000 and supports local organizations that strive to build a better community.  The final $5,000 donor is an anonymous local family foundation that has been a long-term supporter The Parmenter Food Pantry.

“We are both thankful and proud to have received these recent donations supporting the Parmenter Food Pantry,” said The Parmenter Foundation Executive Director Michael Halloran.  “It affords us a great opportunity provide necessary food and toiletries to the most vulnerable population in our community.  The goal of The Parmenter Foundation is to help families cope during difficult times – The Parmenter Food Pantry does just that.”

The MetroWest Free Medical Program Receives Grant from The Parmenter Foundation

The Parmenter Foundation proudly announces that it has made a grant to The MetroWest Free Medical Program in Sudbury to provide health education to uninsured patients at their Sudbury free clinic with the goal of improving health behaviors and, ultimately, health status.

The MetroWest Free Medical Program was established in Sudbury in 2004 as an outreach program of Congregation Beth El.  It is a volunteer-physician led program providing free health care services to the medically underserved in Metrowest. The program expanded to Framingham in 2008 and created a Vision and a Women’s Health program.  With over 250 volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, health educators and more, the MetroWest Free Medical Program serves over 1,000 patients per year with over 1,500 medical visits.  For more information, please visit

The Parmenter Foundation is an independent non-profit corporation dedicated to creating, supporting, implementing and promoting programs and activities that enhance the health and well-being of the Metrowest communities.  It is their goal to help families better cope with serious illness, death or hardship. The Parmenter Foundation relies solely on private funding to  carry out its mission.  For more information or to give, please visit

Annual Holiday Luncheon Benefits Hospice Residence

The Parmenter Foundation hosted its 13th Annual Holiday Concert and Luncheon at the Weston Golf Club on December 4th to benefit The Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence in Wayland.  Cindy Mayher, Executive Director of The Parmenter Foundation and former CEO of Parmenter VNA, was honored in her retirement after 27 years of dedicated and compassionate service to our community. During that time, she championed the need for a local hospice residence, quality adult and children’s bereavement services, and a superior food pantry.  Antoinette M. Hays, President of Regis College, recalled Cindy’s advocacy for those at the end of their life and their families.  She recalled, in particular, many trips that she and Cindy took to the Town of Wayland to communicate the importance of a local residential hospice.  Cindy’s passion shined through and not long after, a six room hospice was opened in Wayland.  The program finished with the Weston High School Orchestra playing beautiful holiday music in the festively decorated ballroom.View More: More: More:

Hoedown for Hope a Great Success

The Parmenter Foundation’s Fourth Annual Hoedown raised thousands of dollars for the local children’s bereavement programs: HEARTplaysm and Camp Erin Boston. Guests enjoyed a barbeque feast prepared by Tennessee Barbeque and The Dudley Chateau at the festively decorated Wolbach Farm in Sudbury.   The festivities continued with country line dancing and a High Striker competition.  Lisa Hanson, of Sudbury, and Mike Hamill, of Sudbury, were the winners of the women’s and men’s high striker event, respectively.

Underlying all the fun was a serious cause – helping grieving children, teens and young adults to cope with the death of a loved one. Before finishing high school, one in five youth will experience the death of a family member. Young people grieving the death of a loved one are especially vulnerable to mental health problems, such as depression or PTSD, and substance use. These youth often feel isolated in their grief, but rarely receive formal grief counseling.

HEARTplaysm and Camp Erin Boston are made possible thanks entirely to the generosity of philanthropic donors. For more information about how to participate in or give to these programs, visit

The Parmenter Foundation acknowledges with appreciation its Hoedown for Hope sponsors. Platinum Sponsors: Mr. & Mrs. William V. Efthim Gold Sponsors: Rob & Janine Wolkon; Manny & Alice Salos; The Halloran Family; Cambridge Trust Company; Mount Auburn Hospital; John C. Bryant Funeral Home; Berry Dunn; The Wayland Depot; Stow Community Chest; and St. Peters Episcopal Church, Weston. Silver Sponsors: Tom & Jo Travers; Tom & Cathy Nicholson; Len & Nancy Carapezza; Karen Back, MD; Emil & Marty Ragones; The Herzog Family; NSK, INC.; Marlborough Savings Bank; Hamilton Law Office, P.C.; Berkshire Hathaway; Enos Home Medical; and Keystone Homecare and Private Duty Nurses.

Foundation for MetroWest Grant supports HEARTplay

The Parmenter Foundation recently received a $4,000 grant from the Foundation for MetroWest to help fund the innovative bereavement program, HEARTplay Grief Group for Young Adults, for those who have experienced the death of someone close to them.   The award was based upon the recommendation of students in the Youth in Philanthropy Program at Concord Academy, after carefully evaluating many proposals.  HEARTplay Grief Group for Young Adults is a peer support group for late high school and college-age students. The group shares concerns about leaving home after a loss, meeting new people, finding support and outlets for their grief, time management, and the importance of self-care. This free bereavement group will meet for seven sessions throughout the summer, for more information, go to or call 508-309-5107.

In its 21st year, HEARTplay, a CareGroup Parmenter Home Care & Hospice, Inc. program, utilizes expressive arts to help children and teens cope with the death of a loved one – usually a parent or sibling.  HEARTplay is provided free to all children and teens, and is funded in part by The Parmenter Foundation.

“We are both thankful and proud to have been awarded a Foundation for MetroWest Youth in Philanthropy grant,” said The Parmenter Foundation Executive Director Michael Halloran.  “It affords us a great opportunity to grow the HEARTplay program to reach young adults.”

“This generous award will enable us to further develop community partnerships with agencies in the MetroWest area that serve children and teens,” states Denise McQuaide, President of CareGroup Parmenter Home Care & Hospice, “as well as to support families in our hospice program.”  Adds Jenifer Wiles, bereavement coordinator, “We are thrilled to be able to extend the transformative and life changing benefits of the program to college-age teens and young adults.”


About Foundation for MetroWest

Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest is the only community foundation serving the 33 cities and towns in the region.  We promote philanthropy in the region, help donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serve as a resource for local nonprofits and enhance the quality of life for all our residents.  Since inception, the Foundation has granted $11.6 million to charitable organizations and currently stewards more than $16 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact.  To learn more, please visit