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 www.parmenterfoundation.org.
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.
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 www.parmenterfoundation.org 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 www.foundationformetrowest.org
The Parmenter Foundation is proud to be one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through the Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The four year grant will allow The Parmenter Foundation to expand its support of the innovative children’s bereavement program, HEARTplay, to underserved communities in the Greater Boston area.
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. Free to all, HEARTplay is funded in part by The Parmenter Foundation.
“We are extremely grateful and proud to have been awarded a Cummings Foundation $100k for 100 grant,” said The Parmenter Foundation Executive Director Michael Halloran. “It affords us a great opportunity to grow the HEARTplay program.”
“This generous award will enable us to develop community partnerships with agencies in the Greater Boston 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, children’s bereavement coordinator, “We are thrilled to be able to offer the transformative and life changing benefits of the program to more children and teens.”
“We admire and very much appreciate the important work that nonprofit organizations like Parmenter are doing in the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation Executive Director. “We are delighted to support their efforts.”
About the Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester. With assets exceeding $1 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. The Foundation has awarded more than $140 million to local nonprofits. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.
Catherine Nicholson, a resident of Weston, is the 2016 recipient of The Parmenter Foundation and CareGroup Parmenter Home Care & Hospice’s joint Grace Johnson Volunteer Award. Cathy is a long-term volunteer at the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence who has donated countless hours of her time to those in need. Cathy provides vigils, friendly visits, food preparation for patients and their families in hospice. She has also been a counselor and cabin monitor at Camp Erin Boston since its inception, and is a former member of Parmenter’s Board of Trustees.
Parmenter created the Grace Johnson Volunteer Appreciation Award in 2005 to recognize individuals who demonstrate the dedicated and long-standing commitment to volunteering that Grace Johnson embodied. Grace and Bob Johnson raised their family in Wayland. In addition to her duties at home, Grace shared her caring and compassionate gifts with her community. She volunteered to several organizations, causes and activities including: The Friends of Hospice; The Parmenter VNA Board of Directors; and she was a Friendly Visitor to a frail elder in Wayland. Grace set a very high standard for community volunteering. Grace’s husband Bob and their daughter, Anne Evans attended the Volunteer Luncheon in her honor.
Sudbury Cub Scouts Pack 62 wanted to make a difference in the lives of other children at their Community Service Pack meeting. They teamed up with Jennifer Wiles, Director of Children’s Bereavement Programs for CareGroup Parmenter Home Care & Hospice in Wayland. Ms. Wiles invited the boys to make healing drums for children who attend Camp Erin Boston, Parmenter’s special summer camp for children ages 6-17 who have lost a parent, sibling or other loved one. Thanks to the generosity of the Moyer Foundation and individuals in our communities, Camp Erin is offered to grieving children free of charge.
The boys in Pack 62 Wolf Cub Scout Dens 7 and 9 used five gallon buckets, duct tape and newspapers to create 20 drums and 40 drumsticks. The date of their drum building coincided with the celebration of National Children’s Grief Awareness Day, a day to recognize grieving children and the importance of supportive communities in helping these children heal. “We are so grateful to Pack 62 for these drums. We’re going to use them in a healing drum circle for the first time at camp this summer.”
The majority of the drum-building supplies were generously donated by the Home Depot in Marlborough, MA. Parmenter extends its appreciation to Ruben and Lucy at Home Depot. Special thanks to the boys of Cub Scouts Pack 62 for the drums they created, and for their food donations to HEARTplaysm, Parmenter’s free, year-round bereavement program for children ages 3-19.