See Photos from the Fifth Annual Watertown Helps Out Day of Service

Three hundred people came out on Saturday to volunteer at 22 locations during the fifth annual Watertown Helps Out! State Sen. Will Brownsberger and State Rep. Jonathan Hecht helped kick off Watertown’s annual townwide day of service at Hosmer Elementary School, then people went to work on their project. Community non-profits identify projects they need done. This year five new projects were added. The projects included gardening and yard work, assembling raised beds, cleaning trash from bicycle paths and parks or washing furniture in a community center.

It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for the Watertown Helps Out Day of Service

There’s still time to sign up to volunteer in this Saturday’s Watertown Helps Out event, hosted by Watertown Community Foundation. Watertown Helps Out!, the fifth annual Community Day of Service, kicks off Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. at the Hosmer School Cafeteria. Join us on Saturday, May 5, 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Hosmer School Cafeteria for light refreshments. Then get a T-shirt and head out to your chosen project! Projects can be anything from gardening and yard work, assembling raised beds, cleaning trash from bicycle paths and parks or washing furniture in a community center. Most run from 10:00 a.m. to mid-afternoon, and many can be done for as little as an hour.

Marshall Home Fund Presenting Grants at Awards Ceremony

The following information was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

Please join the Marshall Home Fund at its annual Program Grant Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 15, 3:30 p.m. at the Watertown Public Library. The MHF will distribute a total of $70,000 to the following organizations for programs that will benefit Watertown’s older adults: MetroWest Community Development, Mosesian Center for Arts, New Repertory Theater, Perkins School for the Blind, Project Literacy, Springwell, Watertown Council on Aging, Watertown Families Together, Watertown Farmer’s Market. Watertown Fire
Department, Watertown Health Department, Wayside Youth and Family Support. Established in 2005, the Marshall Home Fund is a nonprofit, community-based charitable foundation dedicated to serving Watertown’s older adult population. MHF also provides financial assistance to elderly individuals in urgent need.

Volunteers Sought for the Fifth Annual Watertown Helps Out Day

Watertown Helps Out! The fifth annual Community Day of Service kicks off Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. at the Hosmer School Cafeteria. Watertown Community Foundation provided the following announcement:

How do you give back to the community? Where are organizations that need your help? Are there opportunities for your family to serve? In 2014, the Watertown Community Foundation created a town wide day of service, Watertown Helps Out, to fill this need. This year, the fifth annual Watertown Helps Out day of community service runs Saturday, May 5. Starting at 8:30 a.m., join special guest volunteers State Sen. Will Brownsberger and State Rep. Jonathan Hecht as they help us kick off our Fifth Anniversary with light refreshments at the Hosmer School Cafeteria. It’s free, open to all, and there are family-friendly projects for volunteers of all ages.

Watertown Resident Honored For Helping Disadvantaged Youth Get College Degrees

On March 29, leaders from all sectors of Boston’s philanthropic community gathered at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel for Summer Search Boston’s annual Leadership Dinner, the group announced in a press release. Among those honored for fostering Summer Search’s mission of helping economically disadvantaged youth complete high school and attain a college degree was Dawn Frazier-Bohnert of Watertown, senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Frazier-Bohnert has led Liberty Mutual’s diversity and inclusion strategy and programs since joining the company in 2013. Before coming to Liberty Mutual, she was chief administrative officer and partner at Global Novations; vice president, global diversity and inclusion with The Gillette Company; and held HR leadership positions at Lotus/IBM, Fidelity Investments, and Millennium Pharmaceuticals. A graduate of Boston University who also attended Mount Holyoke College, Frazier-Bohnert served on the board of the Black Achievers Branch of the YMCA of Greater Boston and was a Big Sister volunteer for over ten years.

Watertown Community Foundation Accepting Applications for Two Grant Programs

The Watertown Community Foundation (WCF) announced two Spring 2018 grant programs to support local nonprofits, programs and projects. Approximately $55,000 will be distributed. One: WCF’s Program Grants will award grants designed to help organizations that serve Watertown develop new or continue existing programs with an educational focus (broadly defined). These are programs that operate outside of the Watertown’s public schools. Two: WCF’s Institutional Grants are designed to help institutions central to the Watertown community by providing funds to maintain critical programming and retain paid staff.

Watertown Company Hosts Fundraiser for Wounded Member of a Navy Explosives Disposal Unit

A fundraiser for a member of a Navy explosives disposal unit who suffered injuries in Syria when a boobytrap exploded. The event featured two IRONMAN champions and was hosted by Watertown-based NormaTec. The March 24 event raised $6,500 for the Navy Special Operations Foundation (NSOF) and for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Chief Kenton Stacy and his family, according to Suzanna Fisher, Director of Program Development for NSOF. Ohio-native Stacy is a member of an elite Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit assigned to assist Special Forces. He is fighting to recover from serious injuries sustained in Raqqa, Syria in November 2017.

Night of Comedy Raising Money for Right Turn Addiction Treatment Center

An upcoming Night of Comedy will raise money for Right Turn, a Watertown-based addiction treatment center that uses the arts and creative expression in its therapy. 

The event features 10 comics and will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8 p.m. at Right Turn, 440 Arsenal St., Watertown. The suggested donation is $10. The recipients of the proceeds from the Comics for Recovery, “A Night of Comedy,” will help Right Turn with its mission to be a “Creative Place for Recovery,” organizers said. Some of the performers are:

The show organizer, Jack Lynch, who has toured nationally and played the major venues, such as The Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, The Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, The Improv in Miami Beach, The Punchline in Atlanta, Georgia, the Comedy Works in Montreal, Canada, as well as many colleges up and down the East Coast. In these shows, Jack draws from his own 34 years in recovery.