Funds Available for Groups Working to Make Watertown a Place Where Older Adults Can Thrive

The following announcement was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

The Marshall Home Fund is encouraging public and non-profit organizations to submit innovative proposals to support Watertown’s efforts to be an Age-Friendly Community — a place where older adults can live, thrive, and contribute. While proposals addressing various topics are welcomed, the fund is particularly interested in projects addressing unmet needs in housing, transportation, and communication about services available to older people. The Request for Proposals will be available on February 8, 2019 and proposals will be due March 15. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the Program Grant Information Session on February 8, 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the WSB Room in the Watertown Public Library and to visit marshallhomefund.org. To RSVP to the Information Session and for additional information, contact info@marshallhomefund.org

Find Out About Hearing Loss at Event Hosted by Marshall Home Fund, Council on Aging

The following information was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

The Marshall Home Fund and the Watertown Council on Aging are sponsoring “Hearing Loss 101” — a free presentation for older adults and their service providers — on Friday, Nov. 16 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Watertown Public Library. Hearing loss is a huge issue, affecting approximately one third of 65- to 74-year-olds and one half of people 75 and older. Jonathan O’Dell, an acclaimed speaker who is Director of Communications and Technology Services of the Mass Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will provide information and answer questions about this important topic. Attendees will learn about the causes of hearing loss, its connection to dementia, and new tools that can make life easier, such as a hearing aid/ smart phone interface and visual smoke, carbon monoxide and doorbell alerts.

Marshall Home Fund Supports Age-Friendly Programs in Watertown This Month

The Marshall Home Fund provided the following information:

Watertown’s older residents will have numerous opportunities in September
to experience what it means to live in an age-friendly community, that is, a place that helps older adults remain in town, thrive and contribute. A number of grantees of the Marshall Home Fund — a local foundation — are offering programs this month that promote safe and affordable housing, respect and inclusion, and social engagement. Fire and Life Safety for Older Adults: Fun, informative classes sponsored by the Watertown Fire Department, at the Senior Center. Sept 6 & Sept 13. 10:00 a.m.-Noon.

Marshall Home Fund Presents Grants to Programs Helping Older Adults

The following information was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

Watertown’s Marshall Home Fund held its annual grant award ceremony on May 15, providing nearly $70,000 to 13 local organizations that serve older adults. Though its grant making, MHF helps Watertown be an age friendly community, one where older residents can be healthy and productive. The World Health Organization and the AARP have established specific goals for a community seeking to be age friendly. The 2018 grantees of the Marshall Home Fund will
provide programs and services that address many of these goals, as summarized below. Direct health, mental health, and social services for vulnerable individuals: Springwell’s Elder Independence and Safety Fund ($7,000); Watertown Council on Aging’s Emergency Assistance Block Grant ($750); Wayside Youth and Family Support Network’s Annual Health Fair at the Housing Authority ($1,500); and Watertown Health Department’s Compassionate Connections VIII Program addressing challenges associated with severe clutter ($2,500).

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.

Grant Information Session for Groups Providing Services for Older Adults in Watertown

Groups that provide services to older adults in Watertown can get help applying for grants from the Marshall Home Fund. The Fund sent out the following information:

Do you provide services or programs for older adults living in Watertown?  If so, consider attending the Marshall Home Fund’s annual Grant Information Session on February 8, 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the WSB room, Watertown Public Library, 123 Main St., Watertown. (Snow date February 13). The Marshall Home Fund provides modest grants to public and non-profit organizations addressing the health, housing, transportation and well being of adults 55 and older. Come learn about our 2018 priorities and our revised grant application, which will be due March 16, 2018.

Marshall Home Fund Hosting Ceremony to Award Grants to Help Older Adults

Please join the Marshall Home Fund at its annual Program Grant Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 17 – 3:30 pm at the Watertown Public Library, the group announced. The MHF will distribute a total of $68,000 to the following organizations for programs that will benefit Watertown’s older adults: Beaverbrook STEP, Care Dimensions, Lexington Chamber Music, MetroWest Community Development, Mosesian Center for Arts, New Rep Theater, Perkins School for the Blind, Project Literacy, Springwell, Watertown Council on Aging, Watertown Family Network, Watertown Health Department, Watertown Prosperity, Windsor House. 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. These individuals must be referred to MHF by local agencies, town officials, or organizations.

Watertown-Based Charitable Fund Seeks Part-Time Administrator

The Marshall Home Fund, a non‐profit charitable fund providing financial assistance to Watertown seniors and to organizations serving older adults in Watertown, seeks a part‐time Administrator. Duties will include:
• being the primary contact for information about the Fund
• facilitating communications between grant recipients and the Board of Directors;
• providing clerical and communications support to a volunteer Board of Directors and to board committees;
• maintaining records; electronic and paper;
• helping to promote the fund’s activities within the community. The successful candidate will:
• have the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and be able to take meeting minutes;
• possess excellent organizational skills;
• be proficient in Microsoft Office Applications including Excel;
• be knowledgeable in general office procedures;
• demonstrate a high level of maturity, ability to work independently and take initiative, while closely and accurately coordinating efforts with Board officers, committee chairs, and other Board members;
• have the ability to be discrete, tactful and diplomatic, insuring the confidentiality of individual assistance grant transactions. Salary: depends on experience

Start Date: December, 2016

Opening: Part‐time (approximately 6‐8 hours per week). Hours are generally flexible, except for pre‐arranged Board and committee meetings.