WHO ARE WE?
The Wayland Community Fund (originally, the Wayland Charitable Committee) was established by the Wayland Commissioners of Trust Funds in 1997 to provide short-term, emergency financial assistance to Wayland residents. Originally funded by a bequest from the late Suzanne Leavitt*, the WCF is now funded by both her bequest and charitable contributions from Wayland residents and organizations. It is staffed by five unpaid volunteers.
* Suzanne Leavitt was a WWI French war bride who married John Leavitt of Wayland. They lived here for many years. Suzanne Leavitt spent her final years in Florida, but remembered Wayland in her will with her bequest to the community.
WHAT KIND OF HELP DO WE PROVIDE?
The Wayland Community Fund provides assistance to Wayland residents who have lived in Wayland for at least one year (as stipulated in the bequest). Payment is made directly to vendors or suppliers of services. Cash is not given to applicants, but we do provide grocery store food vouchers.
THE FUND PROVIDES ASSISTANCE FOR:
- Medical Expenses
- Clothing and many other essential expenditures.
In the first eighteen years of operation, we have provided
more than $500,000 in assistance to Wayland residents.
WHO DO WE HELP?
Most of the people we help have multiple problems: including unemployment, health problems, and a shortage of food. Additionally, people who reside in Wayland and other suburban communities may not have access to many of the services available to inner city residents.
Many of the residents we help are:
- Individuals and Families faced with chronic or terminal illness;
- Individuals and Families faced wtih utility shutoff and/or eviction;
- Parents and elderly residents who have run out of food;
- Homeless adults, inlcuding single parents with children;
- Grandparents living on social security and raising toddlers.
Often, these residents do not appear to be in financial difficulty as they do their best to keep up appearances. They are, however, in serious need, and that is where the WCF tries to step in with financial assistance that preserves the privacy and dignity of the resident.
HOW DO WE OPERATE?
The Wayland Community Fund receives no public funding. The volunteers cover their own expenses and receive no reimbursement.
When a request for help is received, we return the call as soon as possible. Applicants are asked to fill out an application that includes some financial information. Names and personal information remain confidential and are used, with the applicant's permission, only when additional verification is needed.
100% OF EVERY DOLLAR DONATED GOES TO HELPING WAYLAND RESIDENTS
ANY WAYLAND RESIDENT in financial need may leave a
confidential message on our help line:
If you know someone who needs financial help,
CALL to leave a private message:
If you would like to help us assist others, please send a tax deductible contribution to:
The Wayland Community Fund
Wayland Town Building
41 Cochituate Road
Wayland MA 01778
Tax deductibility - The WCF receives no public funds or tax revenue. It operates under the aegis of the Town of Wayland, MA which is a government entity under Section 170(c)1 of the Internal Revenue Code. Under Treasury Regulation Section 1.53.4945-5(a)(4)(ii), individuals and private foundations may make a grant to a government entity under Section 170(c)(1)in the same manner as to a Section 501(c)(3) public entity.