RESOURCES 2018-03-21T13:13:35+00:00

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

In addition to the aid provided by the Westwood Community Chest, financial assistance and other supports are offered by many area associations and businesses. Applicants are encouraged to explore these resources directly.

Westwood Food Pantry:  781.329.8799 New clients are asked to call Trish Tucke at the Council on Aging. Monday – Thursday from 12-4pm for more information. The food pantry is open to clients on an appointment basis from 8:30-10:30 am on the first Tuesday and the first Saturday of the month.

Westwood Youth and Family Services:  781.320.1006 for confidential counseling services, parenting groups and resources for children and families.

Westwood Council on Aging Outreach Dept: 781.329.8799 Call Karen Segreve to schedule an appointment. Provides assistance with Fuel Assistance and Food Stamps.

William James College INTERFACE Referral Service:  888.244.6843 Provides referrals to mental health providers and information about local services. This service is open to all Westwood residents and is available Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Community Action Program (CAP):  800.632.8175call the “Heatline”. Offers fuel.

Mass Energy Consumers Alliance: 800.287.3950 Offers discount heating oil program for any household, regardless of income, who wants to save on heating and electricity costs.

Utilities: Call your provider directly as many offer discounts if you qualify for TAFDC, EAEDC, Food Stamp benefits, MassHealth, SSI, Fuel Assistance, or if your child is in the School Lunch Program or Head Start.

Veterans Services and Assistance: Veterans Services in Westwood contact is MaryAnne Carty 781 320-1008 or mcarty@townhall.westwood.ma.us.

Food Stamp Benefits Massachusetts: 866.950.3663  or  Project Breads FoodSource Hotline:  or 800.645.8333 provides food stamp eligibility screenings and general information. Takes food stamp applications over the phone and follows up.

Housing: The Housing and Zoning Agent, Sarah Bouchard is available to meet individually with residents about housing matters. Call 781.251.2598 or stop by 50 Carby Street during business hours.

Mass Health:  800.841.2900 members may be able to get doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital stays, and many other important services.

FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

Free and Reduced School Lunches: Heath Petracca 781.326.7500 x1304

Fee Waivers: For activities, high school athletics, kindergarten tuition, and transportation – John Cianciarulo 781.326.7500 x1341

In-Town Sports: Contact the organization in which you are interested for information regarding scholarships/fee waivers:

• Soccer westwoodsoccer.org
• Baseball westwoodlittleleague.org
• Pop Warner Football/Cheerleading westwoodpopwarner.com
• Boys Lacrosse westwoodyouthlacrosse.com
• Girls Lacrosse westwoodyouthlacrosse.com
• Hockey wyh.org
• Basketball westwoodbasketball.org

Westwood Early Childhood Council: Contact Janet Lucey 781.461.9548 or jlucey@westwood.k12.ma.us for free programs and activities for parents and infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children.

Holiday Gift Program: Contact Westwood Youth & Family Services at 781.320.1006 for confidential help with presents for children 4-18 years old for the holidays.

Camps: Many camps offer scholarships but deadlines must be met. The following camps have traditionally offered full and partial scholarships to families in need. You must contact the camp directly.
• Hale Reservation, Westwood, MA 781.326.1770, Deadline in March
• Sarah Behn Basketball Camp, Foxboro, Deadline in February
• Westwood Recreation – www.townhall.westwood.ma.us

FOR SENIORS

Westwood Council on Aging: Provides information and referrals, connects seniors and their families with community resources and facilitates access to services such as fuel assistance, home care, caregiver support, food stamps, financial assistance programs, adult day health, transportation, health care proxies and more. Call Karen Segreve at 781.329.8799.

Meals on Wheels: For seniors who cannot leave their homes call Hessco Elder Services at 781.784.4944.

Daily Meals at the Senior Center: Monday – Friday at 12pm. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance, 781.329.6514. The donation for each meal is $2.50.

Transportation: The Council on Aging has a van to assist with food shopping, trips to the senior center, medical appointments, town and social events. Call the Council at 781.329.8799 for more information.

SHINE: (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) Provides information on various insurance issues. The COA has a SHINE counselor available each month to discuss health insurance issues. Call 781.329.8799 to schedule an appointment.