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    Maria Hayes Legacy Society

    Why not give while living - and see the good it will do?

    Mrs. Maria (Morse) Hayes was born on September 16, 1816 and passed on August 22, 1900, her 84th year.  In her will, she left a sum of money for a new town hall, a hospital (Leonard Morse), the Morse Institute Library, and "to the poor of Natick".  Her remaining bequest was given to "establish and maintain an Old People's Home (now Coolidge House) where "persons of character shall be admitted and cared for in their declining years".

    In 1904, The Maria Hayes Charitable Fund was established to manager her estate.  100 years later (2014), the Trustees of the fund, including Karl A. Bremmer (President), Richard H. Potter, Jr. (VP), Dight W. Crain (Secretary), Brian K. Peoples (Treasurer), Gary P. Hoyt, and Arnold I. Zaltas proposed a dissolution of the fund to the Natick Service Council and Natick Visiting Nurse Association, in equal amounts.

    In 2011, Natick Service Council used the funds to build a brand new facility (located in the former Coolidge Junior High School gymnasium) that now houses our food pantry, career development center, and administrative offices.  Today, 116 years later, NSC's Neighbor Helping Neighbor mission endeavors to continue Mrs. Hayes' legacy, ensuring our less fortunate neighbors are provided with basic needs, including nutritious food, housing, home heating fuel, and after school enrichment programs.

    In Mrs. Hayes' honor, NSC has established the Maria Hayes Legacy Society, honoring benefactors who have donated $50,000 (+) in support of our less-fortunate neighbors.  The Natick Service Council is honored to be associated with Mrs. Hayes and grateful to the following Maria Hayes Legacy Society members:

    Boston Scientific Corporation
    Bob Brack
    Christine Cameron
    Fair & Yeager Insurance
    Edward and Lillian Fassino
    Foundation for MetroWest
    Joan "Penny" Holmes
    The Leon Lowenstein Foundation 
    The Mabardy Family Trust
    MetroWest Health Foundation

    Jack and Carol O'Neil

    Middlesex Savings Bank Foundation

    MutualOne Charitable Foundation


    The Natick Service Council is honored to acknowledge and thank the many donors who have chosen to support our organization through corporate, foundation, organizational and individual donations.