TELL US: Who Makes a Difference in Waltham?

Help showcase people who are doing great things in your community with our new feature, Count Us In.

Your neighbor who volunteers at the library, your child’s bus driver, and the Little League coach in your community may not seem to have much in common at first glance.

But Patch’s new initiative, Count Us In, aspires to bring together all Good Samaritans by highlighting residents who are exemplary at making your community a more positive place.

Partnering with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), Count Us In aims to illustrate HPHC's values. They believe that “amazing things happen when people work together” and that is why we want to share stories about just that.

If you know someone who exemplifies being a good neighbor, volunteer or teacher—or someone who has simply helped the community in an inspiring way—please tell us about it in the comments section below. Your local editor will keep an eye on the conversation and will be writing articles about all of the amazing people and stories you share.

We welcome all great stories coming from great people in the community. 

signofthetimes October 01, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Mark Mitchell at the Waltham Boy's & Girls Club goes above & beyond helping the youth at the club. Mark is always at the club when you need him he stays late, he helps the teens stay off the street and gives kids a second chance when they make mistakes big or small. He often volunteer's his time. Mark is always keeping the kids busy and healthy with the sports programs @ the waltham boys & girls club. He is a great leader & the children look up to him . Thanks Mark for alwyas being there for our kids. They deserve some one like you in there life's to be leaders and not followers . Mark Mitchell was promoted to Program Director in January, 2012 after being the Sports & Fitness Director for three years. In this role, Mitchell oversees all of the Program activities that go on at the Club. Mark was recognized by the Yankee Chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Professional Association, by receiving the 2011 Program Professional of the Year Award. Mitchell has been a part of the Club for nine years also having served as a part time employee helping out around the gymnasium, with games, and at the front desk. At the end of each school year, he organizes the Dinner of Champions, an event to recognize members that have excelled at the Club. He received his associate degree in business administration from Dean College and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Mount Ida College.
Jen P October 01, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Norm and Lucie Faramelli. He is an ordained Episcopal priest. He practices his beliefs by his involvement with various Waltham service organizations including WATCH. He serves on the boards of Massachusetts Interfaith Worker Justice and also Refugee Immigration Ministry. Lucie started Grandma's Pantry, a food pantry housed in Christ Church on Main St. in Waltham. It's inspirational to see people focused on others, especially the less fortunate in our community.
Paul Angiolillo October 01, 2012 at 06:48 PM
The image accompanying this article says a lot quietly: two residents (about my age, too) using low-tech, well-designed rakes.
Mitchell84 October 02, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Thank you to who ever wrote these kind words. This means a lot to me. -Mark Mitchell 84-


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