Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed – Town Government Committees

The Town of Lincoln depends on its citizen volunteers to work with one another on town-wide issues and to help shape community character.  The Board of Selectmen is seeking interested volunteers for the following Selectmen appointed committees: Affordable Housing Trust, Agriculture Commission, Capital Planning Committee, Lincoln Cultural Commission, Pierce Property Committee, IDEA (Inclusion, Equity, Diversity, and Anti-Racism) Initiative, and the Roadside and Traffic Committee. For information or an application, please visit the Town website:  https://www.lincolntown.org/542/Volunteers-Needed  or contact Peggy Elder at elderp@lincolntown.org or 781-259-2601.

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Candidates Sought for Board of Assessors

The Lincoln Board of Selectmen seeks candidates to serve a one-year term as an appointee to the Board of Assessors.  The appointee would need to submit nomination papers and stand for election in March of 2022 in order to continue on the Board.  Application forms are available on the Town website at: https://www.lincolntown.org/DocumentCenter/View/66/Volunteer-Sign-Up-Form-Final?bidId= .  

Applications should be submitted to the Selectmen’s Office, c/o Peggy Elder (elderp@lincolntown.org), Administrative Assistant, no later than close of business on April 30th.  We anticipate that interviews will be conducted in June, and that the appointment would be effective immediately thereafter.

Dorothy Blakely, Administrator for the Board of Assessors, is available (blakeleyd@lincolntown.org) to answer questions about the duties and role of the Board.

For the Board,

Timothy S. Higgins
Town Administrator

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Inclusion, Equity, Diversity, and Anti-Racism Initiative (“IDEA” or “Initiative”)

Dear Lincoln Community,


At its February 22nd BOS meeting, the Board voted to establish the Inclusion, Equity, Diversity, and Anti-Racism Initiative (“IDEA” or “Initiative”), to finalize the Initiative’s charge, and to put out a call for volunteers. The Board is now seeking interested residents who would like to serve.  If interested please complete the volunteer form (http://www.lincolntown.org/DocumentCenter/View/66/Volunteer-Sign-Up-Form-Final?bidId=) and send it with a note of interest to Peggy Elder, elderp@lincolntown.org, by Wednesday, March 31st.

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Embedded in our town vision statement is a commitment to fostering economic, racial, ethnic, and age diversity within Lincoln.  This longstanding commitment was brought into sharper focus and scrutiny last spring after the murder of George Floyd.  Members of our community responded to that tragedy by organizing vigils, reading and discussing books that address systemic racism, and by asking town government to explicitly examine the systems and actions of our own town.  In response, the Board of Selectmen launched a series of events to expand understanding of the current state and attitudes of policing, social services, and land planning in Lincoln, the roles and jurisdictions of town committees, and to explore partnerships with community groups and institutions.

Through these conversations, town residents have made it clear that they want to engage in candid discussions about what diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism look like in Lincoln, and to establish a long-term, town-led group that will keep Lincoln s vision of fostering and supporting diversity at the center of all we do.

The Lincoln Board of Selectmen (Board) is establishing the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Anti-Racism Initiative ( IDEA” or Initiative”) to recognize and support diversity for all who live, work, learn, and visit in Lincoln, and to develop a long-term action plan to identify and address unconscious bias, to ensure just and equitable policies and inclusion, and to actively promote a diverse and anti-racist community.

The IDEA Initiative is envisioned as a partnership between the Town and community groups and institutions.  It shall consist of up to 11 voting members, 8 of whom are at-large members of the community. In addition, IDEA will encourage liaisons from groups not already represented by a voting member and explicitly reach out to the community for broad participation.

The BOS recognizes that the work of IDEA will be dynamic and will need to develop as the group engages with the community, therefore the charge is intended as a set of guideposts for the Initiative as it begins its work.  IDEA will make quarterly reports to the Board and will recommend a longer-term action plan and an initial vision for a standing committee by Town Meeting 2022.

To read the complete charge, visit https://1drv.ms/w/s!AlYG__xKmLfXk1GGGT0BZlCgxNuw.

The Board thanks all the citizens who helped to shape the charge and looks forward to the work ahead.


James Craig, Chair
Jonathan Dwyer
Jennifer Glass


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Volunteers Needed
Town of Lincoln
Lincoln Scholarship Committee

The Board of Selectmen seeks volunteers to fill a vacancy on the Lincoln Scholarship Committee.   The Lincoln Scholarship Committee administers the information, applicant review, and selection processes for several scholarships and awards available to Lincoln students graduating from secondary schools. The Committee also fundraises on behalf of the Lincoln Permanent Scholarship Fund and mails an annual appeal letter to residents of Lincoln.  For more information about the Committee, you can visit their webpage at: 

https://www.lincolntown.org/645/Lincoln-Scholarship-Committee

or email the committee at:  LincolnScholarship@LincolnTown.org

Letters of interest should be addressed to Select Board Chair James Craig and sent to Peggy Elder, Administrative Assistant in the Selectmen’s Office, elderp@lincolntown.org .  For information or an application, please visit the Town website:  Volunteer Form or call the Selectmen’s Office at (781) 259-2601.  Deadline for submission is March 15, 2021.

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Want to help with maintaining affordable housing in Lincoln?

Read below to find out about The Lincoln Foundation and what you can do to help.

"THE LINCOLN FOUNDATION, INC.  founded on March 29,2000

“The purposes of the corporation is to engage in the following activities:

To contribute to the preservation of a diverse stock of housing in the Town of Lincoln, to promote and develop affordable housing opportunities in the town, to cooperate with governmental agencies and private charitable organizations to preserve open space and protect the environment while increasing the availability of housing opportunities in the town for persons of limited financial means, to enhance the quality of life and community in the town, to preserve the essential values and characteristics of the Town’s rural heritage …”

At this point in time Lincoln has created two entities in addition to The Lincoln Foundation to support the creation and retention of affordable housing in Lincoln: The Housing Commission, The Affordable Housing Trust, and is able to make use of CPA funds to create and preserve affordable housing in Lincoln. 

Currently, The Lincoln Foundations’ primary activity is to shepard the resale process of the affordable condominium units at Battle Road Farm and to make necessary decisions about resale price and deed restrictions in keeping with Massachusetts affordable housing guidelines. There is no fundraising required of board members.

We are looking for new members to join the board of The Lincoln Foundation as our numbers have dwindled do to attrition. We meet about 3 times a year. Helpful knowledge and skills for a board member could include: knowledge of current Massachusetts affordable housing laws, affordable housing deed restrictions, condo sales, ability to work with other town boards and commissions. However, the most important criteria is someone who wants to help keep the affordable condo units in Lincoln’s affordable housing stock.

Current LF boards members: Vicki Braithwaite, chair, Jack Holbrook, Terri Morgan
Past board member: Peter VonMertens

If you are interested in finding out more about The Lincoln Foundation and possibly helping with our efforts, please call or email Terri Morgan: 978-505-2049 (cell), territmorgan@gmail.com

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – TOWN GOVERNMENT COMMITTEES

The Town of Lincoln depends on its citizen volunteers to work together on town-wide issues and to help shape community character. Each year, in April and May, the Board of Selectmen reviews and makes appointments to its various committees. The Board is always looking for interested volunteers for the following Selectmen appointed committees: Affordable Housing, Agriculture Commission, Capital Planning Committee, Community Preservation Committee, Conservation Commission, Council on Aging, Commission on Disabilities, Emergency Assistance Committee, Green Energy Technology Committee, Historical Commission, Historic District Commission, Lincoln Cultural Commission, Pierce Property Committee, Recreation Commission, Roadside and Traffic Committee, and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

For information or a Volunteer Application, please call the Selectmen’s Office at 781-259-2601 or click here for the application.
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