Wellesley charitable and community action groups

Beyond the 11th: Mission is to offer “financial and emotional support to widows who have been affected by the horrors of war and terrorism.”

Committee for Education in the 21st Century: Group focused on bettering public education in Wellesley.

Friends of Wellesley METCO  A group made up of parents and teachers in the Wellesley community and parents of METCO students from Boston committed to supporting METCO students during their time in the Wellesley school system.

The Fund for Wellesley:  The mission of the Fund for Wellesley is to promote the common good and to benefit all residents of the Town. The Fund for Wellesley is a permanent source of funding that fosters innovation and collaboration in support of community needs and opportunities.  We seek to encourage a spirit of philanthropic giving to help make Wellesley a better place for its citizens in which to live, work and play. We provide ways for donors to give back and leave a legacy in their community.

The Human Relations Service (HRS) is the private, non-profit community mental health agency serving children and families in Wellesley since 1948. Our mission is to treat, reduce, and prevent mental illness. We offer a broad range of counseling and crisis services, as well as consultation to schools and agencies, educational programs for parents, and employee assistance services. For further information or to schedule an appointment, call 781-235-4950, or email us at [email protected]

A Path in the Woods Foundation: As high school graduates prepare for a fall in college, a new foundation offers support for young men and women who seeking a non-traditional path

Pan-Massachusetts Challenge: Organizes bike-a-thons to raise money and awareness to fight cancer. Bike-a-thons include several that finish or end in Wellesley.

Shoppers’ Corner at Schofield Elementary School: Parent-run second-hand clothing store run inside the school, with all proceeds going to the school.  Pretty much open every Wednesday and every first Saturday of the month, except during school vacations. Twice a year, there’s a two-day half price sale, followed by a very popular “bag sale”.

Stray Pets in Need (SPIN): Helps find homes for pets in need.

Web of Benefit: Wellesley-based organization focused on liberating people from domestic abuse.

Wellesley A Better Chance: Wellesley’s arm of an organization that provides services to academically talented students in underserved communities. Wellesley ABC houses students from other communities in Wellesley and sends them to Wellesley High.

Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project: a nonprofit group formed in 1997 that studies the link between cancer and the environment in hopes of reducing health risk factors for Wellesley residents.

The Wellesley Club: “To promote literary and social culture among the members and especially to consider and discuss questions relating to the welfare of the Town of Wellesley.”

The Wellesley Conservation Council is a private land trust; all its properties are open to the public. The council’s mission includes protecting and preserving Wellesley’s natural environment and maintaining its sanctuaries through the contributions and participation of residents. The WCC provides free programs every spring and fall.

Wellesley Education Foundation: Devoted to enhancing, enriching and maintaining excellence in the Wellesley Public Schools. Organizes fundraisers, including annual spelling bee, and provides grants.

Wellesley Food Pantry: The Food Pantry’s mission is to provide supplemental and emergency food assistance to Wellesley residents in need.

Wellesley Free Library Foundation: a private, 501(c)(3) corporation supporting the mission of the Wellesley Free Library.  Our goal is to enrich, not replace, traditional tax-based support for the Library through gifts, grants, and bequests from individuals and organizations, while reinforcing the need for continued and increased public support for the Library.  THe Foundation spearheads major fundraising efforts to bridge the gap between the community’s aspirations for its library and assets available from municipal budgets.

Wellesley Friends of Recycling: The Wellesley Friends of Recycling has general meetings during the year and participate in a number of activities and events to increase awareness of the the three “Rs” of environmentally friendly waste management. They are Reduction, Reuse and Recycling in that order. A major activity is providing support to the town’s recycling facility by organizing and staffing the “Take and Leave” section of the facility.

Wellesley Friendly Aid Association: Although Wellesley has a reputation as an affluent town, reality can be quite different for some of our neighbors.  Friendly Aid is a quiet but action-oriented charity that has been serving Wellesley for over 100 years.  When individuals or families face economic or emotional problems, Friendly Aid can provide fast, direct assistance without bureaucratic overhead.

Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club: The Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s has a membership of between 80 and 100 women, accepting 20 new members each year. Throughout our history, we have answered the changing needs of our town. WHJWC has served the community in various ways for several decades, through such activities as aiding children during the polio epidemic of the 1950s, assisting veterans, working with the elderly, eye screening of preschool children, distributing safety films and pamphlets, organizing a story hour at the Newton- Wellesley Hospital’s Pediatric Wing, and creating a town-wide safety day. Community service has recently expanded to include the opening and operation of a Teen Center, volunteering at homeless and battered women’s shelters, assisting the Wellesley Food Pantry, and performing with the Kids on the Block puppets.

Donations and scholarships are made to groups and individuals in the Wellesley area via our four major fundraisers. In 1968-69, the Wellesley Phone Book was first published and has become our most profitable endeavor. Marketplace, a popular craft fair, began in 1974 and has since gained national attention. In 1999, members and sustainers launched the Kitchen Tour, a spring event that is widely anticipated by the community. And just last year, we launched Luminary Night in Wellesley, a winter festivity where business owners and residents alike light their sidewalks or driveways with luminaries throughout the town in unison. Through these fundraising activities, WHJWC was able to donate nearly $200,000 to scholarship recipients and local charities last year.

Wellesley Neighbors:  a nonprofit organization with the mission of enabling its members to remain independent and continue living at home. It provides access to practical, reliable services and social support, while fostering a sense of community within the town. Members enjoy peace of mind, independence, a personal safety net and many social activities and connections.

Wellesley Parent Advisory Council (PAC): volunteer organization dedicated to serving paretns and families of children with special needs throughout the school system. Also has a Yahoo chat group.

Wellesley Scholarship Foundation: Since 1951 the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation has provided financial assistance to college bound Wellesley students through need and merit-based scholarships.

Wellesley Service League: a not-for-profit organization established to provide volunteer services to the community ranging from education, children, elderly, cultural and other charitable interests.

Women of Means: A non-profit organization that sends volunteer medical professionals into shelters and soup kitchens in the greater Boston area to provide free care to homeless women and their children.

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