Past Grant Recipients
The Fund for Wellesley has given over $230,000 in grants in eight years.
Morse's Pond - We collaborated with the Community Preservation Committee and another private donor to fund a new handicap-accessible kayak launch designed to allow physically challenged individuals to enter and exit their kayaks comfortably, even those in wheelchairs. The new launch is useful not just for the seriously disabled, but also for those with lesser limitations, including seniors and children. The new equipment makes kayaking and enjoying the beauty of Morse’s Pond accessible to the whole community.
Wellesley Friendly Aid - responded to an urgent request to help bridge a gap in funding for summer camp scholarships. The Wellesley Friendly Aid Camp Fund has afforded children whose families have limited financial resources the opportunity to attend summer camp and educational enrichment programs – programs that the families choose – since the 1940s. This past summer, due to unexpected shortfalls in outside funding, WFA asked us to help ensure that every child who wanted the opportunity to attend camp could do so. With support from the Fund for Wellesley, we’re thrilled to announce that Wellesley Friendly Aid was able to send 55 children to the camp of their choice this summer.
Wellesley English As a Second Language (ESL) Program - Through the Wellesley Free Library, we were instrumental in getting this wonderful program off the ground, and are so pleased with its growth. What started as English tutoring classes has now expanded into several active ESL book clubs, conversation and citizenship classes. These programs cross all socio-economic boundaries and have helped more than 100 people from over 20 different countries not only learn English, but become a more active part of their community . There are some terrific stories from graduates of the program – new high school diplomas and US citizenships earned. And we could not be more thrilled that one of our first program grants, to create the Volunteer Drivers Program for Seniors at the Council on Aging was able to collaborate with the ESL Program to provide rides for both tutors and students!
Babson College and the Wellesley Housing Authority - Our grant expanded their existing after-school opportunities, run by Babson students. They engaged the children and teens living in residences under the Housing Authority in new and vibrant programming, and doubled the number of children served. With a second grant, this program has expanded further to include pre-college and career coaching.
Wellesley Board of Health and the Youth Commission - Our grant enabled the certification of twenty community instructors in suicide prevention techniques and to launch a comprehensive suicide prevention website: www.wellesleyacts.org. The program has been so successful that subsequent suicide prevention training sessions have been filled to capacity, extending the reach of this critical service.
Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club - Our grant enabled the organization to expand the December Luminary Night celebration to all of the diverse neighborhoods of our town and to residents of Wellesley Housing locations. Over 1,000 households participated in the community building festivities of Luminary Night.
Wellesley A Better Chance (ABC) - This grant was used to enhance the organization's donor communication and website to advance and support programming for promising students of diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
Volunteer Services to Seniors - Our initial grant enabled the Council on Aging to research and address the most frequently identified need of seniors in our community – transportation. This endeavor led to formation of a Volunteer Task Force and to the initiation of a pilot Volunteer Drivers Program.