WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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J A N E T M E N D E L S O H N writer C O L I N B AT E S photographer Wellesley Village Church Youth Group Makes an Impact in the Dominican Republic take 42 teenagers out of their comfort zone for a week and a lot of things can happen. Cut them off from all things electronic — iPods, smart phones, TV, and the Internet — and you could invite rebellion. Far from home, in a place where they are outsiders expected to do hard physical labor, some might sulk day and night. But what if the point of the trip is community service? Can the insecurities and drama characteristic of young adults their age be put aside? Can one week make a difference not only in the lives of others, but also in their own? When members of the Wellesley Village Church Youth Group traveled to the Dominican Republic last April, their destination was not one of the Caribbean island's beautiful beach resorts. Every year, group members devote school vacation week to service projects outside greater Boston. In New York City, they worked in a soup kitchen and sorted furniture donated for people who were recently homeless. In Appalachia, they built homes with Habitat for Humanity. Last year, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, they worked with Native Americans and and sustainable farming projects 85 f a l l 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e AmeriCorps volunteers on organic

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