WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

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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program through the Wellesley Free Library is thriving, and a wonderful way to learn about other cultures, while helping newer residents improve their English. Do you need something with a minimal commitment, where you can bring your children? Why not become a volunteer driver for the Council on Aging – there is virtually no commitment – you drive when it fits your schedule, and you will meet the most interesting people! Yes, you'll get seniors to their des- tinations, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Keeping seniors active and involved in their com- munity prevents isolation. It also creates con- nections between seniors and their younger (sometimes!) drivers, providing a real sense of belonging for both driver and rider. Do you want to sample different opportunities before deciding? There are several service organizations that will allow you to try out different kinds of volunteerism: Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club, Rotary, and the Wellesley Service League. Then there is the home-grown, grassroots variety – Neighbor Brigade. Run through Wellesley Friendly Aid, it provides help to families and individuals with short-term needs like grocery store runs or rides to chemotherapy. If you have a pas- sion for culture, the Wellesley Symphony and The Wellesley Players always need volunteer ushers. Even if you don't have grade school age kids, there is always a need for Little League coaches if sports are your thing. And don't think that office work isn't important – so many organizations need volunteers to help with mailings. To explore what Wellesley (and beyond) has to offer for volunteers, you can visit www.wellesleyvolunteers.org. You'll find spe- cific volunteer opportunity listings, plus links to service organizations and other volunteer websites. You can also visit this fall's Volunteer Fair at the main library on Sunday, October 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. There is no down- side to being a volunteer – it enriches our community and, more importantly, strength- ens the bonds between all of us. turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up 46 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4

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