WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

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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community needs. Today this women-run enterprise is staffed by a loyal cadre of 30 volunteers who handle sales, take in merchandise, stock racks and shelves, and manage consignor accounts and staffing. Although Weston has changed since the 1940s, people continue to move here for the excellent public schools, small town atmosphere, and proximity to Boston. Organizations like WCL, Weston Forest & Trails Association, the Golden Ball Tavern, and Land's Sake Farm give residents the chance outside of school and sports to get to know others in the community and to shape community life. Just as Land's Sake offers townspeople the opportunity to buy locally grown, farm-fresh produce, the Clothing Exchange gives resi- dents the chance to serve their neighbors and donate with local impact. For volunteers of any age, but especially those beyond mem- bership in Weston PTO and WCCA (Weston Community Children's Association), the Clothing Exchange is a great place for meaningful engagement. By coming to the Barn on Tuesdays to shop, donate, or consign, we can live local and give local. As a subset of the Women's Community League founded in 1919, the Clothing Exchange supports the League's stated mission "to foster community spirit; enhance the intellectual and social life of the com- munity; and help with community needs." Proceeds from sales are the primary source of funding for WCL's Service and Scholarship Fund that grants scholarships and service awards for graduating Weston High School seniors. Other grant recipients include Weston METCO, Weston Recreation, and Parmenter Community Health. Grant totals have ranged from $20,000 to as much as $50,000 a year. Grants from the Fund also help meet critical needs for equipment or program funding beyond a town department's or an organization's current budget. Over the years WCL grants have made possible purchases of a rescue boat and computer for the Fire and Police Departments and a tractor for Land's Sake Farm. A $10,000 grant helped with the purchase of a new van for the Council on Aging. More recently, grants were given to Weston Historical Society for a docu- ment scanner and to Weston Drama Workshop for aerial training for their production of The Wizard of Oz. Grant requests can be made to the WCL Board of Directors, and applications for scholarships and service awards are available on the WCL website. Clothing Exchange volunteers cite the life-long friendships they have made and the support they offer each other. Whether it's Tuesdays at the Clothing Exchange, or working on WCL holiday gift bags for 152 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 good works "a great place for meaningful engagement" P H O T O S B Y B E T H F U R M A N Volunteers like Sally Utiger (above) help shoppers find one-of-a-kind items.

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