WellesleyWeston Magazine


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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"Our main goal is to help foster better relationships between dads and their children," says David Varela, President and founding member of WDF. "We also encourage good sportsmanship, charity, and educa- tion. We organize "Dad & Me" campouts, run a summer football clinic for Weston's little tykes, cook spaghetti lunches for elderly citizens in our town, organize charitable drives, and more." For fathers who spend a lot of time at work, WDF is a great way for dads to meet other dads and their families. There's a Saturday morning drop-in twice a month at the Weston Community Recreation Center. There's a monthly Dads Night Out event, which ranges from sporting events to dinners. Unlike WMF, which was designed primarily for moms with young kids, WDF is geared for fathers with kids of all ages. "I can think of no work more noble or more important to the future health of our children and our society than parenting," adds Varela. "At WDF, we believe the very foundation of a child begins at home and that a loving fatherly presence is critical to that foundation. We devote our time and effort to promoting, fostering, and encourag- ing these relationships." WDF (www.westondads.org) Benefits n Free membership n Saturday morning drop-in twice per month n Monthly Dads Night Out event n "Dad & Me" campouts n Playgroups n Kids Teaching Kids program The Weston Community Children's Association Since 1981, the WCCA has been at the heart of the Weston commu- nity, bringing families together. WCCA was founded by Weston moms M. Elizabeth Nolan, Joyce Pastor, and Aria Sands who recognized a desire by parents to be better connected and saw the opportunity to build those bridges through programming and services for young chil- dren. With about 250 members, this nonprofit organization is focused on building bonds between parents of young children and offering them a welcoming place to come together. Like the WMF, the WCCA provides a way for children to socialize and for parents to create a sup- port network within their community. The WCCA is open to Weston residents, as well as those living in neighboring towns. Membership is $75 per year, but non-members are able to attend select events as well. "I joined the WCCA when I moved to Weston because I was keen to meet people with similar interests and hoped that over time, friend- ships my children formed would eventually lead to an easier transition 164 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 The Weston Dads Foundation members

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