WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 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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Charlotte Halloran was active in HEARTplay's new support group for college students while at Tulane University. She graduated in May and will be volunteering again this summer at Parmenter's Camp Erin Boston, an overnight camp for children and teens ages 6 through 17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. In its third year, the three-day, two-night experience combines traditional camp activities with grief education and emotional support facilitated by bereavement professionals and trained volunteers. It takes place in August at Camp Bauercrest in Amesbury, Massachusetts, and, like HEARTplay, is free to all participants. Camp Erin is a national program developed by the Moyer Foun - dation. The Moyer Foundation provides a proven organizational model as well as seed money over a ten-year period. Wiles has recruited and trained some 200 volunteers for Camp Erin Boston. Events such as the annual Hoedown at Wolbach Farm to be held in Sudbury on September 26, 2015 raise money for Parmenter's children's bereave- ment programs. Cathy Nicholson of Weston has volunteered for the past two sum- mers at Camp Erin and will again this year. "Camp is just such a won- derful medium," Nicholson said of the fun had by children and adult volunteers alike. "Beside a love for children, I think two of the most important qualities of a volunteer at Camp Erin are a sense of empathy and an ability to listen." Her first summer she was paired as a Big Buddy to a seven-year-old 148 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 family matters "magical and very moving"

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