WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

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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help out a stranger in need. Hold a door for someone pushing a stroller, give up your seat on the train to an elderly person, put a quar- ter into an expired meter, return a lost wallet, jump a stalled car, dig out a fire hydrant, slow down on the road and let someone pull out of their driveway. Instead of always being in a rush, take the time to look around and think about what you can do to help others. You'll be happier because of it. Join a Service Organization Most communities have volunteer organiza- tions that are founded on the idea of giving back. Wellesley and Weston are no exception. For more than 125 years the Wellesley Hills Women's Club helped fund the schools, community center, and libraries in town and provide four-year college scholarships. The Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club has sev- eral fundraising events each year to raise money for families in need—from Luminary Night to the Wellesley Kitchen Tour. And the Wellesley Rotary Club, Wellesley Service League, and the Kiwanis Club of Wellesley all have members who volunteer their time in the community and raise funds for good causes. The Wellesley Mother's Forum also has a charitable arm that helps organize cloth- ing drives, toy drives, and food drives. The Weston Community Children's Association (WCCA) helps support children in need, and the Weston Council on Aging and Friends in Service Helping (FISH) support the elderly. If you take the time to look, you can always find an organization that could use your help. While Darwin's theory of natural selection based on the survival of the fittest would have us believe that taking care of "number one" is what gives us longevity, taking care of others is what makes life worth living. This holiday season, take a moment to make a difference, however small, in someone else's life. You won't regret it. family matters "take a moment to make a difference" 147 w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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