Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Wellesley Friendly Aid Association is a community-based, non-profit organization that works to improve the well-being and quality of life of the residents of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Through our evolving range of programs and services, made available both directly and in collaboration with other organizations and agencies, we offer assistance to Wellesley individuals and families of all incomes and ages who have a variety of unmet needs.
Although Wellesley has a reputation as an affluent town, reality can be quite different for some of our residents, including those living in public or affordable housing.
Our programs for low income families include:
► Providing scholarships for children to attend camp
► Through Wellesley Connects, pairing Wellesley High School juniors with mentors to assist with the college application process
► Distributing grocery gift cards for holiday meals at Thanksgiving
► Granting financial aid in critical situations
► Helping to complete applications for fuel assistance and food stamps
Other programs that serve all residents, regardless of income, include:
► Lending medical equipment free of charge
► Hosting a social group for senior women
► Supporting ESL programs
All of our volunteers are Wellesley residents. Almost all our financial support comes from Wellesley residents, businesses and other organizations. We are neighbors helping neighbors.
Karen Mondell, our Program Administrator, described our work in this video with Kate Burnham of the Wellesley Council on Aging.
Wellesley Weston Magazine featured Friendly Aid in this recent article.