idea for Wellesley Neighbors (formerly Wellesley at Home) took shape in the fall of 2008 following two
public meetings at the Wellesley Free Library that described Beacon Hill
Village in Boston. In just three years, through the efforts of a
dedicated group of volunteers, the organization has obtained its
501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit corporation, gained over 130 members, and employed in 2010-11 an Interim Coordinator, and, since
November 2011, an Executive Director.
Wellesley Neighbors supports older adults who wish to remain active, independent and engaged in their communities. It serves adults residing in Dover, Natick, Needham, Wellesley, and Weston. It is an inclusive community of
caring and connection supported by membership fees and donations, but
without eligibility limits imposed by age or income. It is part of the
national "village movement" that includes some 100 similar organizations
around the country, with over one hundred more in the planning stage.
In 2012, Wellesley Neighbors began accepting members who are residents of four
neighboring communities –Dover, Natick, Needham, and Weston. Among the
benefits that members receive are complimentary membership in the
Wellesley College Club and use of the College pool and indoor and
outdoor tracks. Assistance is available through member-vetted service
referrals and the ability to volunteer in support of other members. A
monthly speaker series, opportunities to join affinity groups, and
invitations to luncheons, museums, concerts, and special events provide a
range of opportunities for intellectual and social engagement.
organization remains committed to collaboration with other Wellesley
agencies and organizations, and to making ongoing contributions to the
communities it serves.