Programs

Networking Forum

Wellesley Friendly Aid hosts an annual forum for local non-profit organizations, schools and town offices that provide assistance to residents. The forums serve to educate the community, inform and update participants on the various resources available to Wellesley residents, and facilitate networking between organizations.

Medical Equipment

Wellesley Friendly Aid offers walkers, commodes, shower chairs, wheelchairs and other specialty equipment to residents of all income levels for temporary loan at no charge. Donations of wheelchairs, walkers, and shower seats/benches are welcome.

Holiday Programs

For over 100 years, Wellesley Friendly Aid has brightened the holidays of residents in need. In the early 1900s, Friendly Aid board members delivered baskets with a turkeys and the trimmings.

Fuel Assistance

When cold weather approaches, many low income residents find themselves unable to pay their heating bills. Wellesley Friendly Aid processes applications for those residents under age 60 for the SMOC Fuel Assistance Program, which pays a portion of heating costs.

Friendship Circle

On Mondays from October through May Wellesley Friendly Aid hosts Friendship Circle, a program for senior women of all income levels.   Participants enjoy a wide variety of activities including speakers, holiday parties, musical performances, and excursions in addition to lunch. Wellesley Service League provides transportation and lunch to participants.

English Classes

Wellesley Friendly Aid is one of the sponsors of the English as a Second Language Program in Wellesley, which is administered by the Wellesley Free Library.  We provide books, classroom materials and space for the various ESL classes that accommodate about 100 students.

Camp Financial Aid

Wellesley Friendly Aid is dedicated to giving children living at or near poverty levels an enriching summer camp experience. This program is solely funded by donations, with a major gift from the Wellesley Service League. Last year  Friendly Aid provided funding to 78 children.

Community Financial Aid

Throughout the year, Wellesley Friendly Aid receives requests from low income residents for financial assistance.  Applications are reviewed on an individual basis.

In addition, we partner with Cradles to Crayons to provide new and gently-used clothing, books, toys, equipment and other essentials to Wellesley children.