The Wellington Community Foundation recently partnered with the Village of Wellington and the local nonprofit organization Back to Basics to help Wellington students be prepared for a successful school year.
Hundreds of students attended Wellington’s annual event Back to School Bash held at the Wellington Community Center on Saturday, July 27. At that event, 250 of the backpacks, filled with school supplies, were given away, along with hundreds of new school uniforms that were purchased by the foundation through funding from supporters, donors and grants received throughout the year.
WCF Chair Tom Wenham, along with board members Mickey Smith, Maria Becker, James Seder, Pam Tahan and Maggie Zeller were happy to see the many smiles on students’ faces first-hand as they picked their favorite color backpack.
Foundation board members were back in action on Tuesday, Aug. 6 when they joined Back to Basics to distribute school uniforms. The Wellington Community Foundation sponsored uniforms for three Wellington elementary schools: Elbridge Gale, New Horizons and Binks Forest.
“Because of our donors’ generous donations, we were able to help kids right here in the Village of Wellington,” Wenham said. “The Wellington Community Foundation will continue to be an integral part of the Wellington community, helping seniors, children and veterans, and together continue ‘Building a Stronger Community.’ We want to thank everyone for their involvement.”
Zeller was pleased at how the project came together. “Working with Wellington’s staff was such a pleasure,” she said. “The attention to detail helped ensure all students received these much-needed items, and we look forward to participating again next year.”
Smith thanked the foundation’s many supporters for making it all happen. “Contributors to the Wellington Community Foundation have every reason to feel proud,” he noted. “Their generosity is helping deserving students here in our community by providing them the tools they need to succeed.”
The Wellington Community Foundation recently sponsored a full summer camp program for 25 local children this season at the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club.
This is the foundation’s fourth year providing camp sponsorships, and Wenham noted that his organization is proud to work closely with the local Boys & Girls Club, even expanding the program from 20 to 25 campers this year.
“Our board believes that this program is a great benefit for the kids,” Wenham said. “Our foundation supports seniors, veterans and kids, and this is a wonderful way to support local children, while also introducing them to the Boys & Girls Club and the many amazing programs available there.”