About the New Era Fund

“It’s an act of dignity to do more than necessary.”

THE NEW ERA FUND: Above and Beyond

The New Era Fund capital campaign has been established by the Friends of the Wellesley Council on Aging to support the mission of the Council on Aging at the Tolles Parsons Center through a public/private partnership with the Town of Wellesley. The New Era Fund is administered through the Foundation for MetroWest, a local organization which manages philanthropic initiatives for non-profit organizations in our community.

Enhancing the Building

Many generous donors have provided funds to help enhance both interior and exterior spaces, creating a beautiful home for a broad array of programming, services and a welcoming environment for social contact and engagement.  Their donated funds have also enabled the purchase of many important items including pool tables, exercise equipment, a beautiful piano, art supplies, benches and patio furniture. 

Sustaining the Vision for the Council on Aging and the Tolles Parsons Center

The new building affords the opportunity for expanding life-enhancing programs and services designed to address the diverse needs of generations of older adults.  Town funding cannot do it all; donors to the New Era Fund can help address the financial gap and assure that our seniors have access to the services and programs that enrich their lives. The New Era Fund was established to ensure that the funds will be there to meet these needs, now and in the future, including:

  • Expand the core Healthy Aging curriculum.

  • Offer a wider variety of learning initiatives, including lectures, music and art programs, and guest speaker series.

  • Expand the current volunteer program, recruit and train new volunteers, and supervise these new volunteers.

  • Provide a reserve fund for the future.

  • Develop innovative and creative new programs and directions for the COA to test and evaluate in the future.

  • Create opportunities for multi-generational activities for Wellesley seniors.

Seniors in the 21st century have increasingly diversified interests. With the opening of the Tolles Parsons Center, attendance and participation at the Council on Aging in just the first year has increased 65%, resulting in the need for not only new programs and services, but also for the expansion of those that are most popular.

Now is the time to contribute!

Seniors in the 21st century have increasingly diversified interests. The Council on Aging must be prepared to attract and serve both current and future participants.

Over time new spaces, new services and new programming, as well as new participants at the Tolles Parsons Center will truly create a New Era for Wellesley’s Council on Aging.