Foundation, Garden Club Team Up To Help A Neighbor In Need

Maria Wolfe, Gloria Kelly, Tom Wenham, Anne Hlasnicek, Lisa Ferrano, Carol Lazzarino and Sandy Sklar at the Lombard home.

The Wellington Community Foundation, in cooperation with the Village of Wellington, teamed up with the Wellington Garden Club on Friday, June 18 to help a neighbor in need.

When Karen Lombard was faced with code compliance issues, she turned to the local nonprofit organization the Wellington Community Foundation to assist in the restoration of her landscape to bring her property into compliance.

WCF Chair Tom Wenham, with the support of the board of directors, jumped into action and reached out to the Wellington Garden Club for assistance with this project. They agreed to install all the landscaping that the foundation would purchase. Everyone involved came together, and the project was completed, bringing Lombard’s property into compliance with village code.

Lombard thanked the team for their efforts. “It is a blessing to live in such a caring and generous community with amazing people who came out to help,” she said.

The foundation has several initiatives in place to help local senior citizens.

“This is the type of project that the foundation raises much-needed funding for as part of our ‘Aging In Place’ initiative,” WCF Board Member Barry Manning said. “We look forward to helping with many more projects like this as things return to normal.”

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