Decas Foundation refocuses mission, presents new name

Jul 2, 2023

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The John W. Decas Community Center Foundation, an activist group ignited by the call for a community center in Wareham, underwent a name change to better reflect the organization’s refocused mission to make a difference in the community and provide assistance to those in need.

The group initially formed with hopes to obtain the Decas school building for use as a community center. However, Jody Santagate, the foundation’s president, said the group has opted for an alternate approach to accomplishing the mission.

The new name, Acorns to Oaks Foundation, describes the organization’s work to nurture the growth and development of the Wareham community from the youngest to the oldest residents.

Despite not having a location, Santagate said there are still needs within the community that should be addressed.

“We are here,” she said. “We don’t have a home, but we are here.”

Part of this refocused vision includes holding another clothing drive.

Acorns to Oaks will, in partnership with Walt’s Mobile Closet, host its second annual Back-to-School Clothing Drive on August 19 at the Gleason Family YMCA. 

In 2022, this drive provided new outfits and shoes to over 140 children. This year, the organization has set a goal of 150.

Those interested in sponsoring a child for the clothing drive should complete the sponsor form by July 22 at

Sponsors are asked to provide one to two outfits and a pair of shoes for the child.

Wareham parents in need of Back-to-School help for their child should register by July 22 at

The child’s and family’s identity will be anonymous.

Questions and concerns can be directed to the organization’s email at or to Jody Santagate at 774-260-0700.

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Event Date: 

Saturday, August 19, 2023 (All day)

Event Location: 

Gleason Family YMCA