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Update: The Karma of Clothing Project
In partnership with the Dressing Well Charitable Foundation, the Council ‘s newest program is The Karma of Clothing Project. This initiative leverages the Council’s well established retail thrift store by opening its already generous and welcoming doors to a new group of people in need who have been referred into this special program by a social services agency. Participants are then paired with volunteer personal stylists trained by the program to help select gently used, high quality clothing and accessories suitable for their lifestyle, profession and interviewing. Participants are also given a gift certificate made possible by The Dressing Well Charitable Foundation to purchase what they need in the Council Thrift Shop.
Long considered one of Needham’s best destinations for affordable shopping, The Council Thrift Store is also a significant source of revenue for Council programs, including its food pantry, ESL tutoring services, medical equipment loans, transportation assistance, CAP Program and general outreach to people in need throughout our home town of Needham.
In addition to program participants benefiting from the “karma” generated by donors to the Dressing Well Charitable Foundation and the many people who donate clothes to the Council, this program also creates a true circle of giving that has an impact much greater than just for those receiving the clothes. Follow this link to read the inspiring story behind The Karma of Clothing Project
The Needham Community Council Child Assault Prevention Program (CAP) focuses on child abuse prevention, not only in April, Child Abuse Prevention month, but throughout the school year. The CAP Program provides workshops for Needham elementary school children and adults that focus on providing the skills and knowledge needed to recognize the signs of child abuse, how to react to it, and what steps can be taken towards its’ prevention. The Council CAP Program and Needham Public Health Department’s DVAC [Domestic Violence Action Committee] are active partners in working to raise awareness about, and provide support for, issues such as child abuse prevention in the Needham community.
Help us support families in need with diapers. We are now a collection site for Diaper Circle. All sizes, all types; including pull-ups & swim diapers
[Adult diapers are donated to the Charles River Center].
Packages can be opened but must be clean and unused! We can also accept wipes that are in unopened packages or containers.
Did you know: SNAP benefits [formerly called food stamps] may not be used to purchase to diapers?
Click here to visit the Diaper Circle website for more information on their program.
NEW! The can & bottle redemption shack at the RTS is BACK!
Needham resident, Jeff Dinneen has been collecting and recycling around town…Now his project will be at the Needham RTS and easily available to all who want to donate their can & bottle deposits. Jeff recycles the donated cans & bottles and then uses the funds collected to purchase milk for the Council Food Pantry. We, in turn, distribute the milk to income-eligible Needham residents….a WIN/WIN!
Thank you to Jeff and to the Town of Needham for supporting this very worthy project!
ESL [English as a Second Language] TUTORS AVAILABLE IN EARLY APRIL
Do you know of any Needham resident or employee who might benefit from ESL tutoring and/or a conversation group? Please let them know we are now matching ESL students.
- Click here to submit an online student application form or visit our office in person.
- Attend an ESL Assessment Meeting [assessment meetings last approximately 15 minutes]
• Drop-In Session – No appointment necessary
Mondays, anytime between 2-6 p.m.
Wednesdays, anytime between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• or contact us via email for an assessment appointment at email@example.com
For more information: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Middlesex Savings Bank gave a $20,000 donation to the Council Food Pantry as part of a $1.4 Million gift to 84 non-profit organizations within its banking community.
Council Executive Director, Sandra Robinson and Food Pantry Coordinator, Sue Biasizzo accepted the gift from Bank President Mike McAuliffe.
About Middlesex Savings Bank
Middlesex Savings Bank, founded in 1835 and headquartered in Natick, Mass., is a mutual savings bank. As one of the largest independent banks in Massachusetts with assets exceeding $4.7 billion, the Bank has been committed to providing outstanding value in consumer banking and business banking products for more than 180 years. The FDIC and DIF insured bank has 30 branch offices located in 25 communities – including Needham.
The Council Food Pantry is supported throughout the year by the many businesses in Needham, Schools, Houses of Worship, residents and others who are committed to end food insecurity in our town. The Council is a private 501 (C)3 non-profit and all programs are provided without fees.
With the uncertainly that the federal government shutdown created for many in our community, the Needham Community Council would like to extend an invitation to any Needham resident who might benefit from our services…may it be for a single visit or longer.
The Council can help with a variety of transportation issues and our Food Pantry is available to help anyone in need of food items for their Needham household…no appointment or paperwork is required at your first visit. The Pantry is open on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. The Council will be closed Monday, February 18th for Presidents’ Day .
We were happy to hear that the shutdown/furlough of employees has ended, but we know the problems it caused aren’t over…please know that the Needham Community Council’s mission is to help our Needham neighbors throughout the year.
For more information, please visit the Council website at www.needhamcommunitycouncil.org or call us at 781-444-2415.
TO DONATE TO THE COUNCIL FOOD PANTRY: CLICK HERE FOR AN EMERGENCY WISHLIST
89TH CELEBRATION EVENT
THURSDAY, MARCH 28th
200 First Avenue, Needham
Stephanie J. Kalin Distinguished Service Award
Jeff Dinneen, Cans for Calcium
Council Offices, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop & all programs follow the Needham Public School weather closings…if the schools are closed, so is the Council; if they have a 2 hour delay, so will we.