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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
Monday evening, Wednesday evening, and Saturday hours required.