WEDNESDAY, JULY 3: OFFICE CLOSES AT 2 P.M.
THURSDAY, JULY 4TH – SATURDAY, JULY 6TH: CLOSED
On March 6, 1930, 19 Needham neighbors came together at the MacGregor Instrument Company to create an agency to support residents during the difficult days of the Depression. Rev. Harry Kimball acted as the presiding officer. The group assembled unanimously approved the name “Needham Community Council” for this new venture. Membership comprised 1 representative from each organization in town devoted to social welfare with a stated purpose of creating a “focus for community spirit” to cement all organizations in the town in like work.
Bylaws were written and officers were elected to “aid in the coordination of all the organizations of the town for the community welfare and to initiate new community activities where there appears to be a need. There shall be no membership dues, and from time to time the Council shall devise ways to raise whatever money may be necessary for its work”.
It has been 90 years , and the Needham Community Council continues today to fulfill the vision of that first group of residents and, we continue to raise whatever money may be necessary for our work!
The first programs supported by the Council included a Red Cross Welfare Bureau, the creation of a Labor Exchange in Needham [which became a free employment bureau for the town] and endorsement of the Community Christmas Celebration. An early need to address hunger in town was met by the creation of the Council Food Pantry.
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
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.
Thank you to Jeff and to the Town of Needham for supporting this very worthy 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.