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.
Where do donated clothing items end up? Clothing donated to the Council is sorted and sold in our thrift shop as a fundraiser to support the no-fee programs of the Council. Approximately 1/3 of our annual budget is raised by the thrift shop and special sales.
Items that are not “salable” are then re-donated to other thrift shop organizations, and many of these re-donated items may end up overseas in other countries. Olin students learned about the problems this clothing may cause this semester in a class called Dirt to Shirt, an intensive study of the the global supply chain for clothing taught by Needham resident, and Olin College Professor of Anthropology, Caitrin Lynch.
Students visited the Council thrift shop and selected t-shirts to cut up and transform into re-usable yarn…they designed a specialized “machine” to help speed up the cutting process and then created new items with the yarn. They displayed their invention at the town-wide Needham Art Fair on Saturday, December 8th where they sold the newly created items and yarn and donated their proceeds back to The Council.
Click here for an in depth article about the course.
Click here for an online video created by the students.
Are you or your spouse 70 1/2 years of age or older?
An IRA Charitable Rollover donation is a great way to combine charitable giving with financial planning.
Click here for a document outlining this program and how it may help you and The Needham Community Council.
We are grateful to EVERYONE who supported Council Holiday Programs this season.
These are some of the organizations that donated toys, food, Christmas Trees, volunteers, gift cards and/or funds to make sure all Needham residents had something to celebrate! …and, thanks to all the individuals who shopped at the Council Holiday Boutique, donated items, sent financial donations, gift cards, holiday decorations, delivered gift bags, delivered meals, and more…..
Residents & Staff of:
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31st: OFFICE & FOOD PANTRY CLOSE AT 12 p.m.
THRIFT SHOP CLOSED
TUESDAY, JANUARY 1st: CLOSED
We did it! Thank you to ThreeSquaresNE for sponsoring this great fundraising event.
17 riders came together to form Team Community Council on Sunday, September 23rd at Nobles School and raised over $22,000; Team Direct Federal (14 riders) and Team Congregational Church of Needham (5 riders) each dedicated their fundraising to the Council and together raised another $22,000. Thank you to all the riders, volunteers and donors.
This event continues to be the single largest fundraiser of the year for the Council Food Pantry!
Annual Holiday Boutique
Great items, great bargains, huge selection!
Including collectible items: clothing, china,
fine jewelry, antiques, etc.
Thurs., Nov. 29th, 4-7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 30th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 1st, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
First Come, First Served; All sales final
Cash & Check only; no credit cards