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Needham Community Council Newsletter
September, 2018

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Office, Food Pantry & Thrift Shop will be closed:

Labor Day Weekend

› Saturday, Sept. 1st
› Monday, Sept. 3rd
Columbus Day
› Monday, Oct. 8th
Food Pantry& Thrift Shop will be closed:
Rosh Hashana 
› Monday, Sept.10th
Yom Kippur
› Wednesday, Sept.19th 

Do you shop on Amazon? If so, you can support the Needham Community Council with a donation at no additional cost to you. Just begin your shopping at and select the Council as your charity of choice. If you are an Amazon Prime member, all benefits still apply.

Thanks to support from the community and BID-Needham, the Council can help with transportation challenges.
Volunteer and/or LYFT drivers are available for medical appointments. 
With our partnership with the Y, around-town van rides are available on Mon/Wed/Fri 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rides are not handicapped accessible and require advanced us at 781-444-2415 to request a ride.

We now have tutors ready to be matched with student learners. 
Are you, someone you know or someone you work with looking to improve English language skills?
If yes, click here for more information on the Council's ESL program.  

Officers & Board of Directors
   Margie Margolis
Vice President
   Robert Dermody     
   John Frantz
    Deb Jacob
Lynn Alberding
Peg Coles
Bill Concannon
Priscilla Dasse
Glen Davis
Maria Furlong
Jonathan Kappel
Eilene Kleiman
Andrew McCollum
Carrie Reddish
Diane Retzky
Mary Richman
Barbara St. John 
Christopher Thomas
How is it possible? Summer is winding down and another school year is beginning!
Fall is the time when students begin to plan their community service projects. The Needham Community Council offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities but we have a limited number of hours available, so please advise your students not to wait until the last minute. Visit our website where you will find our policies for high school and middle school student volunteers.
Students interested in volunteering at the Council should submit an online volunteer application form and will be contacted by the Council via return email.

Sunday, September 23rd
Click here to register to join Team Community Council on the ride or donate to the Council team
Our goal this year is $40,000...last year thanks to Council team members and Needham Congregational Church and Direct Federal team members, we raised almost $35,000.
Monday, Sept. 17th
7:15-8 p.m.
Cyclebar Wellesley
$25 per rider - 100% supports the Council team 
Click here to register by Monday, Sept. 10th
Clip on shoes available on site [no charge]

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Our single biggest Food Pantry fundraising event in 2017! You can help make a major difference - join us as a team rider, volunteer and/or fundraiser! Nobles School...10, 25 and 50 mile routes.
This year a new option has been added: outdoor spinning instead of riding on the street. Contact us for more details.
Each team member is expected to raise a minimum of $300 with a goal of $1000. The registration fee of $75 per rider covers the cost of the event and is not counted towards the minimum fundraising ... please help us by joining Team Community Council and our fundraising effort! Every rider who reaches the fundraising level of $1,000 will receive a [highly coveted] Ride For Food bike jersey.
Special thanks to Event Lead Sponsor and Team Community Council partner Direct Federal Credit Union for their incredible support.
and to the Needham Congregational Church for fielding a team or riders in support of the Council Food Pantry.
In addition, other major event sponsors currently include: 
Click here to visit the RIDE FOR FOOD website

Now's the time to clean out those closets  
Our Annual Coat Sale is scheduled for November is a great time to look at your closets....we are collecting coats, jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, boots; men's, women's, children size 5+ anything in good shape. 
Would you give it to your neighbor? in the light of day? If yes, please donate it to the Council Thrift shop. All sales support the no-fee programs of the Council and help our Needham neighbors in need.

Our donation site hallway is on the far right side of our building. Tax-exempt forms are available on a clipboard inside the door. Please note our donation hours are: Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 8:30 am - 4 pm; Mon. & Wed. 8:30 am - 7 pm and Sat. 10 am - 2 pm.
More grocery items are distributed in the summer months which are also when donations are down, so in September we start to "rebuild" our supplies.
Unsure what to donate? Click here to visit our website and download our monthly wish list.
Remember...anything you purchase for your family is also welcome at the Food Pantry...including toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, dish detergent, laundry detergent, etc.
Bring your donations to our building at 570 Hillside Ave, leave them in the donation box at Sudbury Farms, or click here to use our online Amazon direct delivery wish list.
We appreciate your clothing & household donations, but there are goods we cannot accept due to space limitations. Please click here to go to our website. Call us if you are unsure if we can accept your donation; we can suggest other agencies if we can't.  
Clothing and household goods should be in good condition and working order!

Shopping at the Council Thrift Shop is open to all and sales help support our no-fee programs. Donated items are also re-donated to others in need.
Approximately 1/3 of our annual budget is raised from Thrift Shop sales.
• Mondays & Wednesdays         • Fridays & Saturdays 
  10 a.m. - 7 p.m.                       10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
• Sundays & Holidays, CLOSED

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!

Fall Training Opportunity
Click here to email Caren Nemtzow, Needham Community Council CAP Director if you are interested in learning more about becoming a CAP workshop volunteer. Click here to open the CAP page on our website.

Tuesday, October 23rd
4-7 p.m.
An Open House to celebrate and share news of our newest project: The Karma of Clothing
More details to follow.