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Needham Community Council
May, 2019

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The Needham Community Council is a private 501 (C)3 non-profit organization which supports people in Needham who have under-met health, educational or social needs and promotes volunteerism, community,and a sense of shared responsibility.
Registration is now open - join the Council team!
Important Dates
Saturday, May 25th
Thrift Shop & Food Pantry - closed
Monday, May 27th 
Memorial Day
Office, Thrift Shop & Food Pantry - closed

Other Community Events

 Parent Talk - Spring Sale
Sunday, May 5th
Eliot School, 135 Wellesley Ave.
General Sale:
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Clearance Bag Sale:
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Click here for more information
 Project Bread's Walk for Hunger
Sunday, May 5th
Boston Common
Registration, 7:30 a.m.
A community event that raises awareness about hunger and funds to support programs across Massachusetts that help residents access food.
Click here for more information.

Fall Coat Sale

Now that the weather is getting warmer, it might be time to look at your coats and closets. We are collecting good quality & clean coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc. for our annual Fall Coat Sale.
If there is still life and style left in your coat, please consider donating it to the Council -- we will store it until our sale.
Men's, Women's, Children's [size 5+] are all accepted.

Diaper Drop Off
The Council is now a local drop off site for Diaper Circle, a non-profit that collects and donates diapers to families with limited income.
We can accept single diapers, open packages, any size, any type, including swim diapers. Unopened packages of wipes also needed.
Click here for more information.

Amazon Smile
Shopping for gifts for Mother's Day, graduation, or another event? Make sure to purchase items through Amazon Smile and make the Needham Community Council your charity of choice!
Same Amazon items (and Prime benefits) with a donation to the Council for every purchase made!

Officers & Board of Directors


   Margie Margolis
Vice President
   Robert Dermody     
   Glen Davis 
   John Frantz
    Deb Jacob
Lynn Alberding
Peg Coles
Bill Concannon
Priscilla Dasse
Diane DerMarderosian
Maria Furlong
Mani Iyer
Jonathan Kappel
Eilene Kleiman
Andrew McCollum
Carrie Reddish
Diane Retzky
Mary Richman
Barbara St. John 
Christopher Thomas

Get Ready to Ride! Three Squares NE Ride for Food 

Sunday, October 6th
Ride starts, and ends, at Noble School in Dedham with 10, 25 and 50-mile routes to choose from 
Registration is now open! Click here to register to ride or donate to the Council team. 

Our single biggest Food Pantry fundraising event in 2018! You can help make a major difference - join us as a team rider, volunteer and/or fundraiser. 
Click here to email our Team Captain for more information.
Ultimate Food Rescue
Challenge Dinner
Tuesday, June 25th
Coppersmith, South Boston
A fundraising event for the Three Squares NE Ride for Food - teams of Boston area chefs take on a culinary challenge to end food waste and support hunger relief. Click here for more information. Tickets go on sale May 13th! Last year this dinner sold out, so don't wait to get your tickets!

Needham DVAC Donation Drive for REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
In honor of Mother’s Day, the Needham Health Department’s Domestic Violence Action Committee (DVAC) is sponsoring a donation drive for REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, a comprehensive domestic violence service agency serving 7,000 people a year through a combination of intervention and prevention services. REACH’s shelter, 24-hour hotline, and community-based direct services provide domestic violence survivors with the help they need to achieve permanent safety and independence. REACH’s prevention programs engage the community, generate conversations, and create locally-based solutions to end domestic violence.
Please join us in supporting this important organization by dropping off donations (click here to download a list of needed items) in the donation box located in the front lobby at the Needham Community Council from April 20 - May 12. You can also donate items directly to REACH via their 
Amazon Wish List.

Back to School Supplies Distribution Event
An annual event for Council Food Pantry families, held at the end of August, to provide them with supplies for the new school year. 
We are collecting good quality back-to-school supplies to stock our annual distribution event. As the school year ends, we would be grateful for your donated items - new and/or used in good conditionthat any student could use! All grades, kindergarden to college. 
Stay tuned for more information as we will be creating an online Amazon wishlist to make donating to this program quick and easy!

ESL Program
The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is open to all English-language learners who live or work in Needham. An ESL learner application form is available here.
This program offers free individual tutoring and group conversation classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of
English. Tutoring and class sessions are usually an hour long.
Conversation classes are informal, focusing generally on a variety of topics or a specific interest. All are held during the week and are on a drop-in or sign-up schedule. 
For more information about individual tutoring and/or conversation classes, please call 781-444-2415 or email

Needham Community Council
570 Hillside Avenue, Needham, MA