Needham Community Council Newsletter
May, 2018



UPCOMING FOOD DRIVES: Please help us fill our shelves for summer!
> Stamp Out Hunger
Saturday, May 12th
Mail carriers will be collecting non-perishable food donations, left by mailboxes and in post offices, to be delivered to the Council Food Pantry.
click here to view our Food Pantry Wish List for a suggested list of items of need.
> Needham DPW Touch the Trucks
Saturday, May 19th
DeFazio Parking Lot
10 a.m. - 12 noon
Bring a donation for the Council Food Pantry and help "fill a truck". Little kids (and little kids at heart) are invited to explore the Town of Needham's DPW trucks.

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. "Would you give it to your neighbor, if yes, then please donate it to the Council"
If there is still life and style left in your coat please consider donating it to the Council...we'll store it until our sale in early November.
Men's, Women's, Children's [size 5+].

Do you have a family member or house guest coming into town for Mother's Day? A graduation? A family event? Someone who needs a piece of medical equipment?
We will loan you a wheelchair, shower seat, commode, walker, cane, etc. for a short time or longer -- free of charge for Needham residents. Just give us a call or come into our office to see if we have what you need!


• Mon. & Wed., 
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
• Friday & Saturday, 
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
• Sundays & Holidays, CLOSED


• Tues., Thurs., & Fri., 
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
• Mon. & Wed.,
8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
• Sat., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
• Sundays & Holidays, CLOSED
Please do not leave donations outside or when our site is closed.

Officers & Board of Directors
   Margie Margolis
Vice President
   Robert Dermody     
   Caren Carpenter   
   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
Barbara St. John 
Christopher Thomas

Project Bread: Walk for Hunger
Sunday, May 6th
Join the Walk For Hunger and help provide people across
Massachusets with thoughtful solutions to food insecurity - where they live, learn, work and play.

Click here to register & pledge or call
> Needham Women's Club Garden Tour
Sunday, June 10th
1-4 p.m.
Tour Needham gardens, large and small. Tour includes a container planting garden with raffle and summer table settings garden! 
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.  A limited number of early bird ticket buyers will be invited to enjoy a garden tea party.
The Needham Women's Club events raise funds to support non-profit organizations throughout Needham.
Happy May! May means...nice weather, Mother's Day, recitals, graduations, and lots of other spring events! 

Give a donation to the Needham Community Council in honor of your celebrant and we will send a tribute card in your name. Your gift will help support the no-fee programs of the Council. Click here to make a donation online.

Sunday, September 23rd
Click here to register to ride or donate to the Council team. 
Ride starts at Nobles School...10, 25 and 50 mile routes.
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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!  
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 asked to agree 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.
In addition, other major event sponsors currently include: 
Click here to visit the RIDE FOR FOOD website
Ultimate Food Rescue
Challenge Dinner
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Capo Restaurant, South Boston
A fundraising event for the Three Squares NE Ride for Food. Click here for more information and to meet the chefs. Tickets available May 7th.


From your Amazon shopping cart to our shelves…an easier way to donate to the Council Food Pantry! 
Council supporters are already taking advantage of donating food items - via an online wish list - with direct ordering through Amazon.  
» Click here to place an order and have it sent directly to the Council Food Pantry.
Note: If you are already signed into your Amazon account this link should take you directly to the Council’s Food Pantry wish list; if not, you will be asked to sign into your account first.

An annual event for Council Food Pantry families held at the end of August

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, but, please only donate items in good condition that any student could use; all grades, K-college level.
Stay tuned...we will be creating an online Amazon wishlist to make donating to this program quick and easy. 

Thanks to a generous donation from Mary Lou Andre's Dressing Well Charitable Foundation,

the Council Thrift Shop is now partnering to provide professional wardrobe advice, shopping assistance and clothing to clients of the Council and homeless shelters in the area looking to enter the workforce.
If you [or someone you know] meets the above criteria, please contact us to apply for this program.
As part of the program, Karma clients are given a professional wardrobe consultation and generous gift certificate to shop at the Needham Community Council Thrift Shop.
Participants walk out with complete new outfits and lots of inspiration and encouragement for how to put their best foot forward in the workplace with a well-styled appearance. 
Stay tuned as we prepare for a fall open house on Tuesday, October 23rd to showcase the Karma Program to the community!


Saturday, June 23rd
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Hawthorn Builders and Charles River Strength & Fitness, both of Needham, have joined together to form a Tough Mudder team running to raise funds and awareness for the Council. 
» Click here to register…Hawthorn will donate $75 to the Council for each registration to their team.
Don’t want to run in the mud? That's okay! You can still support their efforts by making a donation to their team effort here.
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Address postal inquiries to:
Needham Community Council
570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

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