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Needham Community Council Newsletter
Summer, 2018


   

   
 
 
 

 
ESL Program Welcomes New Learners
 
Thanks to a recent tutor training session, we are now able to match new learners with tutors. 
 
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.  

 
NEW! MOBILE FOOD PANTRY MARKET
 
Thanks to a grant from the Foundation for Metro-West, we will be sponsoring a mobile food pantry market this summer & fall. In partnership with the Needham Community Farm the Council Food Pantry will bring a mobile market to each of the three Housing Authority locations.
 
 


PARENT TALK PRESENTS: "FLICKS ON THE FIELD"
 
Sat. August 19th
Memorial Field

 
Bring your comfy lawn chairs, cozy blankets and enjoy a FREE movie under the stars. Bring a picnic dinner, or concessions at the field!
 
6:30 p.m. Younger Children's Activities & Concessions
7:45 p.m. (Sundown) 
Movie Begins
 
All families are asked to bring an item to donate to the Council Food Pantry. Click here to go to visit our website and download our monthly Food Pantry wish list.
 
*Rain Date: August 20th

 
YOUR ONLINE SHOPPING CAN SUPPORT THE COUNCIL
 
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 smile.amazon.com and select the Council as your charity of choice. If you are an Amazon Prime member, all benefits still apply.
 
click here to get started!
 

 
PROJECT VAN (VOLUNTEERS AROUND NEEDHAM)
 
A Needham Youth Services Program, funded by the Needham Community Council,  
Project VAN provides youth entering grades 8-12 with the opportunity to participate in one-day community service projects around the Needham community.

2018 Dates: 
July 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th 
10:00 am to 2:30 pm

Click here for more information

 
COMMUNITY EVENTS:
 
Needham Farmer's Market is Now Open
Sundays, 12-4 p.m.

in front of Town Hall
click here for updates


THRIFT SHOP HOURS

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

DONATION
SITE HOURS


• 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
2018-2019
 
President
   Margie Margolis
Vice President
   Robert Dermody     
Secretary
   Caren Carpenter   
Treasurer
   John Frantz
Past-President
    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
 
OFFICE, FOOD PANTRY, THRIFT SHOP & ALL PROGRAMS
 
 
Closing @ 2:00 pm 
Tues., July 3rd
 
Closed all day 
Wed., July 4th
 
Enjoy the holiday! 


SAVE THE DATE! RIDE FOR FOOD
Sunday, September 23rd
 
Registration is open! 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 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.
 
 
In addition, other major event sponsors currently include: 
Click here to visit the RIDE FOR FOOD website


"BACK-TO-SCHOOL" SUPPLIES DISTRIBUTION EVENT
 
We are collecting new and unused school supplies for our annual distribution for income-eligible students to be held on Thursday, August 16th. Gift cards to Staples, Walgreens, CVS, etc. are also appreciated. 

 
Please help us send everyone back to school with the supplies needed to succeed. What do we need? Everything a teacher asks a student to bring to class....pens, pencils, flash drives, scissors, notebooks, backpacks, crayons, markers, tissues, sanitizers, tape, glue, etc. etc. Click here for a full list of items.
 
All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Tax-deductible slips are available inside our donation door on a clipboard. 
 
Donations may be delivered to our office during open donation hours (see below) or sent directly to our office...remember if you use Amazon, start your shopping at www.smile.amazon.com to increase your support of the Council. 
 
NEW!  Click here for our Amazon online direct delivery school supplies wishlist.
 
Donations Hours:
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.
 
For Current Food Pantry Families: Click here to download the registration form

 
CAP [CHILD ASSAULT PREVENTION] PROGRAM
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.


ANNUAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON
 
On Thursday, June 21st we celebrated the efforts of our incredible volunteers at our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. A delicious lunch was had by all. Thanks to the Needham Golf Club Charities for their support of this event.
 
Without our dedicated volunteers, our many programs would not be possible.
 
Who are they?
• over 250 volunteers
• range from age 13 to over 97
• they provide approximately 1,000 hours of service per month
 
 What do they do?
• Set up the retail displays, assist shoppers, work the cash registers, and sort donations in the Thrift Shop
• Help customers in the Food Pantry, sort food donations 
• Drive residents to medical appointments
• Provide one-on-one ESL tutoring and facilitate conversation groups
• Present Child Assault Prevention [CAP] workshops in the elementary schools
• Visit local nursing home residents with a mini-thrift shop 
• Help our office with administrative and computer-based projects
• help customers with medical equipment loans
• Organize and execute special sales and fundraisers
• Organize personal food drives
And more....

 
SUMMER DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!
 
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.
 
FOOD PANTRY
We are all looking forward to summer! 
More grocery items are needed in the summer which is also the time when donations are down.
 
Elementary schools, town organizations, local Houses of Worship and families donate food throughout the school year. Since we do not have their regular deliveries during the summer months, and, many food pantry families have their children home for three meals a day without the support of the school lunch program, we distribute even MORE food than at other times of the year. 
 
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.
 
THRIFT SHOP
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.

 
TOUGH IN THE MUD!
Thanks to Hawthorn RE and Charles River Strength & Fitness for their fundraising for the Council at the Tough Mudder on Saturday, June 23rd.
 
       
    


NON-PROFIT VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Tuesday, August 7th
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
 
Kris DeGraw Danna, Needham Community Council Volunteer Coordinator, announces an interactive & innovative workshop designed for local non-profit agencies.

Reservations required, no fee for Needham/Newton NPOs
Click here to register

Some of the topics Kris will cover include: 
  • How to recruit specific types of volunteers
  • How to engage volunteers and board members in ways that are meaningful to them/and to your organization
  • How to handle students/corporations that need/want community service projects
  • How to "fire" a volunteer
Bring your individual volunteer issues to discuss with a professional volunteer manager

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Needham Community Council
570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

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