Needham Community Council Newsletter
January, 2019
WEATHER  POLICIES: All Council Programs follow Needham school closings 
...check our website in case of a weather related closing
• Tues. Jan 1st - All Council programs CLOSED
• Mon., Jan. 21st
All Council programs CLOSED for MLK Day
• Fri. Jan. 25th
Rock for A Cause
7-11 p.m.
Needham VFW
$20 admission at the Door Only
A Benefit Performance for the Council Food Pantry & Needham Plugged In Band Program
•  Sat., Feb. 9th
Needham History Center & Museum's
Champagne & Chocolate 
Click here for details
• Mon., Feb. 18th
President's Day
All Council programs CLOSED
• Thurs., March 28th
Council Annual Celebration Event 
[details in next month's newsletter]
• Sat., March 23rd
Scouting for Food
Needham Scouts collect food items for the Council Food Pantry

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
Click here for bios of Council Board members
The Needham Community Council is a private non-profit 501 (C)3  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.
Thank you to everyone for your contributions to our Fall
fundraising campaign. We appreciate your support; the response has been great, but we haven't reached our goal yet. We depend on this campaign to raise over 1/3 of our Annual Budget.
If you have not yet made a gift, we hope you will do so this month. Donations made by check are processed by check date, so even if your donation is received in early January it could still be applied as a 2018 charitable gift.
The Council is a 501(C)3 organization. No tax dollars support the Council; Your generous contributions support all programs throughout the year.
Please send your donations to our office at 570 Hillside Avenue.  Click here to use our secure online credit card donation site.
If we have a program that might help your family, neighbor or Needham-based employees, please call us at 781-444-2415.

Together we made a difference this holiday season! 
The Council Holiday Gift Giving Programs are possible because of our amazing volunteers and donations from the entire community. This year we did something a bit different...we set up a holiday boutique of all gift options and invited beneficiaries of this program to come and make their own selections...it was a great success! 650 individuals received gifts and more than $2000 in gift cards were distributed.
Your contributions made the holidays festive for everyone. THANK YOU! 
We are especially grateful for the toys donated by the residents & staff of North Hill, members of the Needham Exchange Club and to all Holiday Program donors for their support.
And...thanks to the Carpenter family of Copley Motorcars, Norfolk Lodge, Roche Bros., the Rotary Club of Needham, Great Plain Squares, and so many, many others for their donations to various holiday projects.
So many letters of appreciation come from Needham families touched by Council holiday giving programs .... here is a snapshot:
Thank you for your generosity and kindness towards our family this holiday season! This year was a particularly difficult year for me and my kids, so these gifts really helped cheer us up for Christmas! 
And, there was even more...

Thanks to Temple Beth Shalom members for providing a warm, Christmas 
dinner delivered to Needham residents

Olin College's 'From Dirt to Shirt' a Success: Year 2
Olin College students studied the challenges that discarded clothing sent to African nations for disposal creates in their local economies. Their project utilized t-shirts from the Council Thrift Shop and created 
a method of turning the t-shirt fabric into yarn.
Their project was presented at the recent Needham Winter Arts Festival and the sale of their yarn provided a donation to the Council Thrift Shop fund; over $150 was raised from this project to benefit the Community Council.
click here to read more about this Olin College/Thrift Shop partnership.

Transportation Program 
The Council transportation program is available to meet the needs of our neighbors.  We are able to offer residents rides to medical appointments with volunteer drivers and the fee-based Lyft Program.
Reservations Required! 24 hours in advance. Call us at 781-444-2415
Needham residents with transportation "emergencies" should call the Council office to see if we might be able to help. In some cases, we can offer a "ride of last resort" to important meetings [eg. school conferences, work related, etc.]

Although the holidays are over, Needham families still come to us for food supplies...the need is even greater in winter with increased heating costs and other household bills.
Please visit our website for a "wish list" of food donations or buy an extra non-perishable item when shopping at Sudbury Farms and drop it in the collection box as you leave the store.
The Council's online Amazon food pantry wish-list is a great way to send food donations directly to the Council, and is updated regularly based on the needs in the pantry. Click here to go directly to the list.

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Needham Community Council
570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

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