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Needham Community Council
Summer, 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.
Holiday Hours
Wednesday, July 3rd

Office, Thrift Shop & Food Pantry all closing at 2:00 pm

Thursday, July 4th - Saturday, July 6th

Office, Thrift Shop & Food Pantry all closed

Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program
Fall Training begins October 20th!
We are now accepting applications for CAP Volunteer Prevention Specialists for the 2019-2020 school year. Please email Caren Nemtzow, CAP Director, if you are interested in learning more about this important program!
Click here to visit our CAP page.

Mobile Food Pantry
The Council is excited to once again sponsor a Mobile Food Pantry this summer and fall. 

In partnership with the Needham Community Farm, the Council Food Pantry will bring a mobile market to Needham Housing Authority locations, offering a variety of non-perishable items to residents.

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

2019 Dates
July 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 25th 

10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Click here for more information

Other Community Events
 Needham Farmers Market
The market season is now open!
Click here for more information
• ParentTalk: Flicks on the Field
Saturday, August 17th
Memorial Field
6:30 p.m. 
Younger Children's Activities & Concessions
7:45 p.m. 
Movie Begins (sundown)
The Council will be providing complimentary popcorn for moviegoers! 
All families are asked to bring an item to donate to the Council Food Pantry. Click here to view our monthly Food Pantry wish list.

Officers & Board of Directors


   Margie Margolis
Vice President
   Robert Dermody     
   Glen Davis 
   John Frantz
    Deb Jacob
Lynn Alberding
Bill Concannon
Priscilla Dasse
Diane DerMarderosian
Mani Iyer
Jonathan Kappel
Eilene Kleiman
Andrew McCollum
Carrie Reddish
Diane Retzky
Mary Richman

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, followed by a fun afterparty music, food and festivities! 
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. 

Back to School Supplies Distribution Event
Please help us send everyone back to school with the supplies needed to succeed. We are collecting new and unused school supplies for our annual distribution for income-eligible students to be held oThursday, August 22nd. Gift cards to Staples, Walgreens, CVS, etc. are always appreciated.
What do we need? Everything a teacher asks a student to bring to class: pens, pencils, notebooks, backpacks, crayons, markers, glue, etc. 
Donations may be delivered to our office during open donation hours or sent directly to our office by ordering via our Amazon Wish List.

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
On Thursday, June 20th we celebrated the
efforts of our incredible volunteers at our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Thanks to the Needham Golf Club Charities for their support of the event.
Without our dedicated volunteers, our many programs would not be possible.
Who are they?
Over 250 volunteers (ages 13 - 97) who provide approximately 1,000 hours of service to the Council 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 and sort food donations in the Food Pantry
• 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 so much more!
Special congratulations to this year's Leslie B. Cutler Service Award winners:

Sindi Conroy, Thrift Shop & Special Events
Susan Kams, CAP Program
Sue Pike, Food Pantry
Ellen Slater, ESL Tutor

Local 4th Grader's School Project Supports the Council
The Needham Community Council would like to thank resident, Laurel Fireman, for her recent “Commute Fruit” project. For three days during the month of June, she set up a table at the train station near Needham Bank, as part of a school project, selling oranges and bananas to commuters.. 
All of the money that Laurel raised (and any extra fruit) was donated to the Council. Laurel’s project will help the Community Council provide free services to Needham residents; including food, transportation, medical equipment loans, English as a 2nd Language tutoring, the Child Assault Prevention [CAP] Program, and more.

ESL Chinese Conversation Class
On Saturday morning, June 15th, the Chambers Street ESL Conversation Class met for the final time before summer break. Over 20 Chinese-speaking students led by tutors Wei Zhang and Tonia Chu, with assistance from Gloria Kwei, have been gathering during the year to learn the English language. 

On this day, the students showed their increasing proficiency in English with poignant presentations. The inspirational morning was followed by a delicious lunch featuring classic Chinese dishes prepared by the group!

Stephanie J. Kalin Memorial Book Award
Congratulations to recent Needham High School Junior, Sameena Ghogawala, on receiving the Stephanie J. Kalin Memorial Book Award on Tuesday, June 18th. 
Executive Director, Sandy Robinson, was proud to present Sameena with the award for participating actively in community service!

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