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Needham Community Council
December 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.
Click here to make a donation today!
Holiday Hours
Tuesday, Dec. 24th
Office - closing early @ 2 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 25th  
Office, Thrift Shop & Food Pantry - closed
Thursday, Dec. 26th & Friday, Dec. 27th 
Office & Thrift Shop - closed

Saturday, Dec. 28th
Thrift Shop & Food Pantry - closed  
*All Council programs will be closed Dec. 25th - 28th
New Year's
Tuesday, Dec. 31st
Office - closing early @ 2 pm
Wednesday, Jan. 1st
Office, Thrift Shop & Food Pantry - closed

Winter Weather  Policy

A friendly policy reminder before the winter weather arrives.
The Council office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop & all programs follow the Needham Public School weather closings.
For more information, please visit our website.

Food Pantry

Our shelves are low and we need your help! We are especially in need of pasta sauce (Prego, Ragu, Barilla, etc.) 
To make it easier, you can order via our Amazon Wish List and have items sent directly to the Food Pantry!

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Shopping for the holidays? Make sure to purchase any 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!

ESL Program
Our Fall Tutor Training finished on Tuesday, November 5th and now we have 24 new, trained and ready tutors to be paired with students!
Missed out on this opportunity? The next training will be held in the Spring!

Other Community Events

• Needham Lights & Holiday Stroll
Saturday, Dec. 1st
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Needham Town Hall

More information here.
• Needham Women's Club - 22nd Annual Holiday House Tour

Sunday, Dec. 8th
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
More information here.

Welcome New Board Members
We are very excited to welcome two new members to this year's Board of Directors: Kathleen Berner and Linda Farley
They both bring talents and experiences that will help us continue to best serve our community. To learn more about Linda and Kathleen, please visit our website and check out their bios!

Officers & Board of Directors


   Margie Margolis
Vice President
   Robert Dermody     
   Glen Davis 
   John Frantz
    Deb Jacob
Lynn Alberding
Kathleen Berner
Bill Concannon
Priscilla Dasse
Diane DerMarderosian
Linda Farley
Mani Iyer
Jonathan Kappel
Eilene Kleiman
Andrew McCollum
Alrie McNiff Daniels
Javad Memarzadeh
Carrie Reddish
Diane Retzky
Mary Richman


Annual Fall Fundraiser
It's hard to believe but we are closing in on your last chance to make 2019 charitable gifts. Please remember us as you plan your end of the year donations. Thank you to everyone who has already sent in contributions - we appreciate your support!

 Fall Fundraiser campaign provides approximately 1/3 of our annual budget. We rely solely on the generous contributions of the community to support our programs, as we do not receive any tax dollars. Thanks to you and your neighbors we have raised more than 26% of our goal but we still need your help!

Donations from you and your neighbors ensure that Council programs stay strong and vital and continue to provide help to the entire Needham community, but we can't do it without you!

Click here to visit our easy-to-use and secure online donation page or use the remittance envlelope (sent to all Needham households in November with a Council information card) to send your donation.
Many companies provide matching funds for employee charitable donations. We are a 501 (C)3 organization and can help you increase your support through matching funds!

Giving Tuesday
For 24 hours on December 3rd an ordinary Tuesday turns into something more! GivingTuesday has become a global movement that connects individuals, communities, and organizations around the world to celebrate and encourage giving.

For more information about #GivingTuesday, click here and to make a donation to the Needham Community Council click here.

Holiday Gift Giving Programs
Holiday Gifts
To help ensure that all Needham families can enjoy and share gifts during the holiday season, our Food Pantry families are invited to participate in this annual giving program.  
North Hill residents send their "Santa" to deliver toys for kids ages 12 and under; The Needham Exchange Club brings over bags and bags of art supplies, toys, games, etc.; many Needham residents donate gift cards (or funds to buy gift cards) to CVS or Walgreens and to Marshall's or TJMaxx for teens; and warm gloves, hats, scarves, sweaters, bathrobes, etc. are gifted to adults...we especially need large and x-large sizes.
Do you want to help? Donated items are needed by Monday, December 9th
Senior Holiday Bags
Each year, Council volunteers create and deliver hundreds of holiday gift bags to Needham residents who are in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or in their own homes. Recipients of the bags love and appreciate the acknowledgment and remembrance of the holiday season!
Bags are decorated by children throughout the community - school groups, houses of worship, scouts, families, birthday party guests, etc. and filled with donated items

Holiday Boutique
The Council's annual Holiday Boutique is one of the highlights [and bargains] of the season. Several large rooms overflow with treasures of all kinds. You will find unique decorative items, vintage, jewelry, gifts, clothing, candles, nutcrackers, cards, stockings, Christmas, Channukah & New Years' items, wrapping paper, and more!

Thursday, December 5th, 12 pm - 7 pm 
Friday, December 6th, 10 am - 2 pm
Saturday, December 7th, 10 am- 2 pm
All proceeds of thrift shop sales benefit the free programs of the Council and stay in Needham to support our neighbors.
First come, first served; cash & checks only, no credit cards; all sales final. 

Christmas Day Dinner Delivery
For the past three decades, Temple Beth Shalom and the Needham Community Council have joined together to deliver Christmas Day Dinners to Needham residents. Last year, over 100 Needham households received Christmas Day Dinner deliveries, and this year will be no different. We are grateful to Lois Sockol and Temple congregants for their efforts to provide delicious holiday meals to Needham residents.
If you, or someone you know, would like to have a dinner delivered on Christmas, please call us at 781-444-2415 by noon on Friday, December 20th.

Clothing Donations In Time For The Holidays

The Council recently received two major clothing donations, which will help us support income-eligible women “dress for success” this holiday season and beyond.

W by Worth’s Every Woman has Worth charitable giving program sent us a fabulous selection of jackets and other clothing items. Worth is a New York clothing collection that sells online and through trunk shows. These items will be perfect for our clients who are entering, re-entering or currently in the workforce.

Habitat Clothing, owned by a Needham resident, recently made a significant donation of winter sweaters. These will not only help our clients stay warm but will also provide them with style and comfort.   

All of these clothes will be distributed by the Council through our Karma of Clothing Project and Holiday Gift Giving Program.
Thanks for all the generous donations during this holiday season and throughout the year. The Council Thrift Shop is filled with amazing clothing and great bargains. All sales support the no-fee programs of the Council and stay in Needham to support our neighbors. Clothing and other donated items are also given to residents whenever the need arises.

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