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Needham Community Council
April, 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.
Thursday, April 4th - Saturday, April 6th
Important Dates
Monday, April 15th 
Patriots' Day

Office, Thrift Shop & Food Pantry - closed
Saturday, April 20th 
Passover & Easter weekend
Food Pantry - open
Thrift Shop - closed

Other Community Events

 Cradles to Crayons: Needham Gives Back!
Saturday, April 6th
10 am - 1 pm
Needham High School Cafeteria

Click here
 for more information about volunteering and/or donating items. 
Dancing with the Needham Stars
Saturday, April 6th
7 pm - Midnight
Moseley's on the Charles, Dedham
Tickets are sold out but you can still support your favorite dancer(s) by clicking here.
Pansy Day
Saturday, April 13th
10 am - 3 pm
Needham History Center & Museum
Needham Steps Up 
15th Anniversary Reception & Charity Auction
Tuesday, April 23rd
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Knight Auditorium, Babson College
Click here to purchase tickets online

Scouting for Food

Thanks to all the Needham Scouts, and their families, who participated in the annual Scouting for Food event held on Saturday, March 30th. They collected, sorted, and delivered a lot of food items to the Council's Food Pantry.
A special thanks to all the Needham residents who left donations on their doorsteps, to the Norfolk Lodge who provided the space to sort and collect food, and to all the incredible Council volunteers and staff for their hard work on that day.

ESL Program
Do you know of any Needham residents or Needham-based employees who might benefit from one-on-one tutoring and/or a conversation group through the Council's English as a Second Language (ESL) Program? Please let them know we currently have tutors available and waiting to be matched with new students!
Click here for an online student application or call our office at 781-444-2415 for more information.

Diaper Drop Off
The Council is now a local drop off site for Diaper Circle, a non-profit that collects and donates diapers to families with limited income.
We can accept single diapers, open packages, any size, any type, including swim diapers. Unopened packages of wipes also needed.
Click here for more information.

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

89th Annual Celebration Event
Our Annual Celebration Event on Thursday, March 28th was a huge success! Thank you to Homewood Suites for sharing their amazing new space with us and for supporting the Needham Community Council.
The 2019 Stephanie J. Kalin Distinguished Service Award, for outstanding contributions to the Needham Community Council, was awarded to Jeff Dinneen for his "Cans for Calcium" program which directly benefits the Food Pantry. Jeff accepted the award from Council Executive Director, Sandra Robinson.

Thrift Shop Spring Sale
Great items and great bargains to get you ready for the spring season!
All proceeds of our thrift shop sales benefit the no-fee 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.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
The Needham Community Council Child Assault Prevention Program (CAP) focuses on child abuse prevention, not only in April, Child Abuse Prevention month, but throughout the school year. The CAP Program provides workshops for Needham elementary school children and adults that focus on providing the skills and knowledge needed to recognize the signs of child abuse, how to react to it, and what steps can be taken towards its’ prevention. The Council CAP Program and Needham Public Health Department’s DVAC [Domestic Violence Action Committee] are active partners in working to raise awareness about, and provide support for, issues such as Child Abuse Prevention in the Needham community.
Please click here for an article written by the Needham CAP Director about what the CAP program teaches both children and adults about child abuse. 

We're Hiring: Thrift Shop Evening/Weekend Shift Supervisor
Are you or someone you know looking for Part Time work? We are currently accepting applications for a Shift Supervisor position for our thriving Thrift Shop. For more information and job description, please click here.
Interested? Please send resume and note of interest/qualifications to: 
No phone calls please

Save the Date: Ride for Food
Sunday, October 6th
Ride starts at Nobles School with 10, 25 and 50-mile routes to choose from. Click here for more information.

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. Watch your email, our monthly newsletter and website for more information on registration....it is not too early to start riding!

Calling All Home Gardeners
We are now a proud member of AmpleHarvest.org, 
a nationwide effort to connect home food gardeners to local food pantries to help feed the hungry and eliminate waste. 

Bring us your extra bounty and we will share it with Needham families in need. The Council Food Pantry is a proud partner with the Needham Community Farm, Volante Farms, Vanguarden Farm in Dover, Kastiroubas Produce, and other fresh vegetable and fruit providers.
One extra tomato? A few peppers? We're happy to receive the produce and distribute to Council Food Pantry families!

Needham Community Council
570 Hillside Avenue, Needham, MA

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570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

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