NEEDHAM COMMUNITY COUNCIL
"People Helping People"
The Needham Community Council is a private 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.


THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY
While the world has been turned upside down, many things are staying the same.    We've found ourselves on the forefront of an historic event that has affected so many families in Needham.  With the support of our community and folks like you, we've weathered many economic ups and downs and are grateful that we have the systems in place to be able to help our neighbors when they need it most. 

Since the pandemic began...


Our food needs have increased by over 72%

Over 780
Food Pantry visits and counting

48 New households are needing assistance

... more than 1000 donors have helped support the Council and our Needham neighbors with food insecurity ... and the need continues!

We could not do it without all of you,
THANK YOU!

RIDE FOR FOOD
Off the Beaten Path
This year marks our 8th annual Ride for Food. 
Due to COVID, we're changing it up! 

This year we won't have a one-day group Ride, but all team members are encouraged to engage in their activity of choice whenever and wherever they want. You can run, swim, hike, spin, kayak (or do jumping jacks, planks, etc!) on your own time between today and October 4. 

Team Community Council registration is now open:
click here to register and/or donate
Coming soon: a program to help track your activity

As always, the goal is to raise critical funds and awareness to fight food insecurity. We are dealing with major adversity during these unprecedented times. It is more important than ever that we continue to support each other and to help provide the necessary funds to provide food & grocery items to families in our community.



Event details:     $25 Registration Fee   
All teams members are asked for a commitment to raising funds; no minimums this year, but we ask for your best effort.
All funds raised by Team Community Council will help support hunger relief in our community. 

Can't wait to see all of you again soon.
email us with any questions.

THRIFT STORE UPDATE
Our Thrift Shop will remain closed until at least the end of June. We cannot accept any drop-off donations during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  

We are giving the shop a fresh coat of paint and we look forward to the time when we can welcome back our volunteers and customers.   We are currently working to adapt our donation processes to meet evolving safety recommendations. We appreciate your patience and ask that you please keep your items until we can accept them.  Our Thrift Store is a major fundraiser for the Council and revenues help support all our programs, including the Food Pantry.



Meanwhile, we are building our Ebay store and hope to have many items available for sale soon.     
 Become a
and be the first to know when the store is open. 
 

GIFT CARDS ARE A WIN-WIN
With the help of community groups like One Needham and the Needham Women's Club, and donations from our neighbors, over 180 restaurant gift cards have been distributed to our households. Food Pantry customers and our local  restaurants are so grateful and in awe of the spirit of Needham helping it's own!   

 Families with elementary school-aged children also received an added bonus of a gift certificate to Learning Express co-donated by One Needham and Learning Express.  What a joy to see the kids getting sidewalk chalk, puzzles or games to make their day just a little brighter!  

FLOWERS SPREADING SOME JOY
Volunteers are what help keep our programs running.  We've always been a community of "people helping people" and they are the back bone of all our programs.  With the social distancing requirements and to keep both our volunteers and our customers healthy our volunteers are at home.  To let them know we are thinking about them, that they are appreciated and to look forward to a day when we can all be together again,  all 235 volunteers came home to a little ray of sunshine; Needham pansies...we hope it brought many smiles! ...and,thanks to all who helped deliver them around town!


"I want to express my gratitude for the beautiful pansies that were left on my front porch this week. Pansies are so cheerful, especially during this quarantine.It was a very kind gesture."

                          - Maureen


"What a lovely surprise when I came home from a walk on a beautiful day that we so deserve.The pansies are lovely, they made my day."

                              -Lynn
Thank you to Hillcrest Gardens who
made this project so easy and affordable!  

OTHER COUNCIL PROGRAMS NEWS
...although our building is closed (other than for food distribution) Council programs and staff continue to work remotely.

Medical Equipment
Loan Program

While we are not taking back any medical equipment or able to accept donations, we are loaning out what we have in our inventory.  Call us, M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 781-444-2415, to request a contact-free pickup.  We will leave the equipment on our front porch for you to pick up at your convenience. We ask you to keep any borrowed equipment until it is safe to return it.  

Rides to Medical Appointments

As Lyft has begun it's services again, we plan to resume medical rides in mid-June.  Rides will be available Mon-Thurs between 9 am - 3 pm.  Riders must be healthy and wearing a mask. 

Please call the office to request a ride
781-444-2415

ESL Tutoring
ESL tutoring is still going on, just a little differently!  Using all kinds of teleconferencing software, over 30 pairs of tutors and learners are staying connected and improving their English skills. 
Do you know someone who could use a connection and work on their language? Please email us.
CAP says "Thank you"

Thank you to the wonderful teams of trained volunteer Prevention Specialists who presented CAP workshops this year to children in the Needham elementary schools, teaching them that all children have the right to be “Safe, Strong and Free!”  Thank you as well to the PTC’s who helped support the CAP program, and to the schools and their staff who warmly welcomed us in.  We look forward to continuing to share the CAP safety messages.


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Needham Community Council
570 Hillside Avenue, Needham, MA 
781-444-2415

office@needhamcommunitycouncil.org
www.needhamcommunitycouncil.org

Sandra Robinson, Executive Director
srobinson@needhamcommunitycouncil.org

Debbie Winnick, Director of Development and PR
dswinnick@needhamcommunitycouncil.org

Page van Amson, Asst Director of Development and PR
pvanamson@needhamcommunitycouncil.org

Judy Lambert, Volunteer Coordinator
jlambert@needhamcommunitycouncil.org


Officers & Board of Directors 2020
President
  Margie Margolis

Vice President
  Robert Dermody

Secretary
  TBA

Treasurer
  John Frantz

Past President
  Deb Jacob
Lynn Alberding

Kathleen Berner

Bill Concannon

Priscilla Dasse

Diane DerMarderosian

Linda Farley

Mani Iyer

Jonathan Kappel
Eileen Kleinman

Andrew McCollum

Alrie McNiff Daniels

Javad Memarzadeh

Carrie Reddish

Diane Retzky

Mary Richman

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Needham Community Council
570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494