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NEEDHAM COMMUNITY COUNCIL INC

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Food, Human Services, Crime & Law

Address:

51 Lincoln St Needham MA 02492 USA

Mission:

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.

Results:

We support over 180 Needham families with limited financial resources in our Food Pantry; provided over 1500 door to door rides around Needham and to local medical appointments; sponsored a variety of holiday events and gift giving programs, including a free community Thanksgiving Day dinner; provided over 700 people with free medical equipment and sponsored the Child Abuse Prevention Program to over 1100 Needham elementary students.

Target demographics:

Needham residents of all ages and economic status.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

approx. 10,000 visits and contacts with Needham residents

Programs:

Food Pantry, Medical Equipment Loan Closet, Courtesy Van Transportation; Medical Appointment Rides, Child Assault Prevention Program, English as a 2nd Language Tutoring, Thrift Shop, Nursing Home Boutique and Visits, Holiday Gift Giving Programs,Online Community Event Calendar, Needham Resource Guide, Volunteer Opportunities

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Reviews for NEEDHAM COMMUNITY COUNCIL INC

Rating: 5 stars  

The Needham Community Council worked with me to coordinate a volunteer activity for The Needham Do-Something Club, a group of high school students working to make a difference. With my peers, I helped to sort and hang clothes for the thrift shop. The experience was fulfilling, and I enjoyed making a difference within my community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Needham Community Council is an incredible community asset. My first experience with the Council was 10 years ago when my daughter broke her leg and we needed to borrow a wheel chair fro the medical loan closet. It was then that I discovered this wonderful jewel in our community. Since then I have been a donor, donating food and goods to the thrift store. 6 years ago I became an active volunteer for the Child Assault Prevention program through the council, and have loved every minute if it! I am now a staff member and feel so fortunate to be a part of a organization that is "neighbors helping neighbors" in the truest sense.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the impact the services provided by the council have had on the community, teaching english as a second language, empowering children to keep themselves safe, providing residents with resources for food, clothing and medical needs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help spread the word about all the wonderful work and services that are provided by the incredible staff and volunteers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a former client and I have been a staff member since 1998. This 81 year old organisation has helped many individuals in this town. From being able to borrow medical equipment, feeding themselves by way of the outstanding food pantry, clothing their families with the fabulous deals in the thrift shop, to learning English, among many other programs.
The volunteers and fellow staff members are nothing short of amazing people. The atmosphere is one of compassion and understanding and light-heartededness. young people learn the true meaning of "giving back" by doing their community service hours with us (many come back after completion because they enjoy it!). The volunteers stay for years - it is a very social atmosphere for everyone - visitors and clients alike.
Our Holiday programs are so joyous and you can see delight on the faces of parents who may otherwise be unable to give gifts to their children. You see people from different countries studying English in order to become American citizens after so many years. It is an unbelievable experiance to be part of this organisation.

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I am a former client of the food pantry. I knew many years ago that I wanted to be a part of the Needham Community Council. When I was offered the job of being an assistant to the food pantry coordintor, I jumped at the chance. After a year I was asked to take on the coordintor position and I've been at it ever since.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Needham Community Council has been part of my world for many years. I have borrowed medical equipment for my father, donated canned goods through the elementary schools, purchased clothing for my entire family, donated goods and services on a regular basis, encouraged my teenagers to contribute their time volunteering for a great organization, and enjoyed attending many of their annual functions. The slogan People Helping People is true in hundreds of different ways.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

While traveling with my father it has been wonderful to borrow a light weight wheelchair.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create a better way to drop off donations. Possibly having the donor separate clothes from toys from household goods so the sorting process is easier for the volunteers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am both a long time donor and staff of the Needham Community Council. It is a wonderful organization that offers a variety of supports to Needham, MA residents - the food pantry and holiday gift giving programs help our neighbors who are having financial difficulty; the medical transportation program helps residents who have difficulties driving to medical appointments; our CAP programs works with elementary school students to teach them how to be safe; we offer a variety of volunteer opportunities to all ages, from middle school students to those over 90; and much much more....

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways...as a volunteer, a donor and a staff member.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to work to share information about this organization throughout the town of Needham....we are a hidden jewel.

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