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
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.
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.