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
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.