Community Partners

Organization Summary of Service (from websites)
All Hands and Hearts We focus on delivering a Smart Response to those reeling from disaster both domestically and internationally.
Alliance for Children A Needham based non-profit adoption agency. Read this article to learn about their projects Local Foundation Expands Orphanage in Haiti.
Alzheimer's Association Provide and enhance Alzheimer's care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
American Cancer Society Free the world from cancer.
American Heart Association We’re working to create a world free of heart disease and stroke - a world where everyone can achieve the best possible health
American Red Cross The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​
AmeriCares AmeriCares saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster so they can reach their full potential.
Animal Rescue League For 118 years, The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) has responded to the needs of animals and the people who care about them.
Avery Manor Nursing Home Needham based nursing home.
Baby Basics non-profit, 100% volunteer organization that provides and distributes diapers to babies of the working/near poor in the communities of South Boston and Dedham/Needham, MA.
Belle of the Ball cleans and distributes prom dresses and provides related accessories at no charge to high school junior and senior girls who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend their school’s prom.
Best Buddies dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (Katie_McGraw@needham.k12.ma.us and Amanda_Grabel@needham.k12.ma.us)
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets.
Birthday Wishes
Book Drive A Pollard based event (Ann_Ahnert@needham.k12.ma.us and Susan_Gillespie@needham.k12.ma.us)
Bread of Life Bread of Life is a free community meal that nourishes the body and the soul. Anyone in need of a meal and/or companionship is welcome. Bread of Life happens the first and third Tuesdays of every month. Dinner starts promptly at 6 pm. Volunteers are needed to set up, serve, visit, eat(!) and clean up. Hours are 5:30 to 7:30. Contact Cathy Lunetta: cslunetta@gmail.com to get involved.
Briarwood Nursing Home-Needham a vibrant community of care conveniently located down the block from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham.
Charity Water non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
Charles River Center nonprofit human service agency with offices in Needham and Natick, Massachusetts, providing employment and job training, residential homes, day habilitation, and recreational programs for children and adults with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. (mbolio@charlesrivercenter.org)
Charles River Conservancy Stewardship, renewal, and enhancement of parklands along the Charles River.
Children's Hospital Boston We presently have a diverse, trained group of more than 1,600 individuals who selflessly devote thousands of hours each year to support the hospital staff and our patients and families.
Circle of Hope Provide homeless children, women, and men in Boston and Metro West with clothing and necessities in order to preserve and enhance overall health and personal dignity. Based in Needham. Contact Jody Barnett, jody@circleofhopeonline.org to organize a collection drive.
Common Art Knit winter scarves & hats for people experiencing homelessness, and their friends.  Call 617-247-4927 for information.
Community Cooks mobilizes individuals, businesses, civic, educational and faith-based groups to offer home-prepared food to vulnerable neighbors seeking assistance from human service agencies, students working to improve their lives in after school programs, and families struggling with food insecurity.  Call 617-501-1073, or contact ccooks.org for more information.
Community Servings Food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses.  Volunteers must be 13+, call 617-522-7777
Cradles for Crayons Run a donation dive or organize donated goods, to make life better for children in need (owilson@cradlestocrayons.org)  617-779-4700
Friendship Circle Volunteer your time to help a child in your neighborhood (with special needs) who needs a friend. 
Generic Ministry, Inc. Provide food, clothing and supplies to Boston's homeless community and those in need.  
Habitat for Humanity Global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries.
Heartbeats for Down Syndrome Our goal is to alleviate some of the fear and anxiety that accompany a hospital stay by bringing some love and light to the family in the form of a care package.
Heated Lions Club Provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and young adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuous opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.
Horizons for Homeless Children Improve the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts and help their families succeed by providing high-quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services.  617-553-5488
KIVA the world's first online lending platform connecting online lenders to entrepreneurs across the globe. (Doug_Stanczak@needham.k12.ma.us)
Needham Coalition (SPAN) The coalition incorporates a collaborative, community based, and data driven prevention approach to reduce alcohol, marijuana and other drug use among Needham youth.  Contact Catherine Delano: 781-455-7500 x 277
Needham Community Council The NCC supports people in Needham who have under-met health, educational or social needs and promotes volunteerism, community and a sense of shared responsibility.
Needham Community Farm Our mission is to deepen our community's connection to nature and the food system.  Contact Theresa Strachilla
Needham Food Pantry Supports people in Needham who have under-met health, educational or social needs and promotes volunteerism, community and a sense of shared responsibility.
Needham Human Rights Committee The NHRC strives to reaffirm the worth and dignity of every human being through community outreach, education and events.  Contact Christina Matthews
Needham Science Center You (and you parents) will get to experience a room full of exotic animals to love, nurture and feed. Science Center staffers will train you on proper care, feeding and socializing techniques.
Newton Athletes Unlimited Support high quality recreational programs to encourage physical, social, emotional and intellectual development to individuals with disabilities.  Contact Mark Kelly: 617-796-1527, mkelly@newtonma.gov 
Newton-Wellesley Hospital Volunteer opportunities, accessible through the link
North Hill Nursing Home Needham retirement community with many options for kids to get involved!
PEAT (Pollard Environmental Action Team) Environmental Action in and around the Pollard community (Chuck_Dowd@needham.k12.ma.us)
Peer Tutoring Pollard Student Volunteer Club.  Contact susan_gillespie@needham.k12.ma.us
Pine Street Inn This opportunity is ideal for 6-10 volunteers.  Your 

Your group will work alongside our staff and trainees assisting with food preparation and kitchen support. We will also include a tour of our shelter where your group will have the opportunity to learn more about our mission and the issues surrounding homelessness in Boston.

Project Bread Project Bread is committed to preventing and ending hunger in Massachusetts. (Alexa_Drolette@projectbread.org)
Room to Read Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.  boston@roomtoread.org 
School on Wheels Help students impacted by homelessness by providing tutoring, or by donating backpacks and school supplies.  (508)587-9091
School the World Boston-based, flexible with volunteer work.  Contact natalie.hambor@schooltheworld.org, or chaiara.evelti@schooltheworld.org
Social Justice League provide a space for all students to have a voice and take action within their community. (Monique_Bale@needham.k12.ma.us and Elissa_Strauss@needham.k12.ma.us)
Special Olympics Provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, prepare for entry into school and community programs, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
TOP-Soccer: Needham Soccer Club The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability
Travis Roy Foundation Enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families
Unity Farm Sanctuary Located in Sherborn, MA, this nonprofit charity is dedicated to animal welfare. Students can volunteer "to provide a safe and loving lifelong home for farm animals, to engage with the public to educate about them, and to promote a culture of kindness and connection". Opportunities available for kids as young as age 10 (with guardians) or 14 (on their own, with permission).
VocalID Humanizing the voice inside any device that speaks
Waltham Fields Community Farm Drop in Saturdays, begins in April.  Volunteers of all ages welcome.  Typical hours from 9am-12noon.  
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