Natick Service Council update

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Real Estate Agent with Andrew Mitchell & Company

Natick - There is still time to RSVP to the Natick Service Council's annual Volunteer Recognition evening being held on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Morse Institute Library.  

All who have volunteered for the Service Council in the past year are invited to join us for an evening of celebration and thanks.

For more information, please contact Patty Shaffer at the Service Council office - 655-1791.

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This week's thanks go out to Ben Greenberg and Temple Israel in Natick for their food drive last week. This very generous community filled our van with some much needed food supplies for the Pantry.  

We appreciate their kindness and are grateful to Ben for organizing this effort.

Next, we thank Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley for their donation of just-picked apples.  

For this effort, 100 people gathered at Belkin Lookout Farm for a learning program and apple picking. Through the generous donation of Steve Belkin at Belkin Lookout Farms everyone picked two bags of apples that were donated to Food Pantries throughout the MetroWest region.

Our Food Pantry was one of the lucky recipients and we have been distributing these delicious apples ever since.

We appreciate Temple Beth Elohim partnering with our Food Pantry and for their very generous donation.

Our next set of thanks go out to The Cheese Shop in Wellesley for their very generous donation of goodies. Our shelves are stocked with delicious and interesting cookies thanks to The Cheese Shop.  

This was a nice treat to offer to our clients.

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Our Birthday Bag Program continues to offer birthday party supplies to those families who need them.  Currently our shelves are a bit light and could use an influx of donations.  

Please consider donating to this worthwhile program. We are in need of birthday party paper goods (plates, napkins, cups, forks, tablecloths), party favors, cake mixes, frostings, and decorations.  

You can go with a popular boy or girl theme or select a color that a child would like.  

If you are interested in donating to this program, please drop off your donations at our office at 11 Pond St.  We are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  Monday through Friday.

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The Natick Service Council continues its search for a new director of Client Services. This position is responsible for supervising the case management staff and administering the program as well as administering grant funded health promotion programs at the agency.  

These currently  include Bounce for Better Health, an obesity prevention initiative and Supporting Smiles, a dental access initiative.  The director of Client Services is also responsible for initiating new programs as needs arise.  

We are looking for a self-starter who can work independently, but also as part of a team when necessary. B.A. required and a master's degree in social work, public health or a related field strongly preferred.  

Please send a cover letter and resume to:  Wissa Z. Wissa, Executive Director, Natick Service Council, 11 Pond St., Natick, MA  01760 or e-mail: wzwissa@natickservicecouncil.org.

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We continue to provide fresh fruit and vegetables each week to our clients. This has been a very well received program with our clients. As we move into the fall months and gardens continue to produce delicious fresh vegetables, please consider donating any excess to the Natick Service Council.  

We distribute fresh produce every single day, right from our office on Pond Street. We have been fortunate to receive some great vegetables from a local farm but can always use more.  Please bring these donations directly to the Service Council office on Pond Street.

If you have any questions, please call the office.

This holds true for all those apple picking trips that are so popular in the fall. Consider donating your excess apples to the Food Pantry. These donations should also be brought directly to our office on Pond Street.

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Calling all volunteers!  We looking to build up our volunteer program and need your help. Our most consistent need for help is at our Food Pantry. The Pantry is open on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and then on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..

Two volunteers are needed for each shift to help with food distribution.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Patty Shaffer at 508-655-1791.  All volunteers for this position must out of high school.

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This week's Food Pantry request is rather substantial. We have been fortunate over the past several months to have a good supply of food at the Food Pantry.  

Currently our shelves are not as robust as they have been in the past. In fact, there are several shelves that are pretty bare.  

The items that we need the most include: cereal of any kind, oatmeal of any kind, peanut butter, jelly of any kind, white or brown rice, coffee, tea, juice, canned fruits such as peaches, pears, pineapple, fruit cocktail and any other kind of canned fruit, meals-in-a-box such as hamburger or tuna helper, meal bakes and rice dishes, spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes - diced, stewed or peeled, and condiments such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressing, pickles and barbecue sauces.

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Ed Hughes, MBA

Re/Max HomeFinders

264 N. Main Street

Natick MA 01760

617-875-4132

www.efhughes.com

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