Help foster children get ready for school this year. Donate school supplies like new backpacks, markers, pen, pencils, and notebooks to Devereux Therapeutic Foster Care at 880 West Cummings Park, Suite 3700. Woburn, MA.  All donations are accepted through Wednesday, September 4. Donations are also tax deductible so save your receipts. For more information or for a more detailed list of supplies, call (866) 334-3879 or vist the center.   
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The summer months present a special challenge for many of the families served by the Council of Social Concern’s Food Pantry. Children who receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch at school are now home for three meals a day, placing an extra financial burden on those who are already struggling to put food on the table. Your donation now will help to ensure that local children will have enough nutritious food to eat during the summer months. All non-perishable food within date will be accepted.

All donations can be dropped off at the CSC Food Pantry at 2 Merrimack Street in Woburn, Mondays-Fridays between 9:00-5:00 p.m.  If you wish to make a monetary donation, please make your check out to Council of Social Concern Food Pantry. For more information about donations please click here

Join the Woburn Youth Council for a game of Bingo! On Wednesday, April 17 at 5PM, bring the whole family down to the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn (1 Charles Garderner Lane) for a night full of Bingo, prizes and a Great American Bake Sale!

To partake in this event for free, all you need to do is bring a donation of canned goods, which will be donated to the Council of Social Concern. All money received from the bake sale will go to No Kid Hungry to help fight child hunger. 

The food pantry at the Council of Social Concern in Woburn is beginning to run low and could use donations from community members.

Below is a letter from Karen Colatrella, Food Pantry Director:

A recent newspaper headline read, “Hunger Issues Persist Across Massachusetts”.  It goes on to state that, according to a recent study by the Food Research and Action Center, nearly one out of six Massachusetts residents reported that they did not have enough money to buy food they or their family needed at some point in 2012.

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You may have seen the boxes before in your community and hopefully you have donated before to this great cause! Cellphones for Soldiers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans.

This year the Youth Council at the Boys and Girls Club are organizing the effort. They have placed boxes in different locations throughout Woburn. The cellphones that are donated will be used to get calling cards for active military members.

If you have any gently used cellphones that you need to get rid of, please drop them off at one of the following locations:

The Council of Social Concern's Food Pantry is getting ready for its Annual Holiday Food Basket Distribution for families in need who reside in Woburn or Winchester. Last year, the pantry distributed over 800 Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to local families.

If you know of any families in need, please refer them to the attached flyer, so they can sign up for a Thanksgiving basket. The form also explains how to request a Christmas basket, which is being done differently this year than for the Thanksgiving basket.

There are also a number of ways individuals in the community can donate or volunteer to help with this food basket project. To learn about all of the opportunities, click here.

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The effects from Hurricane Sandy were devestating to many parts of the East Coast, especially New York and New Jersey. Many individuals and organizations across the country have stepped up to do anything they can to help those in need.

Some of the youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn decided that they would like to get involved too. On November 5th, they worked together in the gym to make no-sew fleece blankets for the victims of the hurricane. The youth also discussed the impact of the hurricane, some of whom have families near the devestated areas. 

Once the blankets were completed, they were shipped to Staten Island and distributed to nearby shelters. With many families losing most, if not all, of their possessions, these blankets will help keep many people warm throughout the cold winter months.