Those Who Can for Those In Need

Newsletter #5 -- October, 2015

On Saturday, September 12th, Those Who can, For Those In Need held their 4th Annual Life Issues TWCFTIN Resource-Volunteer Fair.  It was a huge success.  And many contacts were made with organizations and attendees.  THANK YOU to all who participated!  We look forward to seeing you next year.

For more information, please contact Judie VanKooiman at

Several of the non-profit organizations that exhibited at our Resource & Volunteer Fair last September.  You can see more photos on our Facebook page.

News From the Red Cross: Did you know that the American Red Cross will install FREE smoke detectors/CO2 detectors.  Please email for more information.


 Our Mission

Those Who Can for Those In Need, Inc., is a Winthrop-based non-profit linking the North Shore Community with Resources and Volunteer Opportunities in the areas of Elderly, Losing a Loved One, Children, Low-Income, and Homelessness.

In The Spotlight
Each issue of our newsletter will feature a local organization serving our community!
Our Featured Partner for this edition of our newsletter is Horizons for Homeless Children.

One in every 30 children in the U.S. experiences homelessness each year. Horizons for Homeless Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts by ensuring that they are prepared for school success. We provide high-quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services.
Today, we serve 2,000 young homeless children each week in Massachusetts through our three early education centers and our 120+ Playspaces. We are one of the few comprehensive organizations in the state focused exclusively on the needs of young homeless children and their families.
Horizons for Homeless Children created the Playspace Program with the belief that play is essential to healthy childhood development, and every child has the right to play. To make healthy play possible for children living in shelters in Massachusetts, regional staff build and maintain developmentally appropriate and trauma-informed, "kid-friendly" spaces and stocks them with books, toys, games and arts materials. These Playspaces provide the opportunity for children to have a safe place to play, use their imaginations, heal from trauma, and just have fun. These Playspaces are essential for young homeless children in the state to engage in these critical types of learning and healing activities.
Horizons' Playspaces serve infants and young children who are living in homeless shelters. Trained volunteers lead play activities in the Playspaces to help each child heal from the
trauma of homelessness and gain the cognitive, physical, and social/emotional skills essential to future social and academic success. Every Playspace offers a healthy and safe
environment that is fully-stocked with books, toys, games, child-friendly furniture, and equipment to provide opportunities for children to learn, heal, and grow through play. Our dedicated Playspace team is responsible for building and stewarding relationships with shelter staff, managing the operations of Playspaces across the state, and recruiting, training, and coaching more than 1,400 volunteers called Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs).
For children living in a shelter, Playspace visits with PALs may be the only opportunity to listen to stories being read, create an artistic masterpiece, dress up as a superhero, play a musical instrument, and just have fun. Each PAL attends a three-hour introductory training session, undergoes a background screening, and commits to attending Playspace shifts at an assigned
shelter weekly for a minimum of six months. The Playspaces fill a role that many shelter programs would otherwise be unable to support and allow the shelter staff to focus on programs
and workshops that will support parents and families in achieving self-sufficiency.
To learn more about volunteering with Horizons for Homeless Children, please follow this link:
Thanks again and have a great weekend!
Stephen Croke
Northeast Playspace Program Director
Horizons for Homeless Children
60 Island Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
T: 978.557.2182
F: 978.557.2184
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Community Calendar

October 25th: Take strides against hunger October 25th on a walk to benefit My Brother's Table, the largest soup kitchen on the North Shore located in Lynn.

My Brother's Table (MBT), will hold its 34th annual Seaside Walk Fundraiser, Sunday, October 25th.    AMP 103.3 radio station will be there with its street team with games and prizes.  

The 3-mile walk along the Lynn/Swampscott shore is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm (registration begins at 1pm) from the Church of the Holy Name, 60 Monument Avenue in Swampscott, MA.  All are invited to participate by walking, sponsoring a walker or forming a team.  Each walker will receive a prize.  Free refreshments will be served and awards for the most successful team and individual will be presented. Anyone unable to walk can participate in a Virtual Walk or may donate online at My Brother’s Table’s website  The money raised will help serve over 140,000 meals this year alone.  For more information or to obtain a sponsor sheet visit MBT’s website or contact MBT at 781-595-3224.

Since 1982, MBT has served over 3 million meals to people in need, in all kinds of weather, during years of economic ups and downs. My Brother’s Table receives no government funding and is not a United Way affiliate. Instead, it relies on funding from individual and corporate donations.

November 20th:  Hayley's Hope Foundation will be hosting their 5th annual fundraiser on Friday November 20th benefitting the Hayley Blowers Memorial Scholarship and Youth Suicide Awareness & Prevention.  There will be a live auction, plenty of raffles and great food.  The entertainment will be Hot Spots Cabaret with musical/comedy skits. Tickets can be pre-purchased on their website as well at the door day of the event.

Knights of Columbus 177 Lynnfield St. Lynn, MA 01904 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Ticket info: $30 per person $20 17 & younger $270 for table of 10 people (advance purchase required) Facebook: Hayley's Hope Foundation

Volunteer Opportunities

My Brother's Table located in Lynn is always accepting volunteers.  Great for families, community service hours or for anyone.  Please call 781-595-3224 for information.

Giving Hope Foundation is conducting their annual back-to-school drive collecting back packs and school items (excluding clothing) through August 15.  To contribute, contact  Giving Hope Foundation is also looking for people to join their Family Fun Day committee.

Children's Friend and Family Services seeks volunteer mentors ages 21 and older to be matched with one youth mentee from the North Shore. Youth are between the ages of 5 and 18, and as a mentor you would meet every week for at least two hours to establish a one-to-one relationship that over a year’s time matures into a genuine, caring friendship. Our mentors – like the individuals and families we serve – come from a variety of backgrounds and professions. Whether it’s taking a walk in the park, watching a movie, cooking or just talking on the phone – when you take time out of your day to enrich the life of a child, you’re making a real difference. Our current program waitlist has 29 youth, there is a significant need! If you are interested or would like to know more, please visit or contact Samantha Alves, Director of Youth Mentoring at or call 978-219- 1528.

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