Those Who Can for Those In Need

Newsletter #5 --- December, 2015                   View this email in your browser

“Save The Date”, our 3rd annual  will be held on Saturday, April 2nd 2016.  Stay tuned for more details coming in the next newsletter.

For more information, please contact Judie VanKooiman at


 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.

Holiday Greetings from TWCFTIN
Everyone at Those Who Can, For Those In Need would like to wish you all a very Happy Holiday’s.  We appreciate all your support during 2015. And we look forward to 2016.  And thank you for all you do to help those in need. 
December Marks 5th Anniversary of Life Issues!!
December is a special month for our Founder.  Some of you know, but for those who don’t, 5 years ago this month Judie started taping a show called Life Issues which is a Resource- Information show.  Some of the local cable stations air the show.  And it is also on Face Book, where you can watch past or present shows.  2 years after starting Life Issues Judie piggy backed off of the show and started Those Who Can, For Those In Need in memory of her husband, Van.

In The Spotlight
Each issue of our newsletter will feature a local organization serving our community!

The Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is a public policy advocacy organization dedicated to ending homelessness in the Commonwealth. Since its founding 25 years ago by a dedicated group of "first responders" working with unsheltered adults in Greater Boston, MHSA has been the leader in initiating effective solutions to homelessness throughout Massachusetts. Serving as an intermediary between the public and nonprofit sectors, MHSA works to shift the Commonwealth's response to homelessness away from an emphasis on emergency shelter and toward a focus on permanent supportive housing.

 With its network of 100 member agencies, MHSA educates about the struggles of people experiencing homelessness; encourages strategic use of funds based on research and best practices; implements innovative strategies that provide cost-effective solutions to homelessness; and collaborates with government and the private sector to ensure that everyone has a place to call home.

 You are invited to join MHSA on Wednesday, December 16, for the 2015 MHSA Annual Meeting! The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 126 High Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02110. The Annual Meeting is a time for MHSA member agencies and supporters to gather and celebrate our shared accomplishments over the past year. MHSA will also honor several individuals who have made significant contributions to ending homelessness: Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Harriette L. Chandler; Timothy Riley of Action, Inc.; and Angela Berry of Justice Resource Institute. Details and tickets are available at

Community Calendar

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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