Those Who Can For Those In Need

Newsletter #9- August 2016                                                          View this email in your browser

  From The President:
Dear Friends: 

September will be the 5th annual TWCFTIN Life Issues Resource-Volunteer Fair.  Thank you for all those that have been with us from the beginning.  And to those who are new, thank you for joining us.  It’s so important in our everyday lives helping “Those In Need”. 

For those of you who may not know how this all started.  9 years ago I lost my husband, Van to Cancer.  Prior to that I was fired from my employment of 18 years at a major law firm in Boston.  When those 2 life changing events came into my life, I went through what I call my bumps in my life.  And didn’t know where to turn.  That is when I decided to help others seeking resources and information and started a cable show, “Life Issues”.  6 local cable stations air the show and you can watch it on our social media sites.    And then I started the nonprofit, Those Who Can, For Those In Need.

We have added more categories!  So we are covering every type of life issue.
And we started another outlet for people to find resources.  We have a You Tube channel. 
Please feel free to send us any events, fundraisers etc. that you have coming up and we would be more than happy to promote them for you.
Have a great day!

 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, Mental Health,  Disease and Health Issues, Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Veterans, Disabilities, LBGTQ, Low-Income, and Homelessness.

In The Spotlight
Each issue of our newsletter will feature a local organization serving our community!
Learning and fun never stops at For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO)!
On June 15th, children at FKO’s Gorman Fort Banks School program celebrated the end of the 2016 school year at “Town Night” as they showcased their model replicas of Winthrop landmarks and special places in their lives, such as the Winthrop police and fire department, the beach, Cervizzi’s Martial Arts and even FKO. FKO Program Director Joseph Rosetti a nd his team of kindergartners created the displays using craft and nature materials. Families enjoyed dinner and a tour of their children’s work and the Winthrop police department gave out special gifts to the children. Community members, including the Winthrop Police Department, Gorman Fort Banks Assistant Principal Nora Grimes, Cervizzi’s Martial Arts Academy’s Chris Crocker and FKO Executive Director Deborah Kneeland Keegan, attended the family event.
FKO’s Summer Learning Program is in full swing, operating eleven weeks of fun enrichment activities, community adventures, and field trips. They have kept literacy alive with the help of FKO Literacy Coach and retired Winthrop Public Schools teacher Judy Hanlon and the Imagination Vacation curriculum from the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and BOSTnet’s Summer Learning Collaborative. Children participate in weekly karate classes through a partnership with Cervizzi’s Martial Arts. Cooking lessons led by Out-of-School Time (OST) Educator Dena Plakias have stimulated the minds of young chefs, while math and science lovers have flourished with OST Educator Kate Tozzi leading STEM enrichment activities, such as lego and marble mazes. Later this month, Miss Money and the Coins will be visiting to teach children a lesson on saving, sharing and spending!
The learning continues beyond the walls of FKO. This summer, FKO children have visited local sites such as the MWRA as well as the Winthrop Fire and Police Station. The group also explored places like Stage Forge Park in Gloucester, George’s Island in Boston, Sunset Beach in Shrewsbury, Lake Cochituate in Natick and Stone Zoo in Haverhill. Under the leadership of FKO Director Shannon Hughes, the center has been filled everyday with smiling faces eager to learn and spend time with their friends.
FKO School Year Registration will officially begin on Monday, August 8th. Families can log into the online Parent Portal to enroll,  Questions about For Kids Only Afterschool?  Contact 617-539-0001 or 978-740-KIDS.

Article by Suzanne Oullette and photos by Briana Flannery.

Community Calendar

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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.

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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