Great Non-Profits Making a Difference in the Westwood Area
A roundup of local organizations and groups that have given back to the community.
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This week, we're focusing on giving back to the community. Here's a roundup of various non-profit organizations in the area that work to lend a hand:
Westwood Rotary Club: Last September, the Westwood Rotary Club spearheaded an effort to bring solar-powered clean water to the nation of Nigeria. What's more, one of the rotarians - Teresa Tavera Thomas - forfeited a traditional American Thanksgiving this past fall in order to bring medicine and hope to the area.
Westwood Food Pantry: The town's food pantry was hard at work this past holiday season, welcoming the helping hands of various students from Thurston Middle School, who were on hand to sort and stack food items that were donated by residents. All food collected goes to needy families or single folks living in Westwood. Anyone interested in receiving food through the pantry needs to meet a standard of being in need, such as being unemployed.
Glad Rags Thrift Shop: Located on Hartford Street on the back side of the same complex as Westwood Convenient Food Mart & Deli, Chill, and Victoria's Cucina Italiana, Glad Rags opened its doors for the 33rd time this past fall, offering a wide variety of clothing, books, toys, jewelry and various household goods. In October, the shop donated $24,000 in proceeds to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC).
Westwood High School Animal Awareness Club: The Westwood High School Animal Awareness Club recognized this past holiday season that humans weren't the only ones feeling the heat of a poor economic climate. The group decided to collect toys and supplies for the Milton Animal League this past December as a result. Just started this past year, the club was founded by Westwood High School Student President Aislinn Rodriguez and Vice President Daniella Brodsky.
Bay State Animal Cooperative of Norwood: In the same light as the Animal Awareness Club, the Bay State Animal Cooperative helps to spread the word about animals in need, specifically in need of a home. Each Friday, we feature a new Pet of the Week on Westwood Patch that is up for adoption through the BSAC.