Council of Social Concern Approaches 50 Years of Service to the Community
Aug 26, 2018 11:22PM
● By Dan Marra
For nearly 50 years the Council of Social Concern has been supporting families in and around the Woburn area. The goal of the original founders of the organization was to address the absence of quality, affordable childcare and housing issues in the community.
Today, the Council assists more than 2,000 individuals a year through its two main programs – the food pantry and childcare program. The Council’s focus is providing safe, affordable, quality child care through the Children's Center and Family Childcare System. The organization also offers a parenting education program through the Family Skill Building Program. And one of the Council’s biggest benefits to the community is the food assistance and community resource education provided through the Food Pantry.
“We’re geared to help those who are most in the need in our community,” said Dean Solomon, executive director of the Council of Social Concern. “We’re a community-driven program and we’re focusing on fulfilling the unmet needs of our neighbors.”
The Council offers two childcare programs for the community – one at the Children’s Center, which provides subsidized tuition to low and moderate-income families. The other option is through the Family Childcare Option, which provides in-home daycare for families.
But what the Council is most known for in the region is its food pantry. The pantry provides food to individuals and families living in Woburn and Winchester who do not have adequate financial resources to meet basic needs. The pantry alone serves more than 1,800 individuals a year.
In an attempt to provide healthier food for its residents, the Council of Social Concern has joined with another nonprofit – Lovin’ Spoonfuls – which is a food rescue organization based in Boston dedicated to facilitating the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded.
“Our goal is to provide community members with healthier food options,” Solomon said. “We’re looking to stock more fresh food items for folks that come to our food pantry.”
As a nonprofit, the Council holds fundraisers and food drives in order to provide needed services to the community. The next event on the Council’s docket is its annual Golf Tournament, to be held Monday, Sept. 10 at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading.
“These fundraisers are critical in allowing us to continue offering the communities these services,” said Mary Laing, Director of Public Relations and Development at the Council. “We are lucky to have a very supportive community and it has allowed us to serve residents for nearly four decades.”
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