Community Partnerships is an initiative to build community connections to make an impact in our own community as well as our neighboring communities on beyond.

 

Last change occurs when people and communities help lead the solution, inspire one another, learn together, and strengthen our collective ability to be a force of good. Our goal through fostering community partnerships is to get on a more equitable, fair, just, inclusive, and hopeful path together to be a force of change.

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Storytime Crafts partners with Hope & Comfort for an emergency pickup to ensure students at Boston Public Schools would have access to hygiene products before schools closed due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Storytime Crafts and Catching Joy partner s to spread kindness. Catching Joy donated 70+ books for kids in need and made 50+ hearts which will be distributed to patients in a Covid-19 isolation and recovery center.
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Storytime Crafts partners with Rafi Nova for masks for underserved communities. Masks have been sent to Navajo Nation in Arizona and throughout the Boston Community.
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Storytime Crafts partners with Wicked Flannel in New Hampsire for masks for Boston Public Schools families.
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Longwood Pediatrics in Boston donated Baby formula and essential products for BPS families.

"As a mom on 3, I know firsthand how important a book can be to a child.  And as a Girl Scout leader I am eager to have my troops involved in giving back. Supporting Storytime Crafts is the perfect choice as it promotes both literacy and making the world a better place….one book at a time!"

Jean Dies, Needham Resident

Girl Scout Troop Leader

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Storytime Crafts partners with Savers through their “Get to Give” program. Savers is committed to give back to local communities by supporting local nonprofits like Storytime Crafts. 
"I am so grateful that my girl scout troop was able to partner with Lisa on a service project. The girls experienced firsthand the power of working together to make the world a better place. They organized a book drive at their elementary school, delivered the donations to Storytime Crafts and helped Lisa sort all the donations. They were thrilled with all the generous donations provided by their school community and eager to help.  Lisa is a wonderful role model….her enthusiasm and passion for giving back is so inspiring!"
Jean Dies, Needham Girl Scout Troop Leader
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Parent Talk in Needham partners with non-profit charities.
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Needham Girl Scout Troop #69207 working on a community service  project to decorate a book collection box for a book drive at the Carter Nursery School in Needham.
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Storytime Crafts partners with Carter Nursery School in Needham, MA to collect books for Boston Public Schools.
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Mitchell Girl Scout Troop #69196 in Needham  collecting and sorting book donations for Boston Public Schools.
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Storytime Crafts promotes literacy and celebrates cultural diversity at the Needham Diversity Initiative, Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance and Celebration Day Event.
So excited to contribute two Storytime Crafts chairs to Horse SenseAbility, a non-profit organization located in Sherborn, MA. They work with underserved and at-risk youth and young adults, including those in foster care, through peaceful therapeutic sessions with horses. They were forced to shut down in March due to COVID-19. They are holding a virtual silent auction mid-October to raise revenue for their programs and to care for their therapy horses while it remains closed.
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Well, even though Martha’s Vineyard libraries are still closed due to COVID and my chairs could not be delivered, I captured each chair in front of their final destination.

So grateful for the sponsorship from Martha's Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation where the 3 chairs will be on display in the Edgartown MV Bank until the libraries reopen. Each library will also receive a signed copy of “Danny Dollar”, a financial literacy book, by Ty Allan Jackson

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So honored to partner with Pollard Middle School to create this WALL OF LOVE. Our goal is to continue sharing kindness and appreciation throughout the school year.

A special thank you to Principal Tamatha Bibbo for allowing Storytime Crafts to create this bulletin board and to these amazing Needham High School students for sharing their artistic talent. I am so very proud of these students and this wonderful project!!

So cool partnering with Rafi Nova to distribute Halloween masks for children. Not knowing where to go I pulled into a Boston Police Station and was greeted by these first responders who assured me these masks would make their way to children in their community. Mission accomplished. So happy!

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Rafi Nova partnered with Storytime Crafts for the month of November in honor of National Family Literacy Month.

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Such an amazing opportunity to partner with ReadBoston and All Dorchester Sports and Leadership to install a little free library at 1565 Dorchester Ave. I am so grateful for a generous donor who made this library possible. Storytime Crafts donated over 550 books to replenish the library.

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Beyond excited to introduce sweet Dakota....our new partner for literacy. Thank you Equine Assisted Activities Group, Inc. for your generous donation. Can’t wait for children to sit in this special chair and read to Dakota!

Equine Assisted Activities Group offers a fun, safe and private environment for children to practice and improve their reading skills.

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As of August 25, 2020, we are now accepting new and gently used children's books (grades pre-k - 8). Storytime Crafts new book donation shed built in partnership with Needham Bank, is located at Gorse Mill Studios, 31 Thorpe Road, Needham. Thank you Needham Bank!

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Friday night pizza party to celebrate our awesome Volunteer Ambassadors.

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Check out Storytime Craft new children’s Little Free Library at Gorse Mill Studios made possible thanks to a generous donor. A special thank you to Pinegrove Construction for installing it and our young Volunteer Ambassadors for stocking it. Located directly behind it is our new book donation shed built in partnership with Needham Bank. So excited to share children’s books with the Needham Community!

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WOW!! I received an awesome phone message from Mayor Walsh’s Chief of Staff expressing gratitude! Upon receiving... Rafi Nova clear “smile” masks immediately went to special needs families + teachers + students in addition to Rafi Nova VOTE masks.

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So proud of our Volunteer Ambassador Team. Received 4 dozen requests for BE KIND kits and this team jumped right in to help. Thank you Kate, Kaitlyn, Jacky and Samantha for your quick action and also to Patrick and Rory. You are all making a difference. I appreciate you more than words can express. 

Thank you Rafi Nova for partnering to donate 1,000 masks with the Martin Luther King K-8 School logo for students to show off their school spirit and help keep the King community safe and healthy. So grateful for these amazing partnerships.

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Thinking of all the happy children who will receive bikes soon. A special thank you to Pinegrove Construction for assisting these lovely ladies who rented a U-HAUL to pick up the last 25 bikes to distribute to families in the Waltham community. 

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We honor and thank all veterans for their sacrifices. Storytime Crafts is partnering to provide new books for children 4-18 for the Angel tree and Rafi Nova masks. The Airman & Family Readiness Center at Barksdale Airforce Base in Louisiana provides Airmen and their family members support services that enhance mission readiness, resiliency and the well-being of the Air Force Community.

So sad, the New England Mobile Book Fair is ceasing operations at Marshall’s Plaza in Newton as of tomorrow and looking for a new location. The owner Tom Lyons was very generous and donated books to Storytime Crafts. 

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Beyond proud of Nora Joyce and Sophia Beaver, 8th grade students at Newton Country Day, for their commitment to making a difference. They held a month long book drive at their school collecting over 150 books.

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Needham High School students Jeremy Melton '23 and Liam Sullivan '23 building a Little Free Library soon to be installed in a neighboring community.

Spreading cheer this holiday season with 100+ toys and books for Brookview House in Dorchester

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Needham High School student Nicole Kirshy, '22, sorting over 375 book donations received over a weekend.

March 2021

Storytime Crafts collected desperately needed books for the Dream Diné Charter School in Shiprock, New Mexico. The Dream Diné is a K-6 school for Native American children in the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation has experienced a major lack of resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has a severe need for books and school supplies.

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May 2021

Storytime Crafts donates crafted table and chair set to A to Z Child Care and Preschool in Needham to create a fun cozy corner for children.

Members of the Needham High School Interact Club host read alouds for children.

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