The Women’s Community Committee, Inc. (WCC) is an all-volunteer, non-profit community-service organization. WCC has been operating a store front Thrift Shop since 1927, two years after its founding. The Thrift Shop is one of Norwood’s oldest establishments in continuous operation. All proceeds from the Thrift Shop are used to provide local organizations with funds to support worthy programs, services, and charities.
WCC recognizes that donors and customers are its most valuable asset and notes that it is only with the continuing support of the community that it can accomplish its goal “to extend a helping hand.”
In 2007, The Norwood Board of Selectmen acknowledged the Women’s Community Committee (WCC) for its 80 years of service to the town. On behalf of the Board, Selectwoman Helen Abdallah Donahue presented an award to the WCC at their September meeting. Mrs. Donahue said that the award was presented “from the bottom of my heart” on behalf of all of the town’s residents and from all the people that you have helped. The least that the town can do is acknowledge the good works the WCC has done in a quiet, refined way, she added.
Proceeds from the Thrift Shop help to support many local organizations including, but not limited, to the following:
- Carillon Concerts
- Concerts on the Common
- Day House
- July 4th Parade
- Morse House
- Beautification Project
- Conservation Law Foundation
- Earth Day
- Neponset River Watershed
- Annual scholarships of $3,800 through the Norwood Scholarship Fund and Norwood High School
- Free baby-sitting course each spring
- Museum passes through Morrill Memorial Library
- Norwood League of Women Voters
- Ecumenical Food Pantry
- Human Service Agencies
- Meals on Wheels
- New Hope, Inc.
Every spring, the Women’s Community Committee (WCC) offers a free-of-charge babysitting course for 6th, 7th and 8th grade Norwood residents. Available to public, private and parochial school students, it is held after school at the Philip Coakley Middle School.
WCC members conduct the course, assisted by a safety officer, a firefighter, a nurse, a librarian, an arts and crafts expert, and an experienced babysitter. Materials and related expenses for the course are paid for with proceeds from the Thrift Shop. Sponsoring the course is just one of the many ways that the WCC provides continuing support to the community. At the completion of the five-session course, participants are awarded certificates from the WCC and from the 4-H Club.