Newtown Nonprofit Council shares updates at June meeting

Posted: Jun 27, 2022 8:00 AM

The Newtown Nonprofit Council (NNC) held its monthly virtual meeting to get updates from local organizations on Monday, June 20, with program coordinators at the CH Booth Library.

Reference librarian Lily MacHugh, who recently transitioned as the board’s new moderator, was joined by library director Douglas Lord.

Although it was a smaller group compared to most meetings, those who attended shared their recent events with each other.

Newtown Rotary Club president Alex Villamil said his organization will hold its Pass the Hammer event on June 28 and he will serve another term as president.

He also noted that he had been in touch with a local family who needed help raising money for medical costs after a recent car accident.

While his group, and many others he has spoken to so far, cannot directly donate funds to individuals, members of different nonprofits can donate separately.

Villamil said the family has set up a GoFundMe and he will discuss this further at the Newtown Nonprofit Council meeting in July. He said The Newtown Bee separately that the family is in the process of applying for asylum in the United States.

Newtown Historical Society Board Chair Melissa Houston told the board that her organization needed volunteer guides.

She explained that they were interested in junior docents, ages 13 to 18, and senior docents, college-aged students, but adult docents were hard to find.

“We’re going to train people,” Houston said. “We have a whole docent manuscript.”

She mentioned that they also hope to have an education coordinator for the Newtown Historical Society soon.

Friends of Edmond Town Hall co-chair Julie Brunelle spoke with Houston about the recent sophomore tour that was done independently of the schools.

“Everyone wants their kids to have a strong connection to Newtown,” Houston said of the tour group’s desire to visit city landmarks, such as the Matthew Curtiss House and Edmond City Hall. .

Brunelle informed council that in addition to this, the Friends of Edmond City Hall participated in the Newtown Congregational Church Community Tag Sale earlier this month and raised $185.

Closing the meeting, Lord reminded everyone that the Friends of the CH Booth Library will not be accepting donations until July 17, as they prepare for its 46th annual book sale, which will take place next month.

NNC meets virtually on the third Monday of each month at 10 a.m. There will be a tech support meeting via Zoom for individuals to learn more about the NNC’s volunteer site called “Get Connected, Newtown!” Monday, June 27 at 2 p.m.

People with questions or interested in participating in upcoming NNC meetings can contact MacHugh at [email protected]

Journalist Alissa Silber can be reached at [email protected]

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