Volunteer Opportunities


The Needham Commission on Disabilities consists of nine volunteer members appointed by the Select Board to address the needs and concerns of residents with disabilities. Monthly meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. (excluding July, August and December) at the Needham Public Library Community Room.  The general purpose of the Commission is to:  (a) advise municipal officials, public and private agencies, and other individuals in order to ensure compliance with Federal, State, and Local disability laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.); (b) promote full integration of persons with disabilities into the community; (c) provide information, referrals, and technical assistance to individuals, businesses, and organizations in all matters pertaining to disability issues; and (d) participate in a variety of forums and media events to develop public awareness of persons with disabilities and encourage compliance with the A.D.A.  The Commission on Disabilities also provides grants to community based organizations to make it possible for persons with disabilities to participate more fully in programs and activities within Needham.

The majority of members for this Commission should be filled by people with disabilities.  The successful candidate may want to participate in a one day training offered by the MA Office on Disabilities to learn how to evaluate accessibility in buildings and parking lots for ADA compliance.


The Council on Aging is the Town’s general advisory board for matters affecting elders, and works directly with department staff and other town agencies on a wide range of programs and issues.   The responsibilities of this Board include (1) To assist in identifying the needs and concerns and strengths of Needham’s elderly and retired persons and those approaching retirement age; (2) To assist in designing, promoting, coordinating or implementing services and programs to meet those needs and concerns; (3) To assist in informing the community and enlisting the support and participation of all citizens in this effort; and (4) To work in coordination with programs of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Ideally candidates would have a connection to the Veteran community.  Committee meetings are at least monthly from September through June, and more often as necessary.  Membership terms are for three years.

CULTURAL COUNCIL (multiple vacancies)

The Needham Cultural Council (NCC) is a group of Needham residents whose purpose is to support community-based projects and activities in the performing and visual arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to benefit the residents of Needham. The Council is appointed by the Select Board to dispense public funding allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency, and are responsible for informing the public about the availability of public funding (grants) for cultural projects and for reviewing and approving applications. The budget of the MCC is determined annually by the state legislature.

Residents who would like to get involved in the community by supporting the visual and performing arts and would like to work with others to bring such cultural events to the town of Needham are encouraged to apply these vacancies. Event planning and fund raising experience is helpful but not required. Meetings are generally held once a month in the evening. Members are appointed for a three-year term.


The role of the Traffic Management Advisory Committee (TMAC) is to evaluate and make recommendations to the Select Board about public education, enforcement, and improvement of the safety of  the public ways in  Needham for vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycling traffic.  The goal is to provide for the safety of pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists.  

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the review of existing policies and procedures to ensure effective communication, coordination, and continuation of sound traffic and transportation programs; the recommendation of new approaches that will correct or ameliorate existing problems; the monitoring of the effectiveness of changes or modifications, and share evaluations with the Select Board; to provide a forum for citizen groups and individuals to seek input on pedestrian, motoring, or bicycling traffic issues; and the recommendation to the Select Board proposals for implementing significant changes to existing programs needing policy, procedural, and/or budgetary action.

The Traffic Management Advisory Committee is comprised of the Town Manager or designee; Police Chief or designee; Town Engineer; and six (6) residents, with at least one possessing familiarity with traffic engineering whenever practical or feasible.  

This committee meets monthly to hear from town staff and residents, and reviews and makes recommendations regarding both neighborhood and townwide traffic issues.

Applications, or any questions or requests for information, may be submitted to:

Needham Select Board, Attn: Ms. Sandy Cincotta, Needham Town Hall, 1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492 Tel: 781-455-7500 Email: scincotta@needhamma.gov