Project VAN (Volunteers Around Needham) provides youth entering grades 8 to 12 with the opportunity to participate in one-day community service projects around the Needham community. Project VAN began during the summer of 1998 at six sites and has grown larger since then. Project VAN is generously funded by the Needham Community Council.
Project VAN runs every summer in July and has added February and April Vacation weeks. Each Project VAN day includes an orientation to the organization's mission before getting to work with activities such as socializing with residents at senior living facilities, cleaning out storage areas, playing with local youth, and more! Lunch is provided daily. A typical days runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.