14 West Street

Newtown, CT 06470

Office Hours:

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Tuesday through Friday








Newtown Congregational Church, UCC



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Your Purchases Help Us to Help Others! 


The Cornerstone Thrift Center is located in the lower level of Newtown Congregational Church.

The church is 1/10 of a mile west of The Flagpole (directly behind the Meeting House). 


             Tuesday through Friday 10:00AM until 3:00PM

             Saturday 11:00AM until 1:30PM


             203-270-9359 (or the church office 203-426-9024)      



             Cornerstone Thrift Center 

The Cornerstone Mission

The Cornerstone Thrift Center was established in 1991 with the following goals in mind:


-To provide the community with a source of good quality items at very low prices.


-To be a resource for church outreach efforts.


-To provide a steady source of income to the church.


-To provide a place and time for fellowship with a mission.

Donations To The Cornerstone

Donations to the Cornerstone are always greatly appreciated and items may be dropped off during the thrift center hours: Monday to Friday 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m and Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. A receipt can be given to the donor upon request. 

Donors are encouraged to give items that are clean, unborken, in working order, and in good shape. The Cornerstone prides itself on the quality and cleanliness of their offerings.

The thrift center is unable to house large furniture or major appliances, however, many times a home may be found for these items, so it is advisable to call and discuss a possible large item donation with one of the Cornerstone workers.

Volunteering With The Cornerstone

The Cornerstone provides an oppottunity for people interested in helping to support the church and community. Basically there are three main kind of volunteers - 1. sorters and pricers, 2. store workers, 3. trash, recycling, and goodwill trnasportation:

Sorters: Volunteers sort, clean, prepare, and price items which have been donated. Among this is toy testing & cleaning, ironing & hanging clothes, electronics testing, etc... Sorting times are weekly on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. or Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Store Workers: The thrift center is manned by church friends and members who are trained to use the cash register. The hours are broken down into shifts: Tuesday to Friday there is a morning shift (11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.) and an afternoon shift (1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.). On Saturday there is one shift from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Trash/Recyclig/Goodwill transportation: The sorting from items donated results in areas of additional distribution and there is always a need for these items to be taken from the Cornerstone. 

Community Service Credit: By volunteering at the Cornerstone, high school students are able to earn community servicer credit. Scouts of any age looking to provide community service are encourage to volunteer to test and clean toys.

Our Outreach

Through referrals from Social Services of Newtown, the Cornerstone provides goods for families and individuals in need or to those who have suffered personal tragedy. It's also a resource for church and community human services efforts.

Who Benefits?

The Donors: Not only are donors able to clean out their homes or their loved ones homes, but they also get a sense of helping others through their donations to the Cornerstone.

The Purchasers: Anyone is welcome to shop at the Cornerstone. We have many crafters, antique dealers, teens, adults, children from all walks of life find their new treasures at the thrift center. We provide quality items at a bargain and our clients feel good not only from getting a great deal, but also in the knowledge that the money from their purchases will aid the church ministries. Additionally, the Cornerstone offers weekly specials and seasonal bargains.

The Volunteers: Our volunteers feel a true sense of accomplishing somethig worthwhile and also enjoy interacting with others. You do not have to attend this church to volunteer with this community service program.

The Church: Proceeds from the thrift center are given to the church and ministries of the church.


And all these organizations: 

The Cornerstone has regularly made material contributions to various entities in the wider community. These include the following:

¨ Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, MS: clothing and backpacks.

¨ Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Connecticut: clothing and household items.

¨ Bridgeport Rescue Mission: clothing, especially winter outerwear.

¨ Cyrenius H. Booth Library: gowns for display of historical wedding wear.

¨ Danbury Military Museum: vintage uniform items.

¨ Department of Children and Family Services: emergency requests.

¨ Dress-A-Girl organization for needy children: material and sewing supplies.

¨ Eagles Winds Foundation Orphanage in Mexico: infant and children’s clothing.

¨ Friends of the Booth Library: books for their annual book sale.

¨ Fire Victims: clothing and/or household items as needed.

¨ Inner City Middle School: clothing items.

¨ Interfaith Partnership for Refugee Resettlement Ministry: clothing and household items

¨ Kakamega Orphanage in Kenya: fabric grocery bags.

¨ Mothers United Against Violence (Hartford): winter coats, business wear.

¨ NEWS (Newtown Ecumenical WorkCamp Servants) youth mission trips: monetary support and work clothes.

¨ Newtown Animal Shelter and local veterinarians: old towels.

¨ Newtown Florist: common vases.

¨ Newtown Fund: Baskets for Easter gifts.

¨ Newtown Social Services: occasional clothing and/or household necessities; and new clothing items for Christmas gifts.

¨ Prom Project: prom dresses, shoes, and accessories.

¨ Save-A-Suit in  Bethel (for veterans): business wear.

¨ St. Martin De POrres School: musical items and books.

¨ Theater groups: props and clothing for costumes.

¨ Wilbur Cross Middle School: khaki and navy blue trousers and collared shirts.




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