14 West Street
Newtown, CT 06470
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday through Friday
Newtown Congregational Church, UCC
Your Donations and Purchases Help Us to Help Others!
Location: 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).
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10:00AM until 3:00PM, and Saturday 11:00AM until 1:30PM
Contact: 203-270-9359 (or the church office 203-426-9024)
SALES: Visit our facebook page for sales and photos... Cornerstone Thrift Center. There are also weekly sales ads in the Classified section of the Newtown Bee newspaper.
The Cornerstone was established in 1991 with the following goals in mind:
-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 are always greatly appreciated. Items may be dropped off during thrift center hours: Tuesday to Friday 10:00AM until 3:00PM and Saturday 11:00AM until 1:30PM. A receipt can be given to the donor upon request.
Donors are encouraged to give items that are clean, unbroken, in working order, and in good shape. The Cornerstone prides itself on the quality and cleanliness of the products.
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 the NCC Office Administrator.
The Cornerstone provides an oppottunity for people interested in helping to support NCC and local community. Basically there are three main areas for volunteers - 1. sorters and pricers, 2. cashiers, 3. trash and grecycling:
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 Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30AM until 12:30PM, or Wednesdays 5:00PM until 6:00PM.
Cashiers: 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 morning shifts (10:00AM until 12:30PM) and afternoon shifts (12:30PM until 3:00PM). On Saturday there is one shift from 11:00AM until 1:30PM.
Trash and Recycling Transportation: The sorting from items donated results in areas of additional distribution and there is always a need for these items to be taken away from the Cornerstone. Our soft goods are taken and recycled by Bay State Textiles.
Community Service Credit: High school students are able to earn community service credit through volunteering at the Cornerstone. Scouts of any age who are looking to provide community service are encouraged to volunteer to test and clean toys.
Through referrals from Newtown Social Services, the Cornerstone provides goods for families and individuals in need or those who have suffered persoanl tragedy. It's also a resource for the Interfaith Partnership for Refugee Resettlement.
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 customers feel good not only from getting great deals, but also in the knowledge that the money from their purchases will aid the NCC ministries. Additionally, the Cornerstone offers weekly specials and seasonal bargains.
The Volunteers: Our volunteers feel a true sense of accomplishing something worthwhile as they also enjoy interacting with others.
NCC: Proceeds from the thrift center are given to the NCC budget and ministries.
And All of 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, bow ties, and accessories.
¨ Save-A-Suit in Bethel (for veterans): business wear.
¨ St. Martin De Porres School: musical instruments and books.
¨ Theater groups: props and clothing for costumes.
¨ Wilbur Cross Middle School: khaki and navy blue trousers and collared shirts.