The North East Educational and Developmental Support Center

Flutie 5K

NEEDS Center Health and Wellness Initiative and Team Earns Two Sponsors for
Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism 5K Race on September 12, 2021

Save the Date – September 12, 2021 at 9 a.m. in Natick.
Join the NEEDS Center Flutie 5K Team

(Beverly, Tewksbury, Andover, Aug. 6, 2021) -The North East Educational & Developmental Support Center (NEEDS Center) will participate in the Flutie 5k for Autism: Dougie's Epic Adventure road race thanks to two generous corporate donations. The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation 5K race is scheduled in-person, on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 9 a.m. at Belkin Family Lookout Farm, Pleasant Street South, in Natick, MA.

To join the NEEDS Center Team or to Donate to support their training, go to: and click Join or Donate to a Team and enter team name, NEEDS Center.

NEEDS Center’s mission is to provide education, training, and support to individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder to assist them to live as independently as possible. With your support, NEEDS Center can continue to ramp-up inside and outside activities and initiatives after prolonged isolation and disruption to schedules of individuals during this COVID pandemic.

John Reilly, Executive Vice President of Fred C. Church Insurance announced that the company has donated $1,500 to support NEEDS Center young adult and adult individuals served with their exercise training: whether walking or running. The training plan for the Flutie 5K for Autism: Dougie’s Epic Adventure on Sept. 12 will include regular, weekly walks, runs, yoga and other exercise sessions at several of the NEEDS Center programs from Middlesex to Barnstable counties.

Michael J. Jones, President and CEO of the Institution for Savings (IFS), announced that the Bank’s Rowley office donated $1,500 of unrestricted funds through its #GivingForGood employee-based program to support registration of individuals served by NEEDS Center and direct support staff, event participation, transportation and other support as NEEDS Center is training and preparing to participate in the race for a second consecutive year.

Last year, The NEEDS Center participation in the Flutie Foundation 5K generated more than $13,000! This year The NEEDS Center could use your support to reach its goal of $15,000.

About Fred C. Church Insurance (
Throughout the 150 years that we have been in business, Fred C. Church’s number one focus has been on building long-lasting relationships with our clients. From providing you with an unmatched level of professionalism and guidance to demonstrating that we care about the communities you live, work, and play in, our highly experienced and knowledgeable team is fully committed to exceeding your expectations in all areas.

Fred C. Church Insurance has always been committed to giving back to the communities where they live and work in a variety of ways. From partnering with local sports teams to supporting public theater and the arts, to volunteering with many of the area’s nonprofits, each year, we take advantage of as many philanthropic opportunities as we can to support the amazing organizations in our own backyard.

About Institution for Savings (
The Institution for Savings, founded in 1820, is widely recognized as one of the oldest and most stable mutual banks in the country, with assets totaling approximately $4.2 billion. It is also the largest mutual savings bank on the North Shore.

The Bank’s well-deserved reputation as community-minded is due in large part to our trustees, officers and employees who are active in their respective communities. As a mutual savings bank, the IFS has always believed in dedicating part of its assets toward making our communities better places in which to live and work. In the last five years, the Foundation collectively donated and pledged more than $13 million to community organizations and causes, including a landmark $1.5 million to construct a new single-patient unit at Anna Jaques Hospital; $1 million to build a new Cape Ann YMCA facility; more than $1 million to support field and stadium renovation projects at Newburyport and Triton Regional High Schools.

Red’s Shoe Barn in Plaistow, NH, is providing support to NEEDS Center’s race team via gift cards.

About The NEEDS Center (
The NEEDS Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2012 by professionals with more than 30 years of experience in the field of Developmental Disabilities services and supports. We began providing services in 2014 and specialize in working with children, adolescents and adults who present with interfering challenging behaviors and/or dual diagnoses.

As need for our program services and expertise continues to expand, The NEEDS Center has grown significantly to now include 16 adult group residences, two day habilitation, two Community-based Day Service programs (CBDS), and in 2017 we created a consulting division that provides behavioral and other supports to children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities in both school and home settings. Additional information is available at

About the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism (
Former NFL Quarterback, Doug Flutie, and his wife Laurie started the Doug Flutie, Jr. Flutie Foundation for Autism in 1998 after their son, Dougie, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Their personal experience of raising a son on the autism spectrum inspired them to help others on an equally long and challenging journey. Over its 20-year history, the Flutie Foundation has distributed over $15 million to schools and organizations who provide clinical therapies, respite services, recreational programs, social skills training, job supports and more for people affected by autism. The Flutie Foundation also provides education technology tools, adaptive camp scholarships, safety equipment, and direct family support through its partnerships and special initiatives.

For details on 2021 Flutie 5k for Autism: Dougie's Epic Adventure, please visit:

Flutie Foundation

Please join/donate to our team to help raise money for the NEEDS Center! The NEEDS Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities live meaningful lives, as independently as possible.

If you would like to join our team, you may participate in the 5k race as a group at the Belkin Family Lookout Farm in Natick, MA on September 12, 2021 at 9am, or you may participate wherever you please from September 12 - 21, 2021. That means you have the option to run/walk the 5k on a treadmill, in your neighborhood, etc! If you would like to help us spread the word, please click on the social media links to the right. You will be able to share this page via Facebook, Twitter, and email.

To make a donation to a team member, click on the "donate to a team member" link to the right. If you do not want to specify a team member, you can donate to the whole team by selecting your donation amount in the links above.

To join our team, click on the "join team" link to the right of this page. If you did not join the team last year, you will need to create an account (just a user name and password). If you already have an account, you will need to enter your user name and password. Next, under "sub event," select "Flute 5k Your Way - Commit to Raise $150" and fill out your contact information including your t-shirt size as you will receive a free t-shirt for joining the team! Please enter "charityteam" as the promo code. If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Brown at