Our Mission

Deja New's mission is to serve the people of Leicester by supporting local charitable organizations and families in need.

The Leicester School Department is hosting an exchange teacher from Egypt this year. Due to your contributions, Deja New was able to furnish an apartment for her.

Over the summer, Deja New teamed up with Scott Weikel of the Leicester Christmas Display to purchase a swing set for a family with four special-needs children. Scott and Paul Kemp set up the swings in the sweltering 4th of July heat. Thanks, Scott and Paul.

From October 2018 to April 2019, Deja New worked with other charitable organizations and donors to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van for Eddy Besse, a Leicester Primary School student. It took 6 months to raise $40,000! Here’s Eddy rolling up to his new van.

Recently, Deja New raised funds for Maddie Cole’s family so that they could purchase a service dog for her. It took a week and a half to raise $17,000!

They say it takes a village, and Leicester is a very giving community.

Non-Profit Organization

Structured as a non-profit, Deja New serves the needs of the people of Leicester by providing much-needed financial assistance to the following charitable organizations:

  • Greenville Baptist Church Food Pantry - Also know as The Lord’s Cupboard, the Greenville Baptist Church Food Pantry currently serves more than 50 families on a regular basis. It is located at the Greenville Baptist Church on Pleasant Street in Rochdale. The hours are the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month from Noon to 2:00 PM and the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The food pantry gratefully accepts monetary contributions and non-perishable, non-expired food items. To donate, contact the church office at 508-892-3100.

  • Hearts for Heat - Hearts for Heat provides home heating oil or fuel assistance to eligible residents of the town of Leicester. Last year they delivered 4,642 gallons of fuel and a ton of wood pellets, impacting about 69 people. Applications are available at Hearts for Heat, PO Box 69, Rochdale, MA 01542 or by calling 508-892-3086. You can also get an application at the Town Clerk's Office, the Leicester Senior Center, the Leicester Food Pantry, and Deja New during regular business hours beginning in the fall.

  • Leicester Food Pantry - The Leicester food pantry currently serves approximately 150 to 200 families on a regular basis. All visitors to the food pantry must provide proof of residency in the Town of Leicester. The food pantry is located at 759 Main Street in Leicester in the old St. Joseph’s Church Hall. They are open every Tuesday night from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The food pantry accepts monetary contributions and non-perishable, non-expired food items. To donate call 774-368-0438 or visit the Food Pantry or Deja New during regular business hours.

  • Families in Need - Deja New supports families in need on an ad hoc basis.

Deja New is entirely staffed by volunteers.

Who Are We?

Deja New is a group of five women who are passionate about serving others. Click on the images to learn more.