Newton Neighbors (NN) is a volunteer-led, mutual-aid style network launched in March 2020 by four women concerned that marginalized families relying on safety net systems would fall through the cracks.  We launched a Facebook group to connect people and organizations to address these gaps.  Eighteen months later,  we have supported close to 1,000 people in Newton and beyond and have a core group of 250 volunteers.


In 2021, together with Welcoming Newton (a project aimed at building community and increasing access to information about our City,) we incorporated as a non-profit organization: Newton Neighbors, Inc. Later, we merged with a food rescue and distribution program serving Greater Boston that was founded by a Newton resident during the COVID-19 crisis. We are grateful to our fiscal sponsor Newton Community Pride for their logistical support. 


We are committed to addressing ongoing disparities and building connections in Newton and neighboring communities. 

Newton Neighbors: Helping, Welcoming, Connecting Neighbors. 

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Allen Katzoff: Food Rescue and Distribution

Bruce Wilson: Project Management, Newton Project Takeout Lead

Charlotte Dietz: Board Member, Communications Working Group lead

Elizabeth Stolar: Freedge Team Co-Captain

Jennifer Pucci: Board Chair

Julie Swersey: Freedge Team Co-Captain

Kiran Ahmad: Website and Graphic Design

Larissa Hordynsky: Communications Guru

Lisa Goldstein Gordon: Board Vice Chair

Martha Bixby: Board Member, Community Building & Welcoming Neighbors 

Raissa Li: Evaluation

Ranjani Paradise: Clerk, Program Working Group Lead

Shalini Tendulkar: Board Member, President

Shreeda Vyas: Treasurer

Sophie Schoeni: Communications and Project Management

Newton Neighbors Coordination Team

And a thank you to past project coordinators:

Maura Bullock: Care Packages & Holiday Kits

Subin Jeong: Project Management

Core Values


Respect and appreciation for a diversity of backgrounds and beliefs.


Equity and Inclusion for all.


A culture of engagement (“I’m going to get involved”), collaboration (“we are going to work with each other”), and partnership (“we are going to work towards shared goals”).


A willingness to be flexible and adaptive to a changing environment.


Evidence Based decision making

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Our mission is to facilitate community connection, mutual aid, and access to resources and supports for all people who live, work, pray, play and/or learn in Newton, MA and other local communities. 

A huge and special thanks to Kiran Ahmad who designed our logo & this website!