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About Newton Neighbors

In March 2020, four women came together to launch Newton Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Newton's mutual aid network. One year later, 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, a food rescue and distribution program serving Greater Boston that was founded by a Newton resident during the COVID-19 crisis joined Newton Neighbors, enabling us to support our neighbors in other meaningful ways.  Newton Neighbors, Inc is now a 501c3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our EIN number is 86-1540488. If you wish to donate by check, please make a check out to Newton Neighbors, Inc and send it to 39 Berkshire Road Waltham, MA. 02453.

Our Mission

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. 

Our Core Values

1. Respect and appreciation for a diversity of backgrounds and beliefs.
2. Equity and Inclusion for all.
3. 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”).
4. A willingness to be flexible and adaptive to a changing environment.
5. Evidence-Based decision making

Our Tagline: Newton Neighbors: Helping, Welcoming, Connecting Neighbors. 

Our Team

Newton Neighbors Board

Martha Bixby: Community Building/Welcoming

Charlotte Dietz: Board Member 

Lisa Goldstein Gordon: Board Vice-Chair

Ranjani Paradise: Clerk

Jennifer Pucci: Board Chair

Shalini Tendulkar: President

Shreeda Vyas: Treasurer

Newton Neighbors Core Team Members

Susan Vaughn: Vice President

Larissa Hordynsky: Communications Guru

Elizabeth Stolar: Freedge Team Co-Captain

Suruchi Kaul: Freedge Team Co-Captain

Maria Soriano: Core Coordinator

Graham Voysey: Core Coordinator

Elyse Winick: Bulk Food Delivery Program Lead

Aaron Apostadero: Student Consultant

And a huge thank you to past project coordinators:

Kiran Ahmad: Website and Graphic Design

Maura Bullock: Care Packages & Holiday Kits

Subin Jeong: Project Management

Allen Katzoff: Food Rescue and Distribution

Raissa Li: Evaluation

Sophie Schoeni: Communications and Project Management

Julie Swersey: Freedge Team Co-Captain

Bruce Wilson: Project Management, Newton Project Takeout Lead


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

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