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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

Jennifer Pucci: Board Chair
Lisa Goldstein Gordon: Board Vice-Chair
Shalini Tendulkar: President, Board Member

Suruchi Kaul: Clerk, Board Member
Marla Schiff: Treasurer, Board Member
Martha Bixby: Board Member
Sandra Fisher: Board Member
Charlotte Dietz: Board Emeritus
Ranjani Paradise: Board Emeritus

Shreeda Vyas: Board Emeritus

Newton Neighbors Core Team

Maria Soriano: Vice President

Larissa Hordynsky: Communications

Elizabeth Stolar: Freedge Team Co-Captain

Suruchi Kaul: Freedge Team Co-Captain

Graham Voysey: Food Pantry Delivery

Elyse Winick: Bulk Food Delivery Program 

Jenny Klein-Sosa: Core Team Member

Susan Paley: Core Team Member

Susan Vaughn: Core Team Member

Jane Frantz: Core Team Member

Lakshmi Jayanthi: Core Team Member

And a huge thank you to past team members:

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: Newton Project Takeout Lead

Aaron Apostadero: Student Consultant

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

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