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ANNOUNCING Summer Camp 2024!

Did you know that many Newton school students who receive camp scholarships are unable to pay the 10-20% fees required to attend? Once we found this out in 2021, we started this program to bridge the scholarship gap for these students and their families.  So far we have helped 80 students attend summer camp!

 

Camp matters!
We are committed to helping families and students reap the benefits of this time to to learn, grow, and play.

 

Now we need You to Make A Difference

Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 and the good news is that we are off to a great start with a $2,500 donation from a Newton-based charitable trust!  For as  little as $80, you can help a student enjoy a week of camp at one of Newton’s Parks and Recreation programs.


Please help us to reach our goal.You can make your tax-deductible contribution by clicking the button http://www.newtonneighbors.org/donate

Camp 2024 here we come!

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OUR GIVING THANKS GIFT CARD DRIVE INITIATIVE (NOVEMBER 2023

In 2022, one-in-three Massachusetts residents ran out of food or reported not having enough money to purchase food every month.

-2022 Annual report by the Greater Boston Food Bank

Help us distribute gift cards of values between $50 - $100 to families in Newton and surrounding communities in time for Thanksgiving and the winter holiday season. The Village Bank has generously kicked off our drive with a $2,000 donation! Join them and donate to our drive today!

Here is the link to donate or scan the QR code on the flyer to the left.

Please contact the Newton Social Services Division at 617-796-1420, or

reach out to your child’s NPS school social worker, to ask about gift card availability.

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OUR SCHOOL SUPPLY INITIATIVE (SUMMER 2023)
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OUR GARDENING INITIATIVE (MAY AND JUNE 2023)

Saturday, June 17, 2:00pm

Horace Mann Housing Complex, Watertown and Walker Streets, Newtonville

Join Newton Neighbors, the Newton Housing Authority, and Newton Community Farm for a presentation about growing and caring for vegetable seedlings. After our incredibly successful container gardening project which brought so many community members together, we are hosting a gardening talk about growing all kinds of vegetables! Barney Keezell is our featured speaker. Sign up here.

SUMMER CAMP INITIATIVE (MAY 2023)
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Yes, Already–Our Favorite Time of the Year Is Approaching!

It’s February and who knows what the temperature is today, but we are thinking about the sunny, hot days of summer and our camp scholarship program.

Click here to make a tax-deductible contribution to summer camp 2023. And thanks for being a great neighbor and helping send kids to camp!

This will be our third summer bridging the scholarship gap for students attending camps in Newton. Thanks to you, we have sent more than 50 students to camp in the last two years. We hope to send as many children as we can again this year.

We know, and you know, that camp matters. Summer is a critical time for children to learn, grow, and play. We were thrilled to hear from Channon Ames, the Director of Newton’s Parks and Recreation, about the impact of our initiative on Newton students. She said, “…Your fundraising efforts help to ensure that more kids are able to participate in our summer programs and we are truly grateful for that."

Thank you for your continued support for this vital program. We hope to raise at least $7,500 and our (fingers-crossed) goal is $10,000! The more we raise, the more children we can send to camp. Every contribution counts.

 

OUR DIAPER COLLECTION AND DISTRIBUTION INITIATIVE (APRIL AND MAY 2023)

April 22 - May 6:  Citywide Diaper Drive
May 13:  Diaper Pickup

One in three families struggles to afford diapers, making it even harder for them to buy food and other necessities. Help us support local families who need diapers! Last year we were able to provide diapers to 100 families and we hope to support even more this year.

Sizes requested: Newborn - Size 7

Open boxes are welcome, but please put diapers in labeled plastic sleeves or bags.  

Donate diapers at:

  • FamilyACCESS of Newton (492 Waltham St, West Newton) 
    Drop off inside the front doors from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm when the building is open. Look for a table with a diaper dropoff sign. NO weekend dropoffs. 

  • American Legion Nonantum Post 440 (295 California St, Nonantum) 
    Drop off in the main office 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. From the parking lot, enter the glass doors, up the steps, and turn left.

  • Porch dropoff (128 Herrick Road in Newton Centre) 
    Leave your donation in the bin marked “Diapers” at the top of the driveway or on the front porch, depending on the weather.

  • Purchase diapers from our Amazon Wish List 
    Diapers will be shipped directly to one of our collection points. Click to order here

Does your family need diapers?

Pick up free diapers for your family on May 13, 7:30 am - 12:30 pm (no registration required) at:

  • American Legion Nonantum Post 440, 295 California St, Nonantum

  • FamilyACCESS of Newton, 492 Waltham St, West Newton

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