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  • Writer's pictureNewton Neighbors

Eblast, August 31, 2020

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

As we near the 6 month anniversary of the founding of Newton Neighbors, we are so grateful for the continued outpouring of community support from all our volunteers and members!

Any amount of time or resources you can share helps. At the top of our list of needs this week: (1) sewers to keep sewing masks for K-12 children, neighbors to iron and cut mask patterns, and neighbors to outreach to schools to coordinate mask distribution, (2) drivers to deliver food to families and (3) volunteers to help our seniors.

Finally, we would appreciate your feedback on NNHN, via the NNHN feedback survey.

1. Sew masks, iron and cut fabric or help with K-12 distribution of masks

Help us provide masks for K-12 children who don't have them. Join our hardworking team of sewers, cutters, and ironers. We’ll give you precut masks to assemble on your sewing machine. Don't sew? We'll provide fabric for you to iron or cut masks. You can also help by outreaching to your school to develop a mask distribution plan. Please click on this link to sign up to sew, cut masks, or reach out to your school. Thank you, Pat Slate, Pam Weissman, Saebom SooHoo, Dieke Browne, Benjamin Dash, Maysanne Murad, Rachel Miller and Mary Ann Payne for your tremendous sewing efforts, and to Shirley Chan for coordinating!

2. Sign up for food pantry delivery

Over the last few months, NNHN volunteers have made more than 550 food pantry deliveries to local families who face food access challenges. Help us continue offering this critical service to families who need it. Please sign up for a delivery slot here.

3. Help homebound Newton Seniors Zoom and access lunch and groceries

The Newton Senior Center is looking for volunteers for two projects:

Do you Zoom? Experienced and patient Zoom hosts needed to remotely teach Seniors Zoom basics and hosting skills. Weekdays or weekday evenings, as needed.

The Newton Senior Center also needs people to do lunch deliveries and/or grocery

shopping for Seniors. Delivery times are weekday mornings from 10:30 – 12:30.

Timing for grocery shopping is more flexible. To volunteer, please contact Julie Joy at

the Newton Senior Center: or 617 232-1055.

4. Fill out the NNHN feedback survey

Tell us about your experiences being part of the NNHN community. Share your feedback and ideas about NNHN to help us plan! Fill out our survey here.

Finally, a big welcome to Larissa Hordynsky who has joined our team to help with some of our communication efforts!

Thank you again for all you do! Stay safe!

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