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May 2024 Helping Neighbors Newsletter

At Newton Neighbors, May is diaper month. And what a month it has been! With your support, we’ve made a huge impact ensuring that the littlest members of our and surrounding communities stay clean and comfortable. Together, we’ve proven that when neighbors unite, we can tackle any challenge—one diaper at a time. Thank you for making May a month to remember! Like numbers? Well, keep reading because we have some monumental numbers for you!

Diaper Drive 2024 Thank You

This past weekend, Newton Neighbors held our community diaper distribution. This is the third year we have held this drive and every year we are amazed at the generosity of this community. 

This year, we gave out an estimated 25,000 diapers to 320 families from Newton and neighboring communities! Wow! The need is so great, and we are so grateful to YOU, Neighbors for helping us do what we can to help fill it.

We would also like to express our gratitude to our wonderful community partners who worked with us to make this happen. THANK YOU to:

  • Newtonville Books, Service Stars, Keller Williams Realty Chestnut Hill, West Suburban YMCA, Riverside Children’s Center, Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, Sacred Heart Church, Franklin Elementary, Horace Mann Elementary, and Memorial Spaulding Elementary for organizing diaper collections. We would not have received anywhere close to the number of diapers we did without all of your help

  • Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Market Basket, and Costco for donating gift cards we used to purchase snacks and water. The parents and kids who came to the drive appreciated the snacks very much

  • Forevermark Flowers for donating the beautiful flowers that we handed out. So many beautiful smiles from everyone who got one!

  • The Village Bank for the wonderful Newton Neighbors banner

  • NN Board Vice Chair Lisa Gordon Goldstein and NN Board Member Jenny Klein-Sosa  for letting us take over your garages for receiving diaper shipments

  • FamilyACCESS of Newton and American Legion Nonantum Post 440 for partnering with us for diaper storage and distribution. You have been wonderful partners for the third year in a row. 


Infographic text: A huge thank you to our mini-drive partners, Newtonville Books, Service Stars, Keller Williams Realty Chestnut Hill, West Suburban YMCA, Riverside Children’s Center, Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, Sacred Heart Church, Franklin Elementary, Horace Mann Elementary, and Memorial Spaulding Elementary, the following businesses, Wegman


Oak N Barrel Thank you (#Spirited Giving)

We thank local business Oak n’ Barrel for highlighting Newton Neighbors as their  #Spirited Giving Partner of the month!  Visit Oak n’ Barrel to show your support for Newton Neighbors and for this wonderful local business!



Photo Caption: Lisa Gordon Goldstein, Newton Neighbors Board Vice Chair at Oak n’ Barrel!



Call for Volunteers: Food Pantry Delivery

We are looking for volunteers who can help deliver groceries from our local food pantries to our neighbors who are unable to get to the pantries on their own. 

Our schedule is:

  • Tuesdays from Centre Street Food Pantry. Pickup at 12 or 12:15 before the pantry opens to the public.

  • Wednesdays from Newton Food Pantry. Scheduled pickups between 12:15 - 2:45.

It usually takes about an hour of your time and makes a big difference to so many in our community! 


Sign up for June here: https://volunteersignup.org/JWKQ4

Sign up for May here: https://volunteersignup.org/4YPWW (just a few open slots remaining)



Call for Volunteers: Freedge

Every Thursday, Newton Neighbors coordinates donations to the Newton Community Freedge, Newton Food Pantry’s community refrigerator and pantry initiative. Volunteer opportunities throughout the day include picking up donations from business partners and bringing them to the Freedge, shopping for items, and cleaning and maintaining the Freedge. 

Located in the parking lot of Central Cleaners at 420 Watertown Street in Nonantum, the Freedge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and offers free food and personal-care items to neighbors in need. Please sign up below  to help on Thursdays:


Supporting the Newton METCO Scholarship Fund

The Newton METCO Scholarship Fund's mission is to provide support to Newton METCO students by offering scholarships that help alleviate financial barriers as they prepare for their future endeavors. These scholarships have traditionally been utilized for various purposes, including college tuition, trade programs, and enrichment opportunities. It truly takes a village and we hope you will consider making a donation to the Scholarship Fund today and support our young scholars as they seek to transform their communities and the world.


Please make your check payable to: Newton METCO Community Scholarship Fund, Inc., and mail your contribution to:

Newton METCO Community Scholarship Fund

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P.O. Box 600053                                                                                                

Newtonville, MA 02460


We are not accepting online donations at this time.

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