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September 2023 Helping Neighbors Newsletter

Do you know that since our founding, we have worked with over 40 organizations in Newton and beyond! Our work would not be possible without the dedication and collaboration of many wonderful partners! As we roll into September, we are so excited to support one of our close partners, Family Access as they celebrate 115 incredible years supporting children and families. 

Jodi Levin, FAMILY ACCESS Community Connections Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Program Coordinator shared these comments about our collaboration with them!

Our partnership with Newton Neighbors has been so seamless and successful. Their support has ranged from partnering on  immensely successful diaper drives/distributions providing hundreds of families with free diapers, to responding to specific family requests for school supplies, to guiding us in connecting with other Newton resources. I know we can reach out at any time and “neighbors” will be there for us, as they are for so many.

Congratulations to our friends at Family Access! Stop by on September 23rd from 11 AM - 1 PM at 92 Waltham St, Newton, MA 02465 to celebrate this incredible partner and meet members of our Newton Neighbors team!


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 they open to the public.

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

  • The third Friday of the month from Post 440 Mobile Food Bank. Pickup between 9 - 9:15 before they open to the public.

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

Bulk Food Delivery

NN’s bulk food delivery program is looking for short- and long-term volunteers to join us in delivering fresh produce from local food rescue organizations to MetroWest and South Area food pantries. Help bridge that last link in the distribution chain and provide good food to so many who need it. Commitments range from once in a while to once every 4-6 weeks, or even more. Please reach out to us at to volunteer or find out more.


Newton Neighbors continues to support the Newton Food Pantry’s community refrigerator initiative, known as “The Freedge.”   The Freedge is located in the parking lot of Central Cleaners at 420 W. Watertown Street in Nonantum.   We oversee volunteers on Thursdays – we have volunteer opportunities throughout the day, to pick up food from business partners and bring it to the Freedge, to shop for items for the Freedge, and to clean and maintain the Freedge.  Our link for signups for September and October is here: 

Newton Thrive is Accepting Applications

Newton Thrive: Newton’s Economic Mobility Initiative is a new initiative, led by partner Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath), to boost economic mobility among low-income residents. The initiative will support 50 Newton families with EMPath’s economic mobility coaching model and provide $250 per family per month in cash assistance over the course of two years.    


Participants selected for the program will work one-on-one with an EMPath mentor to set a range of goals focused within several key areas: education, career advancement, finances, family stability (including housing), and wellbeing. Our coaching model - Mobility Mentoring® - gives families additional tools and resources to support them to climb the economic ladder. 


Interested participants will need to meet the following criteria to be eligible:  

  • Live in Newton, MA   

  • Have children under 18 in your household or be pregnant  

  • Be 18-60 years old  

  • Have an income at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI chart is on our program site)  

  • Be interested & able to work in the U.S.   

  • Be willing to meet with a mentor regularly, in person or virtually 

Newton Thrive is currently accepting applications for the program. Prospective participants should apply by filling out this interest form, and then an EMPath mentor will follow up to schedule a time to discuss eligibility.  

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