Welcoming Neighbors Newsletter, March 1st, 2023
March in Newton
Spring is just a few weeks away and we are excited at the prospect of seeing our community come alive after a long winter! Our team at Newton Neighbors is chugging along coordinating our many initiatives and also continuing, behind the scenes to build the backbone of our organization. We hope to share some exciting updates about this work in our upcoming newsletters! And finally, like many of you, some of our team members are making time to reflect, celebrate and rejoice, marking Lent, and celebrating Purim and Holi this month.
Here are just some of the events happening in Newton this month to help us get in the spirit.
Springing in to Summer Camp - almost half- way there!
Thank you to all of you who donated to our 2023 summer camp program! We are on our way to send 30 - 40 students to camp this summer for 2-3 weeks.
What a difference a camp experience makes for children. When you donate you fill the gap between the scholarship awarded to these students and the donation their families must pay. It can be such a challenge, especially in these times.
I never would have been able to send my children to a Parks and Recreation Camp if it weren't for the additional scholarship support from NNHN. My sons loved the camp and were so excited to go everyday! ~Elementary school parent of two children
Every donation gets us closer to enabling summer camp learning, growth and fun for every student. Help us get there! Click here to make a tax-deductible contribution.
DRIVERS NEEDED - March and April
We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver from food pantries in Newton to families who are unable to access the pantries themselves.
Delivery usually takes about an hour to complete. You can sign up to deliver during one or more of the following times:
Wednesday afternoons from the Newton Food Pantry, pick up food at assigned times between 12:15 - 2:45 pm.
The first Saturday of the month from Centre Street Food Pantry, pick up food between 1:30 - 2:30 pm after the pantry has been open to the public.
The third Friday of the month from Post 440 Mobile Food Bank, pick up food between 9 - 9:15am before the pantry opens to the public.
Please sign-up via this link:
NEWTON COMMUNITY FREEDGE
We continue to take care of the Newton Community Freedge every Thursday. Please help our neighbors and pick up a few extra items when you are shopping for groceries and drop off anytime at the Freedge (located at 420 Watertown St.) or at 174 Oliver Road, Waban. Some of the most needed items are milk, eggs, yogurt, butter, flour, cereal, soap, cooking oil, pasta, and mac and cheese. If you also have some time to give on Thursdays, please sign up here to help.
Newton City Hall
Saturday, March 11th 12-1 pm
Join the Indian Community of Newton and Mayor Ruthanne Fuller to celebrate Holi, the spring festival of color, on Saturday March 11th from 12pm to 1pm in front of Newton City Hall. Students from Newton North and Newton South High Schools will host the event featuring Dance, Art, Music and culminating in Color Play! You become the canvas when throwing organic color powder on your friends and family, fun for all! This is the third annual celebration of Holi at Newton City Hall, this year we will also honor International Women's Day.
Please play Holi colors safely, wear protective eyewear, and bring towels to wipe color powder.
All and welcome to participate in this free and fun traditional celebration of Spring.