Pastors Stacy and Amy are staying closely connected to news and needs of the UCW and wider communities, and look forward to sharing ways our church can be of service during these challenging times. If you know of needs or ways we can help, please let us know. Many in our amazing mission-minded community are standing ready to help! Two concrete ways to connect and help with community needs that we know of are:
A new Facebook group called Newton Neighbors Helping Newton Neighbors where community members can post, respond and organize around needs in Newton. Their effort includes THIS FORM, where you can offer or ask for assistance.
Our hearts are also with those in our Newton Community, as well as our partners in downtown Boston who are hungry, and working hard to make sure that those who are hungry have enough food. Please join us in helping them. The following are a list of partners and other agencies in Newton doing this good work. You can donate directly, or drop items at the Union Church with instructions, and we will be sure they get to these organizations:
Common Cathedral in Boston: Our friends and partners at Common Cathedral in downtown Boston are doing incredible work to safely support and provide services to their congregation and those experiencing homelessness in Boston. We can help. If you click on the link to their website and scroll down, you’ll see an updated section about COVID 19, with a donation button, and an Amazon wishlist: http://commoncathedral.org/
Centre Street Food Pantry: The Centre Street Food Pantry is providing pre-packed bags of produce, dry/canned goods, and cold food to shoppers from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through March at 11 Homer Street in Newton Centre. Both new and registered shoppers are welcome. For up-to-date information and to make a donation or volunteer, please visit the website at www.centrestfoodpantry.org.
Newton Food Pantry: The Newton Food Pantry is open to all Newton residents and distributing pre-packaged bags of fresh and non-perishable food, toiletries and household cleaning products on its regular days of operation – Wednesdays 1:30-5:30 and the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 am-noon. (In April, please note it will be open on the 2nd Saturday – April 11th from 10 am – noon instead of the 3rd Saturday). The Newton Food Pantry is located at 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, City Hall. While Newton Public Schools are closed, families with children can shop twice a month at the pantry. For more information on how to get assistance or to donate, click here, or email the Newton Food Pantry at [email protected] For more information visit: http://www.newtonfoodpantry.org/ Please CLICK HERE FOR A LIST of their most needed items.
Arabic Baptist Church Food Pantry: The Arabic Baptist Church Food Pantry serves people in the Newton area and is distributing pre-packaged goods on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at 187 Church Street. For more information or to make a donation, visit: http://www.arabicbaptist.org/Ministries/Food_%26_Clothing_Pantry/
Post 440 Mobile Food Bank: The partnership between Post 440 and the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) provides approximately 32 pounds of food each month to veterans and anyone else in need on the third Friday of every month, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., at American Legion Nonantum Post 440, 295 California St. Next date: April 17, call 617-244-0440 for information. Participants can expect food to be pre-packed in bags and handed out in the parking lot.