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Newton COVID-19 Care Fund

Newton COVID-19 Care Fund
The Mayor’s Office just announced the launch of the Newton COVID-19 Care Fund. Its focus is on basic needs and critical services, but we recognize that this crisis is evolving quickly. The priorities of this fund may change as the needs of the Newton community evolve. The funds will help pay for rent, food, utilities, internet connectivity for families with school-aged children, childcare, medications and other basic needs.

HOW CAN I GIVE TO THE NEWTON COVID-19 CARE FUND?

You can give to the fund by clicking the GIVE button at Unitedwaymassbay.org or visiting https://unitedwaymassbay.org/covid-19/newton-covid-19-care-fund/. All gifts are tax-deductible and 100% of the proceeds (net credit card fees) will go to individuals seeking assistance. You may also give via your Donor Advised Fund by including “The United Way Newton COVID-19 Care Fund” in your recommendation details. The fund’s tax ID number is 04-2382233.

You can also send a check to United Way of Massachusetts Bay, PO Box 51381, Boston, MA 02205-1381. Please include “Newton Covid-19 Care Fund” in the memo of your check.

All donations will be collected by United Way and distributed by an established Newton nonprofit organization with a track record of administering assistance funds. These funds will pay for rent, food, utilities, internet connectivity for families with school-aged children, childcare, medications and other basic needs. City of Newton First Responders who incur new childcare expenses or other expenses as a result of the crisis will also be eligible.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I NEED ASSISTANCE?

The Newton COVID-19 Care Fund is a coalition of Newton-based care providers coming together to serve those who are in need in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. In the coming days, visit the United Way web page for more detailed information on fund eligibility requirements and information about how to submit your application. Until next week, if you need immediate help, please contact United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline which will provide immediate guidance.

ActiveMinds Tutoring is Adaptable

ActiveMinds Tutoring is adaptable and ready to assist your transition. Their tutoring team is equipped with the resources to accommodate the limitations of online schooling and the needs of your child during this difficult time. Through tutoring, mentorship, and coaching, they are prepared to offer meaningful learning experiences through online support.

Contact ActiveMinds to learn more about their experienced tutors. Call 617-227-2225, email info@activemindstutoring.com, or visit http://www.activemindstutoring.com/testimonials.html

Building Resilient Teens talk

The Cannabis, Vaping, and Nicotine Addiction talk will be a discussion to learn facts and create a better understanding. Please see more information on this flyer.

March 4th, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Shipley Auditorium, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington Street, Newton

Spring Programs at Newton Community Farm

Kid focused:
Farm Tuesdays for ages 7-11. Meets Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, March 31st – May 26th (no class April 21st). An after school program on NPS early release days: meet the new chicks, get the learning garden started, play games and make snacks.

Budding Chefs for ages 7-13. April vacation week, Tuesday – Thursday, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, April 21st – 23rd. Cook up delicious treats in the historic barn and spend time outdoors in the learning garden and with new flock of chicks!

Farm Sprouts for ages 2.5 – 5 with an adult and Farm Babies for ages under 2.5 with an adult.  Sing songs, read books and learn about the farm in spring. Meet the new chicks and search for signs of spring as the farm comes to life!

For adults and families:
Master Your Gut, Sunday, March 15th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Meet Jay Vilar, a Nutritional Therapist Practitioner, and learn about the importance of your gut health in this brand new workshop. Enjoy samples of probiotic, prebiotic, and fermented foods and drink while you learn.

Spring Has Sprung Cookbook Potluck Dinner, April 1st, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Join members of the farm community to celebrate food and farming. Spring’s potluck dinner will feature Alison Roman, author of Dining In and Nothing Fancy. In addition to these two fabulous cookbooks, many of her fresh recipes can be found in full on her website.

Family Baking,  April 5th, 10:30 am -12:00 pm. Get ready for spring holidays with this fun day of baking in our historic barn. Use spring ingredients like rhubarb and chamomile to make baked goods the whole family will enjoy.

Seasonal Pasta Making, April 30th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Make fresh pasta with farm ingredients to enjoy with others in this adult cooking workshop.

Farm Photography,  May 30th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Join award-winning photographer, Karyn Novakowski, to tell the story of your food from seed to plate and beyond through photographs.

For more information on any of these programs, email education@newtoncommunityfarm.org or call the office at 617-916 9655.

Civics Challenge

Join the LWVN Civics Challenge! This is meant to be a true community builder for anyone in Grade 8 or older. There will be snacks and prizes, including a MA State House tour for the winning team.

Anyone who registers as an individual will be placed on a team OR groups of 3 or 4 may register as a team. The registration deadline is February 28th.

For more information visit https://lwvnewton.org/civics-challenge/

Registration at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcwgcU6SArR79FLjjlPyqPCG1fUcVSaQEJD02tbnBd-BtgQA/viewform

See a flyer at https://lwvnewton.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-Civics-Challenge-flyer.pdf

March 1st,  3:30 – 5:30 pm
Cabot School