COVID-19 Care Fund


Newton’s COVID-19 Care Fund is helping families and individuals who have been financially impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Newton COVID-19 Care Fund is not currently accepting new applications for assistance.  To see the impact of the Fund’s efforts, click here.


Inspired by Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, the Newton COVID-19 Care Fund was established on March 20th by local citizens and businesses, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Family ACCESS of Newton and other community organizations. The purpose of the Fund was to provide short-term emergency relief to individuals and families financially burdened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through June 30, the Fund raised over $700,000 from more than 1,000 donors and provided emergency assistance to 339 recipients through Family ACCESS of Newton, the non-profit organization that oversaw review and disbursement of the emergency funds.

Consistent with our charter as a short-term emergency fund, the Newton COVID-19 Care Fund closed its application portal on June 5th. The website for the Fund is continuing to accept donations. All donations received after June 30th will be distributed to Newton non-profit agencies assisting individuals and families to meet basic needs during the ongoing crisis.

All of us involved with the Fund remain committed to closely monitoring the current crisis and will be prepared to spring back into action should the need arise. 

If you need immediate help, please contact United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline or visit for comprehensive information and referrals related to the virus.

Help Us Help our Newton Neighbors

Your donation will help individuals and families stay afloat during these uncertain times.


Shirts For Covid-19 is a project started by Ian Luchars in order to raise funds for relief in Newton. All profits from t-shirt sales go to the Newton COVID-19 Care Fund. You can get yours here.

Initial Supporters

Business and Non-Profit Leaders

Brae Burn County Club
Criterion Development Partners
David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation
Eastern Bank
Garden Remedies
Mark Development
Newton Cantonese School
Northland Investment Corporation
Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
Rebecca Pomroy Foundation
Schlesinger & Buchbinder, LLP
The Village Bank
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Community Leaders

Jill & David Adler
Andrew & Melora Balson
Judy Nichols & Peter Barrer
The Bazinsky Family
Peter & Marsha Berenson
Claire & Daniel Caine
David Deutsch
Dan & Megan Dolan
Portia & Chris Durbin
Anne Esbenshade & Michael Miele
Mark Fins
Joe & Ruthanne Fuller
Gloria & Lee Gavris
Rob Gifford & Claire Sokoloff
Maurice (Pete) & Cathi Gilmore
Barbara & Steve Grossman
Janet Hall
Dorit Harverd & Richard Dale
Susie Heyman
Liz Hiser & Charlie Hoban
Kathleen Hobson & Atul Gawande
John Houston & Katherine Read
David Humphrey & Markella Zanni
Deborah Jackson Weiss
Jeff & Sue Kalowski
Rhanna Kidwell & Dan Silver

Adrienne Hartzell Knudsen
Lisheng Kong
Carolyn Kraft
Josh Kraft
Anne & Bob Larner
John Lewis & Suzanne Sheirr
Halcyon Mancuso
Irene Greif & Albert R. Meyer
Timothy & Deborah Moore
Rabbi Suzanne & Andy Offit
Meryl Kessler & Scott Oran
Ed Park & Nancy Kim
Gloria & Philip Plottel
Mark Proctor & Charlotte McKee
Jennifer Pucci & James Yeagle
The Rasalingam Family
Liz & Duncan Richardson
Jay & Sarah Roxe
Julie & Eric Sall
Klaus Schmidt-Rohr
Kevin & Susan Sloan
Steve Snider
Tui Sutherland & Adam Sterns
Paul D. Wilson & Mary B. Donchez
James & Jean Wood
Charles & Claudia Wu

And more than 700 additional individuals

Masthead Image: Kenneth C. Zirkel / CC BY-SA