Holliston Newcomers 2019 Grant Application is now Open

posted Jan 29, 2019, 4:49 PM by Holliston Newcomers

The Holliston Newcomers Club has long been committed to giving back to our community.  Throughout the year, HNC organizes fundraising events which contribute to the Community Investment Grant Fund.   For the 2019 fund, these 2018 events included Princess & Superhero Party, Touch-A-Truck, The Great Pumpkin Trail, and Gingerbread House Decorating.


Please review the grant criteria below and then download the application here or pickup a copy at the Holliston Public Library.  The deadline for requests is February 26, 2019.  Requests received after the deadline will not be considered. 


Applications can be emailed to or received at the address noted below.


Community Investments Committee

Holliston Newcomers Club

P.O. Box 6581

Holliston, MA 01746


If you have any questions, please email the Community Investments Committee.


The HNC Community Investments Committee



2019 Grant Criteria


The grant criteria defined here for 2019 has not been changed from what was used in 2018.  We will consider only those grant applications that are completed in full and will prioritize funding for those grant proposals that best fit the criteria established by the Community Investment Committee. Specifically, supporting groups that do not have significant income from fundraising and whose grant application demonstrates that the project would:


1.   Have a significant impact on the community

2.   Provide needed services/projects to the community at large

3.   Impact a large number of Holliston residents


Please note, grant proposals that seek to redistribute funds or that seeks funds strictly for operating costs will not be considered. All educational requests must be submitted through the designated school administrator, and no individual educator requests will be reviewed.


Also, please indicate whether or not it will be possible to complete the project within the next calendar year if your request is only partially funded.  Applicants are also asked to share what they see as the loss to the community if Newcomers does not fund their grant. All applicants will be notified of committee’s decision in April 2019.

Gingerbread House Decorating Event

posted Nov 29, 2018, 11:22 AM by Holliston Newcomers

To benefit the Holliston Newcomers Grant Fund!

Come make a beautiful and delicious gingerbread house for a good cause. Newcomers Club (in conjunction with Mt Hollis Lodge) will supply the houses and decorating materials, and you and your family supply the creative décor and lots of fun!! New this year – add on a large gingerbread man to decorate for just $12!



Sign up fast for your preferred seating!
Houses are limited!
Please sign up online via PayPal. Please contact Beth O’Dea at or Tracey Geden at if you have any questions!
To sign up and pay online please use our PayPal link --…

All proceeds to benefit the HNC Grant Fund for 2018-19
When: Saturday, December 8, 2018
(houses will stay good through Christmas)

Where: Mount Hollis Lodge,
657 Washington Street, Holliston MA

Cost: $40 per house
(houses are large enough for more than one child to decorate!)

Volunteers for Gingerbread House Assembly and Decorating!

posted Nov 29, 2018, 11:19 AM by Holliston Newcomers

   Gingerbread Decorating is Just Around the Corner

Volunteers Needed
Our gingerbread decorating event is less than two weeks away, and we need your help to make it a success! Please consider volunteering for a shift if you are able. If you can’t stay the whole time no problem, just make a note of it in the sign-up.

Thank you for your support!

Beth and Tracey
Gingerbread co-chairs
Beth O'Dea-Ng
Tracey Geden

Ladies' Escape

posted Sep 4, 2018, 12:32 PM by Holliston Newcomers

Please join us Friday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. for a Sip & Shop! Sip wine from One Hope Wine Vineyard, which will donate a portion of its profits from our event to important national causes! While you sip, shop fabulous jewelry, clothes and bags from Stella and Dot! To learn more about One Hope Wine and Stella and Dot, check out and Please RSVP to and bring your non-member friends for more fun and more support for great causes!

Thank you!

Jennifer and Timea
Ladies Escapes C0-Chairs
Jennifer Mott
Timea Kovacs

HNC Executive Board 2018-2019

posted Jun 12, 2018, 6:33 AM by Holliston Newcomers

We are pleased to present the slate for the incoming Executive Board for the 2018-2019 year. Thank you everyone for a great year, and thank you to the new members of the Executive Board for agreeing to step up and take the HNC into the next year.
2018-2019 Executive Board
President: Christel DiPippo
1st Vice President: Katrine Giroux
2nd Vice President: Debbie Colburn
Treasurer: Beth O'Dea Ng
Recording Secretary: Karen Haynes
Corresponding Secretary: Cindy Carr
Please note we have many additional positions open and need your help to have a successful year. Please reach out to the new Executive Board if you are interested in being on a committee and helping HNC be successful.


posted Jun 8, 2018, 5:56 PM by Holliston Newcomers   [ updated Jun 8, 2018, 5:59 PM ]

Barnyard Bash at Lil' Folk Farm Jun 11th at 4pm

posted Jun 4, 2018, 7:35 AM by Holliston Newcomers

Please mark your calendars for Monday afternoon, June 11th, at 4:00 pm for a Barnyard Bash at Lil' Folk Farm with your fellow Newcomers kids!  There will be an interactive petting zoo with goats, bunnies, and chickens, followed by pony rides and a light snack for $10 per child.  Please RSVP to reserve your spot.  The farm has a 15-child minimum, so make sure to RSVP, so this fun event can happen!
RSVP to Liz at
Lil' Folk Farm / Willow Brook Farm
1070 Washington Street, Holliston
We look forward to seeing you there!
Julianne and Liz
Children’s Activities C0-Chairs

Meet, Greet and Eat - June 6 at 7:30pm

posted Jun 4, 2018, 7:34 AM by Holliston Newcomers

Come one come all! Join us for "Meet, Greet & Eat" Wednesday June 6, 7:30 pm at Jasper Hill Cafe.

Half-price burgers at Jasper Hill are a great excuse to get out and meet new and veteran members of HNC. Come have some fun and enjoy the music and the company.
We want to hang out with and get to know everyone in the club, and what better way than in the center of our town with food & drinks?

Please RSVP to Julianne
Hope to see you there!
Julianne Catlin

Wine and Cheese and Awards Celebration

posted Jun 4, 2018, 7:33 AM by Holliston Newcomers

Dear HNC Members,
Thank you to Erica Long for putting together a lovely Wine and Cheese and Awards Celebration! It was a wonderful night, and we appreciate all of you who came out to enjoy it. A special thanks to John Edwards, HNC member and Certified Cheese Professional, for bringing such delectable cheeses and sharing his expertise with us.
All of our grant award recipients were able to attend and shared a bit about what our fundraising will allow them to do to further their great community causes. Recipients are:
1) The Holliston Fire Department for personal carbon monoxide monitors to protect our first responders and the public from the dangers of this colorless and odorless gas,
2) The Holliston Public Library for discounted museum passes,
3) The Holliston Historical Society for new weaving looms to benefit ongoing educational opportunities including 18th Century Days for our third graders’ annual field trip,
4) Parks and Recreation for their Free Summer Concert Series at Goodwill Park,
5) The Senior Center to help create a new vegetable and herb garden for seniors to help them grow and eat healthier options, and
6) The Holliston Agricultural Commission for incubators to hatch chicks to provide years of educational opportunities for our residents.
I cannot thank our dedicated members enough, as these grants would not be possible without you! Our Club really makes a difference to the betterment of our community.
Thank you for a great year,

Christel DiPippo

Princess & Superhero Party - April 7th, 2018

posted Mar 16, 2018, 1:04 PM by Holliston Newcomers

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