NeighborGood  connects chronically ill and disabled individuals with neighbors for friendly visits or help with home tasks.

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NeighborGood is a 501c3 non-profit organization that connects chronically ill and disabled individuals with neighbors for friendly visits or help with home tasks and errands. NeighborGood is based in Boston, MA.



Founded by Harvard students, the NeighborGood team cares deeply and personally about building community and ensuring that chronically ill and/or disabled people do not suffer from isolation or lack of care. We also aim to make the experience of volunteering local, convenient, and meaningful.

How It Works

You sign up to give or get help on this website. We run a background check. Based on your location and availability, we’ll match you with someone in your neighborhood. We strive to make matches that require our volunteers to commute no more than 15 minutes.

After your match, we’ll contact you to share brief feedback that we use to make our service even better. Once you’ve completed this, you can sign up to give or get help again, anytime you’d like! We make one-time matches, so you can sign up again and connect with someone different — but you can also request to be matched with the same person again.

See our FAQs page for more information.


Our Team


Niha Jain
Executive Director & Board Member

Niha works in healthcare administration at Sutter Health. She founded NeighborGood in 2016 while getting her MBA at Harvard Business School.

"Individuals dealing with serious health issues face challenges not just in navigating our complex healthcare system, but also in the daily activities of life. NeighborGood is about bringing neighbors together to support each other in these times of need."


Amar Shikari
Board Member

Amar is a lawyer from Los Angeles with a background in technology startups. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and Harvard Law School. Amar’s interest in the intersection of healthcare and technology led to his involvement with NeighborGood.


Tara Deonauth
Director of Outreach & Board Member

Tara works in data analysis for K-12 schools. She is a graduate of Williams College and is currently based in Boston. Tara's interest in crisis intervention and compassionate care brought her to NeighborGood where she manages all efforts to bring more volunteers and neighbors into the NeightborGood community.


Meryl Natow
Webmaster & Designer

Meryl is head of product at Jopwell, a leading career advancement platform for Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American job seekers.  She is also a cofounder of Chirps Chips.  She is a graduate of Harvard and SVA.