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Community Resource & Violence Prevention Weekly Email – 2.25.2014

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The weekly email includes events, trainings, jobs, meetings, and resources specific to violence prevention and more generally of interest to the Boston community. The email is a collation of items submitted by you and aims to inform each other of Boston resources and promote collaboration without ‘reinventing the wheel.’  


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Special Screening of Inequality for All Marking 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty

What: In January 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “war on poverty.” Fifty years later, we’re seeing a war on the poor—and the middle class. Come watch, Inequality for All an expose on the nation’s widening economic gap.
When: February 26th, 10:00am-1:00pm.
Where: MA State House, Garden Auditorium
More Info: Visit


Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless Annual Legislative Action Day 2014

What: The Coalition’s Legislative Action Day brings together advocates, providers, people experiencing homelessness, and community members to call on the Legislature and Administration to make renewed investments in housing, homelessness prevention, and safety net resources for families, youth, and adults who are at-risk and experiencing homelessness. The day involves powerful speakers, moving testimonies, and visits with legislators.

When: Thursday, February 27th, 9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.

Where: Massachusetts State House, Great Hall (2nd floor)

More Information: Flyer, Registration, or email or




Fair Foods New Location
What: Fair Foods has added a new food location in Dorchester. High quality fresh fruits and vegetables are available for only $2.00 per bag every Friday afternoon. Fair Foods is a non-profit food rescue organization dedicated to providing surplus goods at low or no cost to those in need. Since 1988 Fair Foods has rescued and delivered millions of pounds of fresh produce and quality building supplies to low income communities throughout New England and around the world.
When: Fridays 3-4:30pm
Where: First Parish Church 10 Parish Street, Dorchester (on Meeting House Hill)
More Info: visit or call 617.436. 0527


Health Care Enrollment Events
What: Hosted by the Mayor’s Health Line. The Mayor’s Health Line at the Boston Public Health Commission has planned multiple events throughout Boston to help residents apply for health insurance through the new health insurance Marketplace. Those who are uninsured or have Commonwealth Care, Health Safety Net, or Mass Health could be eligible for new coverage through the Affordable Care Act and may also qualify for help paying for health insurance. MHL staff will help residents apply for health insurance.
When: Enrollment sessions are scheduled now through March 23rd
Where: Throughout Boston
More Info: Call 617-534-5050 for questions, to find events near you, visit

Tenth Annual Forum on Family Homelessness

What: Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness & Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries along with co- sponsors Episcopal City Mission, Horizons for Homeless Children, Promise the Children, & UU Mass Action Network discuss the problems as well as solutions to family homelessness in Massachusetts. Homelessness prevention organizations as well as key speakers will be in attendance.

When: Sunday, March 2nd 3:00-5:00pm

Where: Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden St., Concord MA

More Info: Contact Carl Miller, Coordinator, at  or 978-369-3755; visit


Speak Up! A Two-Day Cross-Neighborhood Discussion on Community Health

What: Hear current health data presented by Boston Public Health Commission, followed by a resident panel and Q & A. Come brainstorm ideas on how the community can improve the quality of life for all residents in Dorchester.

When: Day One: Thursday March 6th, 6:30-8:30 and Saturday March 8th, 10:00am-1:00pm. Where: Day 1: Viet Aid: 42 Charles St, Dorchester, MA

Day 2: Grove Hall Public Library: 41 Geneva Ave

More Info:  Contact Jamiah Tappin at or 617.279.2240 x 508


A Celebration of International Women’s Day
What: Please join the Boston Public Health Commission, the Resilient Sisterhood Project, the Association of Haitian Women in Boston and their partners as we recognize International Women’s Day. The event will celebrate women’s achievements, and discuss areas where progress is still needed. We will screen and discuss the short film “When the Bough Breaks”, from the acclaimed series Unnatural Causes
When: Saturday, March 8th, 12:30-3:30pm
Where: Boston Public Library-Mattapan Branch. 1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, MA 02126

Hyde Square Task Force

What:  Take an hour out of your day to join the community runs/walks around the local neighborhoods and parks.

When: Every Monday and Thursday at 5:30pm, and Saturdays at 9:00am beginning March 10th.

Where: We will meet in front of the Blessed Sacrament Church on Centre St. in Jamaica Plain

More Info: Contact Alexis Agrinsoni at 617-524-8393 x358 or by email at


Franklin Park Coalition History Tour
What: The beginning of spring is typically a quiet time at Franklin Park. The leaves, the songbirds, the golfers, the festival-goers are still weeks away from returning in large numbers.  It is a special time to take in Franklin Park, its landscape, and the healing effects that designer Frederick Law Olmsted sought to foster in his urban park creations. This time of year also offers the chance to observe features that are less visible when the park is fully leafed out.

Join the National Olmsted Historic Site for a 90-minute stroll to celebrate early spring’s arrival in Boston. Event is free, but registration is required.
When: March 23rd, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Where: Forest Hills Drive & Jewish War Veterans Memorial Hwy, Boston, 02121
More Info: Call 617-442-4141 or visit


ABC/AWFH AppreciASIANS at Tufts Medical Center

What: A celebratory event to thank supporters and partners with food, music and awards.

When: Thursday, March 27th, 6:00-8:00pm

Where: 800 Washington Street, Boston 02111, Wolff Auditorium

More Info: Please RSVP at:





Free Citizenship Classes at Rosie’s Place

What: Free Citizenship classes for women only at Rosie’s Place. These classes are designed to help you pass the citizenship exam. You will need to take a short English language proficiency exam as this class is designed for women who have some English speaking skills; the class is taught entirely in English.

When: Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 6pm-730pm. A start date will be finalized once there are enough students.
Where: Rosie’s Place at the Women’s Education Center, 889 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118.

More Info: Please call 617-318-0228 for Cerlyn Cantave, the Evening Coordinator. If you get voicemail, please leave your name and phone number.


Boston Medical Reserve Corp Leadership Under Pressure

What: How will you lead a team during an emergency? What are the critical considerations for effective leadership when you and others are under extreme stress, the picture is distorted, time is compressed and authority unclear? What attributes will the team you lead most want to see you demonstrate? What strengths and behaviors will you bring to a team working during a crisis? In this course, Boston MRC members will explore leadership principles in crises and have an opportunity to apply key concepts to develop their leadership skills.

When: February 26th, 6:00- 8:00 pm

Where: DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness. 35 Northampton St, 4th Floor Boston, MA 02118

More Info: Visit .


Free LIPSTICK Leadership Training
What: Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killing (LIPSTICK)’s March leadership training theme is COURAGE–and you show it every day by advocating for peace and justice and refusing to give up.
When: Saturday, March 1st 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Grove Hall Public Library. 41 Geneva Ave, Dorchester MA
More Info: Call (617)-233-5363


The Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC) Training for Victim’s Service Providers. 

What: This training will explore the intersection between religion and culture in the lives of Muslim African women who are victims of domestic violence. The Project is called the Muslim African Women’s Network for Safety, Advocacy and Protection (MAWNSAP). The acronym is derived from the word mawnsap which, in Arabic and Somali, means the right thing to do. Fighting domestic violence is the right thing to do. Applications due February 24th.

When: March 5th, 2014 10:00am – 3:00 pm

Where: 31 Heath St, Jamaica Plain (T- accessible, Orange Line, Jackson Sq. stop)

More Info: Call Moira Lucey, 617-238-2435


All-Hazards Disaster Response and Protection for Healthcare Personnel—Awareness Modules

What: This 8-hour course is delivered in two Modules: Module I, is 3.5 hours, and is primarily lecture. The content includes recognition of and initial defensive response actions to a chemical, biologic, radiologic, nuclear, explosive or natural disaster. Module II is a 3.5 hour practical training that expands on Module I and brings the responder to Operations Level training.

When: March 10th, 8:00am-4:00pm

Where: Massachusetts General Hospital. 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114

More Info: Call (617) 726-2000 or visit


DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness Medical Reserve Corps Orientation
What: Orientation is the first step to becoming a member of the Boston Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and will prepare you to volunteer in an emergency or at a special event such as the Boston Marathon. The course covers the important role of Boston MRC members, when and how members are activated, potential functions during an activation, and how to prepare yourself and your family for an emergency. Orientation is a pre-requisite for all other Boston MRC trainings, and is required to volunteer at emergencies or special events.
When: March 11th, 2014 6:00-7:30 pm
Where: O’Neill Conference Room. 35 Northampton Street, Boston, MA 02118
More Info: Visit


CHEC Training: Supervisory Skills

What: Explore ways to support your staff, discover new strategies and techniques to make staff accountable, resolve conflict and learn how to transform vague feedback into clear and effective feedback.

When: Tuesday, March 11th, 9:30am-3:30pm and Thursday, March 13, 9:30am-1:30pm

Cost: $75

Where: CHEC, 35 Northampton Street, 5th floor, Boston MA

Register: Luisa Tavares or 617-534-2432,


A Conversation About Asperger Syndrome and Depression for Education and Mental Health Professionals

What: This conference will explore the intersection of Asperger Syndrome (AS) and depression and will feature sessions by expert panelists. Adults with A.S, and their families are welcome.

When: March 14th, 2014, 8:30am-4:30pm

Where: The Ellsworth Theatre at Pine Manor College. 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

More Info: Register at


CHEC Training: Harm Reduction

What: Harm Reduction provides an opportunity for clients to make changes in their behavior that lowers risk and reduces negative consequences. Gain an understanding of the philosophy and principles of harm reduction and practice harm reduction skills for your outreach work.

When: Wednesday, March 19th, 9:30am-3:30pm

Cost: $50

Where: CHEC, 35 Northampton Street, 5th floor, Boston MA

Register: Contact Luisa Tavares or 617-534-2432,


Basic Benefits Training on Immigrants and Public Benefits

What: This training offers a nuts and bolts overview of immigration status and the benefits available to non-U.S. citizens with different kinds of immigration status.

When: Thursday, March 20th, 9:30am-4:00pm

Where: Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Conference Center, 10 Winter Place, Boston MA

More Info: Visit


CHEC Training: Motivational Interviewing

What: Motivational Interviewing is an effective approach to working with clients to facilitate behavior change. Learn the key principles, techniques, tools and spirit of motivational interviewing. Cost is $50.

When: Wednesday, March 26th, 9:30am-3:30pm

Where: CHEC, 35 Northampton Street, 5th floor, Boston MA

Register: Contact Luisa Tavares  or 617-534-2432,


Basics of the New Law for Legal Aid & Community Service Providers Training

What: This seminar provides a review of basics of the law pertaining to criminal offender record information (CORI) and an overview of changes in the law that took effect on May 4, 2012.
When: Thursday, March 27th 9:30am-12:15pm
Where: Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Conference Center, 10 Winter Place, Boston MA
More Info: Visit


Exploring Ways to Integrate Culture in the Psychological Treatment of Latinos

What: Please join the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in an important discussion with some prominent thought leaders on how to better serve our communities of Latino background.
When: March 28th, 9:00am-4:30pm
Where: Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, 1 Wells Ave # 7, Newton MA
More Info: Email or contact Dr. Mari Bennasar at


CHEC Training: Comprehensive Outreach Education Certificate (COEC) Program

What: A 54-hour core competency training for Community Health Workers that focuses on skills, knowledge and strategies for community outreach and health education practice. Cost is $400. Get your applications in early.

When: April-May 2014

Where: CHEC, 35 Northampton Street, 5th floor, Boston MA

More Info: Contact Luisa Tavares at  or 617-534-2432




Anti-Violence Poetry Contest
What: During National Youth Violence Prevention Week, “Youth Standing Strong Against Violence” will be holding a poetry contest for 6th-8th graders. Express yourself, share your creation and become part of the solution.
When: Submissions due March 14th
Where: Entry forms can be found at
More Info: Email


Anti-Violence Hip-Hop Poster Contest

What:  During the Violence Youth Prevention Week, “Youth Standing Strong Against Violence” is hosting a poster contest for kids ages K-5. You’re invited to design a poster with a positive, anti-violence message. Share your message about how youth can be part of building a strong, safe and healthy community. Your voice counts!
When: Submission Deadline March 14th

Where: Posters may be dropped off at your school or at any Boston Center for Youth and Families (BCYF) Community Center.
More Info: Email


Anti-Violence Hip-Hop Video Contest
What:  During the Violence Youth Prevention Week, “Youth Standing Strong Against Violence” is hosting a hip-hop video contest for high-school students. First Place receives a 400 dollar gift card to target and four red sox tickets.

When: Submission Deadline March 14th. Winners revealed on Thursday, April 10th. 4:00-6:00pm

Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

Where: (On April 10th) Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center. Roxbury Community College

1350 Tremont Street, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

More Info: Email for questions and to submit video.


ABCD SummerWorks
What: ABCD provides job opportunities to Boston youth with a summer job at more than 500 partner worksites throughout the city. Youth ages 14 to 21 have the opportunity to work in a range of jobs.
When: apply by June 13th, 2014.
Where: Varies by job
More Info: To register for ABCD and view their eligibility requirements, visit and


Free Drop-In Music Program for Children

What: Music program for children ages 6-12. No registration or membership required
When: Fridays 4:30pm-6:00pm

Where: 650 Dudley Street, Dorchester, MA 02125
More Info: Contact Darien Morris at 617.318.6912 or email:    


L.A.U.G.H.S. for Autism
What: In this eight week program you will learn the therapeutic benefits of humor, and how humor and laughter helps autistic children with their social development. You will also learn some guidelines for initiating humor and information about educational toys and products for children with special needs.
When: February 25th-April 15th, 10:00-11:30am.
Where: The Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester, the Paul McLaughlin building. 1135 Dorchester Ave.
More Info: Call 617-840-3281

Wediko Children’s Services Living with Loss: Grief Support Program
What: This group is an 8-week cycle that supports children, teens, and adults who have experienced a loss in their life. The group offers support through ritual, education, activity, and discussion, allowing families the space they need to share their stories and build skills. Dinner and Transportation provided.

When: Tuesday February 25th – Tuesday April 15th. The groups are held from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. each week. Members are asked to attend each session.

Where: Wediko Children’s Services Boston Office: 72-74 East Dedham Street Boston, MA 02118

More Info: Registration is required. Please contact Kate Tetuan, LICSW at 617-512-8681 or visit for more information.


Family Nutrition Program
What: The Family Nurturing Program is a 15 week series of classes for parents and children to interact and learn ways to effectively communicate with one another.
When: Thursdays from 6:00-8:30pm starting March 6th.
Where: Roxbury Multi Service Center, Inc. Behavioral Health Center. 321 Blue Hill Ave, Dorchester, MA  02121
More Info: Contact Carmen Santos  or 617-989-0292 ext. 101





Urban League of Eastern Mass – Development Intern
What: The ULEM seeks Development Interns to be part of a coordinated Development team raising funds to continue to empower communities while changing lives. Development Interns assist with implementing all aspects of ULEM’s fundraising and marketing plans, including grant writing, reporting, marketing, media, individual donors, events and other tasks as assigned.  This position provides a great opportunity for professional growth and will allow the right candidate to use a diverse range of skills and experience, while working as a key member of a collaborative team. Development Interns will report to the Director of Development and work closely with the entire staff.
Commitment: Minimum of 15 hours per week; minimum 3-month commitment, with 6 months desirable.
More Info: Email mail cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Director Nancy Rachel Rousseau at with Subject Line: “Application for Development Intern.”


Urban League of Eastern Mass – Marketing and Communications Intern
What: The ULEM seeks Marketing and Communications Interns to be part of a coordinated Development team raising funds and ULEM awareness while continuing to empower communities and change lives.  Marketing and Communications Interns assist with implementing all aspects of ULEM’s marketing plans, including generating press releases, managing social media, promoting programs and events, and other tasks as assigned.  This position provides a great opportunity for professional growth and will allow the right candidate to use a diverse range of skills and experience, while working as a key member of a collaborative team. Marketing and Communications Interns will report to the Director of Development and work closely with the entire staff.
Commitment: Minimum of 15 hours per week; minimum 3-month commitment, with 6 months desirable.
More Info: E‐mail cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Director Nancy Rachel Rousseau at with Subject Line: “Application for Marketing and Communications Intern.”


HOPELINE Applications via Boston Youth Fund
What: If you are ages 15-18 and interested in earning money and gaining meaningful job skills, apply for summer employment with the BYF by completing our application process known as the Hopeline.
Application Deadline: March 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM.
More Info: Visit




Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
What: Veteran Affairs is announcing the availability of funds for supportive services grants under the SSVF Program. The NOFA contains information concerning the SSVF Program, initial and renewal supportive services grant application processes, and amount of funding available.
Deadline: March 14th
More Info: Contact John Kuhn, SSVF Director 877-737-0111


Drug-Free Communities Program
What: The DFC Program was created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-20). The DFC Support Program has two goals:1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies; as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth*. 2. Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.*For the purposes of this RFA, “youth” is defined as individuals 18 years of age and younger.
Deadline: March 24th
More Info: Contact Virginia Simmons, Division of Grants Management, SAMHSA, 7-1109, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857 Phone: (240) 276-1422 email


Community Partnership Awards
What: The annual $25,000 award recognizes the outstanding contributions made by nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private, and other social sector organizations, to society.
Application Deadline: April 1st
More Info: Visit


World of Children Accepting Nominations
What: World of Children Accepting Nominations for 2014 Humanitarian, Health, Youth Awards. The program awards grants of up to $50,000 to individual adults and youth who have made extraordinary contributions to improve the lives of children.
Deadline: April 1st
More Info: Visit


FY 2014 American Youth Leadership Program
What: The Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division, of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the American Youth Leadership Program. Public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to implement an exchange program for American high school students that will enable the participants to gain firsthand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues. The award recipients will recruit and select participants from the United States and provide them with a three- to four-week exchange program in select countries abroad focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service.
Deadline: April 4th
More Info: Contact Center Phone Number: 1-800-518-4726 or email


Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program
What: Each year, the Foundation awards a grant to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state. Any remaining funds are distributed based on state population. Grant applications are reviewed by the Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Committee, which makes recommendations to the TMKF Board of Directors. After reviewing these recommendations, the Foundation’s Board of Directors selects the final grant recipients.
Application Deadline: April 30th
More Info: Visit


Challenge America Fast-Track, National Endowment for the Arts
What: The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development
Application Deadline: May 8th
More Info: Visit


Mass Mentoring Project Invites Proposals From Youth Groups for Capacity Building Projects
What: Through its Technical Assistance Project, MMP provides resources to help organizations improve their service delivery and serve as many young people as they can in the highest quality way possible.
Application Deadline: August 30th
More Info: Call (617) 695-2441


Environmental Grants for Nonprofits
What: The Colcom Foundation focuses its philanthropic program on environmental sustainability, natural resource preservation, land and water conservation, and efforts to establish a sustainable population. Grant applications will be accepted only by invitation following the applicant’s submission of a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). If, upon review of a Letter of Inquiry, the Foundation invites a Grant Application, the applicant will be provided instructions on filing procedures.
More Info: Visit


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