Second Chances was recognized on Wednesday by Webster Bank for its outstanding impact on the Greater Boston community. The organization, which runs a local donation program that provides free clothing to homeless and low-income people in Cambridge and Somerville, received $2,500 through the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act program. The grant will help Second Chances serve even more people in need in the future. Webster Bank donated a total of $40,000 to 11 organizations in Greater Boston.

Second Chances founder and CEO, Andrea Shapiro (center), was presented a check for $2,500 by Webster Bank executives, Debra Drapalla, regional president – Boston, and Peter Mosbacher, senior vice president, community development, at an event celebrating the bank’s 2017 Community Reinvestment Act program recipients on Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Boston, Mass.

 “Thank you to Webster Bank for supporting our work and being part of the community. Because of Webster, more people in need will be able to access free, esteem-building clothing as they move forward in their lives,” said Andrea Shapiro, founder and CEO, Second Chances.

Webster Bank  presented $40,000 in Community Reinvestment Act-Community Development Grants to 11 Boston-area nonprofit community organizations. The organizations represented run programs serving low-and moderate-income residents, develop affordable housing or support small business development throughout Boston and its suburbs.

Webster, through its Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) program, is committed to building strong communities by supporting economic and community development organizations, especially those that focus on affordable and supportive housing, said Peter Mosbacher, senior vice president, Community Development.

“Webster has firmly established itself as a leader in community development and reinvestment in all the communities we do business in,” Mosbacher said, adding that the bank’s commitment to aiding organizations that reach out to low- and moderate-income residents does not stop with the annual CRA grant program.

“These awards provide the foundation for broader, more far-reaching relationships with these nonprofits and the people they serve,” Mosbacher said.

Webster, for instance, also provides construction loans, tax credit investments, and technical assistance to community organizations, while Webster employees serve as board members and volunteers for many nonprofit groups within the bank’s footprint, he said.

“Webster is living up to the communities we serve by supporting these organizations that are helping to give Boston-area residents the tools they need to improve individual and family financial health

and sustainability,” said Debra Drapalla, regional president-Boston, Webster Bank. “We are pleased to partner with these Boston-area nonprofits tohelp execute their vision for the community.”

Among the 11 community organizations receiving grants today were:

  • Southwest Boston Community Development Corp., which works to build and sustain an economically diverse community in Hyde Park and Roslindale by developing and preserving affordable housing for low- and moderate-income people, preventing displacement of neighborhood residents and strengthening the neighborhoods’ commercial base. Webster Bank provided a $6.7 million construction loan and $6.6 million in low-income housing tax credit equity for the Residences at Fairmount Station developed by the CDC and Traggorth Companies.
  • The Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development, which promotes economic opportunity and seeks to build strong communities by developing safe, affordable housing for individuals and families.

Southwest Boston CDC received a $5,000 grant today, while the Women’s Institute received a $7,500 grant.

The other organizations receiving grants were: Urban Edge, $2,500; Fenway Community Development, $2,500; NOAH, $3,500; LISC-Boston, $2,500; Asian Community Development Corp., $3,500; Second Chances, $2,500; Housing Solutions for Eastern Massachusetts, $3,000; Irish International Immigration Center, $2,500; and, Just a Start, $5,000.

Webster Bank is a leading regional bank living up to consumers, businesses, and the community since 1935.

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Allstate agency owners to earn grant for Somerville’s RESPOND, Inc.

The Allstate Foundation grant to support nonprofit’s work to help end domestic violence and financial abuse

Allstate agency owners from the Somerville area will come together to host a supply drive and secure an Allstate Foundation Helping Hands® grant to benefit RESPOND, Inc. The grant will support the nonprofit organization’s mission to help end domestic violence and financial abuse.

The agency owners will each earn $1,000 for RESPOND, Inc. by collecting much-needed items during a supply drive. The public can participate by donating household items, toiletries, clothing and gift cards. More information on the most-needed supplies can be found at RESPONDinc.org/donate/wish-list/. RESPOND, Inc. will use the grant to further its work in the community.

The participating Allstate volunteers are among thousands of agency owners around the country working to strengthen communities by volunteering their time to support the causes they care about most.

“I’ve personally seen how providing needed items and teaching domestic violence survivors how to financially empower themselves helps them break free of their situation,” said Allstate agency owner Adaias Souza. “Being able to help people in my community is important to me – and it’s a big part of who my fellow Allstate agency owners and I are as local residents and business owners. We’re proud to have been able to come together for RESPOND, Inc. and the people the organization serves across our community.”

In recognition of his longstanding efforts to combat domestic violence and support those affected by abuse, Souza will receive the RESPOND, Inc. Marie Siraco Community Activism Award. The award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in activism or community service, in local communities and beyond, in the field of domestic violence.

“Adaias has been a key ally in our work to end domestic violence, dedicating his time and talent year after year, said Jessica Brayden, Executive Director, RESPOND, Inc. “From raising funds to building awareness and connecting clients to critical resources, Adaias, along with his fellow volunteers and The Allstate Foundation, have been exceptional supporters of our mission.”

RESPOND, Inc. is one of thousands of organizations this year to receive Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants secured by agency owners on behalf of the nonprofits where they volunteer. The grants support organizations addressing domestic violence, youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, hunger and other causes.

The Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants are one example of The Allstate Foundation’s legacy of empowering individuals and communities in need:

  • Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has invested $55 million to help more than 1 million women break free of domestic violence through life-changing financial education resources.
  • Each October, domestic violence nonprofits across the country participate in the Purple Purse Challenge to raise funds for financial empowerment programs for domestic violence survivors. This year, more than 220 domestic violence nonprofits are competing for funds. Last year’s Challenge included nearly 200 nonprofits and raised nearly $4 million. To learn more and donate, visit PurplePurse.com.

 

The public can donate supplies at the following Allstate agency locations:

53 Union Square, Somerville, MA

195 E. Main St., Unit 2, Milford, MA

665 Main St., Waltham, MA

34 Main St. Ext, Plymouth, MA

74 State Rd., North Dartmouth, MA

432 Main St., Fitchburg, MA

160 Summer St., Ste. K1, Kingston, MA

About The Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visitwww.AllstateFoundation.org.

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Rubber Duckies Race to Raise Money for Science Education
Family Friendly Festival to Support the “e” inc. Museum

On Saturday, Oct. 14, 3,000 rubber ducks will be released into the Boston Harbor to race in the inaugural “e” inc. Duck Dash. Funds raised through the family friendly festival, which will include music, food, fair games and science activities, will go to support the second rotating exhibit, “Our House: Rethinking Home in a Changing Climate,” at the newly opened “e” inc. Environment Science Discovery & Action Museum.

“e” inc. is the leading nonprofit bringing science and civics to youth and families in Metro Boston. The nonprofit’s Museum teaches visitors of all ages about the beings, biomes, resources and systems of our planet through a combination of hands-on experiences and traveling exhibits. “Our House” will offer children inspiration and ideas about how they can make changes to combat the challenges posed by climate change within their own homes and neighborhoods. The exhibit is slated to open in January, 2018.

How it works: Rubber ducks are $5 each and must be purchased in advance. Each duck will have a corresponding number for participants to monitor their progress during the race. The first place winner will receive a $350 cash award. Other Duck Dashers will have the opportunity to win prizes donated from local and Boston-based businesses. 

 “e” inc. will have fun fair games, science activities, and kite-making from recyclables. Amy Kucharik and the Second String Band will provide the music. Middle Eastern cuisine from the Chubby Chickpea food truck will be available for purchase. The event goal is to raise $20,000.

 The inaugural “e” inc. Duck Dash will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. along the Little Mystic Channel in the Charlestown Navy Yard, located at 114 116thstreet in Charlestown. The event will take place rain or shine (ducks love water)! For more information about the event and to purchase your lucky ducky, visit:http://www.eincmuseumtkts.org/duck-dash.

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LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER BOSTON HOSTS BRICK OR TREAT EVERY WEEKEND IN OCTOBER AND ON HALLOWEEN

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston will celebrate Halloween in spooky style with their annual Brick or Treat events. Held every weekend in October beginning Oct. 7th and on Halloween day, Tuesday, October 31st.

Brick or Treat will feature a costume contest, Monster Mash Scavenger Hunt through MINILAND®, a Spooky Creations building challenge and more. Guests are encouraged to show their Halloween spirit to win fun LEGO® prizes.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston is open daily at 10 am. Advance tickets are suggested to guarantee admission and can be purchased online at www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/boston

Location:

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston

598 Assembly Row

Somerville

Boston. MA 02145

(866) 228-6439

Boston@legolanddiscoverycenter.com

 

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FARMERS TO YOU ADDS NEW PICKUP LOCATION IN SOMERVILLE 

Online Farm-to-Table Grocer Brings Vermont-Fresh Food to the Community

Farmers To You – the only way to get fresh-from-the-field, Vermont-grown ingredients delivered throughout Greater Boston every week, all year long – has expanded to include a new pickup site in Somerville.

Now Somerville residents can place a weekly order from the online, farm-to-table grocer and pick up their groceries every Wednesday at 191 Highland Avenue in Somerville from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

With the addition of seven new sites including Somerville, Farmers To You now offers 24 sites from which to pick up groceries, in addition to a convenient home delivery option.

Every week, each Farmers To You customer – known as a partner family – fills their online basket with their choice of what’s in season. They choose what they want and how much, and Farmers To You gathers the ingredients from carefully selected farmers and producers in Vermont. Then, they bring the groceries directly to the customer’s home, office or neighborhood pickup site, where it takes only a few minutes to pick up an order.

“We are so excited about opening our new Somerville site and welcoming new partner families,” said Farmers To You Founder Greg Georgaklis. “Now, more people throughout Greater Boston can easily get healthy food from Vermont farmers and artisans and know exactly where it came from. Together, we are working on building a regional food system based on deeper relationships between families, the food they eat and the farmers who grow it.”

Farmers To You selects farmers and producers based on clearly defined standards. The company requires complete transparency on production methods, as well as how farmers treat their land, their staff and partners, their animals and soil. Items sold are chosen based on flavor, safety, cleanliness, and the Farmers To You team’s relationship with the farmers who produce them.

Farmers To You offers a wide array of fresh, seasonal products 52 weeks a year, including meat, fish, produce, milk, eggs, bread and a variety of pantry items, such as oils, vinegars, nuts, seeds and sauces.

The expansion of Farmers To You pickup sites in the Greater Boston area is ongoing. The company opens each new site after 25 families enroll at a given location. In addition to Somerville, other new pickup sites include Watertown, Wellesley, Rowley, Acton, Lexington and Manchester-by-the-Sea. Sites are set to open soon in Georgetown, Newburyport and Newton.

There is no membership fee to join. Farmers To You suggests a minimum purchase of $40 per week in order to support partnering farmers and producers.

About Farmers To You

Farmers To You is the only online, farm-to-table grocer that delivers fresh-from-the-field ingredients from Vermont straight to your home, office or neighborhood pickup site, all-year long, throughout Greater Boston. Fostering partnership between families and farmers, the company’s mission is to build a better food system that supports the health of families, the local economy and farmers. Learn more and sign up at farmerstoyou.com. Follow Farmers To You on Facebook @FarmersToYou and Instagram @farmerstoyou.

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Somerville Resident & Longtime Salter HealthCare Team Member Awarded

Salter HealthCare nurse, Lena Avery, received a special 15-year team member award on March 7th as part of a special ceremony held at Salter’s Winchester Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Pictured from left to right is Anne Pelrine, Executive Director for Winchester Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Avery and Robert Salter, Owner of Salter HealthCare.

Salter HealthCare (http://www.salterhealthcare.com), one of Massachusetts’s most trusted leaders in rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, today announced the recipients of their employee recognition awards for tenure. Seventeen team members who have been with the company for 5 years or more were recognized at a special ceremony held on March 7, 2017 at Winchester Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

The star of the day was Certified Nurse Aide (C.N.A.), Judy Enos, who has been with Salter HealthCare for 44 years. Massachusetts Senator Jason Lewis presented Enos with a special citation from the Massachusetts Senate and from Governor Charlie Baker. “It’s not every day that I get to recognize someone who has worked for a company for over 40 years and that says a lot about the Salter organization,” said Lewis. Fellow staff members applauded Enos for setting the tone, attitude and work ethic for everyone around her before presenting her individually with a rose to the song, Simply the Best.

The complete list of award recipients includes the following.

5 Years of Service

·       Chelsea O’Brien of Medford, C.N.A.

·       Mimose Renois of Everett, C.N.A.

·       Marie Beaubrun of Chelsea, C.N.A.

·       Yvonne Melanson of Burlington, Receptionist

·       Julia Robertson of Woburn, Licensed Practical Nurse (L.P.N.)

10 Years of Service

·       Patty DeFrancesco of Tewksbury, Physical Therapist

·       Bonnie Burke of Malden, Activities

 

15 Years of Service

·       Tom Cannon of Woburn, Environmental Services Supervisor

·       Gabriel Mutagubya of Dracut, L.P.N.

·       Lena Avery of Somerville, Registered Nurse (R.N.)

·       Danie Jeudy of Malden, C.N.A.

·       Edy Lopez of Chelsea, Cook

·       Rio Ito of Marlborough, Patient Accounts Representative

20 Years of Service

·       Natasha Auguste of Fitchburg, C.N.A.

·       Jane White of Reading, C.N.A.

·       Pat Shea of Winchester, Physical Therapy Director

40 Years of Service

·       Judy Enos of Burlington, C.N.A.

“We are proud to have such a tenured staff and that’s a big part of what sets us apart,” said Bob Driscoll, Chief Executive Officer of Salter HealthCare. “A key part of this is the team-oriented, family environment the entire staff fosters. We’re a heart-first organization, and our employees support each other and are committed to improving the quality of life for our patients.”