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Giving Tuesday Feature: Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS)

Nov 14 10:24 pm

For 34 years Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) has helped reduce poverty among local families and individuals while also working to change the societal conditions that cause and perpetuate poverty. They assist families and individuals in escaping poverty and becoming economically self-sufficient. They also serve as an an "emergency room" for every non-medical need an individual or family may have: housing, food, heat, education. CAAS is also a switchboard for referrals to other agencies that can help people and the center of coalitions that make a stronger Somerville.

In addition to serving individuals and families, CAAS runs the Head Start program in Somerville and Cambridge. Your GivingTuesday gift supports CAAS.

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Giving Tuesday Feature: Mystic Learning Center (MLC)

Nov 11 10:15 pm

Meet this week’s featured organization, the Mystic Learning Center (MLC). The mission of MLC is to improve the lives of low-income children and families who live at the Mystic Public Housing Development and surrounding communities.  MLC offers year round educational and recreational activities for youth ages 5 to 19 during after-school, evenings, school-year and summer vacations.

Every dollar donated to MLC through the GivingTuesday program will be used for after-school, school vacation and summer vacation slots for children between the ages of 5 and 12. The cost for one child after-school slot is $18.22 a day, and the cost for one child for a full day of vacation/summer camp is $34.00. In other words, your donation goes a long way! Give today.

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Giving Tuesday Feature: Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers

Nov 08 10:10 pm

For 45 years, MAPS (Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers or has provided a wide range of culturally and linguistically competent health and social services for Portuguese speakers and other community members.

Somerville residents receive assistance in the areas of HIV/AIDS/STI prevention and management; domestic violence and sexual assault services, including batterer intervention; immigrant integration services, including citizenship assistance and much more; family support, including family stabilization and in-home therapy; elder services; language classes...the list goes on!

A $50 to $100 donation goes far: it could cover the cost of a month of lunches for an isolated, low-income senior citizen, or help protect a woman and her children from domestic abuse, or help an immigrant attain citizenship. Please support this week’s #GivingTuesdaySomerville feature organization MAPS today.

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Giving Tuesday Feature: The Welcome Project

Nov 05 10:03 pm

The Welcome Project builds the collective power of Somerville immigrants to participate in and shape community decisions. They provide programs for immigrant youth, adults and families that hone leadership and personal development, provide access to employment and education, help residents to learn English and the nuances of a new culture and engage more fully in the civic life of the city.

How can a donation to #GivingTuesdaySomerville help? $50 will cover a scholarship for an adult student to study ESOL for 1 14-week  semester. $100 will cover a scholarship for an adult student to study ESOL for a full academic year (28 weeks), and $250 would provide 40 hours of professional medical interpreter training for 1 bilingual high school student.

Please support the Welcome Project today with a Giving Tuesday donation!

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Giving Tuesday Feature: Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV)

Nov 04 7:04 pm

GivingTuesday partner @scatv operates Channel 3 in Somerville. It is the oldest access center in Massachusetts (since 1983) and boasts the longest running access program in the world (since 1972), “Dead Air Live.” SCATV also operates an Internet radio station called Boston Free Radio, and serves the community through production of PSA’s, news programming, and coverage of community events, meetings, and political forums.

In addition to its programming, SCATV provides multiple platforms for other community-oriented groups! They offer free meeting space for community groups, post messages on their bulletin board, provide video training and mentoring, offer access to high quality digital equipment and facilities, and operate an art gallery for local artists.

GivingTuesday Somerville: GiveLocal 2015  

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Giving Tuesday Feature: Somerville Boys & Girls Club

Nov 01 6:54 pm

Somerville Boys & Girls Club - at the Arthur D. Healey School provides education, prevention and recreation programs after-school for more than 100 Somerville youth ages 6 to 14 Monday through Friday. Membership dues for any child are no more than $30 per year in order to be accessible to our community's most vulnerable children and families.

GivingTuesday Somerville: GiveLocal 2015  

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Giving Tuesday Feature: Join Groundwork Somerville on on October 27th at Flatbread Company

Oct 17 9:09 am

Join Groundwork Somerville on on October 27th at Flatbread Company, to celebrate 15 years of serving Somerville!

Groundwork Somerville creates jobs, food, green space, and leadership opportunities for environmental justice communities and individuals, through programs that address healthy education, green jobs and sustainable communities. They manage school garden classrooms, provide jobs and leadership training to low-income and underserved youth in our community; and steward 31 farm and garden sites throughout the region.

GivingTuesday Somerville: GiveLocal 2015

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Giving Tuesday Feature: RESPONDing to Domestic Violence Gala on October 23!

Oct 15 9:07 am

RESPOND, Inc.: Support a pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence

RESPONDInc is New England's first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation. For over 40 years RESPOND has provided life-saving shelter, support services, training and education to more than 100,000 members of the community. Services are free and confidential, and available to all survivors of domestic abuse.

Join RESPOND, Inc. at the RESPONDing to Domestic Violence Gala on October 23! A fun evening to support a serious cause. The event raises funds to allow RESPOND to help survivors of domestic violence and their children to achieve safe, dignified, independent lives free from emotional abuse and violence. Details at

RESPOND, Inc. is a GivingTuesday Somerville: GiveLocal 2015 partner.


SLF Harvest Fest 2015 is this Saturday, October 17th!

Oct 13 8:44 pm

Harvest Fest 2015 is Saturday, October 17th!

Organized by Somerville Local First, Harvest Fest is one of the area’s premier tasting events and nonprofit fundraisers. Harvest Fest brings together some of the best businesses in the local movement under one amazing roof at Arts at the Armory for your tasting pleasure.

Get your tickets now!

@SomervilleLocalFirst works to build a sustainable local economy and vibrant community by supporting locally owned and independent businesses and promoting sustainable economic development. You’ll be supporting Somerville Local First when you donate to #GivingTuesdaySomerville: GiveLocal 2015!

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Clothing Drive for Second Chances at Bow Street Yoga as Started!

Oct 10 8:39 pm

Clothing Drive for Second Chances at Bow Street Yoga, 34 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143 – 10% off yoga when you donate clothing from October 10th to 18th!

Make some space in your closet – help people in our community get back on their feet by donating your unneeded clothes at Bow Street Yoga AND get a discount on yoga for yourself!

For more than a decade, @secondchancesma has provided free clothing, shoes, accessories, and gift cards to more than 2,800 lower income and homeless people in and around Somerville.

Second Chances is a #GivingTuesdaySomerville 2015 partner.

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