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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: 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: 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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GivingTuesday Feature: Door2Door Transportation

Oct 07 7:01 pm

SCM Community Transportation provides vital services to over 300 Somerville residents each year!

Door2Door Transportation promotes the independence of seniors and people with disabilities through community-based transportation. Their friendly, safe and reliable services help people maintain healthy, mobile and connected lives. Watch this video to learn more:

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GivingTuesday Feature: Somerville Homeless Coalition

Oct 05 6:29 pm

The SomervilleHomelessCoalition (SHC) helps meet the needs of homeless and near homeless individuals and families by operating two shelters, providing case management and supportive services to obtain and maintain permanent housing, prevention services, and a food pantry and meals program. Help them carry out this incredible mission with a donation to #GivingTuesday Somerville.

 GivingTuesday Somerville: GiveLocal 2015

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So what is GivingTuesday?

Oct 02 12:05 pm


GivingTuesday is the first Tuesday in December (this year that’s December 1!), and it is an annual global day of giving that helps to raise funds and awareness for important causes everywhere. In Somerville, 14 nonprofit organizations are joining forces to collaborate on a second-annual joint fundraising effort as part of the international GivingTuesday program.

GivingTuesday is more than just a single-day event. Leading up to December 1, each partner organization will be featured for a week by all collaborators.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 for the participating nonprofit community of Somerville. Funds are shared equally among participants. Help us get there!

Checks can be made out to Groundwork Somerville at 24 Park Street # 7, Somerville, MA 02143. Please put GivingTuesday Somerville in the memo line. Online giving coming soon. #giveLocal

The effort culminates in a big fabulous celebration on GivingTuesday, and anyone who contributes to the fundraising effort is invited! This year’s event will take place at the Arts at the Armory on December 1st. Save the date!

When you give to GivingTuesday, you’ll be supporting these 14 amazing local organizations:

Community Action Agency of Somerville

Groundwork Somerville

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers

Mystic Learning Center

Respond, Inc.

Second Chances

Door2Door Transportation

Arts at the Armory

Boys and Girls Club of Middlesex County

Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV)

Somerville Community Corporation

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Somerville Local First

The Welcome Project

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