Bikes Not Bombs recently received a city grant to green jobs and mobility training. The grant is for $138,232. “With the city of Boston’s funding, Bikes Not Bombs will give Boston youth the opportunity for apprenticeship, skill building, and career development. BNB uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change – and this funding will open the door for Black and marginalized Boston residents to achieve economic mobility, build relationships, and work towards a healthier Boston,” said Elijah Evans, Executive Director of Bikes Not Bombs via press release. Mayor Michelle Wu announced the recipients of Boston’s Catalyst Grants for Green Job and Mobility Training on Jan.
Kitchen volunteers are urgently needed at Community Servings to help the Jamaica Plain nonprofit’s professional kitchen staff prepare and package 18,000 medically tailored meals that are delivered weekly to critically and chronically ill individuals across the region. While Community Servings operates one of Boston’s largest volunteer programs, the current COVID-19 surge has pushed January volunteer numbers to low levels. Demand for the nonprofit’s nutritious, life-saving meals has increased by over 80% since the pandemic began. “Volunteers have been at the heart of our mission since we began, essential to ensuring that we can feed our neighbors in need and help maintain their health,” said David B. Waters, CEO of Community Servings. “Given the effects of this pandemic surge, we are making a plea for anyone with a few hours to lend a helping hand in our kitchen.”
Volunteers help peel and chop vegetables; portion soups, stews and salads; and pack weekly meal bags for clients living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes and heart disease, among other illnesses.
Jamaica Plain nonprofit Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC) has been granted emergency foreclosure prevention funds to distribute to Boston homeowners who have been financially affected by COVID-19. “In conjunction with the city of Boston, ESAC is able to help those who qualify, halt the path to foreclosure," said Peg Drisko, Executive Director of ESAC. "This program benefits the homeowner, the neighborhood as well as the community at large." The grant money is only available to Boston homeowners. Homeowners should reach out to Steve Bennett, Foreclosure Prevention Manager 617-524-2555 ext. 108 for more information about how ESAC can help.
I’ve always believed that art is vital, arguably the heartbeat of our society. I started dancing at the age of three, studied dance at college, and now work at an arts non-profit and teach dance to kids at night. I chose to live in Jamaica Plain because it’s evident that our neighborhood supports and recognizes the importance of keeping art alive through community events, classes, and artistic demonstrations. There’s so much talent and potential that exists within our city’s youth. However, opportunity doesn’t always meet that talent.
UPDATE: The shoe drive has been extended to December 1. Please donate shoes to a great cause! The Margarita Muniz Academy has asked the community to help with a shoe drive. "We are excited about our shoe drive," said Cecilia Soriano, Director of Development at Margarita Muniz Academy. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us.