Tufts Health Plan Employees Volunteer at Community Servings in Jamaica Plain

More than 1,000 Tufts Health Plan employees traveled across New England to serve local nonprofits, including Community Servings in Jamaica Plain, as part of its 11th Annual Volunteer Day on June 18. Tufts Health Plan's mission is to improve the health and wellness of the diverse communities it serves. During Volunteer Day, employees showcased this commitment by giving back to the cities and towns where they live and work. The health plan is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Volunteers participated in a range of projects, including preparing meals for people with chronic illnesses, doing yard work, engaging older people in their choice of activities, sorting donated food, assembling books for people who are blind or visually impaired, setting up sites for summer camps, and more.

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10 Jamaica Plain Nonprofits to Support on #GivingTuesday

First there was Thanksgiving, then came Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, which were then followed by the virtuous #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is an international day of giving before we get into the commercialized holiday season -- and here are just a few Jamaica Plain nonprofits that help the community in many ways. All of these nonprofits accept donations in different forms and many are also eager to have volunteers donate their time to help their programs. Please contact them for more info. Bikes Not Bombs (284 Amory St. and 18 Bartlett Square) is a unique local nonprofit that "uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change."

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Community Servings’ Food Service Dir. Joins Community Health Leadership Program

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation announced the 10th group of emerging community health leaders selected for the Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership program. Kevin Conner, Director of Food Service at Community Servings, the Jamaica Plain-based nonprofit provider of medically tailored meals, is among the participants. The MICHL program brings together professionals who currently direct or manage programs at a variety of health care organizations across Massachusetts for a series of classroom, peer-to-peer and professional learning opportunities. “The goal for the MICHL program is to help participants increase their own personal impact, strengthen their effectiveness in their organization, and enhance their respective organization’s influence in addressing challenges and opportunities in today’s increasingly complex health care environment,” said Audrey Shelto, president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. The MICHL class of 2018-19 – sponsored in part by a new partner, The Boston Foundation – is comprised of 18 participants from state agencies, hospitals, nonprofit community health centers, mental health providers, and advocacy groups serving low-income and uninsured individuals and families.

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Jamaica Plain Resident Named Executive Chef at JP’s Community Servings

Community Servings, a nonprofit provider of medically tailored meals and nutrition services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses, recently announced the appointment of Brian Hillmer as its new executive chef. Hillmer, a resident of Jamaica Plain, brings years of culinary experience in Boston-area restaurants to the role of executive chef at Community Servings, where he is responsible for overseeing all kitchen operations including the preparation, cooking, packaging, handling and storage of 2,500 daily meals that are tailored to meet the requirements of more than 15 different medical diets. Hillmer succeeds Kevin Conner, who has been promoted to director of food service at Community Servings. “We are very excited about Brian joining the team and Kevin advancing into a management role that will be vitally important as our organization triples the output of made-from-scratch meals from our kitchen as part of our expansion project,” said David B. Waters, CEO of Community Servings. Hillmer previously served as the culinary director for the Tavern in the Square restaurant company, responsible for operations at 13 locations across four brands.

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Community Servings Fawcett Field Day

Grab your friends and family and join Community Servings for some fun, friendly competition at our Field Day in Jamaica Plain on September 22nd! We will have games for both children and adults, including tug-of-war, water balloon toss, three-legged race, obstacle courses, and more! Win prizes, meet your neighbors, and take home balloon animals for the kids! Participants receive a Field Day t-shirt and proceeds will help feed Community Servings' clients who are struggling with critical or chronic illnesses and are unable to shop and cook for themselves and their families. Visit servings.org for more information & to purchase tickets!