Local company Cervone Deegan & Associates went from selling real estate to pies this past weekend at City Feed for a good cause. In total, $1,100 was raised for local Jamaica Plain nonprofit Community Servings. Thirty-six pies were sold, and several donations were provided to Community Servings' Pie In The Sky 27th Annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale. Every year restaurants, bakeries, caterers, and hotels donate thousands of pies that 500 volunteers such as Cervone, Deegan & Associates then sell to family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. The money goes to provide thousands of medically tailored, made-from-scratch meals for individuals and families who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves from Community Servings.
Jamaica Plain's Community Servings, a nonprofit provider of medically tailored meals and nutrition services to individuals living with critical and chronic illnesses and their families, recently announced the appointment of four new members to the board of directors. The new board members are:
Lyzzette M. Bullock, Associate General Counsel of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Brian Lagarto, Chief People & Strategy Officer of SharkNinja Operating LLC
Sharon McNally, President of Camp Harbor View and Chief of Staff in the Connors Family Office
J. Kirk Smith, former Executive Vice President of Frontier Capital Management
“The new additions to our board have tremendous backgrounds in healthcare, business and philanthropic endeavors, and they share a passion for serving the community,” said David B. Waters, CEO of Community Servings, via press release. “We are thrilled to welcome them during this exciting time for our organization, as we near the completion of our expanded kitchen and new building that are designed to help us meet the growing demand for medically tailored meals.”
Bullock has years of experience as a litigation attorney and with healthcare-related legal issues. She currently serves as an associate general counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Bullock is active in providing pro bono services through Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston University School of Law Clinics, Kids in Need of Defense and other legal defense organizations.
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.
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."
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.