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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Photos: Food Glorious Food at Taste of Jamaica Plain

Ethiopian cuisine, delicious baked desserts, corny bread, locally brewed beer and stilt walkers were all part of the 23rd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Thursday night. Held at Annunciation Hall on the VFW Parkway for the first time, the annual event serves as fundraiser for JP nonprofit Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC),  and particularly its senior home programs and youth opportunity collaborative. Along with more than 20 restaurants, personal chefs, food businesses, there was a cash bar with beer and wine, raffle tickets being sold, a silent auction and live music.

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23rd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain

The 23rd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain is Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6 to 9 pm. Join ESAC for the Annual Taste of JP fundraising event. Enjoy delicious food from a wide variety of neighborhood restaurants, live music and a silent auction--fun for the whole family! Your ticket purchase gets you free food samples from over 20 partner restaurants, live music and wonderful company.

Yum! 23rd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Nov. 15

Blue Nile, Chilacates, Café Beirut, FoMu, The Frogmore and Tres Gatos are just some of the participating businesses in the 23rd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Nov. 15. This year's Taste of Jamaica Plain has a new location at Our Lady of Annunciation Church on the West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain border. In recent years the Taste of JP has been held at the Franklin Park Zoo. While the event is moving inside this year, it will still benefit a good neighborhood organization, Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC), its senior home programs and youth opportunity collaborative.

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Taste of JP Rain Date Auction October 5th

The 22nd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain was a great success - the only downfall is that we were not able to do the auction. There's no way that we can predict the weather, what we can do is warn you... that you will have a fabulous time at our Silent Auction with over 40 auction items! Please come join us to bid or to enjoy community, refreshments, and a glass of wine. You can see our auction items on biddingforgood.com under "ESAC Rain Date Auction."