Jamaica Plain based nonprofit Ethos is solely devoted to keeping elders at home, and has always created opportunities to bring issues that are relevant to older adults to the forefront of debate among candidates for office and elected officials. With that in mind, Ethos will be hosting two forums, one for Boston City Council's District 6 race and a mayoral forum. Ethos will be hosting its Boston City Council District 6 candidates forum virtually with Kendra Hicks and Mary Tamer on Oct. 13 from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Ethos will be hosting its mayoral candidates forum virtually with At-Large City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George on Friday, October 15, from 11:30 am to 1 pm.
JP@Home, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the health and independence of older adults, has an upcoming fundraising concert with The Rockin' Chairs. The Rockin' Chairs is a group of graying musicians specializing in 1950s rock-n-roll, who will be playing at Doyle's Cafe on March 10 from 5-6:30 pm. Please visit www.ethocare.org/RSVP for more info or call 617-477-6934. JP@Home is sponsoring a housing workshop for older Americans at the Rogerson House on March 8 starting at 10 am. Seniors with physical challenges will learn how to make their homes accessible.
Ethos, a Jamaica Plain-based nonprofit, was recently chosen to be in charge of the Boston Elder Nutrition Program, which is responsible for providing more than 2.1 million meals to Boston senior citizens per year. The meals are subsidized by the federal, state and city governments with the goal of providing healthy and nutritious meals through Meals on Wheels to homebound senior citizens to help them stay living independently, and meals in neighborhood settings called Community Cafes. The Boston Elder Nutrition Program is being made possible through a collaboration between Boston’s Age Strong Commission (formerly the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly), and the elder services non-profits Central Boston Elder Services, Boston Senior Home Care and Ethos, which all working together to bring healthy food to seniors. Meals on Wheels of America, the advocacy group representing elder nutrition providers, reports that seniors make up 22 percent of the state’s population, with more than 27 percent living alone and 12 percent threatened by hunger, according to a press release. “For millions of Americans, Meals on Wheels and Community Café programs are literally the difference between remaining in their own homes and needing to relocate to a nursing facility,” said Dale Mitchell, CEO, Ethos, via press release.
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."