JP’s Community Servings Names Four to Board of Directors

Jamaica Plain-based Community Servings recently announced the election of four new members to its Board of Directors. Community Servings is a nonprofit provider of medically tailored meals and nutrition services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. The new board members are:

• Dr. Aretha Delight Davis, a physician, former attorney, and CEO of ACP Decisions, a nonprofit that helps families make informed health care decisions;
• David Farwell, an executive vice president at Citizens Bank overseeing commercial banking, including the restaurant finance practice;
• Mehrdad Noorani, a former Harvard University Advanced Leadership Fellow and founding partner of the independent investment fund Global Infrastructure Partners; and
• Malisa Schuyler, vice president of government affairs at Beth Israel Lahey Health, an integrated healthcare system expanding access to care throughout Eastern Massachusetts. “Each of these individuals brings a wealth of experience and an abundance of passion to our Board of Directors,” said David B. Waters, CEO of Community Servings. “They will play a critical role not only as we continue to expand our services but also as we tackle the many challenges that Community Servings and the people we support have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The new board members began their leadership roles with the Community Servings Board of Directors on July 1.


Vinfen Job Fair

Looking for a full time or part time role in the human services field? Stop by our job fair on Wednesday, November 7th for an on the spot interview! 
We are looking to speak with people who want to either start or continue their career in working with Adults with mental health conditions. Our positions have great varied schedules and are conveniently located in Metro Boston. We are hiring for the following roles:

• Residential Counselors
• Awake Overnight Residential Counselors
• Relief/Per Diem positions for Residential Counselors
• Outreach Workers (similar to Unlicensed Social Workers / Case Managers)
• Clinicians (LCSW, LICSW, LMHCs, CADC, LADC)
• Group Home Management
• Registered Nurses

In your role you will work together with the people we serve, their families, friends, employers, and other support staff to transform their lives. The event is free and walk-ins are always welcome.

Educational Program on Guardianship in Jamaica Plain

Guardian Community Trust, a nonprofit created to improve the lives of seniors and individuals with disabilities in Massachusetts, is partnering with Ethos in Jamaica Plain, to convene an educational program for local caregivers about resources and tools for enabling care in the community, including guardianship and alternatives to guardianship.  The program is designed so that local caregivers to the elderly and individuals with mental illness and disabilities will understand the options available when a person is no longer able to make decisions for themselves. Presenters:

Heather Connors, Ph.D., director of research, Guardian Community Trust

Traci Cucinotta, MSW, MBE, LICSW, education and training specialist, Guardian Community Trust

Cultural Survival Bazaar

Immerse yourself in the songs, colors, textures, and stories of Indigenous artists and their cultures from around the world at this free admission, family friendly festival. Since 1975, Cultural Survival's Bazaars have brought Indigenous artists from the US, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tibet, India, Nepal, China, and more! Buy finely embroidered tapestries and scarves; jewelry of silver, glass, and stone; aromatic woven natural fiber baskets; brilliantly colored paintings; handmade clothing; carved, knit, wire, and beaded animals; and much more. Listen to live Indigenous music, chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and cultures, and celebrate the season with a beautiful memento of your local trip around the world. Free admission
Free parking
10 minute walk from Harvard Square red line train station
Bus stops 68, 83 (Broadway @ Felton St.

Pros and Cons of Assisted Plant Migration

Climate change poses many challenges to plants that are adapted to particular environmental conditions. Conservation biologists ask: How best can we protect plant diversity in light of these challenges? Should we actively move plants or genes, protect land that enables plants to migrate on their own, or take other steps? Engage in a moderated, lively discussion based on provided readings and your own opinions.

The JP Neighborhood Development Corp.'s booth at WUTE 2016. From left: Executive Director Richard Thal, Francia De Jesus, Anna Waldron and Kelly Ransom.

Wake Up the Earth Nonprofit Roundup: How to Get Help or Get Involved

Dozens of local nonprofits turned out for Wake up the Earth on Saturday to share their messages of caring and activism. Need help? Want to get involved? Here’s how:

The Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine supports Palestinians in their struggle to end the occupation and “raises awareness about Israel’s use of water as a weapon against the people of Palestine.” Sara Driscoll said, “We want the state of Massachusetts to stop aligning with Israel until the occupation ends.” Contact for more information. The Arborway Committee for Public Transit is advocating to extend the green line to Hyde Square.