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Basil Tree Catering and Community Cooks

Basil Tree Catering is an amazing local company that has been“catering with a conscience” for 32 years. I led a discussion with the founder for Conscious Capitalism Boston almost exactly a year ago. And Community Cooks is an awesome nonprofit that arranges for volunteers to cook meals (at home) for distribution to domestic violence shelters [...]

Union Square Main Streets

Union Square Main Streets is an amazing advocate for the emerging Union Square neighborhood of Somerville. It’s a great community, one that needs support through the coronavirus crisis. Today, I made a donation to Union Square Main Streets, for its participation in Grassroots Relief for Main Streets.

The Welcome Project

Somerville-based Welcome Project is the primary means by which the city’s immigrant population can participate in and shape community decisions. It’s a critical support for a significant portion of the City’s populace — a community that is struggling through the coronavirus. Today, I donated to the Welcome Project for its Immigrant Assistance Fund.

Amplio Network and the coronavirus response in Africa

In many parts of the world, the spoken word is the most effective means of communicating. That’s why Amplio’s Talking Book device, a very simple voice recorder, is so important. It enables governments and global development organizations to share knowledge with the world’s hardest to reach communities. And it’s so important to reach those communities [...]

Mutual aid fundraiser

I’ve made a donation to, and connected with, the Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville (MAMAS) group. Today, I made another donation, in response to a fundraising campaign.

MAMAS neighborhood pod

I recently connected with the Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville (MAMAS) group. Today, the new captain of our neighborhood pod reached and I connected with him. He’ll hopefully connect with a core group of neighbors so we can stay in touch and support one another. I also made a donation to MAMAS, to go toward [...]

Somerville Cares COVID-19 Fund

Today, I made a donation to the Somerville Cares COVID-19 Fund. The fund will provide emergency funding to Somerville residents and Somerville workers, regardless of immigration status, to help cover basic needs including, but not limited to, food, medications, rent, utilities, childcare, and other basic necessities. It’s hosted by the United Way and administered by [...]

Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville (MAMAS)

Today, I joined the newsletter for the Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville (MAMAS) group. This is a very sophisticated group of community members who have organized to provide assistance to people in need across Medford and Somerville. Frankly, I would have joined long ago, but my new job has me too busy to put a [...]

Charlestown Face Shield Project

Protective equipment for health care professionals is in high demand right now. One effort to fill that gap is being led by a Dark Monk, a Charlestown shop that has retooled its manufacturing business to produce face shields and donate them to Massachusetts hospitals. Today, I donated to Dark Monk’s effort to produce 4,000 or [...]

Harvard’s coronavirus response

As the coronavirus forces a shutdown of the U.S. economy, many large corporations have vowed to keep paying workers, rather than laying them off. One exception so far is Harvard University, whose endowment was last valued around $40 billion. Last week, Harvard announced that it was laying off dining services workers. Today, I signed a [...]

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