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Virtual Play Date: ‘Contemporary Practices in Comics + Illustration’

Join ICA for a new twist on Play Date from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 27. This play date will focus on the contemporary art practices of comics and illustration.

Meet and create with contemporary artists specializing in these practices through small group, breakout-room workshops on Zoom. Live virtual workshops for ages 6-plus and downloadable activities for kids, ages 6 and under. 

Participants must supply their own materials.

Go to for more information and registration (suggested donation - $5).

Chinese brush painting for adults: Four seasons                                     

Learn to paint the four seasons, each distinguished by its own temperature, weather patterns, plants and animals.

Relax, create and meditate with Chinese brush painting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 and April 24.

The online classes will be taught in Mandarin, English-friendly.

Go to for more information and registration ($15 per class without supplies | $35 per class includes supplies picked up at Pao Arts Center or mailed at additional cost).

CraftBoston: ‘Studs + Drops’

The Society of Arts + Crafts (SA+C) will present four new themed CraftBoston shows that include workshops, artist studio tours and informative blogs along with a diverse selection of gift-centric works.

The first of the events is “Studs + Drops,” a show that focuses on the ancient art of earrings. This online event will be held from Friday, March 26 through Friday, May 28.

Visit for more information.

Waterfront Running Club - Downtown/Seaport                          

Get on your feet and outdoors for Boston Harbor Now's Waterfront Running Club from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 28.

Enjoy stunning harbor views on a 2.6-mile route, beginning at the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center at 191w Atlantic Ave. on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and ending at the Seaport's Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).

Boston Harbor Now staff will provide water and a snack bar at the end of the run. Participants will also receive $10 off the 2021 Boston Harbor Islands Virtual 5k.

Go to for more information and registration.

GA Tech Week

General Assembly will offer a weeklong festival of free workshops, panel discussions, and interactive events exploring emerging technology and how it intersects with other industries held at various times from Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Placemaking: Black Reconstructions - Cities and Spatial Justice

A panel discussion, held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 29 and hosted by the Museum of Modern Art, will explore questions on its current exhibit, Reconstruction: Architecture and Blackness in America.

This conversation relates to the Boston Society for Architects (BSA) conversation about Placemaking because a successful place has to be one in which every voice is heard and no part of a history is marginalized.

Register via MoMA's website at

Visit for more information.

‘Revolutionary Harbor: Signs of Spring’                                      

Temperatures are starting to rise, days are getting longer and spring is beginning to emerge.

Join the Boston Harbor Islands Natural Resource Team from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31 to hear from two local experts about the ways in which the changing season impacts urban wildlife in areas such as the Boston Harbor Islands.

Go to for more information and registration.

‘The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel’ 

The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel reveals how the corporate takeover of society is being justified by the sly rebranding of corporations as socially conscious entities. From gatherings of corporate elites in Davos, to climate change and spiraling inequality; the rise of ultra-right leaders to COVID-19 and racial injustice, this film looks at corporations’ devastating power.

Countering this is a groundswell of resistance worldwide as people take to the streets in pursuit of justice and the planet’s future. In the face of spiraling inequality, climate change and the hollowing out of democracy, The New Corporation is a cry for social justice, deeper democracy and transformative solutions.

The Bright Lights Film Series is presented by the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College. 

Film viewing window: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31 through 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 1.

A live 45-minute moderated discussion with directors Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbot will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 1. Conversations will stream within the film viewing platform. Audience members are also welcome to join directly on Zoom to participate and submit questions.

Visit for more information and registration.

‘Tea Party Tonight! Monuments & Historical Memory’                        

Join Revolutionary Spaces for the second episode of Tea Party Tonight! with Rob Crean, Boston’s only history-themed comedy talk show. 

Crean and the gang will explore Boston’s monuments and historical memory with special guest artist & activist Tory Bullock and historian Jacqueline Beatty from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31.

Visit for more information and registration for this Facebook/YouTube premiere.

April Fools! Talk about a surprise trip/embarrassing travel situation

Life is full of surprises and unexpected twists – especially during travel. To celebrate April Fool's Day, HI USA want to hear about your craziest travel memories from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 1.

Share your travel memories with and hear stores from fellow travelers from around the world. The group will bask in the delight (or cringe at the moment) with you as a way to "travel without traveling."

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Newfest Rod Parker Production: ‘Going to California’

The Newfest Rod Parker Playwriting Award Winning Production of Going to California, presented by Emerson Stage, will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 1 through Sunday, April 4.

The student winner of this award sees their play taken from page to virtual stage in this fully produced performance.

Visit for more information and tickets ($12 - GA | $8 - Emerson).

Immigrant Opportunity Job Fair 2021

BCNC (Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center) will host a virtual job fair targeted towards English language learners from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 2, April 9 and April 16.

Many diverse companies will be available to offer positions and opportunities to ESOL students in the Greater Boston area.

Immigrants and English language learners bring a wide range of skills and experience to the workforce, including language skills in some of the most commonly spoken languages in Boston: Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Vietnamese and French.

Visit for more information and registration.

Eighth Annual Artemis Circle Spring Luncheon

Artemis Circle, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s women’s leadership group, will come together virtually from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, April 12 to support Club members and families this spring.

Join them for a virtual Club tour, hear from inspiring speakers and connect with like-minded women.

Visit for more information, including sponsorships, donations and tickets.

Pajama Storytime with the BPL Children’s Room          

Grab your coziest PJs and a favorite stuffed animal and join Librarian Julia and special guest BLO (Boston Lyric Opera) Teaching Artist Lydia for end-of-day stories, songs and movement – that are opera-themed.

This story time, which takes place from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays in April, is ideal for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary kids.

Visit for more information and reservations.

Bank of America Museums on Us

Bank of America cardholders are eligible for one free admission ticket to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (ICA) during the first full weekend of every month through Museums on Us. 

Visit for more information.

The Greenway Carousel                                                                                          

The Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Take a spin on an animal native to Boston: lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, butterfly, skunk, oarfish, whale, rabbit, owl and harbor seal.

The Greenway Carousel participates in the EBT Card to Culture program; present your EBT card for up to 4 free rides.

The Greenway Carousel Coloring Books are also available for purchase online.

Visit for more information and tickets.

Lyric Stage To-Go: ‘The Walking Plays’ – two more available

The Walking Plays is a new free audio play series of six short plays by Boston-based playwrights which unfold on a continuous route around the Back Bay, Downtown and Theatre District neighborhoods.

The Walking Plays explore the private moments that we experience in public. Rediscover Boston through new eyes as you walk alongside intricate characters or experience these intimate stories in the comfort of your home.

The first four plays - On Paying Attention by David Valdes, Monster in the Sky - by Ginger Lazarus, Kill the Dogs, Knock Them Over! by Liana Asim, and In Any Face by Miranda Austen ADEkoje are now available to stream with two more being released in the spring.

Visit for more information and access to the plays.

‘Interior of The Artist Without Her Sister’

This Newfest New Play Workshop, presented by Emerson Stage, will be available for viewing through Sunday, March 28.

A theatrical piece that draws from and is inspired by the autobiographical writings of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, Interior of the Artist Without her Sister explores grief, identity, the effects of inner passivity and repressed memory, loving someone with a mental illness, the transformative power of art and the ability to reimagine the past and change our present.

Visit for more information and registration ($12 - GA | $8 - Emerson).

Critical Shortage - Donate blood to ARC                                                 

Help save a life by donating blood with the American Red Cross. Every blood donation will be complimentary tested for the coronavirus antibody.

Give blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. The Center is open from 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. – time slots vary by day.

Sign up at or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767).

MassHire Career Center

The MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center is currently offering all services remotely, including webinars, coaching, and employment services.

Visit for more information.

SpeakEasy University

The second semester of SpeakEasy University will be held from 5 to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays through March 30 via Zoom.

They will explore an in-depth analysis of theatre producing and arts administration by walking through the production process of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Each week, a different part of the theatre industry will be covered, illustrated through the lens of Curious Incident. 

People can sign up for any or all of the sessions. All sessions are ‘Pay What You Can.’

Go to for more information and registration.

ICA Art (Co) Lab

Art (Co) Lab is a weekly virtual program for youth in grades 6-8 focused on contemporary and visual art making. Inspired by installations and projects in the Bank of America Art Lab, participants will explore various art materials, methods, and ideas to grow as artists and create a creative online community. 

Create art and work with ICA staff, teaching artists and assistants, along with special guest artists from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays through May 26 (13 sessions; no class on April 21).

An art materials kit will be provided and scholarships are available. 

Visit for more information and registration (Free for BPS students with code BPS2020 | $168 for members | $210 for nonmembers).

Boston Sustainability Breakfast

Net Impact Boston will host a virtual informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals for networking, discussion and moral support from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month through June.

It's important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good! 

Go to for tickets.

Mindful Minis          

Mindful Minis (for ages 6 through 9) will be held from 4 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays through April 1 hosted by the Boston Public Library.

The Mindful Mini program is a series of classes designed to introduce children to mindfulness-based tools helpful for stress-reduction, self-management, and emotional awareness.

Classes are centered on relaxation, creativity, imagination, gratitude and awareness, all of which are scientifically proven to aid in children’s success in school, in relationships and developing a connecting with themselves.

Activities include yoga, breathing techniques, drawing, mindful movement, sharing experiences with emotions and other interactive mindfulness games including sensory descriptions.

Visit for Zoom registration and other relevant information.

Free ICA admission for families

When accompanied by kids, ages 12 and under and up to two adults per family are admitted free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month (except December). 

Go to for more information.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with your all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth. 

Get the full YMCA GO experience for free!

Go to for more information and registration.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum onsite/online

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum has opened for the season. It will also continue to hold virtual events year-round.

Visit for more information.

ICA onsite/online                                          

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. has reopened following safety guidelines and with advanced timed tickets.

ICA will continue to provide virtual programs and at-home art activities for kids and families as well as online shopping at the ICA Store.  

Go to for more information.

BPL Reading Challenge                                                      

As the pandemic drags on and Boston residents remain cooped up in their homes, the Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.”

In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.

The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at Participant patrons can track their progress as well.

Visit for more information.

Black Seed Writers Group + ‘The Pilgrim’                                                         

The Black Seed Writers Group meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in Upper Sproat Hall at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 138 Tremont St. to produce a steady stream of poetry, protest, memoire, prayer and reportage.

The Pilgrim literary magazine features the works of hundreds of homeless, transitional and recently-housed writers. 

Visit and/or for more information.

Young Adults Cafes Zoom gatherings                                           

The Park Street Church offers Young Adult Cafes from 7 to 9:15 p.m. on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, open to all young adults in the Greater Boston area.

The Tuesday café is comprised of young adults in their late 20s and 30s while the Wednesday café is designed for youth in their early 20s.

The Cafes meet virtually to help people stay connected in a healthy and safe way during these challenging times. The participants meet in a large group for worship, bible study and/or and fellowship and then break up into a variety of small groups, including ones for newcomers.

For more information, visit or email

College Worship Communities                                                

Gather with fellow undergraduates at the Park Street Church as they stream church services together and then spend time in fellowship, reflection and prayer. Students of all spiritual backgrounds are welcome.

Join the morning community to stream the 11 a.m. (traditional with choir & organ) or the evening community to stream the 4 p.m. (Contemporary with Sunday Night Band). The groups hope to grow together in wisdom as they develop a deeper understanding of who God is on an intellectual and personal level.

Visit for more information, including other college student-related events and groups.

Operation ABLE                                                                              

Operation ABLE (174 Portland St.) provides employment services and training programs to job seekers from economically, racially and occupationally diverse backgrounds.

All services at Operation ABLE are being conducted remotely, including distance learning, coaching, and wrap-around services. Class enrollments are open for computer skills training and Health Care and Social Services training, among others.

Visit for more information and registration.

‘CROSSING CULTURES: Family, Memory and Displacement’ exhibition

Crossing Cultures is a photo-based art exhibit about family, memory, displacement and identity from the point of view of four visual artists with roots in four continents: Europe (Germany), Asia (India), South America (Peru) and North America and the Caribbean (Mexico and Cuba). Through the use of vintage family photographs and different mediums: photography, mixed media and video, these artists uncover their family stories and create complex, multidimensional narratives to reflect upon what they have left behind while shifting countries and at the same time honoring and remembering family traditions and vanishing ways of life.

The exhibition will be on view at FPAC Gallery, 300 Summer St. and online at through Thursday, April 15.

Gallery hours: Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.

‘The Fall of the House of Usher’                                                    

BLO (Boston Lyric Opera) moves from stage to screen for this brand-new, cinematic version of Philip Glass’ opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, based on the spellbinding, short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

William is summoned by his desperate friend Roderick to visit him and his dying sister Madeline in their mansion. A shroud of murder, deceit and the supernatural covers everything in this disturbing story inspired by a Boston family and their gothic home.

An opera in two acts with libretto by Arthur Yorinks, this reimagined version will be available through Wednesday, June 30 exclusively on

Go to for more information.

Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed                   

There are times when we could all use a helping hand and other times when we could lend one, and that’s the underlying sentiment behind Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed (NIN NID) – a program that connects St. Joseph’s parishioners with neighbors who could use a little assistance or just some cheering up.

If you are in need of anything – or are willing to assist them in outreach – please email or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email, and a list of items needed, or availability to serve.

Bulfinch Crossing projection ‘Float’         

“Float” is a visual animation (with color, light and sound) that seamlessly integrates onto the beams and ceiling of the underpass of Bulfinch Crossing (Government Center Garage underpass at 1 Congress St.), transforming the underutilized space into an art exhibit.

The art installation can be viewed on foot, bike or from the safety of your car from dusk to dawn through Spring 2021. All visitors should practice city and state recommendations on social distancing. 

Additional information can be found at:

‘i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times’

On view at the Institute of Contemporary Art through May 23, i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times celebrates the power of experiencing art in person. This exhibition, which borrows its title from a Henry Taylor painting in the ICA collection, is conceived as an invitation to visitors to create a personal connection with works of art. 

Comprising unique encounters with new acquisitions and iconic works from the ICA’s collection, the exhibition’s groupings, or scenes, address a range of topics, including ideas of home and history, social and material transformation and frames of identity in portraiture and sculpture.

Including works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Kader Attia, Firelei Báez, Louise Bourgeois, Nan Goldin, Simone Leigh, Doris Salcedo and many others, i’m yours sparks wonder, encourages questions, challenges assumptions and provides a space for reflection. 

Wen-hao Tien: ‘Home on Our Backs’

Through five works, Pao Arts Center’s Artist-In-Residence Wen-hao Tien explores concepts of nomad and home in-flux through the lens of past, present and future. Do they exist all at once?

Tien’s year-long research, community conversation and reflection cumulate in a body of poetic work that will continue to evolve post residency.

With this exhibition, inspired by local Asian American history, Tien and the Pao Arts Center welcome community conversations during this unprecedented time. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, June 26.

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Liberty Bell Boston A/R artwork                                                               

​Boston was chosen for its role in one of the most complex and formative moments in U.S. history – the Boston Tea Party. Focused on early U.S. history, this location asks people to consider those who were granted rights, those who were excluded and the subsequent legacy of colonization.

Liberty Bell invites viewers to reflect on one of the early struggles for American liberty and independence while questioning how the Boston Tea Party shaped the future of the country and the contested definition of freedom.

On site, the augmented-reality artwork’s ephemerality illuminates the fragile moment the country faces. In this location, accessible to a public audience, Liberty Bell invites viewers the opportunity to consider their own experiences of liberty, freedom, injustice and inequality.

The drawing floats over the water of the Fort Point Channel between the Congress and Seaport bridges on the Harborwalk.

Meet the Instruments series

Join the New England Philharmonic and the Boston Children’s Museum for their annual Meet the Instruments series – virtually!

In this virtual series, kids learn about the different families of musical instruments and how those instruments fit together to make an orchestra. Each segment will introduce to a new family of instruments – strings, brass, and woodwinds – as the talented musicians from NEP share their instruments and their passion for making music.

Visit the Boston Children’s Museum YouTube Page to enjoy the series.

BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)

The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).

Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.

Visit for more information, including the Zoom link.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information                              

Boston Eats provides free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under. No ID or registration required.

Visit or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

Visit for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Boston Children’s Museum virtual tour and resources

Children can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor.

Among the resources are BCM Home Edition weekly activities that families can do together and 100 Ways to Play – from cooking and crafting (such as origami, beading, paper dolls and accessories), to imagination and observation games, to exploring and movement activities.

The “Big & Little” podcast for adults, about families, kids, and our world, explores relevant topics ranging from play, learning, creativity, resilience, and health through interviews with people from varied professions and who have different perspectives and experiences.

Visit and/or follow their social media accounts for more information.

Boston Public Market                                                                      

Boston Public Market is an urban, indoor, year-round marketplace at 100 Hanover St. featuring 35 New England artisans and food producers who offer locally-sourced fresh foods, prepared meals, crafts, and specialty items. 

Boston Public Market also has online ordering and same or next day delivery service.

BPM winter hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. following health and safety protocols.

Check Instagram for frequent updates.

Visit for more information, including special events.

Virtual Revolutionary Spaces

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House offer virtual experiences, including new exhibits and programs, readings, community conversations and performances on their new website:

Reflecting Attucks at the Old State House is a temporary exhibit exploring the life and legacy of Crispus Attucks, a man of African and Native descent who was the first to fall in the Boston Massacre, an act of protest widely viewed as a turning point on the road to American Revolution. This exhibit will be on view through March 31.

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The Boston Cyclists Union                                                                          

The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.

Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.

The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.

All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at

Help Support MANNA Community Program at Cathedral Church of St. Paul

Although many other programs have closed during this pandemic, the feeding ministry of the MANNA Community at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. has expanded its ministry to accommodate the growing number of people in need.

In addition to the Monday Lunch Program, they are now serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

Serving these individually-packaged meals to a larger number of people in need comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.

Visit for more information.

Park Street Church Warming Center open

The Warming Center at Park Street Church is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Neighbors are invited in for a 90-minute chance to get warm, eat a meal, charge their phone and use the restroom. The Warming Center also serves grab-and-go meals and hot drinks at the entrance to the church.

The Warming Center is seeking volunteers to make sandwiches from home and bring them to the church and/or become an in-person volunteer (two-hour shifts available). Financial donations and gift cards are also appreciated.

Visit or email for more information.

Support Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.)    

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, the Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.) at Park Street Church prepares hot meals and packages of socks, underwear and toiletries for men and women and then distributes them outside their church to their vulnerable neighbors who live on the streets of Boston.

The group is requesting donations of winter clothing (sizes M, L and larger) such as sweaters, jackets and boots for men and women.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of money, food, toiletries, gift cards, or clothing or would like additional information on ways to make a difference, contact, email or visit

St. Francis House

St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. – the largest day shelter in Massachusetts – continues to welcome more than 500 poor and homeless men and women a day for emergency refuge services.

Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:

- Make a gift to the SFH COVID-19 Emergency Fund

- Donate disposable masks, homemade masks, and materials for staff to make masks.

- Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist.

Your gift has the power to rebuild lives; St. Francis House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations are tax deductible.

Visit to learn more, including links to support their mission.

Shop AFH

Artists for Humanity has a limited-edition collection – in addition to one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation – that amplifies AFH teen artists' creative expression during these pivotal times, providing them a platform for shaping how society moves forward to create a better, more equitable world.

Visit for more information, including links to purchase their artworks. Reduced shipping rates are available.

You can also peruse your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston.

Support ICA                                                                         

If you’ve enjoyed ICA’s free Thursday Nights, Holiday Mondays, talks, tours, film screenings and family programs – or would like to see more of them – consider a small donation of $5 or more today. Your support helps keeps programs such as these free and accessible to all.