Elsewhere in the city neighborhood notes
Spoon River Anthology
The Boston College Theatre Department will virtually present Spoon River Anthology at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, May 1 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 2.
One of the most striking and original achievements in American poetry, Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, probed the social background of small-town living.
A collection of short free-form poems spoken from a cemetery in the small fictional town of Spoon River, Illinois, includes more than 200 characters each providing their own accounts of life, love, loss, sex, moral decay, and hypocrisy.
Ticket reservations available at bc.edu/tickets.
Spring Bird Walk
Join a BNC Teacher Naturalist at Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 500 Walk Hill St. in Mattapan to observe resident birds and spring migrants in a unique urban habitat that is a favorite stomping ground for many bird species. Local bird enthusiasts will help the group find and identify birds through field marks, sounds and behaviors. Birders of all levels will enjoy these guided walks.
The walks will be offered from 7 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, May 8 and May 15 following COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Go to www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/77354-spring-bird-walk for more information and registration (Members: $4 | Nonmembers: $6).
Arbor Week celebrations
Speak for the Trees Boston (SFTT) will host a variety of events in celebration of Arbor Week:
– Saturday, May 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Guided Tree Meditation at Arnold Arboretum.
– Saturday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. – Savor the Square: GreenRox Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Giveaway at Blair Lot, Roxbury.
Visit https://www.sfttbos.org/events for more information and links to join.
City Nature Challenge 2021: BNC Fungus Walk
Join the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 1 as they compete with cities around the globe in the 2021 City Nature Challenge. The observations the group makes will be added to help Boston's effort to record the most observations.
Participants will learn about how scientists' sample and use field guides to identify their targets. By identifying as many species as you can, you will enrich knowledge of the ecosystems and bring attention to the importance of having health urban ecosystems. Take what you learn during the BNC Bioblitz and continue on with the four-day challenge visiting other green spaces in the greater Boston area.
Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/77442-city-nature-challenge-2021-bnc-fungus-walk for more information and registration (Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $24 | Sliding Scale).
May Day 2021
Join Boston May Day Coalition in Celebrating May Day, International Workers Day and unite to oppose the attacks coming down on working people, the oppressed and youth.
Let’s join together for an all-day celebration of May Day 2021, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 1 on Boston Common.
The rally will be followed by a march to Nubian Square. Upon arrival at Nubian Square, there will be another rally followed by a Nighttime March at 6 p.m. - cosponsored by New England Front Against Fascism.
Visit https://masspeaceaction.org/event/may-day-2021 for more information.
BGMC: ENCORE 2021 Gala
Heart thumping ... Hooves stomping ... Hopes rising ... And They’re Off!
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus’s (BGMC’s) signature fundraiser is going virtual this year – live from the Regent Theatre on Saturday, May 1. The pre-show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the live stream will start at 7 p.m.
A silent auction, which began on April 22, will continue until it closes at 7 p.m. as the live stream begins. The live auction will take place during the live stream.
Catherine Peterson, Immediate Past Chair of Chorus America and Executive Director of ArtsBoston, will host this fun and interactive live experience that includes amazing and diverse entertainment, including music, comedy, a hat competition and more.
Some ticket packages will include the BGMC pod-pack with food, decor and everything to make ENCORE 2021 fabulous.
Go to https://www.bgmc.org/2021/03/04/encore-2021-gala/ for more information and tickets.
Riot Improv: Songs to Scenes
Witness an eclectic and hilarious mix of improv comedy and live music from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 1.
Each month will feature an amazing singer songwriter then Riot Improv (Rozzie Square Theater) will spin their lyrics and melodies into raucous comedy.
Visit theriottheater.com/full-schedule.html for more information and Zoom registration (0-$15).
Run Wild with Zoo New England's First Virtual 5K Series
On your mark, get set … Run Wild with Zoo New England’s first virtual 5K series.
Join the pack and set out for a run, walk or stroll on a route of your choosing while providing support for Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo’s animals.
The second race, “Run Wilder 5K & 10K,” will take place in July (registration opens May 1).
The third race, “Run Wildest 5K, 10K, Half Marathon,” will take place in October (registration opens Aug. 1).
Registration costs $30 to enter an individual race or $75 to register for the Run Wild series.
Visit www.zoonewengland.org/engage/run-wild-virtual-5k-series for more information and registration.
Boston Dance Alliance online gala
Boston Dance Alliance – the regional service organization for professional and recreational dancers, dance groups and dance facilities -- will hold its online gala on Sunday, May 2 honoring Cambridge's Rozann Kraus and Falmouth's Dr. Larry Pratt with its 2021 "Dance Champion" and "Unsung Hero" awards, respectively,
The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a virtual social event where honorees and attendees interact. The ceremony will start at 6 p.m. with performances by Jean Appolon of Jean Appolon Expressions, and Jessie Jeanne Stinnett of Boston Dance Theater. The awards, given for long-term and lasting contributions to the regional dance field, will be presented.
Tickets begin at $10 for general admission. Ticket buyers have the chance to offer celebratory toasts to honorees, be entered into special drawings, and receive at-home deliveries of sparkling wine to enjoy during the event. An online auction will feature experiential events, dance-themed items and family fun.
Visit https://www.bostondancealliance.org for more information and reservations.
Moth StorySLAM: Fresh
The Moth StorySLAM is a virtual open-mic storytelling experience that invites up to eight tellers to share a true, personal story on a given theme. The SLAM ends with the audience voting for their favorite story, crowning the StorySLAM winner.
The theme for the StorySLAM at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 is "Fresh."
Prepare a five-minute story about the crispest and cleanest of life's offerings. A new zip code, spouse, haircut or nose. Out with the stale, and in with the freshly baked. Tales of reinvention, from love life shakeups to a test drive of the new and improved you.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/eastern-virtual-storyslam-fresh-registration-146788058033 for more information and registration ($10).
BMC ‘Zoom with a Doc’
Boston Medical Center will host “Zoom with a Doc” chats on all things COVID-19 vaccines. Hear from BMC experts on how the vaccines work and what to consider and participate in a live Q&A session at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4 and at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25.
Visit https://www.bmatenpoint.org/events for more information, registration and links.
ESSENTIAL: Public Health, Public Space, & the Design of Boston's Big Parks
Rather fortuitously, Boston is currently renovating its three largest open spaces: Boston Common, Franklin Park and Moakley Park.
As part of Boston Design Week, join the landscape architects and public health experts designing these projects in a discussion about the past, present and future of open space in Boston and beyond from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/essential-public-health-public-space-the-design-of-bostons-big-parks-tickets-147205229805 for more information and registration.
City Natives Spring Plant Sale
City Natives is back again for its annual spring plant sale – purchase Boston-grown native plants and veggie seedlings suited for urban gardens:
– Pollinator-friendly native perennials, shrubs & trees
– An amazing selection of heirloom and hybrid veggies, herbs, and annual flowers
– Garden supplies: organic fertilizers, straw mulch, season extension kits, and more
When you pre-order online you can schedule a pick-up time in person. Pick-Up Dates are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays, from May 6 through May 22, or drop by during open hours.
City Natives is located at 30 Edgewater Drive in Mattapan near the Mattapan Center bus and trolley stops.
Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/62812 for more information, including a Plant Catalog.
Holiday and Heritage/Identity Based Observances
Local Voices Network Conversations provide an opportunity to share experiences, hopes and concerns within the communities, reflect and re-imagine the community evolving from this moment.
Co-sponsored by LVN and the Hyde Park and West Roxbury branches of the Boston Public Library, conversations focused on Holiday and Heritage/Identity Based Observances
will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 6.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Bring Your Own Book Club: ‘More Than Just a Pretty Face’
Do you have a favorite book (or fairy tale) that you believe everyone should read? Bring your own book or story to show-and-tell with fellow young adults and teen readers from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6.
For this month's Bring Your Own Book Club, East Boston YA librarian Paul is reading the book More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
GBH Spring Auction
The GBH Spring Auction will be held from Friday, May 7 through Thursday, June 3. Hundreds of items will up for bid with new items offered daily.
All proceeds benefit GBH, allowing them to keep the news, programs and events you enjoy on air and online. Get a head start and register to bid at auction.gbh.org.
Children and teens of all ages are invited to play games and make friends in a Zoom room from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through June 25, hosted by the Boston Public Library.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration to access the Zoom room.
Teen Central 2021 Game Jam - Contest Q&A
Are you an aspiring teen game-maker? Are you interested in games that make a difference?
Do you think you’re the best teen game creator in Boston? Find out at the Boston Public Library's first-ever Game Jam.
The challenge is simple: in teams or by yourself, create a short game that draws attention to an issue affecting your local or global communities.
The official "kickoff" of the Game Jam, where teens will get a chance to meet their competitors, grill judges, ask questions and form teams (if they haven’t already) will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 7.
Groups and individuals can begin to submit their game after this event and all submissions must occur by midnight on May 31 (full submission details on BPL website).
Set your calendars for June 11 at 5 p.m. where competitors and the public will be invited to the closing ceremony and the winners of the top three prizes, which include a grand prize valued at $200, are revealed.
All game-makers, aspiring game-makers, friends and family are invited to take part in this special maker event.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration. To enter the contest, people must be registered for this event.
Vegetable Gardening 101 Onsite/Online
Whether new to gardening or have been doing it for years, there’s always more for people to learn. This workshop will cover the basics for growing a healthy, organic garden including soil prep, planting, watering and garden planning.
Boston Community Gardens will host this workshop from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 8.
Join them at the Greenwood Community Gardens, 140 Greenwood St. in Dorchester to learn tips and tricks to get your garden growing right this season – or join them on Zoom.
This is a free event – donations welcome.
In-person event registration: https://thetrustees.org/event/61524.
Zoom event registration: https://thetrustees.org/event/61525.
ZOOTOPIA - Keeping Our World Wild
Zootopia, Zoo New England's annual fundraising gala, will virtually bring the Zoos to people for an inspiring evening on Saturday, May 8, featuring a special video message by E. O. Wilson Living the Mission Award honoree Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & U. N. Messenger of Peace.
Join them as they celebrate the natural world with animal appearances, insider updates and a silent auction.
Gala program begins at 6 p.m.
Live cocktail reception with John Linehan, President & CEO starts at 6:30 p.m.
Visit https://www.zoonewengland.org/engage/zootopia for more information, including tickets and sponsorships and a link to the auction bidding.
Wildlife in the City: Bats
Bats always have been creatures of mystery. Because they are nocturnal and most of their calls are beyond our hearing capacity, we often don't notice their presence. These flying mammals are fascinating and have a tremendous environmental importance, however they are often the target of fear and superstition.
Join Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 8 for a presentation about bats and let's learn more about these beneficial winged neighbors.
Visit https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/77359-wildlife-in-the-city-bats for more information and registration (Members: $10 | Nonmembers: $13).
Riot X: Live-ish 30 virtual plays in your real world
Riot X (The Rozzie Square Theater) has metamorphosed their monthly live show caterpillar into a beautiful video butterfly.
Watch it virtually flutter its wings spectacularly with a tantalizing hybrid of brand-new live plays, brand-new video plays, and brand-new-ish other video plays at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 8.
Visit theriottheater.com/full-schedule.html for more information and Zoom registration (0-$15).
25th Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace
The Mother's Day Walk for Peace is a beloved Boston tradition and celebration of the potential to create more peaceful communities. It is the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s (LDBPI) largest fundraising event to grow and sustain services, advocacy and training.
This year’s virtual walk is all about celebration and remembrance of 25 years of walking for love, unity, faith, hope, courage, justice and forgiveness while honoring lives impacted by homicide.
Join the 25 Days of Walking leading up to the online broadcast at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 9.
Visit https://www.mothersdaywalk4peace.org for more information and registration.
A multilingual StoryWalk® series will be held through Monday, May 10. This is a fun way for families to read stories in nine languages while enjoying the outdoors in 10 parks across the city.
Participate in the StoryWalk and enter to win one of five grand prizes of a Kindle with a three-month Kindle Unlimited subscription, courtesy of Xfinity.
Visit https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/storywalks for more information, including the participating parks.
Registration Open for Boston Parks Summer Sports Centers
Registration is open for summer Sports Centers at White Stadium in Franklin Park, Almont Park in Mattapan, East Boston Memorial Stadium, Garvey Park in Dorchester and M Street Park in South Boston.
Each location offers instruction in several popular sports. All Sports Centers are offered free of charge to Boston residents and open to boys and girls, ages 7 to 14. The summer programs will be held from Tuesday, July 6 through Friday, Aug. 20 – register for one or more weeks. Lunch will be provided, transportation will not.
Visit https://www.boston.gov/news/registration-now-open-boston-parks-summer-sports-centers for more information and registration.
Donate blood and save a child’s life
Donating blood is the easiest way to save a child's life. Donate blood or platelets at the Children's Blood Donor Center at 333 Longwood Ave. – an independent collection facility serving the needs of the pediatric patients in the Longwood Medical Area.
Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are welcome (subject to staffing and availability) during hours of operation (every day except Mondays).
To schedule an appointment, go to www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org or phone 617-355-6677.
Critical shortage at Kraft Family Blood Donor Center
The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital is approaching a critical shortage of Type-O positive and negative whole blood.
When you donate blood or platelets at the Donor Center or Blood Mobile you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.
Visit https://www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or schedule an appointment.
Books for Breakfast fundraiser
Books for Breakfast is 826 Boston’s annual jam-packed breakfast fundraiser. The virtual event (which means pajamas are allowed) will be held at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 20.
In addition to showcasing the talented writing of 826 Boston students, the event will feature Yamiche Alcindor.
Visit https://give.826boston.org/event/books-for-breakfast-2021/e325673 for more information and registration (ticket prices vary; donations welcome).
Virtual Roslindale ‘Open Mike’
Roslindale “Open Mike” Nights will be held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays.
Interesting in performing? There’s a link to sign up. Performers will use Zoom.
The audience can watch the live or recorded performance on the new Roslindale “Open Mike” YouTube channel.
Visit roslindaleopenmike.org for more information, including all links.
Egleston Square Branch Virtual Story Time
Join Librarian Claire to explore a different theme every week in an interactive online story time from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays through May 25. Ideal for children, ages 2-4.
The group will read books and sing songs together, followed by an optional group craft and show-and-tell session.
Optional related book bundles, song sheets and/or craft kits can be picked up at Egleston Square Branch Library (2044 Columbus Ave., Roxbury) during BPL To Go hours.
Visit bpl.org/events and/or email email@example.com for more information and Zoom link.
Bookmatch Duo on Facebook Live
Join Bookmatch Duo on Facebook Live from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays for an as-long-as-we're-cooped-up.
Bookmatch Duo plays a range of original, traditional and contemporary instrumental music, including old-time, blues, ragtime, bluegrass, waltzes, contra dance tunes and English country dance tunes.
Visit www.facebook.com/BookmatchDuoMusic for more information.
Twinkle Twinkle: ABC Spanish in Motion
The Roxbury, Grove Hall and Charlestown Branch Libraries will host an 11-week series, “Twinkle Twinkle: Performers, Songs, Stories & Crafts” for children, ages 0-5, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Wednesdays through June 2.
On May 5: Learn Spanish and its diverse cultures through music and fun
The class will be available on Zoom and will also be streamed Live on each Branch Library’s FB page.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Children, ages 5-10, are invited to get outdoors, explore nature and have fun with friends at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays through June 3.
Take time away from screens and explore seasonal themes through nature investigation, artistic expression, and games.
Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/77225-afternoons-outside for more information and registration (Members: $150 | Nonmembers: $170 | Sliding Scale).
Facebook Virtual Story Time
Boston Public Library will host a virtual story time from 10:30 to a.m. on Fridays on Facebook Live.
Join Ms. Allie on May 9 and May 21 on www.facebook.com/bplbrightonon and/or Miss Hope on May 14 and May 28 on www.facebook.com/bplhonanallston to read stories, sing songs and have lots of fun together
This program is geared towards children, ages one to five, but all children are welcome. The recording of the live stream will be available for viewing after the program has concluded.
Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga
Unwind with Gentle Yoga – sponsored by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays.
The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.
The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand to Heart Center – Yoga for the People.
People can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.
Home: Poetry reading, open mic and workshop series
Home is a poetry reading, open mic and workshop series led by Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola. A featured reader and brief open mic will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first Friday of the month followed by a writing workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the following Saturday through June 4. Anthony Febo will host the readings and open mics. Home will culminate in a Roxbury poetry festival in the summer of 2021.
Go to www.boston.gov/calendar/home-poetry-reading-and-open-mic-series for more information, including a roster of readers and workshop themes, and registration.
Free virtual tutoring at RYP
The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry (UUUM) partners with local colleges and universities and members of the community to provide free quality, comprehensive and accessible tutoring in all core subjects, including mathematics, science, ELA, modern foreign languages and social studies from 2 to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. They also offer additional college prep support.
If you are interested in this virtual Roxbury afterschool youth program (RYP), contact PTAM@UUUM.org.
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 bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.
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 ymcago.org for more information and registration.
Ethos hosts an online Wellness on the Web program. Health and wellness presentations, conversations with elected officials, exercise classes and other activities will be streamed regularly on their website and social media platforms.
Visit ethocare.org for more information and quick links to the programs.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston onsite/online
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides in-person day-time learning support during school hours and in-person and virtual interactive after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms.
Go to bgcb.org for more information and registration.
The Reggie Lewis Center virtual classes
The Reggie Lewis Center at the Roxbury Community College offers virtual fitness classes to help you stay physically and mentally active and fit during these challenging times.
Visit rcc.mass.edu/reggie-lewis for a full class listing and registration instructions, or contact David Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 857-701-1707 for more information ($90 per class | Seniors - $30 per class).
#ZooToYou/Kids’ Corner and onsite fun
Tune in on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. for #ZooToYou: a daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and lots more. Visit the Kids’ Corner online for more fun.
Franklin Park and Stone zoos are open for a roarin’ good time following COVID guidelines and online reservations. Virtual tours and other activities will continue.
Visit zoonewengland.org to learn more about the re-opening procedures before you visit.
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 www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats 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 foodpantries.org 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.
A-B Community Supper – take out
The Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton serves take out suppers outside from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Bags of fruit, vegetables, breads, and desserts will also be available.
Visit brightonucc.org, phone 617-254-4046 or email email@example.com for more information.
A-B Food Pantry – Open
The Allston Brighton Food Pantry at the Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays.
Visit abfoodpantry.com and/or brightonucc.org for more information, including ways to volunteer or make a donation.
The Daily Table
The Daily Table is a nonprofit community store and kitchen with a mission of making healthy food affordable to everyone.
The Daily Table sources nutritious, delicious food options at prices that every budget can afford, including grab-n-go, ready-to-eat meals from their kitchen.
The Daily Table offers delivery and in-store pick up at the same prices as the stores.
Store locations: 450 Washington St., Dorchester; 2201 Washington St., Roxbury; 684 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (recent opening)
Store hours: Mon–Sat: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 7 p.m.
Customers 60+ hours begin at 9 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 11 a.m. on Sundays.
Visit dailytable.org for more information.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston provides a comprehensive array of services for people in need.
Please consider donating food, gift cards or toiletries to keep their food pantries and basic needs operations open and fully stocked.
Phone their administrative offices at 617-464-8500 for donation guidelines.
Visit www.ccab.org for more information, including a list of places that they service.
Support Haley House & Haley House Bakery Café
During this period of social distancing, here are a few ways you can continue to support the Haley House community:
– Donate to their Emergency Fund – Since they switched their soup kitchen (23 Dartmouth St. in the South End) to take out, members of the Live-In Community have served more than 1,000 meals each week. Funds will be used to purchase food and materials for their take-out meals and as emergency support for their staff.
– Purchase Gift Cards or Order Take Out/Delivery at Haley House Bakery Cafe (12 Dade St. Roxbury) – Make sure to follow them on social media for live-streamed events and ways to support artists through virtual programming.
– Donate Non-Perishable Food or Sanitizing Items – See the list of in-kind donations and/or Amazon Charity Lists.
For more than 54 years, the Haley House has and continues to believe in #FoodWithPurpose and the #PowerOfCommunity. Visit http://haleyhouse.org/covid19response for more details.
MTW book/textile donations (drop offs and pickups) and online purchases
More Than Words stores are still accepting donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and video games along with gently used clothing and shoes to keep their youth-run business in operation. Monetary donations are also appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at one of their facilities or donation bins or can be scheduled for a contactless pickup.
You can also shop online for books, music, home goods and décor, collectibles, and other fine products.
All donations are fully tax deductible. Every donation and purchase support their mission to empower youth!
Visit mtwyouth.org for more details, including the locations and links to purchase items.
City Peace Project
The City Peace Project is an effort of individuals and local groups in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan to share the message of peace, inclusivity and non-violence by inviting people to display Peace Flags throughout their communities in as many places as they can.
To request a flag, volunteer or join the team, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to commonstreet.org/rainbow-peace-flag-project for more information.
Big Sister mentoring
Since 1951, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston continues to make and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between thousands of women and girls each year.
The Big Sister professional staff matches a girl between the ages of 7 and 15 with a woman who is at least 20 years old, based on shared preferences and interests and continues to provide award-winning (virtual) support and guidance to each Big Sister, Little Sister, and Little sister’s family.
To learn more about how to become a Big Sister or to enroll a girl to become a Little Sister, visit www.bigsister.org.
Suicide survivor support group
DeeDee’s Cry (Roxbury) hosts an ongoing weekly support group for suicide survivors. If you are a suicide attempt survivor seeking a safe, non-judgmental place to talk about the feelings that led you to attempt and the impact that your attempt had on your life, visit DeeDeesCry.com to sign up.
DeeDee's Cry provide resources and programs to increase mental health awareness and suicide prevention in communities of color.
Roxbury artist directory
The first edition of Roxbury Artist Amplification Project's Artist Directory features 17 Roxbury-based artists of color and offers a sample of their paintings, photographs, handmade jewelry, fiber art, journals, children's books and much more.
To peruse and purchase some incredible local art, the artist directory is available to download at uuum.org/arts-and-humanities-programming.
The Neighborhood Aid Network
The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has a simple goal: To provide a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.
Visit www.humannetworkinitiative.com/neighborhoods for more information.
A-B Thrift Shop – Temporarily closed
The Thrift Shop at the Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton, is usually open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, but it is now temporarily closed.
Visit brightonucc.org, phone 617-254-4046 or email email@example.com for more information.