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There’s plenty of natural beauty to enjoy this spring in Boston.

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 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).

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. 

Multilingual Storywalks                                          

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.

musicConnects Performathon

musicConnects resident musician duos and hardworking students will pop-up all over town with miniature concerts from Sunday, May 9 through Sunday, May 16.

Proceeds from this fundraising week support musiConnects' accessible programming.

Visit https://www.musiconnects.org for more information.

WR Movie Discussion Group: ‘The Farewell’                              

Join the West Roxbury Branch Library movie discussion group from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, May 10.

The group will talk about The Farewell (2019) 

In this funny, heartfelt story, Billi's (Awkwafina) family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch – the only person that doesn't know she only has a few weeks to live.

Watch the film on BPL's Kanopy prior to the conversation.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Story Movement with Mini Movers Studio                                   

The Brighton Branch Library will host Story Movement with Mini Movers Studio from

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 11 – encouraging the love of reading and dance to

children age 2.5 and younger.

Each class a new story is selected and read to students. Children then learn creative movement that correlates to the story. Moving as characters and dancing to music inspired by the book, children will love bringing books to life.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Conserving the American Chestnut                                                           

Approximately one quarter of the forest canopy in the eastern United States was comprised of the American chestnut tree until nearly four billion trees were decimated by chestnut blight in the 1900s.

Join the Arnold Arboretum at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11 for a panel discussion with expert scientists who will discuss the history of the American chestnut as well as current research to restore the American chestnut tree to its former glory.

Visit https://arboretum.harvard.edu/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Twinkle Twinkle: Hands on the Heart Yoga

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 12: A fun and engaging family yoga class.

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.

Lunch Hour Live – The fight for fertility                        

In the United States, 10 percent of people who wish to have children struggle with infertility. It’s especially common in the African American community and fertility preservation can be difficult for transgender individuals as well. But why is this and what can be done about it? NOVA's new documentary, "Fighting for Fertility," explores barriers to fertility, from the social to the biological, and the state of assisted reproductive technologies.

GBH contributor Sue O'Connell will chat with the director Larkin McPhee from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 about the making of the film.

Visit https://www.wgbh.org/events/lunch-hour-live-the-fight-for-fertility-virtual for more information and registration.

Tai Chi for Wellness                                                                                    

Join the Boston Public Library and Eddie Watkins from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 and June 10 for an online introduction to Tai Chi, an ancient exercise rooted in China, which consists of postures that are gentle and flowing. Movements are slow and repetitive and are coupled with a focus on the breath.

Visit bpl.org/events more information and Zoom registration.

Kanopy Club: ‘To Be Takei’ (2015)                                                           

The Kanopy Club at the Boston Public Library will follow the May Reading Together theme of “An Author of Color” as they discuss To Be Takei from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.

This award-winning documentary features Star Trek legend, marriage equality advocate and spokesperson for racial justice George Takei.

The film features behind-the-scenes intimacy with the dynamic duo George and Brad as well as interviews with famous friends from William Shatner to Howard Stern.

Watch the film on Kanopy prior to the discussion.

Visit bpl.org/events more information and Zoom registration.

Podcast Wine Down: ‘Tell Them, I Am’

Curious about podcasts? At Podcast Wine Down, listen to a series of audio clips from Tell Them, I Am – presented by Higher Ground Audio and Spotify and produced by Dustlight – and join a discussion with host Misha Euceph and moderator Se’era Spragley Ricks. Tell Them, I Am is about the small moments that define who we are and are not. The stories are universal. The voices are all Muslim. Host Misha Euceph opens a window into the lives of Tan France, Alia Shawkat, Ramy Youssef, Reza Aslan, Mercedes Iman Diamond and others.

As attendees go behind-the-scenes of the making of this podcast from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, they will walk away with a deeper appreciation for audio storytelling and some practical approaches for creating their own podcast or audio project.

Visit www.podcastgarage.org/virtual-events/2021/5/13/podcastwinedown for more information and registration. This webinar will be recorded and livestreamed via Facebook.

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 14. 

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.

GBH Spring Auction

The GBH Spring Auction will be held 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.

Bird-a-thon Kick-off Bird Walk

Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Mattapan will host a free Bird-a-thon kick-off bird walk from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 14 for adults.

Meet BNC team members, learn about why they do this fundraiser every year, and help them find the first birds of the competition. Donations to BNC's scholarship fund are appreciated. 

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/77475-bird-a-thon-kick-off-bird-walk for more information and registration.

Raccoons and Opossums

Raccoons are highly adaptable and often misunderstood animals that flourish around humans. Opossums are one of the few mammals that actively eat ticks, and the only marsupial in North America.

Learn these and other interesting facts while also creating animal art and walking the trails looking for animal signs from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 15 at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan (suitable for children, ages 5 - 12 years).

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/77352-raccoons-and-opossums for more information and registration (Members: Adult - $10, Child - $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - $13, Child - $13).

Riot Improv: Stories to Scenes                               

On the third Saturday of the month, Riot Improv collaborates with local storytellers in a unique mash-up to create hilarious improv comedy with a narrative twist inspired by real-life tales of humor, tragedy, love and more.

The next event will be held from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 15. 

Visit theriottheater.com for more information and Zoom registration ($0-$15).

Little Groove Music and Movement Class                                    

Join Parker Hill Branch Library from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays through May 27 for a Little Groove interactive music and movement program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers. Practice reading readiness and early literacy skills with every song.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

WR Book discussion: ‘The Leavers’                                                                      

The West Roxbury Branch Library book discussion group will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 19 to discuss The Leavers by Lisa Ko.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a book synopsis.

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).

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, 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.

Beyond the Page: ‘Yellow Wife’

After a long winter, what better way to spend time than by grabbing a good book and enjoying the great outdoors. GBH suggests Sadeqa Johnson’s Yellow Wife, a captivating coming-of-age story that will provide a breath of fresh air.

Join them at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 24 for a live discussion with the author.

Follow their Facebook group for reading goals and conversation leading up to the main event.

Register at https://wgbh2.force.com/events/s/lt-event?id=a7E3q000000QK0xEAG.

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 now open).

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.

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.

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 cgross@bpl.org 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.

Afternoons Outside

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.

Game Time!                                                                                      

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.

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.

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 ymcago.org for more information and registration.

Ethos Live                                                                             

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 djordan@rcc.mass.edu 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 baccoffice@verizon.net 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: citypeaceproject@gmail.com 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 baccoffice@verizon.net for more information.