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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Celebrating Black History Month Posted on Jan 30

Celebrating Black History Month

Across America, February is recognized as Black History Month – an annual celebration of achievements and advancements by African-Americans, and a time for recognizing the central role of African-Americans in U.S. history. Massachusetts communities honor this historic month in a variety of ways: from art exhibits   …Continue Reading Celebrating Black History Month

Home Heating Assistance Programs in Massachusetts Posted on Jan 28

Home Heating Assistance Programs in Massachusetts

Recent bitterly cold temperatures have made this a challenging winter for everyone, but it hits those in need hardest – rising energy costs can make it difficult for Massachusetts residents to get through the winter warmly. To offset this and ensure all citizens make it   …Continue Reading Home Heating Assistance Programs in Massachusetts

Transportation Services for Massachusetts Seniors Posted on Jan 23

Transportation Services for Massachusetts Seniors

The availability of adequate transportation for seniors in Massachusetts enables them to live independently in their communities, and helps prevent isolation and the possible need for long-term care placement. Many seniors who do not drive often rely on family and friends to help get them   …Continue Reading Transportation Services for Massachusetts Seniors

Tax Season is Here Posted on Jan 21

Tax Season is Here

Doing your taxes can be difficult, but having the forms you need at your fingertips can make it a bit easier. Massachusetts state income taxes for 2013 are due on April 15, 2014, so it’s important to get all your necessary documentation together. To facilitate filing   …Continue Reading Tax Season is Here

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month Posted on Jan 16

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is the number one cause of preventable blindness in the United States. Currently, 2.7 million Americans over age 40 have glaucoma, and the National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030. During January, the Glaucoma Research Foundation and other eye health groups   …Continue Reading January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

How to Celebrate and Serve on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Posted on Jan 14

How to Celebrate and Serve on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Through organized, non-violent and peaceful means, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the world by dedicating his life to the pursuit of basic civil rights for all people. He dreamed of a world where people of all races and backgrounds could live, work, and help   …Continue Reading How to Celebrate and Serve on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Housing Services for Massachusetts Senior Citizens Posted on Jan 9

Housing Services for Massachusetts Senior Citizens

Everyone shares concerns about caring for their parents, grandparents, and loved ones as they reach retirement age and beyond. In Massachusetts there are public and private housing options that address seniors’ different needs, from independent living and active senior communities to assisted living, continuing care, and nursing   …Continue Reading Housing Services for Massachusetts Senior Citizens

11 Ways to Get Involved in National Mentoring Month Posted on Jan 7

11 Ways to Get Involved in National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month, an annual campaign to recruit volunteers to mentor young people, marks its 13th anniversary this year. Recognizing the important role mentors play, National Mentoring Month aims to raise awareness of mentoring, recruit individuals to mentor, and promote the rapid growth of mentoring   …Continue Reading 11 Ways to Get Involved in National Mentoring Month

Massachusetts Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Posted on Jan 2

Massachusetts Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 8.6 percent of all Americans are hard of hearing or are deaf. Using this percentage for the Commonwealth’s citizenry, per the most recent (2010) U.S. census data, approximately 563,000 Massachusetts residents have varying degrees of   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing