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Banks that never need a bailout – Time Banks!

Banks that never need a bailout – Time Banks! posted on Jan 21

Posted by: Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance The spirit of the “Common Wealth” remains strong, and is finding a new way to thrive- through Time Banks. Timebanking is simple- for every hour you spend doing something for someone, you earn a “Time Dollar”. You   …Continue Reading Banks that never need a bailout – Time Banks!

Wrap-up of Governor’s Budget Forum in Melrose

Wrap-up of Governor’s Budget Forum in Melrose posted on Dec 16

Posted by: Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance   Last night over one hundred residents and local officials packed the GAR room in Melrose Memorial Hall to discuss the Commonwealth’s Budget. After a warm welcome by Mayor Dolan, the Governor told the crowd about the   …Continue Reading Wrap-up of Governor’s Budget Forum in Melrose

Great conversation with young people in Chelsea

Great conversation with young people in Chelsea posted on Dec 15

Posted by: Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance Last week, Roca, a non-profit organization serving young people in Chelsea hosted the Governor’s Office of Civic Engagement for a discussion about their Massachusetts. The conversation started with education- from the strengths and weaknesses of local high   …Continue Reading Great conversation with young people in Chelsea

Add your Voice to the Discussion on the FY2011 Budget

Add your Voice to the Discussion on the FY2011 Budget posted on Dec 1

Posted by: Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance The Administration is required to present a balanced budget to the legislature for fiscal year 2011 in late January and it is important for all to be engaged in the conversation on what government should do and   …Continue Reading Add your Voice to the Discussion on the FY2011 Budget

Governor volunteers at the Greater Boston Food Bank – How will you get involved this winter?

Governor volunteers at the Greater Boston Food Bank – How will you get involved this winter? posted on Nov 17

Posted by: Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance This morning I had the opportunity to join Governor Patrick, Secretary Greg Bialecki, fellow state employees and young people from Boston’s Year Up Program volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank, sorting cans of food to be   …Continue Reading Governor volunteers at the Greater Boston Food Bank – How will you get involved this winter?

Talking with teens in Springfield

Talking with teens in Springfield posted on Oct 29

Posted by: Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance Last Wednesday afternoon, we met with thirty Springfield Coalition Youth Ambassadors from different neighborhoods in Springfield as a part of the fall listening tour. They told us what they liked about living in Springfield and Massachusetts in   …Continue Reading Talking with teens in Springfield

Governor Patricks meets with hundreds of young adults at UMass

Governor Patricks meets with hundreds of young adults at UMass posted on Oct 26

Posted by: Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance Wednesday afternoon we held our first lunchtime young adults meeting with Governor Patrick at UMass Amherst with more engaged and eager participants than ever before. (Check out The Daily Collegian and several local newspapers that covered the   …Continue Reading Governor Patricks meets with hundreds of young adults at UMass

Governor talks education, housing and more with young adults in Boston

Governor talks education, housing and more with young adults in Boston posted on Oct 13

Posted by: Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance Last Thursday, we had a great conversation with Governor Patrick and four dynamic panelists: Joe Porcelli, Emmett Price, Hang Nina Nguyen and Desiree Arevalo.  Over 150 people were there to share their perspectives, questions and suggestions. Getting   …Continue Reading Governor talks education, housing and more with young adults in Boston

South Coast Wrap Up, Next Stop Boston! Join the conversation!

South Coast Wrap Up, Next Stop Boston! Join the conversation! posted on Oct 2

Posted by: Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance On Tuesday a group of about 100 folks from the South Coast region joined us at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for the “What’s Your Massachusetts” series. There was a lively mix of students from UMD, Bristol Community   …Continue Reading South Coast Wrap Up, Next Stop Boston! Join the conversation!

Next stop, South Coast. Tell us what you think!

Next stop, South Coast. Tell us what you think! posted on Sep 28

Posted by: Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance We had a great young adults discussion last Wednesday in Springfield- thanks to everyone who joined us. Topics spanned affordable housing, education and transportation between Greater Springfield and the  colleges in Hampshire county. For young entrepreneurs and   …Continue Reading Next stop, South Coast. Tell us what you think!