Yesterday nearly 70 people including Commonwealth Corps members from Western and Central Massachusetts, program staff, Commissioners, and volunteers from Millbury High School, South High Community School and Nativity High School in Worcester joined Governor Patrick for Commonwealth Corps’ second regional group service project of the year. Together they commemorated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through projects hosted by Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance (CMHA) that benefit homeless and transitioning families and individuals.
The group participated at the Donations Clearinghouse helping sort and organize donated household items and helping load furniture. As a result, over 30 families will be able to pick up essential items that will help them as they transition from shelter to permanent housing.
The Village on Cambridge Street is a shelter serving up to 45 homeless families at a given time. Corps members and volunteers refreshed the walls of a computer room where over 50 children are tutored and painted murals, sorted 18 bags of donated clothes and linens, and prepared 5,000 postcards for CHMA’s annual walk for homelessness.
There is still work to be done in the effort to end homelessness. Join the National MLK Day of Service movement by making a difference in your community. Please visit www.mass.gov/connectandserve to search for volunteer opportunities in your area. As you’re also well aware, there is a huge effort underway to help those in Haiti. For more information and how you can help, visit www.mass.gov/haiti.
Youth Homelessness – Jack Duffy-Protentis – November 2013 posted on Nov 13
I was in the 3rd grade when my parents told me that I was losing my eye sight. I remember feeling relieved that the reason I was struggling in school was because of this thing called Stargardt’s Disease; and not because I was not smart. …Continue Reading Youth Homelessness – Jack Duffy-Protentis – November 2013
Raycela Dasher – Bristol County -October 2013 posted on Nov 13
As I looked at the stack of papers laid before me, I took a deep breath and prepared to write. These papers were more than just another assignment or application. These papers were a chance of a lifetime. As I looked to the top of …Continue Reading Raycela Dasher – Bristol County -October 2013
Education and youth homelessness // Written by: Mary Kate Roffey of the GSYC posted on Oct 4
Education and youth homelessness are two of the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council’s initiatives. Throughout the month of August, the GSYC decided to hold ‘Back to School’ drives to collect school supplies for homeless youth. This project allowed the GSYC to make progress on both issues …Continue Reading Education and youth homelessness // Written by: Mary Kate Roffey of the GSYC