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Beautifying Boston: New mural art brings sense of community to Boston neighborhoods
Boston celebrates Lunar New Year with annual Chinatown lion dance parade

January 29, 2023

Boston rang in the Lunar New Year at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the city’s Chinatown – the country’s...

How free meal programs in the Boston area are helping to ease food insecurity

January 23, 2023

When the clock strikes 4:45 p.m., children in the after-school program at the American Chinese Christian...

Urban educators struggle to support students post-pandemic

January 19, 2023

A teacher in the urban community of Lynn for more than 20 years, Nancy Mades-Byrd has seen dramatic changes...

Boston campus contraception vending machines promise contraceptive access but pose unexpected challenges, reproductive justice advocates say

October 24, 2022

Students at BU and elsewhere are optimistic about campus contraceptive machines' potential and are finding ways to solve logistical problems as they emerge.

Bad Blood and Big Banks: Climate Activists Protest Chase Bank’s Continued Funding of Fossil Fuel with an “Animal Die-In”

October 19, 2022

Climate activists protest Chase Bank’s continued funding of fossil fuel infrastructure warning about the Sixth Mass Extinction with an "animal die-in"

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Beautifying Boston: New mural art brings sense of community to Boston neighborhoods
Somerville officials are making plans to open the state’s first safe drug consumption site

January 25, 2023

When Kelli, 56, started volunteering at a needle exchange program operating out of a small church in...

How free meal programs in the Boston area are helping to ease food insecurity

January 23, 2023

When the clock strikes 4:45 p.m., children in the after-school program at the American Chinese Christian...

Blue Hill Avenue: a lesson for Boston activists 50 years later

December 12, 2022

Today, Blue Hill Avenue is a neighborhood in a city only superficially removed from a decades-old history of racial segregation that still shapes its rapidly gentrifying foundations.

Student D Alliance advocates for inclusive campus infrastructure

December 7, 2022

Enable Boston and the Student Disability Alliance (SDA) are two causes meant to raise awareness, de-stigmatize disabilities, and increase accessibility in the community.

“Movement Matters” and community does too

December 5, 2022

Not only is this class a fun way for the senior members of the Fenway community to get some exercise in, but it gives college students a chance to connect with the communities they live and learn in.

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“Even if you can’t hear the music, you can still dance to your heartbeat,” says Deaf hip-pop dancer John Ying
At Fenway Community Center, Laura Jean Miller and others help residents struggling with “hidden” food insecurity

December 8, 2022

At the height of the pandemic, it wasn’t uncommon to see community efforts to support residents grappling with food insecurity. Fenway Community Center was one of the many organizations that stepped up.

Hospitality Homes provides host homes and donated apartments to Boston patients

November 28, 2022

Hospitality Homes matches Boston patients with host homes and donated apartments to improve their access to medical needs. 

Only active Volt Hockey team in America inspires disabled community to try the sport

November 15, 2022

Volt Hockey, a form of the sport played indoors, is inclusive by design. A Boston non-profit brought it to the U.S.

For many people with psychosocial disabilities, music is a refuge, not a barrier

November 14, 2022

As psychosocial disabilities are starting to gain more recognition, some musicians find that their art can be a useful tool for healing. 

Welcome Home, a home goods pantry, is uplifting families and bolstering communities

November 11, 2022

Welcome Home, a Newton-based nonprofit founded by Julie Plaut Mahoney, each month provides about 75 struggling families with like-new donated household goods.

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