#GivingTuesday Event NEXT TUESDAY, December 1st

Would you like to help shelter mothers and children escaping violence, prevent families from becoming homeless, grow healthy food on urban farms, create jobs for youth, meet the needs of newcomers, aid the elderly, support local business, all with one gift? Participate in GivingTuesday Somerville: GiveLocal! This collaborative fundraising effort has brought together 14 organizations to promote the diversity of Somerville and honor our community. Donate today.

Your donation also serves as your ticket into THE event of the year on December 1 – it gets you food, fun, dancing, games, and a warm, fuzzy feeling at having helped out 14 organizations. Join DJ Hank Davidson, the Somerville Ukulele Club, celebrity emcees, human-sized games, and your friends and family for an epic evening.

The deets:

When: Tuesday, December 1, 6:30-9pm

Where: Arts at the Armory (that’s here!)

Admission: FREE with your sponsorship

Come join this celebration of giving and help us reach our $50,000 goal!

Thank you for your support of Somerville and helping our community continue to thrive and offer the best for all who live, work and play here.

GivingTuesday Somerville is a collaboration of: Arts at the Armory, Boys and Girls Club, Community Action Agency of Somerville; Groundwork Somerville; Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers; Mystic Learning Center; Respond, Inc; Second Chances; ; SCM; Somerville Community Access Television; Somerville Community Corporation; Somerville Homeless Coalition; Somerville Local First; The Welcome Project.


Save the Date for the #GivingTuesday Event at The Armory

How do YOU get into the party of the year? Just donate to #GivingTuesdaySomerville – help us reach our $50,000 goal!  

On Tuesday, December 1, fourteen non-profit organizations in Somerville invite you to Arts at the Armory to DANCE, EAT, DRINK, and PLAY GAMES! 

We’ll have lots of fun games, delicious food, a cash bar, an amazing band and DJ, lots of dancing, and of course information about the fourteen organizations participating in #GivingTuesdaySomerville.

When you give to GivingTuesday, you’ll be supporting these 14 amazing local organizations:

CAAS Community Action Agency of Somerville
Groundwork Somerville
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers
Mystic LearningCenter
RESPOND Inc.- Working to End Domestic Violence
Second Chances, Inc.
Door2Door Transportation
Arts at the Armory
Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County
Somerville Community Access Television
Somerville Community Corporation (SCC)
Somerville Homeless Coalition
Somerville Local First
The Welcome Project

Suggested donation is $50 — make yours online here.  Alternatively, checks can be made out to Groundwork Somerville at 24 Park Street # 7, Somerville, MA 02143. Please put GivingTuesday Somerville in the memo line. 

What is GivingTuesdaySomerville?

GivingTuesday is the first Tuesday in December (this year that’s December 1!), and it is an annual global day of giving that helps to raise funds and awareness for important causes everywhere. In Somerville, 14 nonprofit organizations are joining forces to collaborate on a second-annual joint fundraising effort as part of the international GivingTuesday program.

GivingTuesday is more than just a single-day event. Leading up to December 1, each partner organization will be featured for a week by all partners. The goal is to raise both awareness and funds in a truly collaborative effort.

We want to raise $50,000 for the participating nonprofit community of Somerville. Funds are shared equally among participants. Help us get there! #giveLocal

The effort culminates in a big fabulous celebration on GivingTuesday, and anyone who contributes to the fundraising effort is invited! This year’s event will take place at Arts at the Armory on December 1st. 

Learn more here.


Mystic Learning Center

Meet this week’s featured organization, the Mystic Learning Center (MLC). The mission of MLC is to improve the lives of low-income children and families who live at the Mystic Public Housing Development and surrounding communities.  MLC offers year round educational and recreational activities for youth ages 5 to 19 during after-school, evenings, school-year and summer vacations.

Every dollar donated to MLC through the GivingTuesday program will be used for after-school, school vacation and summer vacation slots for children between the ages of 5 and 12. The cost for one child after-school slot is $18.22 a day, and the cost for one child for a full day of vacation/summer camp is $34.00. In other words, your donation goes a long way! Give today.

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Meet the fabulous Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS)

For 34 years CAAS has helped reduce poverty among local families and individuals while also working to change the societal conditions that cause and perpetuate poverty. They assist families and individuals in escaping poverty and becoming economically self-sufficient. They also serve as an an “emergency room” for every non-medical need an individual or family may have: housing, food, heat, education. CAAS is also a switchboard for referrals to other agencies that can help people and the center of coalitions that make a stronger Somerville.

In addition to serving individuals and families, CAAS runs the Head Start program in Somerville and Cambridge. Your GivingTuesday gift supports CAAS.
GivingTuesday Somerville: GiveLocal 2015

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This week’s sponsor is Rona Fischman + 4 Buyers Real Estate! Thank you! #GivingTuesdaySomerville #GiveLocalHero  


For 45 years, MAPS has provided a wide range of culturally and linguistically competent health and social services for Portuguese speakers and other community members.

Somerville residents receive assistance in the areas of HIV/AIDS/STI prevention and management; domestic violence and sexual assault services, including batterer intervention; immigrant integration services, including citizenship assistance and much more; family support, including family stabilization and in-home therapy; elder services; language classes…the list goes on!

A $50 to $100 donation goes far: it could cover the cost of a month of lunches for an isolated, low-income senior citizen, or help protect a woman and her children from domestic abuse, or help an immigrant attain citizenship. Please support this week’s #GivingTuesdaySomerville feature organization MAPS today.

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The Welcome Project builds the collective power of Somerville immigrants to participate in and shape community decisions. They provide programs for immigrant youth, adults and families that hone leadership and personal development, provide access to employment and education, help residents to learn English and the nuances of a new culture and engage more fully in the civic life of the city.

How can a donation to #GivingTuesdaySomerville help? $50 will cover a scholarship for an adult student to study ESOL for 1 14-week  semester. $100 will cover a scholarship for an adult student to study ESOL for a full academic year (28 weeks), and $250 would provide 40 hours of professional medical interpreter training for 1 bilingual high school student.

Please support The Welcome Project today with a Giving Tuesday donation!
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~*~  This week’s highlighted sponsor is Eastern Bank! Thank you for sponsoring #GivingTuesdaySomerville at the #GiveLocalHero level! ~*~

This Lovely November

November is shaping up to be quite a lovely month — so far, so good, at the very least!  We’ve got a similar scenario here at The Armory.  See our events for the full list, but here’s a few highlights comin’ up:

* Tiny House Presentation — Wednesday, November 11, 7pm-9pm

* Marian Call — Wednesday, November 18, 7:30pm-9:30pm

* Mass Appeal — Sunday, November 22, 12pm-1pm

* Holiday Markets — every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas

And coming up in December…

* Local #GivingTuesday event on December 1

* Soundproofing Benefit Concert on December 11

* Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Concert on December 12


‘Til then….enjoy these dog days of summer, friends!



The Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) has been serving residents in our community for 46 years!  SCC is a membership organization, serving over 1,500 people each year. SCC provides leadership in sustaining Somerville as a vibrant, diverse, and tolerant community. They offer services and lead community organizing the supports low- and moderate-income Somerville residents in their efforts to achieve economic sustainability and increase civic engagement.


SCC is a GivingTuesday Somerville: GiveLocal 2015 partner organization! $500 supports a low-income individual in a 6-week intensive financial education class, including individual counseling.  

#GivingTuesdaySomerville #GiveLocal

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Arts at the Armory is a community arts and cultural center, right in the middle of Highland Ave’s ‘Hot Block’! We host a broad range of arts and cultural programming, such as art, theatre, music, poetry, community events, non profit galas, visual arts exhibits, children’s programming, and much more. We also offer arts educational arts programs for all ages, with a particular focus on programs for local Somerville youth.

Support this week’s #GivingTuesdaySomerville feature organization Arts at The Armory today! Just $100 covers the cost of a free public art event in the Cafe!

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Boys&GirlsClub Poster

How can we help our kids become healthy, productive, and responsible people?
The Somerville Boys & Girls Club at the Arthur D. Healey School provides education, prevention and recreation programs after-school for more than 100 Somerville youth ages 6 to 14 Monday through Friday. Membership dues for any child are no more than $30 per year in order to be accessible to our community’s most vulnerable children and families.
GivingTuesday Somerville: GiveLocal 2015

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SCATV: Another reason why Somerville is awesome!

#GivingTuesday partner SCATV operates Channel 3 in Somerville. It is the oldest access center in Massachusetts (since 1983) and boasts the longest running access program in the world (since 1972), “Dead Air Live.” SCATV also operates an Internet radio station called Boston Free Radio, and serves the community through production of PSA’s, news programming, and coverage of community events, meetings, and political forums.

In addition to its programming, SCATV provides multiple platforms for other community-oriented groups! They offer free meeting space for community groups, post messages on their bulletin board, provide video training and mentoring, offer access to high quality digital equipment and facilities, and operate an art gallery for local artists.

GivingTuesday Somerville: GiveLocal 2015 

#GIVINGTUESDAY: Respond, Inc. & Groundwork Somerville

RESPOND PosterRESPOND, Inc.: Support a pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence.

RESPOND, Inc. is New England’s first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation. For over 40 years RESPOND has provided life-saving shelter, support services, training and education to more than 100,000 members of the community. Services are free and confidential, and available to all survivors of domestic abuse.

Join RESPOND, Inc. at the RESPONDing to Domestic Violence Gala on October 23! A fun evening to support a serious cause. The event raises funds to allow RESPOND to help survivors of domestic violence and their children to achieve safe, dignified, independent lives free from emotional abuse and violence. Details here.

Groundwork Somerville

Join Groundwork Somerville on on October 27th at Flatbread Company, to celebrate 15 years of serving Somerville!

Groundwork Somerville creates jobs, food, green space, and leadership opportunities for environmental justice communities and individuals, through programs that address healthy education, green jobs and sustainable communities. They manage school garden classrooms, provide jobs and leadership training to low-income and underserved youth in our community; and steward 31 farm and garden sites throughout the region.

GivingTuesday Somerville: GiveLocal 2015