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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

波市府發10萬元給20個服務移民組織 亞裔青年服務會(YES)、Viet-Aid忝列其中

 MAYOR WALSH AND IMMIGRANT ADVANCEMENT

AWARD 20 IMMIGRANT-SERVING ORGANIZATIONS

MINI-GRANTS FOR WE ARE BOSTON 2020

$100,000 to go to nonprofits that support immigrant communities

BOSTON - On this year’s National Immigrants Day, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh

and the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA) are celebrating Boston’s

rich cultural diversity by awarding $100,000 in mini-grants to 20

immigrant-serving organizations. The mini-grants are funded through corporate

sponsorships for We Are Boston , an annual end-of-the year reception that honors

the contributions immigrants have made to our City. This year’s We Are Boston

2020: From Resilience to Equity is on November 19 from 5-6 pm.

“The coronavirus pandemic shined a bright light on the disparities in our

community,” said Mayor Walsh. “Immigrants have been on the frontlines from the

beginning and they have also been the most impacted. This year especially, we need

to celebrate immigrant contributions to our community and recover from this

pandemic in a more equitable state than we entered it.”

“We picked this year’s theme because ‘resilience’ means the ability to recover

quickly from difficulties, and that is exactly what our immigrant communities are

doing during this pandemic. And this resiliency, this strength, is what gets us to

equity,” said Yusufi Vali, Director of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement.

The 20 diverse nonprofits will each receive mini-grants for $5,000 for services

including COVID-19 relief, mental health support, legal services, youth development

and career services.

The following organizations are selected for this year’s mini-grants:

Agencia ALPHA : The mini-grant will prepare 110 permanent residents to pass their

citizenship exam and foster civic engagement on campaigns that impact the

immigrant community.

African Bridge Network (ABN) : ABN will host workshops for 100+ skilled

immigrants and provide individual career advising services to assist with career

development and job search.

Boston Asian Youth Essential Service : Funding will support creative and artistic

development activities for Chinese and Vietnamese youth from low-income families

in Boston.

Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights at Boston Medical Center :

The Center will provide a winter-preparedness packet and face masks for asylum

seekers, refugees, survivors of torture and their families.

Brazilian Women’s Group (BWG) : BWG will support Brazilian immigrant women by

offering stipends for classes for professional development and by offering mental

health support.

Cape Verdean Association of Boston : The mini-grant will support the Cabo

Verdean Immigrant Resource Center that connects recent immigrants with

resources such as ESOL classes, citizenship classes and application assistance and

BPS Parent Engagement.

Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD) : Funding supports CICD’s

work of helping Caribbean residents in Boston process Metro Housing’s Residential

Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) applications to make mortgage and rent

payments.

Center to Support Immigrant Organizing (CSIO): CSIO’s program will engage more

than 500 immigrant youth suffering from social isolation and other challenges

during COVID-19 and build their capacity to be leaders in social change.

Chica Project : The grant will support young women of color during COVID-19 by

empowering them with the skills, confidence and networks to thrive and close the

opportunity divide.

Dominican Development Center (DDC) : Funding will support the Latino Workers

Leadership Empowerment Program to develop leadership skills among Latina

immigrant workers confronting worker rights violations during and after the

pandemic.

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) : DSNI will provide food and financial

support to residents.

East Boston Social Centers, Inc. : The mini-grant will be used to purchase and

deliver groceries, formula, diapers, cleaning supplies, masks, gloves and any other

basic needs that East Boston families cannot afford at this time.

Found in Translation : Funding will support the Language Access Fellowship

Medical Interpreter Training and Job Placement Program that provides a pathway

out of poverty for bilingual, low-income and homeless women by training them as

medical interpreters and connecting them to jobs.

ICNA Relief - New England : The organization will implement a voucher project to

increase food access to specific halal markets for marginalized communities.

Massachusetts Immigrants Support Group (MISG) : The mini-grant will support

immigrants in need of legal assistance, including victims seeking a divorce from

abusive partners.

Project Hope : Funding supports classes for women and families in Dorchester and

Roxbury to move up and out of poverty and closes the digital divide that hinders

low-income communities of color from keeping up with employment trends.

Somali Parents Advocacy Center for Education (SPACE) : SPACE will expand the

Healthy Lives project that provides services to Somali families who have children

with disabilities and have also been exposed to or infected with a virus.

True Alliance Center (TAC) : The mini-grant will be used to translate COVID-19

prevention materials and resources into Haitian Creole, create PSAs to educate the

Haitian community about key issues and to conduct webinars targeting those at

higher risk of COVID-19.

VietAID : VietAID will provide mental health support during COVID-19 for

immigrant youth in Dorchester through weekly workshops and culturally-specific

individual support plans.

Vietnamese American Thang Long Limited : Funding will help launch a business

support initiative for small business owners in Fields Corner and provide classes for

employees.

These mini-grants are made possible through the generous contributions from We

Are Boston 2019 sponsors including State Street Corporation, Arbella Insurance

Foundation, Eastern Bank and Verizon; and this year’s corporate sponsors include

Arbella Insurance Foundation, Eastern Bank and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

For this year’s We Are Boston 2020: From Resilience to Equity on November 19,

Mayor Walsh will recognize the successes of the past year and name this year’s

honorees. The evening will culminate with the City’s new Cabinet Chief of Equity,

Dr. Karilyn Crockett, speaking on the convergence and divergence of African

American and immigrant struggles and how the corporate and philanthropic

sectors can support the fight for equity for all. Any media who wish to attend can

email paien.yu@boston.gov .

About the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement

The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA) strives to strengthen the

ability of immigrants to fully and equitably participate in economic, civic, social, and

cultural life in Boston. MOIA also promotes the recognition and public

understanding of the contributions of immigrants to the City. To learn more, visit

boston.gov/immigrants.

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