Joanna Slater, an award-winning journalist with Canada’s national newspaper, will deliver a firsthand account of Europe’s refugee crisis. Slater will discuss her travels through Hungary, Austria and Germany documenting the journeys of refugees, as well as the ongoing challenge that displaced people represent for Europe and the world.
Our aim is to build a supportive community of people who share a vision of society based on our core values: honesty, justice, compassion, responsibility, and courage. This community promotes these values by engaging in important social issues, seeking to both understand them and take action on them. We are committed to working toward a more ethical society and a world that lives by humanist values.
The Grant Committee’s months-long process of soliciting and evaluating grant proposals drew to a climax in late September with the final allocation of the grant budget. The Committee selected five applicants to receive grants in areas ranging from police-community relations to aiding homeless youth.
The five grantees for 2016 are:
Community Legal Services and Counseling Center of Cambridge ($1979). CLSACC requested funds for its training classes for people applying to Section 8 (low-income) rental housing.
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Lowell ($3000). CMAA requested funds for voter engagement efforts and for citizenship training classes.
Essex County Community Organization of Lynn ($10,000). ECCO’s grant supports its innovative program to advance police-community relations in a racially-mixed community.
Youth Harbors (Justice Resource Institute, $7500). The Youth Harbors project of JRI serves a growing population of homeless high school students in the Boston area.
MassVOTE of Boston ($2500). MassVOTE is a nonpartisan voter engagement organization that does both grassroots activism as well as legislative lobbying work. They are sharing the grant with Nonprofit VOTE of Cambridge, which does data analysis and training for nonprofits around the country.
The Grant Committee members visited each of the grantees at their respective locations as part of the selection process. Without exception, the selected applicants were impressive for their operation, their vitality, and their dedication to their work.