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MAPS Launches FY 2017 Membership Campaign

July 15, 2016

With the new fiscal year that started on July 1st, the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) invites community residents, organizations and businesses to become members or renew their annual memberships.

The nonprofit health and social service organization offers individuals the opportunity to show their support by becoming Individual Members, for the annual fee of $25, or $15 in the case of seniors or full-time students. MAPS also has adjusted its Organizational/Business Membership guidelines with streamlined levels, new annual fees and expanded benefits. To become a member, or to learn more about MAPS memberships including eligibility requirements, call 617-864-7600 or visit www.maps-inc.org/participate/. [→]

MAPS Seeks Award Nominations for 2017 Awards Gala in Cambridge

July 8, 2016

0389_SKY_2290The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is seeking award nominations for its 2017 Awards Gala, which will take place for the second time at the Royal Sonesta Boston in Cambridge, on April 29th of next year.

The private, nonprofit organization depends on its annual Gala fundraiser, as well as government contracts, private grants, individual donations and other resources, to keep offering much-needed culturally and linguistically competent health and social services for Brazilians, Cabo Verdeans, Portuguese and others. The Gala raises crucial funds to support these services, while also celebrating the many successes of the Portuguese-speaking communities in Massachusetts. [→]

MAPS Launches Framingham Community Needs Survey

July 7, 2016

Claudinei Desouza, MAPS Framingham Office Manager

Claudinei Desouza, MAPS Framingham Office Manager

MAPS has launched a survey to find and address important service gaps/needs for the Portuguese-speaking communities of Framingham and surrounding areas. The survey, according to MAPS, will help the nonprofit health and social services organization evaluate existing programs at its Framingham office, located at 24 Union Avenue.

“This survey will give us a clearer picture of what programs need to be added or improved,” said Dulce Ferreira, MA, Director of the MAPS Immigrant Integration Services Program. “Portuguese speakers in the MetroWest area can take the survey online, or contact our Framingham office for assistance.”

The brief survey – which should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete – was put together by Nonprofit Solutions Associates in collaboration with MAPS, and is available in English and Portuguese at the organization’s Framingham office, or online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MAPSCommunitySurvey . MAPS’ Framingham staff members will also be reaching out to local community businesses and organizations to gather as much information as possible. [→]

Attorney Jennifer K. Santos of West Roxbury Joins MAPS Board

June 28, 2016


Jennifer K. Santos, the newest MAPS Board member

Jennifer Kate Santos, of West Roxbury, an attorney of Portuguese descent, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS). Jennifer joins 12 other current board members of Brazilian, Portuguese and Cabo-Verdean ethnic backgrounds.

Ms. Santos graduated magna cum laude in Biology from the College of the Holy Cross in 2001, earned her Master’s in Public Health in 2006 from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and her doctorate in Law from the George Washington University Law School, in the same year. [→]

Joy and Sorrow on Pride Weekend

June 14, 2016


Part of the MAPS Boston Pride float

On Saturday, the MAPS team joined another beautiful and joyful Boston Pride with thousands of GLBTQ friends and allies. On Sunday, we heard the shocking and terrible news that dozens of nightclub patrons celebrating Pride had been murdered in Orlando, Florida. It was the latest and most deadly of the public shooting sprees that have relentlessly terrorized this country in recent years. Fifty people died, including 49 victims and the attacker, who was killed by police.

The shooter, according to published reports, was not only anti-gay. He also allegedly claimed ties to Islamic extremist terror groups and had been known to spew hatred against several minority groups, as well as committing domestic violence against his wife.

We offer our deepest condolences, prayers, and support for the families and communities of those who died, those who were injured, and those who witnessed or were traumatized by this despicable act of homophobic terrorism. But we are also angry, and we demand action. We call on all Americans to muster the courage, strength and humanity to guide our lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and community leaders to unite now and stop this pervasive and senseless violence.

#WeAreOrlando [→]

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