Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:26:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MAPS Seeks Award Nominations for 2018 Awards Gala in Cambridge Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:26:14 +0000 MAPS Gala_042917_DSC_1685_©2017 Derek KouyoumjianThe Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is seeking award nominations for its 2018 Awards Gala, which will take place for the third time at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, on April 28th 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.

The Gala also honors distinguished individuals and organizations who have made great contributions to the lives of Portuguese speakers and other community members. MAPS invites everyone interested to submit nominations in five different award categories. The nominations form can be found here, and entries must be submitted by Friday, September 15th, 2017 at 5 pm. The list of award recipients will be announced later this fall.

The organization hands out five awards at the yearly Gala: Outstanding Volunteer, Lifetime Community Service, Outstanding Business, Community Service, and the Person of the Year Award.

“Our Gala is a wonderful celebration of our vibrant and diverse cultures and a unique opportunity to promote union among the different Portuguese-speaking communities of Massachusetts,” said Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director. “From generous business leaders committed to doing their part in the empowerment of our communities, to tireless volunteers and community leaders working daily to improve the lives of Portuguese-speakers in the state, we are humbled by the opportunity to honor 5 extraordinary role models and share their stories with our guests.”

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Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Advocate/ Boston area /Full-Time (minimum 35 hours per week) Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:37:50 +0000 Under the direction of the Director of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services, the Advocate, will be responsible to providing assistance to victims /survivors of DV&SA through: intakes, assessments, support referrals, support groups, follow-ups, and other necessary services.

1. Conduct client intakes and assessment
2. Provide crisis intervention and support services
3. Advocate and accompany clients to courts or other important appointments
4. Manage caseload in a timely and effective way
5. Interpret and translate for clients as needed
6. Collect data and submit monthly data reports to the director of the program
7. Participate in outreach activities to educate and inform Brazilian, Cape Verdean and Portuguese immigrant communities, about domestic violence and sexual assault, and services available
8. Participate in the planning and implementation MAPS annual fundraising Gala

Preferred: Experience providing domestic violence & sexual assault services, and performing community outreach, desirable, but training will be provided. Bachelor’s degree with three to five years experience in social services. Counseling/ direct client services experience preferred, along with knowledge of the Brazilian, Cape Verdean and Portuguese communities. Required: Bilingual/Bicultural in Portuguese/ English, strong oral and written communications skills, and ability to work in stressful situations. Starting annual salary range commensurable with experience: $38.000-$42.000.

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MAPS is Looking for New Members for Fiscal Year 2018 Fri, 14 Jul 2017 20:47:29 +0000 Shoulder rubsThe Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is looking for new individual and organizational members for Fiscal Year 2018, in an effort to promote the involvement of community members, businesses and organizations in the agency’s mission of improving the lives of Portuguese-speaking individuals and families from Massachusetts and help them become contributing, active participants in American society.

Individual and organizational members are entitled to a series of benefits, including receiving all MAPS newsletters and being eligible to vote at the MAPS Annual Meeting. Organizational members will also receive promotional opportunities on the MAPS website and social media pages, and, most importantly, the opportunity to build a closer relationship with MAPS and show their commitment to the community.

“We feel that this is a great opportunity for potential members to show that they are determined to contributing to empowerment of the communities they serve and are a part of,” said Lois Josimovich, MAPS Director of Development. “We hope to significantly expand the number of individuals and organizations who are connected to MAPS.”

Individuals can become members for only $25 per fiscal year ($15 for seniors and students), and businesses and organizations can choose between two levels: Extraordinary Partner ($500/ year) or Community Partner ($100/ year).

“Although people do not have to be members to receive services from MAPS, membership is an important way of showing support for our work,” said Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director. “Our goal is to get community members and organizations directly involved in our mission to empower Portuguese speakers in Massachusetts.”

MAPS currently has close to 140 individual members and 4 Community Partners: East Cambridge Savings Bank, Lowell General Hospital – Circle Health, Cambridge Community Television and Community Teamwork Inc..

Click here to read a full list of benefits for individuals and organizations, and to become a member.

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2017 Cape Verdean Independence Celebration Mon, 03 Jul 2017 14:54:49 +0000 Credits: FORCV.COM

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Join MAPS and other community organizations and members for the 2017 edition of the Cape Verdean Independence Celebration, on July 4, from 2 to 7 PM at the City Hall Plaza, in Boston. The day will be filled with performances by local and international artists, cultural cuisine, children’s activities, art displays, vendors and public recognition of community leaders.

On July 5th, guests are invited to pay tribute to the Cape Verdean flag at 12pm!

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Director of Finances & Operations (Full-Time) Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:46:22 +0000 The Director of Finances and Operations is a hands-on, active member of the organization’s management team who provides leadership and support in the following areas: finance, budgeting, contracting, business planning, administration and IT. The Director of Finances and Operations plays a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operations as MAPS continues to enhance its quality programming and build organizational capacity.

Reports To:  Executive Director


Education:  BS in Accounting/Finance required; MBA/CPA preferred

Experience:  Three to five years of experience working with Financial / Accounting systems and operations management in non-profits.

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications and experience:                 

  • Final responsibility for quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination
  • Ability to translate financial concepts and effectively collaborate with  programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds
  • A track record in federal and state contracts management
  • Staff supervision and evaluation.
  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of MAPS


  • Analyze, prepare and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; gather financial reporting materials for all funders and donors, and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process with independent CPA auditor
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the ED; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting
  • Implement a robust contracts management and financial management/ reporting system; ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements;
  1. Accounts Receivable – Prepares monthly invoices for funders, tracks all revenues,    conducts regular follow-up on non-payments of invoices, and interacts with funders to oversee contracts
  2. Accounts Payable – Enters vendor invoices, tracks all expenses and processes checks for payment
  3. Bank Reconciliation on a Monthly basis
  • Manage Payroll – Process employee payroll on bi-weekly basis
  • Supervise part-time Financial Assistant and other clerical support as necessary.
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual.
  • Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the Executive Director and Board of Directors, including attending monthly Board meetings
  • Work closely and transparently with all external partners including third-party vendors and consultants
  • Create grant and contract proposal budgets and provide other finance-related documentation for funding applications, working closely with Program Directors, Executive Director and Development staff
  • Oversee operational functions to ensure efficient and consistent operations including facilities maintenance, computer and other technology maintenance, supply requisition system, property and equipment leasing, and interoffice communications.
  • Participate in organizational fundraisers and at least one fundraising committee
  • Performs other duties that may be required

 Salary Range: This professional full-time position has a starting annualized salary range, commensurable with experience and qualifications, of $55,000-$70,000 (plus Fringe Benefits).

To apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter to:

MAPS Personnel Office 1046 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA 02139 or via fax to 617.864.7621 No phone calls please

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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Free Workshop: Technology Tips for Domestic Violence Victims/ Survivors Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:37:11 +0000 Flyer_Framignham-Tech-Workshop-June-2017 If you are in a Domestic Violence situation, it is important that you keep your online browsing and use of technology private. 

That’s why we’re offering this free workshop on June 29th, at 5:30pm, in our Framingham office.

Click the image for more information, or contact our Framingham office by calling 508-872-2652.

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Join us on June 17 for the Day of Portugal Parade Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:52:20 +0000 adsasdasdadThe 2017 Day of Portugal Parade is coming up on June 17, at 4:30pm, starting at the Portuguese Square in Somerville and ending in front of St. Anthony’s Church at the corner of Cambridge Street and Cardinal Medeiros Avenue.

As in past years, MAPS is taking part in the yearly display of Portuguese pride, and invites the entire community to join us as we we celebrate Portuguese culture.

To learn more about the Parade and the other activities of the Boston Portuguese Festival, please visit

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MAPS offering free HIV/STI tests in Cambridge Tue, 30 May 2017 14:05:49 +0000 Wicked Local – Cambridge

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Cruz Companies CEO receives award from Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers Tue, 30 May 2017 14:05:08 +0000 Wicked Local – Cambridge

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MAPS Offers Free HIV/STI Tests out of Cambridge Office Mon, 22 May 2017 13:43:57 +0000 T7T_1968The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is now offering free, quick and confidential HIV and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) tests out of its Cambridge office, located on 1046 Cambridge Street, every Wednesday, from 3 to 5 pm.

Cambridge clients looking to find out their HIV/ STI status can now visit the organization’s Cambridge office, with no need for a scheduled appointment, and meet with a Community Health Worker who has been trained and certified to provide the service in a safe and confidential setting. Accommodations can also be arranged for group testing and on-site testing by contacting the organization.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this important community service to the population in Cambridge and surrounding areas,” said Milena Mello, MAPS Director of HIV/ STI Services. “It’s crucial that people know that a positive diagnosis is no longer a death sentence, and that by finding out their status and taking steps to prevent infection will keep their families and loved ones safe, as well as the community in general.”

With the expansion of this crucial service to the Cambridge office, the health and social services organization now offers free HIV/ STI tests out of all its six offices.

huivclinicsThe tests are now available in Lowell (11 Mill Street) every Monday, from 4 to 6 PM; in Dorchester (1 Stoughton Street) every Monday, from 4 to 6 PM; in Somerville (92 Union Square) every Tuesday, from 4 to 6 PM; in Cambridge (1046 Cambridge Street) every Wednesday, from 3 to 5 PM; in Framingham (24 Union Avenue) every Thursday, from 4 to 6 PM; and in Brighton (697 Cambridge Street, Suite 203) every Friday, from 4 to 6 PM.

Besides the tests, clients will also be offered a personalized risk reduction plan, access and linkage for their health care needs, case management and referrals, and assistance if living with HIV/AIDS/STI or Hepatitis.

The MAPS HIV/ STI Program is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), MA Dept. of Public Health, and the Boston Public Health Commission.

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