Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers http://www.maps-inc.org Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:15:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.22 Case Worker/ Dorchester/ Part-Time (21 hours/ week) http://www.maps-inc.org/uncategorized/case-worker-dorchester-part-time-21-hours-week/ http://www.maps-inc.org/uncategorized/case-worker-dorchester-part-time-21-hours-week/#comments Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:14:44 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=19008 Case Worker Part-Time (21 hours per week)

Qualifications:

Education:                  Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field preferred

Experience:                 Some experience in case management and crisis intervention

Special Skills:              Bilingual/Bicultural in Cape Verdean Creole/English

 Typical Responsibilities:

  1. Advocates and makes referrals for clients in areas of immigration (including assisting with preparing and filing N-400s and other citizenship-related forms), Social Security and other government entitlement programs to enhance economic security; utilities; housing; professional training and job placement; medical care; legal services; ESOL and other educational programs; tenant and consumer rights, and other human service needs
  2. Provides translation/interpreting for services and necessary documents
  3. Prepares and submits monthly and quarterly reports for funding agencies in consultation with Program Supervisor and with approval from Program Director
  4. Participates in in-service training programs
  5. Assesses client needs, develops and implements service plans and makes appropriate referrals to legal, medical, social and other services
  6. Required to participate in organizational fundraisers
  7. Any other duties that may, from time to time, be required

Salary Range:  $19.00 to $21.00 per hour based upon experience.

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Free DACA Renewal Clinics http://www.maps-inc.org/press-releases/free-daca-renewal-clinics/ http://www.maps-inc.org/press-releases/free-daca-renewal-clinics/#comments Fri, 08 Sep 2017 21:06:11 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=18997 DACA-Clinics_Sept-2017_EN

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MAPS Statement regarding the termination of DACA: http://www.maps-inc.org/press-releases/maps-statement-regarding-the-termination-of-daca/ http://www.maps-inc.org/press-releases/maps-statement-regarding-the-termination-of-daca/#comments Wed, 06 Sep 2017 22:00:34 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=18989 The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is extremely disappointed and saddened by President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

This is highly successful program, which gave almost a million young people brought to this country as children peace of mind, and the opportunity to attend college and work legally, and thus to fully become active participants in American society and economy.

DACA recipients are, in fact, Americans, regardless of documentation. They grew up here, went to school here, made friends and started families and careers here. In most cases, they have little or no connection to the country their parents came from, and English is their main language. They pay more than $2 billion in taxes every year. They are highly skilled and highly educated workers. They are what make America great, and represent the best this country has to offer.

Fighting for the dignity of immigrants is an ongoing battle, with many difficulties, and requires a commitment from all of us. We are grateful for the leadership Massachusetts has provided over the years, and are inspired by the strong words of support we hear today from our leaders – from Attorney General Maura Healey’s commitment to join other states in challenging this decision in the courts, to our lawmakers pushing for the approval of the Safe Communities Act and the Higher Education Equity Bill in Massachusetts.

We can only hope that Congress will display the same courage and commitment to our immigrant population, and pass the DREAM Act, which would, once and for all, give Dreamers a permanent solution to their current immigration status. Standing-up for Dreamers and all immigrants should never be a partisan issue. We urge congress to stand-up for human rights and do the right thing for the future of this country.

In Massachusetts, MAPS will try its best to keep providing information and connecting our communities with the resources they need to live healthy, successful lives and to become active participants in American society.

We urge our community members to stay hopeful, to seek as much information as possible and keep a close eye on our website and social media pages, where we will be providing information regarding DACA and what the next steps are.

Below is a video from Antonio Massa Viana, Immigration Attorney and MAPS Board Member, with some advice for DACA applicants and recipients:

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Do you know someone who deserves a MAPS 2018 Award? http://www.maps-inc.org/press-releases/do-you-know-someone-who-deserves-a-maps-2018-award/ http://www.maps-inc.org/press-releases/do-you-know-someone-who-deserves-a-maps-2018-award/#comments Fri, 01 Sep 2017 14:39:51 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=18983 290_MAPS Gala_042917_DSD_6264_©2017 Derek Kouyoumjian

The MAPS Annual Awards Gala is an opportunity for our communities to come together in a glamorous celebration of our many successes. It is also an evening where we honor five individuals/ organizations who’ve made outstanding contributions to the betterment of the lives of the Portuguese-speaking communities of Massachusetts.

We’ve recognized heads of businesses and organizations who value social responsibility, restless volunteers who choose to spend their free time helping others, community members dedicated to serving our communities, and many others. Now, we’re asking for your help in choosing the MAPS 2018 Award Recipients.

If you know someone who deserves to be recognized on April 28, 2018, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, please fill out the form below with as much information as possible – especially the contact information for your nomination and the reasons why this person should be recognized – and submit your nomination until September 15. Thank you!

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Portugal’s Secretary of State for the Communities Visits MAPS http://www.maps-inc.org/press-releases/portugals-secretary-of-state-for-the-communities-visits-maps/ http://www.maps-inc.org/press-releases/portugals-secretary-of-state-for-the-communities-visits-maps/#comments Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:10:45 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=18978 2On Wednesday, September 30th we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. José Luis Carneiro, Portugal’s Secretary of State for the Communities, to our Cambridge Office. After meeting some of the seniors attending the MAPS Senior Center, the Portuguese official met with members of the MAPS Administration and congratulated the organization for the “quality and broad range of services MAPS provides”.

3The meeting was an opportunity to discuss some of the challenges that the Portuguese community faces, and to plan possible solutions and future collaborations.

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2017 Brazilian Festival in Boston Celebrates Brazil’s Culture and Diversity http://www.maps-inc.org/press-releases/2017-brazilian-festival-in-boston-celebrates-brazils-culture-and-diversity/ http://www.maps-inc.org/press-releases/2017-brazilian-festival-in-boston-celebrates-brazils-culture-and-diversity/#comments Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:00:55 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=18972 21200472_1718590408232776_5479144974044942519_oOnce again this year, hundreds of community members, businesses and organizations are expected to take part in the Brazilian Independence Festival, a multi-day event celebrating Brazil’s culture, history and diversity. The Festival takes place from September 5-10, the main attraction being the outdoors festival on Sunday, September 10, from 12 to 6pm at the DCR Herter Park: 1175 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, Massachusetts, MA 02135

MAPS is going to be there, raising awareness about the many free services we provide to the community, and offering free, quick and confidential HIV/ STI tests.

Click here to learn more about the festival.

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MAPS to Take Part in 6th Annual Joe Chaves Memorial 5K Walk-a-thon http://www.maps-inc.org/press-releases/maps-to-take-part-in-6th-annual-joe-chaves-memorial-5k-walk-a-thon/ http://www.maps-inc.org/press-releases/maps-to-take-part-in-6th-annual-joe-chaves-memorial-5k-walk-a-thon/#comments Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:45:02 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=18967 downloadMAPS is once again taking part in the Annual Joe Chaves Memorial 5K Walk-a-thon, a fundraising event to remember José Chaves and to support scholarships and community programs for the Portuguese-American community of Greater Boston.

This year, the event will take place on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 12pm:

  •  DATE: Sunday, September 24, 2017
  •  TIME: 12pm registration opens|  1pm start-time
  •  START LINE Location: Naveo Credit Union in Cambridge (DIRECTIONS)
  •  FINISH LINE Location: Saint Anthony’s Church in Cambridge (DIRECTIONS)
  •  Suggested Donation: $20/participant (online registration) or $25/participant (“day of” registration)
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Citizenship & Employment Assistance Case Worker/ AMERICORPS NEW AMERICAN INTEGRATION PROGRAM http://www.maps-inc.org/uncategorized/citizenship-employment-assistance-case-worker-americorps-new-american-integration-program/ http://www.maps-inc.org/uncategorized/citizenship-employment-assistance-case-worker-americorps-new-american-integration-program/#comments Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:32:18 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=18960 The NEW AMERICAN INTEGRATION PROGRAM (NAIP) is an AmeriCorps program administered by the MIRA Coalition, in partnership with English for New Bostonians. Up to 30 NAIP members will be placed at various community-based organizations across Massachusetts to address barriers to economic empowerment among immigrants and refugees by focusing their service on job readiness training (including ESOL instruction) and/or citizenship services (including application assistance and civics instruction).

ABOUT Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS): MAPS’ mission is to improve the lives of Portuguese-speaking individuals and families from Massachusetts and help them become contributing, active participants in American society while maintaining strong ethnic identity and a sense of community. MAPS works with and for the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, and Portuguese communities to increase access and remove barriers to health, education, and social services through direct services, advocacy, leadership, and community development.

SERVICE POSITION TITLE: Citizenship & Employment Assistance Case Worker

SERVICE DESCRIPTION: The MAPS AmeriCorps NAIP will serve mainly Brazilian and Cape Verdean and other Portuguese speakers in Greater Boston, including Boston (especially Dorchester, Roxbury, Allston and Brighton), Cambridge, and Somerville and surrounding areas such as Everett and Chelsea. This project will primarily serve adults age 18 and over of both genders. The program will be open to anyone who needs the services, so individuals from non-Portuguese-speaking backgrounds can also receive assistance. The Citizenship & employment Assistance Case Worker will work closely with MAPS staff to conduct outreach, and to assist clients with job readiness, including pre-employment services such as job search, resume preparation and job counseling, as well as job skills assessment and placement, including referrals to job training programs and ESOL services to Portuguese-speaking individuals in the greater Boston area. He/she will also provide assistance to eligible LPRs interested in applying for US citizenship.

SERVICE LOCATION: Greater Boston

SERVICE SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Community outreach takes place during alternative evening and weekend hours. Members commit to full-time service from September 5, 2017 through August 2018.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct outreach to 100 business and churches in Cambridge, Somerville, Brighton, Allston, Dorchester, Roxbury, Chelsea, East Boston, and Everett.
  • Job readiness, including pre-employment services such as job search, resume preparation and job counseling, as well as job skills assessment and placement, including referrals to job training programs and ESOL services to 70 Portuguese-speaking individuals in the greater Boston area.
  • Citizenship Application Assistance to 80 individuals seeking to naturalize as US Citizens.
  • Work closely with MAPS staff to create and share materials to increase access to citizenship services and improve quality of services offered.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Interest in and commitment to national and community service
  • Experience working with diverse populations;
  • Bilingual/Bicultural in Portuguese/English and/or Cabo Verdean Creole preferred
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • 17 years of age or older
  • Must be a US Citizen, US National or Legal Permanent Resident
  • Must be willing to undergo a National Service Criminal History Check, including screenings through the National Sex Offender Public Website, a name-based search of the statewide criminal history registry both in Massachusetts and your state of residence upon application to our program, and a fingerprint-based FBI check

BENEFITS

  • Expert training in Citizenship and Employment Assistance and case management A Living Allowance up to $13,100.00
  • Loan forbearance and a Segal Education Award of $5,815.00 upon completion of service
  • Health Coverage
  • Child Care Assistance

To apply, download the NAIP application from the MIRA website at www.miracoalition.org/americorps-programs. Please submit the completed application and your resume to NAIP@miracoalition.org with the subject line “MAPS AmeriCorps member.”

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, however priority will be given to applicants who apply on or before April 26, 2017. Please note that if not selected for this position, you may still be considered for placements at other host sites.

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Office Manager/ Cambridge/ Full-Time (Min. 35h/ week) http://www.maps-inc.org/uncategorized/office-manager-cambridge-full-time-min-35h-week/ http://www.maps-inc.org/uncategorized/office-manager-cambridge-full-time-min-35h-week/#comments Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:36:38 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=18938 As the office first point of contact with the public, this position based at the front desk is accountable for greeting all persons who contact MAPS, and ensuring that they are promptly and appropriately referred.

The Office Manager is also responsible for addressing and resolving office maintenance and operational issues in a timely fashion.

Duties include: directing clients to services, setting-up client appointments, answering multi-line phone system, ensuring that the office is organized and maintains a professional appearance, organize office operations and procedures, faxing, ordering supplies, cash log, translations and providing general support to administration, programs and staff.

Preferred: Experience with office management and administrative support. Required: Bachelors’ degree in related field, bilingual/bicultural in Portuguese/English, excellent communication and computer skills. Starting annual salary commensurable with experience: $30,000-$36,000

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

MAPS Personnel Office 1046 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA 02139 E-mail: jobs@maps-inc.org or via fax to 617.864.7621

No phone calls please

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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Case Worker/ Brighton/ Part-Time (min. 21 h/ week) http://www.maps-inc.org/uncategorized/case-worker-brighton-part-time-min-21-h-week/ http://www.maps-inc.org/uncategorized/case-worker-brighton-part-time-min-21-h-week/#comments Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:42:20 +0000 http://www.maps-inc.org/?p=18932 Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field preferred

Experience: Some experience in case management and crisis intervention

Special Skills: Bilingual/Bicultural in Portuguese/English, knowledge of Portuguese speaking communities

Typical Responsibilities:

  1. Advocates and makes referrals for clients in areas of immigration (including assisting with preparing and filing N-400s and other citizenship-related forms), Social Security and other government entitlement programs to enhance economic security; utilities; housing; professional training and job placement; medical care; legal services; ESOL and other educational programs; tenant and consumer rights, and other human service needs
  2. Provides translation/interpreting for services and necessary documents
  3. Prepares and submits monthly and quarterly reports for funding agencies in consultation with Program Supervisor and with approval from Program Director
  4. Participates in in-service training programs
  5. Assesses client needs, develops and implements service plans and makes appropriate referrals to legal, medical, social and other services
  6. Required to participate in organizational fundraisers
  7. Any other duties that may, from time to time, be required

 Salary Range:  $19.00 to $21.00 per hour based upon experience.

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