Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:35:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Last Chance to Reserve Seating for the MAPS 2017 Awards Gala on April 29 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:17:44 +0000 website_logoTime is running out to reserve your seats at the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) 2017 Awards Gala, to take place April 29 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. As excitement builds for the black-tie-optional fundraiser, the health and social services organization will keep accepting seating reservations until Friday, April 21. You can RSVP in person at the MAPS Cambridge Office (1046 Cambridge Street), call (617) 864-7600, or visit the MAPS website at After April 21, please call the office to inquire about available seating.

The Gala will start at 5:30 pm with a Red Carpet arrival and cocktail reception, live music, and photographers taking elegant portraits as guests arrive. The event will also feature an awards ceremony, musical performances from the Portuguese-speaking world, a delicious banquet, and dancing. Guests will be able to bid on valuable Auction items, such as a “CR7 Super Fan Experience”, which includes a Portugal National Soccer Team jersey signed by Cristiano Ronaldo, round-trip airline tickets to Madeira, and tickets to the Cristiano Ronaldo Museum; round-trip airline tickets to Brazil, provided by COPA Airlines; a dining experience for up to 10 guests of fine Italian and Iberian cuisine, courtesy of Bronze sponsor Rocco’s Restaurant and Bar, paired with delicious Portuguese wines provided by MS Walker, and many more exciting and items.

Those attending the health and social services organization’s fundraiser will also be able to enjoy a nice cup of espresso, courtesy of the Gala’s Diamond Sponsors, Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners Apres, Cafua, Couto and Riverside Management Groups. This year’s Gala is also supported by Platinum Sponsors Fish Family Foundation and Tufts Health Plan, Gold Sponsors Cambridge Health Alliance and Naveo Credit Union, Silver Sponsor East Cambridge Savings Bank, and Bronze Sponsors Accutronics Inc., Cambridge Printing Company, Eastern Bank, Neighborhood Health Plan, Rocco’s Restaurant and Bar, S&F Concrete Contractors Inc., and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Heading the list of honorees this year is Lawrence (Larry) K. Fish, MAPS 2017 Person of the Year, the founder and chairman of the Fish Family Foundation. Through the foundation, Fish has supported the work of MAPS and many other organizations working with immigrant communities, contributing greatly to the empowerment of thousands of Portuguese-speaking immigrants and others. The event will also honor Father Volmar Scaravelli, Pastor of St. Tarcisius Church, in Framingham; Ana Nava, PhD, LICSW, Team Leader of the Portuguese Mental Health Clinic at the East Cambridge Health Center; John B. Cruz, III, president of Cruz Companies; and Project Health CV, a nonprofit medical aid group who makes yearly trips to Cabo Verde where they provide medical aid and training.

“We look forward to honoring the many successes of our communities in an evening filled with cultural pride and celebration,” said Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director. “The people and organizations that we are recognizing this year are incredible role models for community engagement, selfless generosity, hard work, and dedication to a greater cause.”

This year, the event is co-chaired by Natalia Fernandes, MAPS Executive Assistant, and Antonio Massa Viana, Esq., MAPS Board Member, who will also serve as the event’s co-host, alongside Edna Monteiro Leith, a former MAPS staff who now works at the Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School.

Guests attending the MAPS 2017 Awards Gala will also be treated to several live musical performances throughout the Awards ceremony, featuring the best of Brazilian drums with the Grooversity ensemble, Portuguese Fado with Sonia Bettencourt, Cabo Verdean Morna and Koladera with Gutty Duarte, and an after party with DJ Melo, from DNJ Entertainment.


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Citizenship & Employment Assistance Case Worker – Americorps Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:34:47 +0000 Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)


 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 jot 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 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.


  • Conduct outreach to 100 business and churches in Cambridge, Somerville, Brighton, Allston, Dorchester, Roxbury, Chelsea, East Boston, and Everett.
  • Work closely with MAPS staff to create and share materials to increase access to citizenship services and improve quality of services offered.
  • 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.



  • 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


  • 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 Please submit the completed application and your resume to 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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MAPS 2017 Awards Gala to honor individuals and organizations- Cambridge, MA Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:47:34 +0000 Portuguese-American Journal

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(Português) Secretária de Estado para a Cidadania e Igualdade visita MA. e R.I. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:57:33 +0000 O JORNAL

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(Português) Gala de Prémios 2017 da MAPS Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:57:00 +0000 Portuguese Times

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(Português) MAPS anuncia patrocinadores e comitê honorário da Gala de Prêmios de 2017 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:56:22 +0000 Brazilian Times

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MAPS to Receive “Access to Justice” Award at April 3rd MOVA Ceremony Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:23:19 +0000 The Massachusetts State House, Boston tourism destinationsThe Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is being honored with the “Access to Justice Award” by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) at the 2017 Victim Rights Month Awards Ceremony, scheduled for April 3. The award will be presented, according to a note sent to MAPS by MOVA, in recognition of the MAPS Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program’s “continuous strides over the past year in advocating for victims’ rights and services.”

During Victim Rights Month in April, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) recognize individuals and organizations that made significant advancements in victim rights and services in the state.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from MOVA”, said Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director. “It’s wonderful to see our Advocates’ hard work and dedication be recognized, especially by such an important partner such as the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance. Their support has been crucial in allowing MAPS to expand its Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault program, established 20 years ago, to other offices throughout the Greater Boston area.”

“Culturally competent and accessible services are critical to reach non-English speaking populations experiencing domestic and sexual abuse”, said Liam Lowney, Executive Director of MOVA. “MAPS programming has successfully linked Portuguese speaking populations with the supportive counseling, safety planning, and social services they provide – making a true difference in these communities. MAPS continues to be a leader in promoting accessibility of services as well as prevention efforts across the state, and for these reasons we are thrilled to present them with the Access to Justice Award.”

MAPS provides free and confidential assistance for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in its Cambridge, Dorchester, Brighton, Framingham and Lowell offices.

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MAPS Anuncia Patrocinadores e Comité Honorário da Gala de Prémios de 2017 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:15:26 +0000

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“Uma comunidade que se integrou e que hoje é uma referência ao nível das comunidades da diáspora” Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:12:26 +0000 Portuguese Times

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Secretária de Estado para a Cidadania e Igualdade visita MA. e R.I. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:11:17 +0000 O Jornal

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