Press Releases

Free DACA Renewal Clinics

September 8, 2017


MAPS Statement regarding the termination of DACA:

September 6, 2017

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. [→]

Do you know someone who deserves a MAPS 2018 Award?

September 1, 2017

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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. [→]

Portugal’s Secretary of State for the Communities Visits MAPS

August 31, 2017

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”. [→]

2017 Brazilian Festival in Boston Celebrates Brazil’s Culture and Diversity

August 31, 2017

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.

MAPS to Take Part in 6th Annual Joe Chaves Memorial 5K Walk-a-thon

August 31, 2017

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)

MAPS is Collecting Items for a Senior Center Fundraising Yard Sale in November

August 3, 2017

IMG_6777The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is asking community members to donate used items in good condition to be sold at a MAPS Senior Center Yard Sale, which will take place in November 2017 at the organization’s Cambridge office. The yard sale is part of a series of fundraising efforts planned by the health and social services organization to make up for a $25,000 decrease in funding for the MAPS Senior Center for Fiscal Year 2018. [→]

MAPS Seeks Award Nominations for 2018 Awards Gala in Cambridge

July 20, 2017

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. [→]

MAPS is Looking for New Members for Fiscal Year 2018

July 14, 2017

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. [→]

2017 Cape Verdean Independence Celebration

July 3, 2017

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Credits: FORCV.COM

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!