Press Releases

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

Credits: FORCV.COM

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!

Free Workshop: Technology Tips for Domestic Violence Victims/ Survivors

June 23, 2017

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.

Join us on June 17 for the Day of Portugal Parade

June 15, 2017

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

MAPS Offers Free HIV/STI Tests out of Cambridge Office

May 22, 2017

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. [→]

Sold-Out MAPS 2017 Awards Gala Raises Record Funding and Honors Inspirational Leaders

May 4, 2017

Gala guests enjoy the after-party

Gala guests enjoy the after-party

An exciting evening of inspiring award recipients, cultural entertainment, glamorous red carpet arrival, silent and live auctions and an elegant banquet helped the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) raise a record of approximately $180,000 at the nonprofit organization’s 2017 Awards Gala in Cambridge on April 29th. [→]

Thank You!

May 2, 2017

MAPS Gala_042917_DSC_1726_©2017 Derek Kouyoumjian

Thanks to the generous support of our Gala Sponsors, Program Book Advertisers, Auction Donors, Community and Business Leaders, attendees of the Gala, and the dedication of our hard-working staff, the MAPS 2017 Awards Gala was a great success!

Our more than 440 guests were treated to a glamorous red-carpet cocktail reception, complete with red-carpet paparazzi and a silent auction packed with interesting and exciting items, as well as a delicious dinner provided by the Royal Sonesta Hotel, powerful musical performances by Grooversity, Sonia Bettencourt and Gutty Duarte, and a fun after-party with DJ Melo, from DNJ Entertainment.

We can’t wait to share more photos with you!

Check our website soon for a link where you’ll be able to purchase prints of the MAPS 2017 Awards Gala!

SOLD OUT! MAPS 2017 Awards Gala – Parking and Directions

April 28, 2017

website_logoWe look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 29, at 5:30pm

at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge (click for directions)

Parking: Prices this year at the Sonesta are $12 for Self-Parking in their garage, and $22 for Valet Parking. Inexpensive parking is also available across the street under the CambridgeSide Galleria—closing at 1 am.

Last Chance to Reserve Seating for the MAPS 2017 Awards Gala on April 29

April 18, 2017

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. [→]