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COVID-19: Lend a Helping Hand

Here are some ways to lend a helping hand during this stressful and uncertain time:

In light of coronavirus concerns and potentially BPS closing all schools, the organizations Violence in Boston Inc & Food for the Soul Grove Hall have organized a meal and supply relief drive.  They will be providing lunch (12pm-2pm) and dinner (5pm-8pm) starting March 15th.

You can make a monetary donation through a PayPal account PayPal.me/violenceinboston

They will also be collecting the following:

Toilet paper

Paper towels

Tissues

Hand sanitizer

Cleaning supplies

Drop off location is 651 Warren Street

For questions, feel free to call 617-652-0151

Roza Lyons has organized a special care package drive for Camp Carroll, South Korea

On March 3rd, the first case of coronavirus was declared at Camp Carroll in South Korea.  They are under quarantine and no one is allowed off base. Roza Lyons will be collecting items for care packages to be send over on Monday, March 23rd.  Bring items like plain socks, plain t-sirts, toiletries, candy, cookies, chips/snacks, puzzle books, books and magazine.

Make a donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank

A lot of local charities have had to cancel events and fundraisers due to coronavirus concerns. These organizations are vital to our neighborhood and it’s important to show your love and support!  Here are a few to consider:

South Boston Boys & Girls Club – The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston is to help young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders. We do this by providing: a safe haven filled with hope and opportunity, ongoing relationships with caring adults, and life-enhancing programs. For 80 years, the South Boston Boys & Girls Club have worked to create a welcoming and supportive environment for the children of South Boston. To make a donation visit here. 

Colin’s Joy Project – This fund created by Colin McGrath’s family after his recent death. This fund will make grants to rebuild local play spaces and fund family-focused programming in their community, particularly for families in need.For more information about Colin’s Joy Project, go to www.colinsjoyproject.org

South Boston Neighborhood House – One of Boston’s original historic settlement houses, the South Boston Neighborhood House (SBNH) was founded in 1901 with a mission ‘to support family and neighborhood life in South Boston.’ Affectionately known as “the Ollie” after founder, Olivia James, the Neighborhood House has always been known for the deep ties and connections among participants and families that have endured for generations, and the historic welcome and investment in South Boston’s immigrant populations and other new residents that continues to this day. The South Boston Neighborhood House is the oldest continually operating human service agency in South Boston, and the community’s only independent multi-service provider. As an independent and stand-alone agency, South Boston Neighborhood House can be flexible, rapid in our response to community needs and at the forefront of community issues. You can make a donation here! The Ollie also has a creative solution to their up coming fundraiser in light of the coronavirus.

South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation – The Taste of South Boston is South Boston NDC’s primary fundraising event and is critical to our ability to provide affordable housing to over 150 residents, support small businesses, and improve the quality of life for local residents through the Farmers Market, community gardening, and climate action initiatives. We ask the community to consider supporting this work directly, and we look forward to celebrating the Taste of South Boston next year. To make a donation to South Boston NDC, visit sbndc.org/donate.

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.