5 Giving Tuesday Campaigns

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O’Neill and Associates is proud to partner with many local and national nonprofits and, in honor of this year’s #GivingTuesday, which takes place on November 29th, we are highlighting some of these organizations’ campaigns. #GivingTuesday follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, in an effort to remind consumers what the holidays are really about: lending a helping hand and giving back to our neighbors in need. Follow this guide to learn more about Massachusetts organizations participating in #GivingTuesday and how you can contribute to their campaigns.

1. Community Action, Inc.

Community Action, Inc. (CAI) strives to serve their local communities, whether through affordable childcare for working moms and dads, adult education classes, or making sure the families they serve have basics such as food and clothing for homeless families.

This Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016 marks the kickoff of CAI’s 2016 Stronger Families for a Stronger Community Annual Appeal Campaign. Your support allows CAI to continue to make our community stronger. Please consider a contribution to CAI this Giving Tuesday that will be used to support programming in 2017.

2. Community Teamwork

As a Community Action agency, a Regional Housing Agency, and a Community Development Corporation, Community Teamwork helps nearly 50,000 individuals from 63 cities and towns in northeastern Massachusetts gain greater economic independence. They are a catalyst for social change and seek to strengthen communities and reduce poverty by delivering vital services and collaborating with key stakeholders to create housing, education and economic opportunities.

You can support Community Teamwork on Giving Tuesday by donating online, submitting checks directly, texting or in-kind donations.

Checks:
Community Teamwork
155 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Online:
www.commteam.org

Text:
Number: 41444
Subject: COMMTEAM

In-Kind Donations:
Toys
Clothes for Interviews
Pajamas
Coats
+ More

3. Cristo Rey Boston High School

Cristo Rey Boston High School (CRB) is part of the Cristo Rey Network (CRN), a network of 32 high schools across the nation. CRB and the other CRN schools provide a private, Catholic, college-prep education by offering a rigorous curriculum, a unique work-study experience, and the support of an inclusive school community. CRB is located in Dorchester, MA with over 300 students from all over Greater Boston.

This year’s #GivingTuesday campaign message is, “Don’t stand still, make a difference by donating to CRB,” which they are highlighting through a Mannequin Challenge executed by current students. Watch the CRB Mannequin Challenge here. CRB receives 40% of its operational funding from donations, visit http://www.cristoreyboston.org/apps/pages/donate to donate on #GivingTuesday. Invest in Education That Works.

4. Father Bill’s & MainSpring

For almost three decades, Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS) has been a leading provider of emergency shelter, housing and supportive services in the South Shore area of Massachusetts. FBMS seeks to not just manage but to end homelessness by helping people struggling with homelessness or at-risk of homelessness to achieve self-sufficiency.

FBMS has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Giving Tuesday this year. People interested in contributing to FBMS can do so here or by setting up their own crowdfunding page for their friends and family to donate. Here is a helpful breakdown of how contributions help FBMS towards their mission:

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5. Friends of the Homeless, Inc.

Established over 25 years ago, Friends of the Homeless, Inc. (FOH) is the largest emergency shelter for adult individuals in Western Massachusetts. FOH provides services aimed at ending homelessness including a resources center and 110 low-income housing units.

FOH will be participating in #GivingTuesday by running a #FriendsMatter campaign. People who support Friends of the Homeless on #GivingTuesday are encouraged to post a picture with a friend that matters to help build awareness and spread the word.

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OA’s Viviana Jaramillo Selected as One of El Mundo Boston’s Latino 30 Under 30!

20150204 ADV_0010O’Neill and Associates is proud to announce that Account Coordinator Viviana Jaramillo was recently named as one of El Mundo Boston’s Latino 30 Under 30! Viviana was selected from thousands of applicants as a result of her professional and academic accomplishments and her involvement in the community.

The El Mundo Boston Latino 30 Under 30 honors young individuals making an impact on the Massachusetts Latino community in multiple fields such as business, sports, community service, and fine arts. The list recognizes the impressive accomplishments of these young individuals, while shining a light on the emerging leaders and outstanding talent within the Latino community in the Commonwealth.

Viviana came to O’Neill and Associates in 2007 as a fourteen-year-old high school freshman from Cristo Rey Boston. She cites her formative experience at Cristo Rey Boston, specifically the combination of its unique work-study program and strenuous academic curriculum, as a major contributor to her success.

Through Cristo Rey Boston’s corporate work-study program, Viviana had the opportunity to intern at O’Neill and Associates from 2007 to 2011 for one day a week while attending classes. Even at a young age, Viviana demonstrated an impressive work ethic and formed lasting bonds with the staff, who quickly became her mentors and her friends.

Viviana went on to attend Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where she continued to thrive inside and outside the classroom. As a sophomore, Viviana created BUILD, a pre-orientation program to help incoming freshmen that lack a business background adjust to the difficulties of college. Additionally, she served as a business school peer advisor, an ESL teacher at a local DC community center, and a prominent leader on campus. For multiple summers during college, Viviana returned to O’Neill and Associates to intern.

In 2015, Viviana graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in international business and marketing. She returned to Boston to work for Hill Holliday, a prominent national advertising agency, before returning to work at O’Neill and Associates as an Account Coordinator.

Over the years, many of us here at O’Neill and Associates have watched Viviana grow into the accomplished young woman that she is today. We could not be prouder of this well-deserved award and we look forward to seeing what else she will achieve in the years to come.

To view Viviana’s Latino 30 Under 30 profile, click here.

 

OA Hosts Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus’ “Post-Election Apocalypse” Media Panel

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                       From left to right: Hillary Chabot of Boston Herald, Andy Hiller of WHDH-TV, Lauren Dezenski of POLITICO Massachusetts, Mike Deehan of WGBH-FM, and Shira Schoenberg of MassLive

On Wednesday evening, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) hosted a “Post-Election Apocalypse” panel at O’Neill and Associates, which offered an insider’s view on the recent election results and a discussion on what happens next. Featured panelists included Andy Hiller of WHDH-TV, Lauren Dezenski of POLITICO Massachusetts, Mike Deehan of WGBH-FM, Hillary Chabot of Boston Herald and Shira Schoenberg of MassLive. This diverse group of panelists offered unique perspectives on the influential role that media played in this year’s presidential election.

 

The MWPC is a non-partisan organization that celebrates over 40 years of supporting women in politics and public policy. MWPC Board Member and O’Neill and Associates’ Senior Director Jennifer Krowchun started off the night by highlighting major gains for female politicians in this election and specifically for women of color. MWPC Board Member and O’Neill and Associates’ Senior Vice President Ann Murphy led the lively panel discussion.

While many things remain unclear, the need for unity and introspection was a theme throughout the evening. Collectively, both the panelists and the audience agreed that Wednesday morning’s results were shocking, especially given weeks of conflicting media messages and pollsters’ numbers. For the media, some panelists suggested that this election should serve as a call to action for Americans to take a step back and audit their sources from which they receive news, while also being mindful of the temptation to surround ourselves with like-minded individuals and media outlets.

For those not able to attend in person, O’Neill and Associates streamed the event on Facebook Live. If you’d like to hear more about what the panelists had to say, you can watch the videos on O’Neill and Associates’ Facebook page here.

To learn more about MWPC, visit its website.

Inspire Me! Quote Book by Paul and Lizzie Ayoub

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On Wednesday, November 30th, O’Neill and Associates will join Paul Ayoub and his daughter Lizzie for a reception to celebrate the official launch of their quote book Inspire Me!

Inspire Me! A father-daughter book of quotations to motivate, teach and inspire, published by Humble Hues, is a collection of quotations from people both widely-known and never-before published. Paul and Lizzie have been saving and using quotes for years to communicate and inspire each other. The father-daughter duo has now compiled these inspirational quotes into twelve thoughtfully organized chapters, each of which represent their twelve guiding principles of life. Inspire Me! will give readers a glimpse into what common themes, ranging from “Believe in Myself,” “Live with Purpose,” and “Smile and Laugh,” touched both a father and his 23-year-old daughter. Additionally, all profits from the book will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Paul Ayoub is a partner at the Boston law firm of Nutter, McClennen & Fish and he serves as chair of the national Board of Directors of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Lizzie Ayoub is a consulting analyst for a global technology and management consulting company in its Atlanta, Georgia office. From a young age, Lizzie began to combine her two passions of singing and supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by recording a CD, with all proceeds going to the Hospital.

To learn more about Inspire Me!, visit www.inspiremequotebook.com.

For inspirational quotes, follow @InspireMeQuoteBook on Instagram!

The Privilege to Vote at the Age of 18

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Since I was a little girl, I’ve watched numerous presidential elections. Before I was 18 my voice could not be heard because I wasn’t old enough to vote yet. I would watch the commercials of the election, and hear the presidential debates go on at my kitchen table, but my opinion did not matter because I was not 18 yet. It was like my voice was trapped in a box, sealed with tape. November 8, 2016 I will be 18 years old, and that box will finally be open, my voice will finally be free. I will be able to vote. Having the privilege to vote makes me feel a part of America even more. With my vote I have the power to create change in the country, and within my community. Many do not have the privilege to vote because they are not citizens, old enough, or other restrictions that causes them to be within the roadblock of not voting. 18 and voting shows a voice of a young citizen. The majority of the people who vote are usually 25 and older, which means that their perspective is different from a teenage perspective. My vote will be used as a teenage perspective, and that means a lot. Many say that teens are the future leaders so by voting it will show a different perspective to help change America in the future.

Evelyn is O’Neill and Associates’ corporate work-study student, she is a Senior at Cristo Rey Boston High School in Dorchester, MA. 

Embracing Our Differences Makes Us Great

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By Ann Murphy

With the rancorous tenor of the political season permeating every waking hour, it’s difficult to feel hopeful for what’s next for the United States and for future generations.  Name calling, intolerance, fear mongering and outright nastiness have taken over the airwaves and the headlines.

But, there are glimmers of hope out there and there are people who espouse the very values that make our country great. These people illustrate the importance of our diversity and our differences and how these attributes are the key to helping us live our lives to the fullest.

nbp-haben-2Meet Haben Girma, a 28-year-old and the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School.  An African-American first generation immigrant, Haben was born deaf and blind and learned to read braille at the age of five. After graduating from Harvard Law School, she became a civil rights attorney at the California-based firm Disability Rights Advocates.  She left the firm earlier this year and now, instead of litigating against companies on behalf of the disabled, she became an instrument of change and an advocate for accessibility.  As a result of her efforts, Haben was recently recognized by President Obama as a White House Champion of Change.

Haben recently spoke at the Michael Driscoll Elementary School in Brookline to elementary school students who participate in the program “Understanding our Differences And Similarities.”  She communicated with the students through her braille note taker as an aide translated the students’ questions and comments from another device.

The students had insightful questions and addressed important things, such as what Haben liked to do in her free time. Her answer: she likes to dance swing and salsa and spend time with friends.  What is her favorite book? Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed.

Students also had many questions about how Haben navigates with the help of her guide dog Maxine. Haben talked about using Google Maps and how Maxine responds to commands.

The students were fascinated by Haben, who gave an example of overcoming barriers when she discussed what it took for her to learn how to surf.

“I love the ocean and beach and I wanted to learn how to surf. I contacted surf schools and most said ‘we can’t help you because we don’t know how to work with people like you.’  It was very frustrating. It’s not fair to discriminate against people. A teacher’s job is to teach and to be creative. That means being creative to find a solution to work for the student,” said Haben.

Haben doesn’t want the word “inspirational” to be used about her and others with disabilities and she had a strong statement on that for the students.

“We call people with disabilities inspirational without thinking about what we are saying or what we mean. I prefer using inspiration as a verb. I’m inspired to make my school more inclusive, I’m inspired to make my website more accessible… rather than saying that person is inspirational.”

Haben visited with the elementary school students as a precursor to her featured keynote address at the annual National Braille Press gala, “A Million Laughs for Literacy,” that was held on Friday, October 28 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston.  Haben’s remarks and her presence were a reminder to us all that it’s our differences that make us all better people and that what we perceive as challenges, for ourselves or in others, are actually opportunities to find solutions and positive outcomes.

For more information about O’Neill and Associates’ communications services, visit our website

Massport Holds Ribbon Cutting for Dog Park in South Boston

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The Massachusetts Port Authority today held a ribbon cutting for its new Dog Park in South Boston. The quarter-acre, fenced-in dog park features agility equipment, benches, and a pet fountain. The Dog Park is a segment of the larger Thomas J. Butler Freight Corridor and Memorial Park on East First Street. The haul road has improved the quality of life of the neighborhood by redirecting trucks away from the neighborhood streets and subsequently improving operations at Conley Terminal.  In addition to the dog park there are walking paths, trees, a water fountain and a memorial dedicated to Butler.  Tommy Butler worked for Massport for 25 years as its community relations director and was a lifelong resident of South Boston.  In attendance at the Dog Park opening was Massport CEO Tom Glynn, Mayor Marty Walsh, Congressman Stephen Lynch and numerous city and South Boston representatives.