Village Voices 
Network members' voices bring good news and share highlights from around our community.  

Welcome to In the Arena with NOW Podcast
In the Arena with NOW lifts up the voices of community leaders who are "in the arena", classrooms, playgrounds, Congressional halls, hospitals, and neighborhood streets -- to make sure that all children and families can live healthy, thriving lives. Each episode will delve into the experiences of local coalitions, residents, and experts who are working to create equitable systems of care and education. Learn more about the Podcast  here! 

Make sure to listen to the  first episode , featuring Social Justice Mediation co-chairs LaToya Gayle and Myles Green.

On April 25th, Vital Village Community Champion,  Josette Williams will lead the efforts of Countdow n to Kindergarten working with partners in the  community, education, childcare, and health care to distribute over 500pieces of information supportin g parents of children ages birth-5 in their roles  as their children's first teachers. There will also be a synchronized  happening all over the city where over 2000 kids will recite rhymes, songs, and poems. For more information, contact Josette Williams at 617-635-9288 or by  e-mail .

Network Events
Connect with Vital Village Network at these upcoming events. Click event to RSVP or learn more. 

5:30-6:00pmNew! Network Meet-Up, an intentional space for relationship building & networking.
6:00-8:00pm Join Vital Village & Co-Hosts Boston Basics, Community Champions, and more as we celebrate Week Of The Young Child (WOYC), and engage in conversations with experts while receiving resources and assistance towards helping children reach there full potential. 
5:30-7:30pm  Boston Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting Celebrates Black Maternal Health week with a pre-symposium dialogue co-hosted by VVN's Breastfeeding Coalition members, Boston Association for Childbirth Education, and Boston Public Health Commissions' Community Action Network RSVP here.

11:00am-3:00pm  The Male Engagement Network (MEN Making Connections) will host its first ever  Wellness Summit,  entitled Brothers Building, at the Dewitt Center in Roxbury. The Male Engagement Network believes mental health and wellness should be addressed physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and spirituality to  create opportunities to learn, network and build support systems that will lead to healthier neighborhoods. P artners for the summit include: Fathers Uplift, Nuestra Communidad, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, 365 Dad, Action for Boston Community Development, Vital Village Network, and Local Initiative Support Corporation Boston.
Community Events
Join Vital Village Network partners and other community organizations at these upcoming events. Click event to RSVP or learn more.

6:00pm-8:30pm @ Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave 
Learn different strategies on wealth creation and how to build your legacy. Lifelong Learning at RCC has partnered with Our Village Initiative to take the issue of Financial Literacy from conversation to action within our Community.  Industry experts will be present to share tangible steps towards increasing your net worth.

5:00pm-7:00pm @ The Prudential Center - Huntington Arcade, 800 Boylston St.
Looking for the perfect volunteer opportunity? Come to the only event of its kind in Boston. Free and open to the public, this special evening gives you a chance to learn about various charity groups and their volunteer opportunities. Our annual Volunteer Expo seeks to aid local nonprofit organizations in their search for volunteers.

2:00pm-6:30pm @ Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, 550 Dudley St.
Come join DSNI and learn about available resources. Free snacks, raffle, and more will take place. Contact Luz for more information.

4:00pm-7:00pm @ Tufts University School of Medicine, 145 Harrison Ave
Join Tufts University School of Medicine and the Black Mamas Matter Alliance for a social justice response to maternal health disparities.The event will be featuring Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative, as the keynote speaker. Registration is free and food will be provided by Savvor. For more information contact

7:00pm-10pm Spontaneous Celebrations
DELIVERED Spring Story Showcase: Join in by lifting up your stories of reproductive health - celebrating stories of triumph and stories that bring us to tears. The Boston community is sure to deliver at our April DELIVERED story showcase hosted during Black Maternal Health week. Get your ticket today!

10:00am-3:00pm @ The Dewitt Center, 122 Dewitt Drive
Join the City of Boston Fair Housing Open House. This will be a day for residents to be able to connect with Boston Housing service providers. You will be able to learn more about Boston's Affordable Housing, Home Buying Options, Credit Building, and Housing Discrimination.

9:00am-2:30pm @ Northeastern University
The Love Your Magic Conference is for Black and Brown girls to tell their stories, celebrate each other, and bask in their magic. Black and Brown girls are disproportionately punished in school, and part of the mission of this Conference is to disrupt that narrative. This conference will encourage empowerment among Black and Brown girls, and display their beauty while providing self-advocacy skills. Contact for more information.

9:00am-2:00pm @ Codman Square Park, 44 Moultaire St.
In honor of Earth Day there will be a celebration and showcase of the green initiatives happening in Dorchester with a block party in the Codman Square Park! Come learn about how the people in this community are building sustainable futures. This event will have free music & food, face painting, a parade, arts & crafts, and a garden tour.

Check out  more community events on our Website and Facebook
Check out job, volunteer, and grant opportunities available in our community.

BPD is looking for a Program Coordinator to support CEASE Boston. The Program Coordinator will work under the direction of BPD's Office of Research and Development (ORD). The ORD is responsible for the research and development of innovative strategies and police practice that focus on issues relevant to modern policing.

The Senior Marketing Manager will develop and implement marketing programs in specific channels to foster donor retention, broaden the potential donor base, and advance brand building and awareness of the Foundation, especially among potential donors and philanthropic partners.

Grant Opportunities:
The Boston Foundation largely awards discretionary grants through a competitive process open to all nonprofits serving the Boston Foundation's catchment area, stewarded by the Foundation's Program Department staff and approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors.

Volunteer Opportunities:
IBA's Youth Development Program works with 20 teens during the school year providing life skills, academic support, civic engagement, art education, and leadership development opportunities.  For more information p lease contact Taneyri DeJesus at 617-535-1755 or

Volunteer at Codman Square Branch Library (CSBL) 
CSBL is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The Friends of the Library seek persons who want to help their community, support the library and volunteer their time. Contact Janice Knight at 617-436-8214 or for more information.
Resource Connector
Learn more about resources relevant to children and families in our community
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Check out the Strong & Thriving Families 2019 Resource Guide . This Resource Guide was developed to support service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and their children to prevent child abuse and neglect and promote child and family well-being. It was created and shared as a part of this month being Child Abuse Prevention Month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, and the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention. The resources featured represent the work of a broad-based partnership of national organizations, Federal partners, and parents committed to strengthening families and communities.
Scoop on the Stats
Explore data related to child and family well-being.
Infants and toddlers learn through play, active exploration of their environment, and most importantly through interactions with significant adults in their lives. The quality of babies' early learning experiences at home and in other care settings has a lasting impact on their preparedness for life-long learning and success. Parents who require child care while they work or attend school need access to affordable, high-quality care options that promote positive development. Below are the statistics for Massachusetts in comparison to the rest of the U.S., and for more info click here.

Sharing Technology
Explore technology related to child and family well-being.
The Abundance App is now available on iOS and Android devices, as well as on desktops. Abundance empowers Boston residents to easily access affordable, high-quality food resources. Download the FREE app today!

aims to promote positive outcomes between caregivers and children by sharing weekly resources through a FREE text service and interactive resource sharing map. These resources are ideal for anyone working with or caregivers of children ages 0-5.
To Subscribe, Text KIDS to 8-8-5-8-8
Once you're subscribed you will receive 3 weekly FREE text messages:
  • Monday: Nearby community resources
  • Wednesday: Wellness tips
  • Friday: Family-fun events