FENWAY ALLIANCE MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
THE YMCA OF GREATER BOSTON
Boston College and YMCA of Greater Boston : Feeding Those in Need
In addition to safely serving the approximately 267 students remaining on campus, Boston College Dining Services has helped feed people in need during the coronavirus pandemic. BBQ pork, rolls, bean salad, and cookies were distributed to various organizations in the Greater Boston Area-- including Fenway Alliance Member The YMCA of Greater Boston -- and over 3,000 bags of groceries were distributed to local families in the Boston, Brighton, and Allston neighborhoods. BC Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services Patricia Bando says this opportunity came unexpectedly. “Out of the blue, I received a call from a food manufacturer representative, Michael Joseph, the national account culinary manager of Rich Products in Buffalo ,” explained Bando. “He had an offer that we found too good to refuse: free products that have a three-month shelf life and needed to be moved out of their warehouse as a donation that could be put to good use. We are so happy that in our small way we can help so many others during this crisis.” 

BC Vice President for Governmental and Community Affairs Thomas Keady and BC Director of Government Relations Jeanne Levesque found organizations within the Greater Boston area that needed food donations, including the YMCA on Huntington Avenue, the Grant Manor Food Pantry in Roxbury, and the Boston Public Health Shelter System. Keady was especially enthusiastic about partnering with the YMCA of Greater Boston: "BC Dining Services and the Office of Governmental and Community Affairs are pleased to join forces with the City of Boston and the Huntington Avenue YMCA to help feed those in need during the pandemic. The BC team looks forward each week to preparing, cooking and distributing food donations knowing we are doing our part to serve and help see the community through this crisis."



“The YMCA of Greater Boston is, along with many partners, providing food for children, families and seniors, along with emergency childcare for the children of essential workers, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” says James O’S. Morton, President and CEO of The YMCA of Greater Boston . “We cannot thank our partners enough for their generosity as we collectively support children, families and communities in real time, during this real crisis. Our relationship with Boston College has allowed us to offer more variety in our grocery bags, adding fresh yogurt parfaits and baked breads. We are delivering 500-800 grocery bags every day to Boston seniors and families. Each bag is nutritionally balanced to help keep everyone healthy during these times. We are thankful to be working with Boston College and its great team.”

Read more about the YMCA of Greater Boston's collaboration with Boston College here.
COVID-19 UPDATES FROM THE STATE & CITY
On May 18th, Governor Baker issued phase 1 of the Massachusetts Reopening Guidelines: the "Safer at Home" Policy. Under "Safer at Home," residents should: only leave home for health care, permitted work, shopping, and outdoor activities; when going to the pharmacy ask if prescriptions can be filled for 90 days or delivered; use remote modes of communication like phone or video chat instead of visiting friends or family who are high risk for COVID-19; decline participation in close contact activities such as pick-up sports games; refrain from visiting nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, or other residential care settings; and limit playdates amongst small children. Learn more about how Massachusetts is planning to reopen here .
 P lease take time to fill out the 2020 Census online , available in 13 languages. For web pages and guides in 59 languages including ASL + Braille, visit language support . It has never been more important that every Bostonian is counted. Information collected helps determine billions of dollars in federal funds to our communities for emergency response, schools, roads, and other public services for the next 10 years. Spread the word on social media using #2020Census and #BostonCounts
UPDATES FROM MEMBER INSTITUTIONS + COMMUNITY PARTNERS
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 's new initiative, Gardner at Home , allows audiences to experience the museum's gardens , art , and music virtually. This would have been the closing week for  Boston's Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent, but instead the exhibition will extend its run online, ensuring audiences are able to access this incredible story a little bit longer! Instead of saying goodbye this week, the Gardner is placing special focus on the central figures at the heart of the show: Thomas McKeller, John Singer Sargent, and, of course, Isabella Stewart Gardner. Read New York Times co-chief art critic Holland Cotter's review of the exhibition , and  William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection   Nat Silver's latest blog post on the relationship among the exhibition's three central figures . You can also view Rory Lambert Wright's readings of letters written by Thomas McKeller , which were originally performed as part of  Meeting Thomas McKeller  on the exhibition's opening night.
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Huntington Theatre Company
Join the Boston Symphony Orchestra for their new initiative, BSO at Home ! The BSO is working to build and share a collection of wonderful BSO performances with fans in Boston and around the world. Listen to g reat performances from the BSO Archives, selected by BSO Artistic Administrator Anthony Fogg, look behind the scenes at orchestra life, and hear from BSO musicians as they share what life is like offstage while they #stayathome .
Join the Huntington Theatre Company for their new initiative, Huntington @ Home ! The new series of programs purposed to connect with audiences virtually includes special online performances and messages from artists behind the scenes, one on one phone calls with staff for a conversation or a monologue, and Huntington @ Homeschool for distance learning and short classes.
ArtsBoston
Art can be a powerful tool to center yourself, work through your emotions, and have a cathartic release. This week, ArtsBoston is honoring Mental Health Awareness Month with a series of virtual events like a  movement workshop with choreographer Jean Appolon , a panel on mental health and social distancing , a virtual exhibition on emotional healing , and more. Additionally, a list of resources for emotional health  and  seven uplifting songs  can be found on the ArtsBoston blog.
Mass Audubon
After careful analysis and discussions with local officials, Mass Audubon will safely open trails on many of its wildlife sanctuaries for local visitation. These sanctuaries were selected based on a variety of conditions, including being able to manage capacity for expected level of use (on the trails and in the parking areas) as well as support from the communities where they are located. Visit the Mass Audubon website to see the list of sanctuaries that are open for local visitors , guidelines on how to visit safely , and answers to any questions you may have . Mass Audubon is committed to its effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep communities safe while providing access to the outdoors to support the mental and physical health of community members.
Now+There
Join Now + There on Friday, May 15 at 12:30 pm the next “N+T Asks” conversation . This week, Executive Director Kate Gilbert asks artist and creator of Public Trust Paul Ramirez Jonas and President of the Lewis Family Foundation Juma Crawford, "When will we stop being afraid?" The conversation aims to look head-on at the fears faced in the first two months of the pandemic and consider how to look ahead with strength and begin to move forward. Panelists will discuss what a return to public life might look like, how habits will change, lessons learned so far, and how art can help us work through lingering fear to the next stage of life in the COVID-19 era. The conversation will begin with a 30-minute panelist discussion and will then open up to all participants to share questions, ideas, and perspectives. Joining the conversation is free and open to all.
UPDATES FROM MASS CULTURAL COUNCIL
MASSACHUSETTS CULTURAL DISTRICTS:
BOSTON'S LATIN QUARTER
Did you know that there are over 50 state-designated Cultural Districts throughout the Commonwealth? Our umbrella advocacy & funding organization, the Massachusetts Cultural Council , has been hosting virtual meet ups for the Districts to share resources & community during this unprecedented period. As managers of the FENWAY CULTURAL DISTRICT , we have decided to highlight our sister Districts and ways they are addressing the challenge of providing culture, art, and community in innovative ways during this time.

Boston's Latin Quarter, l ocated in Jamaica Plain’s Hyde/Jackson Square and managed by the Hyde Square Task Force , is a dynamic cultural district where LatinX immigrants, primarily from the Caribbean, have thrived for decades. Watch filmmaker Monica Cohen's documentary on the Latin Quarter to learn more about the district and download free coloring pages of scenes from around the neighborhood to engage with this vibrant community from home.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
SUPPORT THE FENWAY ALLIANCE
Dear Friends, 

Because we are a 43-year-old member-based organization, we rarely reach out to individuals for financial support. However, these are extraordinary times. We hope that you and yours are healthy and safe.  We know we will overcome this challenge through unity guided by science. We thank all of our frontline workers—healthcare personnel, essential services workers, volunteers, store clerks, and assisted living staff.  
The essential work of the Fenway Alliance is providing joyous events and programs that engender greater access to the Arts.  It is also restoring, protecting, and providing critical access for all Bostonians to our public green spaces. For over three decades the Fenway Alliance has been a key leader in the rehabilitation of the Frederick Law Olmsted Muddy River Park and Parklands.  
We hope to be able to continue this work, but we need your support. 

The Alliance is a small, yet mighty and nimble organization—we get big things done!. We employ two full-time staff members, and one paid intern.  Currently, like many nonprofit organizations, we are all on reduced salaries.  We want to be able to continue our work serving the Fenway community and Boston, as a whole.  Please consider making a donation to the Fenway Alliance so that programs and events like Fenway Cares, Opening Our Doors, TEDxFenway, and Fenway Porchfest can continue, and that the important advocacy and management of our beautiful green spaces continues uninterrupted. 

These programs and green spaces for urban residents are more important than ever now.  Also, let us know what future programs you’d like to participate in.  We need your support, and welcome your ideas!   

Sincerely, 

Kelly Brilliant, Executor Director
SUPPORT FOR BOSTON
The Boston Resiliency Fund Boston's fundraising and philanthropic fund to provide essential services to Boston residents and to assist first responders and critical care providers.
The Boston Artist Relief Fund . The fund will award grants of $500 and $1,000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices & incomes are being adversely impacted.
The Boston Music Makers Relief Fund provides financial relief to Boston area music makers experiencing lost income as the result of performance cancellations related to COVID-19. Small grants of up to $200 will be paid rapidly on a first come, first served basis.
Boston Dance Alliance's Dance Relief Fund distributes stipends of $250 to assist with immediate basic needs. The fund will disburse grants on a first-come, first-served basis until April 15, 2020 or until all donations are exhausted.
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