Village Voices
Network members' voices bring good news and share highlights from
around our community. 
Neighborhood Villages launches the Action Fund
Latoya Gayle, senior director of advocacy of Neighborhood Villages, is part of the creation of an action fund to allow the organization to partner with the Common Start Coalition, lobbying for the Common Start bill to provide more funding to early childhood care organizations. Read more about the bill and Neighborhood Villages in the Boston Globe.
We invite you and your family to visit local Boston Public Libraries, explore resources, and try out these activities with the Children’s Mental Health Storytimes Storytellers!

You will receive a FREE book when visiting your local BPL library in person.

Co-Hosted Activity by the Vital Village Networks Mental Health Committee and Boston Public Library Children’s Librarians!
We are currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Unsung Hero Award! An unsung hero is an individual who extends themselves beyond expectation in their community or organization as a leader in maximizing child health and well-being.

Being a librarian these days goes beyond wandering among stocked books and beyond the library walls. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Children's Librarians across Boston Public Library neighborhood branches have dedicated their time and efforts to creating an outlet for children and families to come together for book readings, songs and activities focused on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) with Children's Mental Health Storytimes
Network Events
Connect with Vital Village Network at these upcoming events. Click
event to RSVP or learn more.
Mental Health Committee Tonight!
Monday, November 22nd 5:30-7pm
The Mental Health Committee is community-led and aims to be diverse in ethnic, cultural, and professional backgrounds as well as in education, age, and experience. We bring our strengths together to actively listen to, learn from, engage with, and transform our community to destigmatize mental illness and promote positive mental health and well-being. Through providing opportunities to belong, access to resources, and education, we will help to create a beloved, safe, and resilient community.
Join a virtual Breastfeeding Support Group, Baby Cafe, or contact the Warmline
by email or call: 857-301-8259

Thursdays from 3:30-4:00pm

Families with young children are invited to Children’s Mental Health Virtual Storytimes co-hosted by the Vital Village Network Mental Health Committee and Boston Public Library.
Community Events
Join Vital Village Network partners and other community organizations at these upcoming events. Click event to RSVP or learn more.
Codman Square Neighborhood Council Meetings
First Wednesday of every month: 7-8:30pm Find Out More Here
The Codman Square Neighborhood Council discusses community events, announcements, and hosts guest speakers. Please attend these very important meetings to understand what is happening in the neighborhood in which you live, work, and learn.

Free Bilingual Playgroup
Monday-Friday: 9:30-11:30am, 10:30am-12pm, 12:30-2:30pm, 2-4pm
Join a free English/Spanish playgroup once a week for two hours that prepares children for kindergarten through engaging play and gross motor/sensory activities. Please contact Silvia at 617-821-3959 or at for more information.

Using Hip-Hop to Understand Substance Use and Promote Wellness with Black Youth
December 2nd: 10:00am-1:00pm Register Here
This is a virtual workshop sponsored by the MA Department of Public Health aimed at identifying historical trauma, systemic racism, and mental health outcomes, as well as discover a toolkit of multimedia prompts to help facilitate discussion with Black youth on substance misuse prevention.

MA Essentials for Childhood Honors hosted by Found in Translation
December 2nd: 12-2:20pm @ Register Here for the Zoom
This event is the fourth in a virtual series. In this installment, you can learn about Found in Translation and their work training low-income women who are multilingual to become professional medical interpreters.

Bridge to Digital Literacy Class
December 6th - December 17th: Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 1:00pm
We are starting our next Bridge to Digital Literacy Class from December 6th- December 17th. Everyone will need to be tested on Zoom for acceptance into the class. If your clients do not have computers, we may be able to lend some for the class. Please email if you are interested.
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Seeking a highly qualified leader who is invested in the mission of Haley House and in the communities served.

The USES Early Childhood Education Teams are hiring for several positions, including a sign-on bonus.

The The Dorchester Food Co-op (DFC) is now seeking to hire a General Manager (GM) with the experience and leadership to open a member-owned cooperative grocery store in a mixed income and racially diverse neighborhood.

The Youth ages 14-21 years old who are poets, rappers, singers, dancers and multimedia artists should apply to receive free studio time, live performance training and $12.75/hr. Contact via email for more information.

Boston Saves is looking for Family Champions to work with specific BPS schools. Receive $450 in gift cards for 6 hrs of outreach work in your school community. Learn more here.

Following the September announcement that Cuba will begin a gradual re-opening on November 15th, as well as the continued rise of vaccination rates across the country, Witness for Peace are excited to start bringing delegations to Cuba this December. You can find general information about our delegations here.
Resource Connector
Learn more about resources relevant to children and families in our community from our community.
Weathering the Boston Winter - Recommendations:
COVID-19 Resources:
Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11 access safety information and coming soon locations, hours, and website links for vaccinations.

Vital Village’s COVID-19 Resource Map regularly updated with descriptions, contact info, locations, hours, and website links for important basic family needs.

Protected Together sharing information safety information about vaccines

Two new food resources launched by the Boston Mayor’s Office of Food Access: the food resources SMS chatbot accessed by texting the word 'FOOD' to 617-579-8238 and the online food donations platform.
Connections and Healing:

The Wellness Idea Bank is a comprehensive and community-driven guide for those in the Greater Boston Area that helps collect events, ideas, and resources for supporting wellness and social connections. This seasonal edition highlights resources focused on the transition back to school for families.

The Multicultural Mental Health Directory offers linguistically and culturally appropriate mental health and related services for communities of color, LGBTQ community, immigrants, and refugees.

The Community Advocacy Program provides support to survivors of intimate partner violence remotely; carefully and safely providing crisis intervention, safety planning guidance, emotional support, referrals to community resources and advocacy via hotline. Visit CAP's website to find a list of phone numbers in six different languages.
For Children and Caregivers:

Boston Children’s Museum Sign-Up for Weekly Activity Emails to receive fun activities you can use to enrich and support children at home, as well as articles and podcasts.

Healthy Families Massachusetts, a family support program proven to reduce child abuse and neglect, has expanded access for first-time parents 23 years old and younger beginning in pregnancy.

The Jeremiah Program, a 12-week empowerment and leadership course that aims to disrupt the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time.

New Toolkit for Pregnant People and New Parents, resources and tools by the CDC to help pregnant and recently pregnant people, breastfeeding people and new parents caring for infants protect their health and help people who serve these communities communicate with them. 

Native Lives, Native Stories 2021: 63 Books for Children, Teens, & Adults, a list of books published in the previous year for children, teens, and adults concerning the experiences of the Native and Indigenous communities throughout North America. 

Scoop on the Stats
Explore data related to voting rates across the United States
Policies have the power to support families during hard times. Eviction filings in Boston, MA have fallen sharply since eviction proceedings were suspended across Massachusetts on March 17. A subsequent national moratorium enacted by the CDC halted evictions temporarily. Compared to equivalent periods in previous years (2012–2013, 2015–2016), eviction filings fell far below average beginning in April 2020, though filings rose modestly in November 2020 after the state moratorium expired.

The City of Boston enacted new protections in late-August 2021, prohibiting landlords and owners from serving or enforcing residential evictions, except in cases of serious lease violations or health and safety issues. These policies can be a lifeline for many families by supporting safe and stable housing as the pandemic continues. Eviction Lab researched and created the graphic below.
Sharing Technology
Explore technology related to child and family well-being.
The UPDATED Abundance Boston Food Access App 3.0.2 is now available! Abundance empowers Boston residents to easily access affordable, high-quality food resources. Download the FREE app today!
The COVID-19 Resource Map now has updated addresses and hours of over 90 locations in Boston currently provide free breakfast, lunch or dinner for youth, and 10 free community fridges open to the public 24/7.
CONtexts: Community Resources on Health & Nearby Fun Promotes positive outcomes for caregivers and children ages 0-5 by sharing resources through a FREE text service and interactive map.

Subscribe today! Text KIDS to 844-806-0616 to receive 3 free text messages on community resources, wellness, and events each week.
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