Despite the cold, rainy weather, more than 50 Chelsea residents and members of the Chelsea Collaborative jam packed the organization's offices to actively participate in the Annual Planning Retreat carried out jointly by the Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee and the Chelsea Citywide Tenants Association. The committee members evaluated the success and challenges in meeting last year's work plan and devised strategies for implementing even more aggressive and exciting work for 2015.
After five years of advocacy the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Alliance, of which Green Space is a member, celebrated a huge victory when Governor Patrick signed the Massachusetts Executive Order on Environmental Justice!
The Executive Order requires the following actions:
The establishment of a Governor’s Advisory Council to advise the Governor and Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary on Environmental Justice Issues.
EEA is required to update its 2002 Environmental Justice Policy within 60 days
Each Secretariat is required to appoint a Secretariat Environmental Justice Coordinator within 30 days. The Coordinator shall review Secretariat programs to determine which programs implicate Environmental Justice issues.
Secretariats are required to post their Environmental Justice strategies online within 180 days.
The Director of Environmental Justice is required to periodically convene the Secretariat Coordinators to meet as the Interagency Environmental Justice Coordinating Group.
More than 250 people joined the Chelsea Collaborative Board and Staff in celebrating the numerous accomplishments of this year's unsung heroes. This year's heroes are Chelsea Bank President Joe Vinard for his work in promoting economic justice, ACE Senior Attorney Staci Rubin who fights tirelessly for environmental justice, Workers of Market Basket and Workers employed with US Kleaning Company for two very successful workers' rights campaigns; and Choice Thru Education Founder Susan Clark, posthumously, for lifetime achievements to the community, particularly, youth of Chelsea. The Collaborative also recognized the numerous achievements of outgoing City Manager Jay Ash. Gladys Vega and Roseann Bongiovanni, on behalf of the entire Collaborative membership, presented Jay with a mini bull horn to ensure that "our voices echo in [his] ears" for years to come.
The Chelsea Collaborative organized the biggest meeting of the year on Wednesday October 29th with over 1000 victims of the Telex Free scam. The meeting was held at the Mary C. Burke Elementary School Complex. These victims came to speak out about what could be the biggest ponzi scheme in the history of Massachusetts and likely one of the largest cases of fraud in the United States. Thousands and thousands of individuals invested in a business pyramid with Telex Free only to lose a lifetime's savings. US Attorney Carmen Ortiz came to Chelsea to meet with the victims and to provide them with information on the legal direction of actions against the company.
The Chelsea Collaborative will host its 27th Annual Holiday Gala on December 3, 2015 at 6pm at Spinelli’s in East Boston. At our event each year, we honor and recognize unsung heroes who have brought about significant accomplishments towards social, environmental and economic justice for Chelsea.
We hope that you will consider joining us on December 3rd. Tickets are $60 in advance or $70 at door.
Please help celebrate and support the good work happening in Chelsea by sponsoring the Annual Holiday Gala. All sponsorship and program book greeting opportunities are attached. Please complete the enclosed card and return it by November 17th. Program Book greetings can be sent in .jpg or .pdf format to RitaF@chelseacollab.org
The Chelsea Community Fund has announced the application deadline for 2014-2015 grants is Friday, November 21, 2014 by 1pm (the Collaborative closes on Fridays at 1pm) for charitable, educational, and other tax-exempt organizations that benefit Chelsea youth and families, promote education and civic engagement, improve quality of life, provide basic and unfulfilled needs, promotes equity and diversity in Chelsea and will have a lasting impact on the community.
For the 2014-2015 grant making cycle, the Community Fund will make grants of up to $5,000 that will contribute significantly to reaching a project's objectives and otherwise play a key role in solving a community problem or provide a needed service to Chelsea people.
Applicants who have had three past continuous years of Community Fund support are ineligible.
Please not that the CCF application has been changed and will require more information, please be sure to pay close attention to the requirements. If you have already submitted a proposal prior to the release of the attached document, you will have to resubmit your proposals with the requested information.
Completed applications must be postmarked by or submitted directly to the Collaborative in electronic form to: email@example.com
By 1:00pm no later than Friday, November 21, 2014
or delivered before 1:00 PM on that date to
Chelsea Community Fund,
318 Broadway, Chelsea, Ma 02150
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact.
Click subject line to see link for application guidelines.
Youth Build Just A Start is recruiting Chelsea youth ages 17-24 who are interested in working towards a GED or High School Diploma while getting some great hands-on carpentry skills. Click here for more information.
Dozens of volunteers united at the Collaborative on September 19th to welcome unaccompanied minors and their families to Chelsea. Volunteers helped to distribute truckloads of food, clothing, shoes, school supplies, toys and books. The newest members of our community were so grateful. With tears in their eyes, they offered deep appreciation for the overwhelming support they have received in Chelsea especially through the leadership of the Chelsea Collaborative. These families, particularly young children, survived harrowing journeys in dangerous environments to make it to the United States where they simply hope for their safety. The families have left their home countries because of uncontrollable violence that has left thousands dead. Escaping to the United States was their only option for survival. Chelsea has warmly welcomed these families. If you are interested in joining the cause, donating non-perishable food, clothing, boys and toys or to assist with interpretation, legal assistance and other ways, please contact the Collaborative at (617)889-6080.
The Chelsea Collaborative's Latino Immigrant Committee will participate in a panel presentation to discuss the immigration, the harrows of coming across the border and the strife presently in Central America.