Annual Holiday Gala Honoring Unsung Heroes of 2015

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

Chelsea Community Fund Announces Fall/Winter Grant Making Cycle

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: 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.

More than 250 community members partake in Welcoming Celebration for Unaccompanied Minors

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.

Gladys Vega Challenges Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker for Stance on Immigration Policy

Gladys Vega challenged gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker for his position to dedicate public housing for US citizens only. Vega decries Baker for coming to Chelsea, recently named an "All America City" by the National Civic League for its inclusiveness, to unveil his policy position. Vega further asserts that Baker's policy is exclusive and not welcome in Chelsea, A Sanctuary City. To see the video, click here To read an article by State House News, click here

Hundreds Turn Out for Rally and March to Support Unaccompanied Minors

Dozens and dozens for people from across the state and representing numerous organizations, joined the Chelsea Collaborative, Inc. and The MIRA Coalition in support of the hundreds of unaccompanied minors crossing the US Border in search of a life free from violence, corruption and crime. Here, a 6 year old named Kimberly, leads the chants en route to the State House For information on how to help the unaccompanied minors and to get involved, call the Collaborative at (617)889-6080.

Summer Youth Employment Teens Register New Voters

Brinelgy and Jasminka, two teens employed through the Summer Youth Employment Initiative, are hard at work registering new voters and informing them about the importance of voting. For more information on upcoming elections, where to vote and how to register to vote, please call the Collaborative (617)889-6080.

Dozens Gather for Eid Celebration Marking End of Ramadan

The Shanbaro Community Association celebrated the end of Ramadan with a huge Eid celebration. More than 125 community members packed the Polish Political Club for great food, dancing and fun. City Manager Jay Ash and community members Catherine Maas, Marianne Winship and Lisa Santagate were just a few of many who joined the celebration in support of Shanbaro's community and their efforts in Chelsea.