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Springfield Jewish Community Center camp brings joy to diverse population, including children from Ukraine, Afghanistan

Matthew Grochowski has been attending the Jewish Community Center Summer Camp since 2015, with the exception of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the traditional camp. Read more

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Organizational Overhaul: Governing Through Major Change

LeadingAge Magazine - September 27, 2017

In 2014, Lutheran Social Services of New England became Ascentria Care Alliance. While organizational name changes and re-branding efforts have become fairly common, they are rarely just cosmetic, because they are usually accompanied by structural changes under the surface. Ascentria has changed profoundly over the course of a decade. Read more

Why Hide the Facts About Refugee Costs and Benefits?

Migration Policy Institute (MPI) - September 22, 2017

No enterprise in the United States—or any market economy—could survive if it only counted the costs of doing business and ignored the benefits side of the ledger. But that is exactly how some Trump administration officials are insisting on evaluating the refugee resettlement program, according to a report in The New York Times this week. Read more

Trump Administration Rejects Study Showing Positive Impact of Refugees

New York Times - September 22, 2017

Trump administration officials, under pressure from the White House to provide a rationale for reducing the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year, rejected a study by the Department of Health and Human Services that found that refugees brought in $63 billion more in government revenues over the past decade than they cost. Read more

Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Service Day keeps Quincy employees busy

The Patriot Ledger - September 21, 2017

QUINCY – Thousands of children will be entering the new school year with new pencils and notebooks, thanks to volunteers at Quincy’s Blue Cross Blue Shield location. Read more

Hampshire College Student's Senior Thesis: Tiny House for Syrian Refugee Family - September 4, 2017

AMHERST -- When he was young, Rody Lipson and his father built a gazebo in the woods near his New Marlborough home -- an experience he described as "the blind leading the blind." Read more

Can't Sell or Trade in Your Used Car? Donate It!

Good News Garage - August 29, 2017

If you are purchasing a new car, consider donating your old car to charity as an alternative to trading or selling. In addition to helping out your favorite local cause, you may also qualify for a tax deduction if the organization is a registered 501(c)3. But there are some important points to consider before making your donation.
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College Town: Worcester Students Advocate for Refugees

Telegram and Gazette - August 27, 2017

Oct. 1 is an important date for some area university students building a campus campaign around the global refugee crisis. This is the date on which President Donald J. Trump decides how many refugees will be permitted into the U.S. for the new fiscal year. A decision that the students are hoping to influence.
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Cape Welcomes Refugees for a Weekend Vacation

The Cape Codder - August 11, 2017

To the nearly 400-year-old story of Cape Cod as a place for refuge, a new chapter is being written. Along with the New Yorkers and Vermonters and Texans who will be heading to the Cape this weekend, there will be a couple of cars containing actual refugees, as in people from war-torn nations such as Syria and Iraq, now relocated to Worcester and driving down for the weekend as any other tourists.
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