Fenway Food Delivery: Success! Next Up: Mission Park!

Dear friends,

We are so fortunate to have such a supportive community of people and partners who want to help District 8 residents. I am so grateful to everyone who helped us get 470 boxes of produce from Katsiroubas Bros and Fresh Truck, funded by the Boston Resiliency Fund, to Fenway families in need on Tuesday! Next week, we will be delivering fresh produce to the residents of Mission Park, please see “Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities” below if you are interested in volunteering.

We were able to deliver produce boxes across the Fenway neighborhood, including to all the elderly residents of St Cecilia House and Morville House, to local congregate housing at Brooke House and Yearwood House, and to many individual households.

I want to give a special shout out to all of the organizations under the “Fenway Cares” banner who partnered with us to check in on families in need of these boxes and sign up volunteers, including Fenway Civic Association, Fenway Community Development Corporation, Fenway Community Center, Audubon Circle Neighborhood Association, Peterborough Senior Center, MissionSAFE, Operation P.E.A.C.E., and the Fenway Alliance. Thanks also to the staff of St Cecilia’s and Morville House for all their work, to Representative Jon Santiago for stopping by to help, and to the Red Sox and the Red Sox Foundation for sending volunteers and spreading the word. I’m grateful also to the Mayor’s Office of Food Access and Age Strong Commission for their partnership.

A huge thank you also for the ongoing work of our phonebank volunteers, who are calling elders across District 8! So far, our volunteers have made over 1,500 calls, and both my staff and Representative Livingstone’s staff have followed up with folks to connect them to needed services. Many neighbors have also kindly volunteered to follow up by making regular check in calls with elders that are socially isolated due to the public health emergency. We are so grateful for everyone who has been a part of this effort thus far! If you’re interested in making calls but missed the training session, please see “Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities” below. Specifically, if you speak Russian, we could use help reaching out to Russian-speaking elders. You can also read more about the effort in the Beacon Hill Times.

Finally, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if you are in need of anything during this time. You can also visit my website for information on a variety of resources. If this newsletter was forwarded to you or if a friend or neighbor would like to sign up to receive future newsletters, please fill out this form.

With thanks,

Kenzie

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities & Ways to Give

Help Deliver Food to Households in Mission Hill – Wednesday May 6th and Friday May 8th 

  • Volunteers needed to distribute 1,050 boxes of fresh produce to residents of Mission Park.
  • The delivery is divided over two days, Wednesday, May 6th and Friday, May 8th from 8:30am – 11:30am.
  • Volunteers will be given masks and gloves.
  • Please sign up here if you are interested in volunteering for either shift. Please email Lauren.Brody@boston.gov if you have any questions.

Call District 8 Elders and Neighbors 

  • Our amazing volunteers have begun calling elders and neighbors throughout District 8. If you would be up for making calls but missed the training sessions please watch this training video and email Emily.Brown2@boston.gov to be provided with phonebanking links. 
  • Specifically, if you speak Russian, we could use help reaching out to Russian-speaking elders. 

Pine Street Inn

  • As you may know, in an effort to get as many of our neighbors safely housed during this crisis as possible, the Pine Street Inn has recently opened an additional shelter for COVID-negative guests in a Suffolk University dorm on Beacon Hill.
  • They are looking for 2 volunteers for each meal shift to push a cart of packaged food, knock on doors and leave meals at each guest’s room on a number of floors. Masks and gloves will be provided to all volunteers.
  • Shift times: Breakfast 7:30am.  Lunch 11:30am.  Dinner 4:30pm. Volunteers should arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of the meal. The meal delivery should take no longer than one hour and fifteen minutes from the start time.
  • Volunteers will meet at the Miller Residence Hall, 10 Somerset Street, Boston, which is a dormitory of Suffolk University.
  • For more information call: Matthew Ferrer, Volunteer Administrative Coordinator, 617-892-9186

The Office of Representative Nika Elugardo is Collecting Donations to Purchase Gift Cards for Families In Need

  • Over $4000 has been raised so far for food and supplies for folks in need, and masks and PPE have been delivered to 150 youth and elders.
  • Additional donations will continue to help Tenant Task Forces and community partners to safely collect and distribute food and supplies to elders, people with disabilities, and school children.
  • To contribute, Venmo Krista Magnuson your donation at @kmagnuson. Krista buys the gift cards on your behalf, and Representative Elugardo delivers them to the district’s public housing developments and beyond as needed.
  • Don’t have the Venmo app? You can drop off grocery or other gift cards (denominations of $25 or less please) to Representative Elugardo’s house. You can email nika.elugardo@mahouse.gov to make sure she’s home. Representative Elugardo lives at 32 Sheridan Street #1 in Jamaica Plain.

Historian’s Corner: Morville House

On Tuesday, as a part of our efforts to deliver fresh produce to residents in the Fenway neighborhood, we delivered 170 boxes to elders living at Morville House. Morville House was developed by the Episcopal City Mission in 1971 for the purposes of allowing low income seniors to age in place. The Episcopal City Mission was incorporated in 1844 following a donation from William Appleton, who admired the work of two members of Trinity Church who ran a homeless shelter and Sunday school for homeless youth. In 1938, the first Morville House was built on Clarendon Street. Though the Episcopal City Mission has evolved and grown since its early years, it remains committed to carrying out racial and economic justice work in Massachusetts.

District 8 Pets!

This week’s pets (clockwise): Tommy of East Fenway, Whisper of Back Bay, and Fern of The West End

  • During the stay at home order, pets have benefited from the extra attention. We’d love for you to send photos of your pets to Lauren.Brody@boston.gov 
  • Please include your pet’s name and neighborhood and they will be featured in future newsletters.

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