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Charlestown Mothers Association gets Resiliency Fund Grant

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, along with the Boston Resiliency Fund Steering Committee, announced $360,000 in funding to six nonprofit organizations serving the community, including the Charlestown Mothers Association.

Organizations who receive this funding work directly with the Boston community to increase the availability of essential needs. Of grantees awarded this round, 67 percent are led by a person of color and 45 percent are led by women.

“Collaborating with community partners and nonprofits has been fundamental to providing supports to residents as part of our response and recovery from COVID-19,” said Mayor Walsh. “I want to thank every organization who has been involved in our efforts to ensure vulnerable residents have the resources they need. When we work together, we are able to help more residents get the vital help they need.”

Since March, the Boston Resiliency Fund has raised $33,300,000 and distributed $28,700,000 to 353 local nonprofit organizations in Boston. Fifty-four percent of organizations to have received funding are led by a person of color, 56 percent are women-led and 27 percent are immigrant-serving. A map and list of every organization that has received funding from the Boston Resiliency Fund can be found here.

This round’s grantees represent organizations working to expand food and testing access, hygiene products and cleaning supplies for community members and organizations. Those locally included:

•Charlestown Mothers Association, Inc.: CMA will use this grant to create family support kits for residents in need.  Each support kit will contain items such as grocery store gift cards, health essentials, and activities to engage small children while staying safe at home. Kits will be distributed at partner sites in Charlestown including the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, the Kennedy Center, and Harvest on the Vine.

Saint John’s Episcopal Church Virtual Harvest Fair, 2020

St. John’s 2020 Harvest Fair goes Virtual!

St. John’s Episcopal Church on Devens Street in C’town has celebrated its annual Harvest Fair for 179 years. The Fair traditionally includes sales tables upstairs with craft items, a bake sale, homemade jams and jellies, and a really superior table of high-quality jewelry and interesting second hand items. Downstairs the church puts out a marvelous turkey dinner for the Charlestown community. But for the 180th anniversary this year, because of the Covid-19 virus, the Fair is going virtual.

But though the Harvest Fair  has undergone a metamorphosis, the tradition will remain unbroken, but now the sale items can be purchased at our on-line shop, and so can dinner, which has become turkey dinner in a pie!

There will still be the amazing apple pies baked by Paul Newell and Steve Spinetto will be making mouthwatering turkey pot pies, while, for the daring, Jake Sterling will be making raised turkey pies with the whole works, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy, inside. You can find the St. John’s on-line at, The on-line shop will open on November 1 and continue until December 3, with pick-ups at St. Johns Episcopal Church, 27 Devens Street are on November 12, 19, 25, and December 3 from 4 to 6 o’clock pm.

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