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Annual CAMPQUEST 5K Walk to Benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp to take place on October 3rd in VIRTUAL format

WORCESTER, MA:  On Saturday, October 3rd there will be fundraiser to benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. After being postponed due to COVID-19, the CAMPQUEST 5K Walk will take place in a VIRTUAL format on Saturday, October 3rd from 10 am to 11 am. This format allows participants to register and walk or run in a place of their choice to support the incredible work that Camp does for seriously ill children and their families.
Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provides “a different kind of healing” to more than 20,000 seriously ill children and family members annually-all completely free of charge.  For many of these children and families, Hole in the Wall provides multiple Camp experiences throughout the year at the facility in Ashford, Connecticut, in more than 40 hospitals (including UMASS Hospital in Worcester) and clinics, directly in Camper homes and communities, and through other outreach activities across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
The walk was founded by Donna Quitadamo, an elementary school teacher for 41 years, who shared her passion for Camp with many of her students and their families who became inspired to embark on various fundraisers and collected much needed items for Camp and the children that it serves.
“I am immensely proud that since our first walk in 2017, we have raised over $47,000 for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and I am honored that so many former students and their families have helped by organizing and participating in the annual event”, shared Donna. “We want to make sure that the important work Camp does continues and by having the walk in a virtual format, we can still make a difference while practicing social distancing”.
Online registration is open. It’s $10 to register online at www.missqcampquest.com and set up your own personal fundraising page. Then, choose your favorite spot to walk or run for Camp on October 3rd at 10 am.
Donna Quitadamo                       
Anna Grace Barry, Development Associate
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
555 Long Wharf Drive
New Haven, CT 06511
Office: 203.745.2713
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As the coronavirus pandemic and continued systemic racism plague the Black community, our very lives are on the ballot in this year’s election. It is not enough for any one of us to simply vote, however. In this time of crisis, each of us is obligated to make sure that all people in our communities vote. We’re asking you to commit right now to volunteer in the fall to encourage less-engaged Black voters to vote.

In the weeks before Election Day on November 3rd, the NAACP will mobilize leaders in communities across the country to make sure that Black voters do not sit out this election. We’re asking voters like you to call and text Black voters who vote less frequently and encourage them to exercise their power at the ballot box. Research shows that nothing mobilizes our vote more than Black voters encouraging and reminding other Black voters to vote, and we need your help to make sure our voices are heard.

Our mobilization program will provide you with resources and a list of the names and phone numbers of up to 20 infrequent Black voters for you to contact. The common history and current challenges of our community bring us together and infuse broad trust in the conversations among us, whether we are friends or strangers, and no matter the distance of our relationships or where we live in the country.

We’ve done the homework and worked with data scientists this year to analyze where our communities need your help and where Black votes will have the greatest impact on election outcomes. We have identified a dozen states where your commitment to volunteer can change the course of history and save the lives of friends and family and the people in our communities all across the country.

Can we count on you to help mobilize our vote in this year’s election? Will you join us by calling and texting voters in the states where our communities and our country need your commitment?

Please visit www.naacp.org/volunteer now to sign up!

For more information about this program, you can visit www.naacp.org/volunteeror call us at 1-888-984-2510 (Mon-Fri).

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AdCare Virtual Narcan Training Today, August 25 at 4:00 PM

Learn how to administer the overdose reversing drug Narcan® today at 4:00 PM and potentially save a life. Keith Barnaby, CADC, harm reduction specialist at AIDS Project Worcester, will lead the Narcan training and Q&A.

AdCare Narcan Training Event and Q&A

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EST)
Please join meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (408) 650-3123
Access Code: 497-317-469

Join from a video-conferencing room or system.
Dial in or type: or inroomlink.goto.com
Meeting ID: 497 317 469
Or dial directly: 497317469@ or
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Jose Rentas 
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Meet our newest Member
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Your Home Detox is an environmentally conscious and compassionate housekeeping business committed to reducing our carbon footprint one home at a time.
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Edward Jones Investment

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Narcan event 2020

Contact:      Mary Beth Papcsy
Media Relations
AdCare Hospital
        508-799-9000, ext. 4058- office

(August 12, 2020, Worcester, MA) –AdCare will host a free, virtual training Tuesday, August 25 at 4:00 PM on how to administer the overdose reversing drug Narcan® and potentially save a life.  Keith Barnaby, CADC, harm reduction specialist with AIDS Project Worcester, will lead the Narcan training and live chat Q&A. Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/497317469 or dial in using your phone:+1 (408) 650-3123.  Access Code: 497-317-469.
The U.S. Surgeon General urges family, friends, and individuals at risk for an opioid overdose to keep Narcan on hand.  AdCare’s Narcan training August 25 at 4:00 PM is being held in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31, 2020), an opportunity to remember those lost to overdose and underscore the message that overdose death is preventable and more must be done to save lives.
Experience matters. For nearly 45 years, AdCare has provided life-changing alcohol and drug treatment at our hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, outpatient programs throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and our residential treatment program in North Kingstown, RI. For more information about AdCare programs, call 1-800-ALCOHOL (252-6465) or visit AdCare.com.

Worcester Black History Project
and Worcester Historical Museum

Join us for a forum on race and policing, and the double consciousness of being a black police officer.
September 1, 2020 at 7pm. https://tinyurl.com/y28nhdqn
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We got some Big News to Announce

We are just under a week away from the Massachusetts Pirates Press Conference!  We are hoping that you or someone from your organization is able to attend as we will be announcing some extremely exciting news!

The conference will be held at the Fallon Healthcare Pavilion outside of the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.

Please email jburkhardt@masspiratesfootball.com if you are able to attend or would like more information.

Out of Reach Report
A report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The report with data for Worcester County (including the City of Worcester) can be viewed HERE

Etel Haxhiaj
Director Public Education & Advocacy
Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance
Phone: (508) 365-4029
Email: ehaxhiaj@cmhaonline.org

Contact: Etel Haxhiaj: (508) 365-4029
August 12, 2020


Although new housing developments have sprung up in Worcester and surrounding communities, Worcester remains unaffordable for many families and individuals. The National Low Income Housing Coalition recently released the Annual “Out of Reach” Report in which a side by side comparison of wages and rent for Worcester and surrounding areas shows the amount of money a household must earn to afford a rental unit, based on Fair Market Rent. For many Worcester households, already at risk for losing housing due to a reduction of work hours, a layoff, or a medical emergency, affording rent means working multiple jobs or living in overcrowded conditions.

The 2020 Out of Reach Study places Massachusetts as the third least affordable state in the nation for rental housing, demonstrating a widening gap between the wages of low- and moderate-income households and their housing costs. Years of neglect of the need for affordable housing and reductions  in the development of affordable housing by the federal, state, and local governments, in addition to not adjusting housing subsidies to reflect actual housing costs, and not making the minimum wage a living wage, have left renters struggling. Hit hard by a global pandemic, particularly in communities of color and immigrant communities, renters are facing a major public health and housing crisis. More households facing job losses and food insecurity are unable to pay rent. Many essential workers are squeezed tight by an unaffordable rental market, stagnant low-wages, and occupations that leave them vulnerable to COVID-19.

The Out of Reach Report shows that Worcester remains out of reach for many of these renters and essential workers. The Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1398. In order to afford this rent and utilities without paying more than 30% of their income, a household needs to earn $26.88 per hour. However, the average wage of renters in Worcester and surrounding areas is only $14.12 per hour. In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment in Worcester at the average renter wage of $14.12, a renter would need to work 76 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.

The report also paints a stark picture of wage inequality for essential workers. The largest number of frontline workers, predominantly people of color, work as Home Health and Personal Care Aids, making an hourly median wage of $15.31.Close behind them are retail salespersons whose median wage is  $13.52, and fast food and counter workers who make $12.87 an hour. A household earning these wages would not be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Worcester or surrounding towns. Covid-19 has also caused hardships for small responsible landlords. Without mortgage relief and tenant protections, many of them risk foreclosure, which further reduces valuable housing stock and impacts municipal budgets.

Seniors, people with disabilities, individuals and families with low-wage jobs continue to struggle to find decent and affordable housing in Worcester and surrounding areas. We need to keep these families stable in their homes, while advocating for more affordable and climate-resilient housing at the federal, state and local level. There is an urgent need for long-term rental assistance for renters, access to counseling resources for those facing eviction and foreclosure, and local measures to stabilize renters and households with the lowest incomes.

“Inclusion Always Matters: 
How to Navigate the New ‘Now’”  
For Immediate Release:
Media Contact:
Robin Verges (646) 319-1113, rverges@rubenstein.com
Janine Fondon (413) 221-7931, jfondon@unityfirst.com
Angelo A. Ellerbee /Double XXposure Media Relations/(201)224-6570
Multicultural Network www.UnityFirst.com virtual conversation

“Inclusion Always Matters: 
How to Navigate the New ‘Now’”  

UnityFirst.com will present a virtual conversation 
on August 20, 2020 (3:00-4:30 pm)  
To recognize the enslaved Africans who landed in 1619 (August 20)--To remember Black women who advanced the women’s movement -- and To inspire new ways for engaging in social action while learning about the history.

On Thursday, August 20th, 2020 at 3:00 pm ESTUnityFirst.com, which promotes networking, storytelling and diverse news via media related projects on diversity, inclusion, and equity, will honor the history that must not be forgotten - the day (August 20) when enslaved Africans landed in 1619 and the legacy of Black women who advanced the women’s movement well before the 1920s vote. Join us to learn why, "Inclusion Always Matters" and How to Navigate the New "Now"
To register, go to https://www.accelevents.com/e/UFForum
The virtual conversation, “Inclusion Always Matters: How to Navigate the New ‘Now,’” aims to inspire people today to separate fact from fiction as they engage in social action and learn about history.The event will feature a range of voices from New York to New England and across the U.S. who offer solutions to dismantle systemic racism, promote inclusion that matters and identify new trends shaping diverse communities. Invited speakers includes luminaries such as Jean Denton Thompson - one of the many Freedom Riders during the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Shopping Networks founder Janice McLean Deloatch and Emmy-award winning journalist Carol Jenkins, Co-President and CEO of The ERA Coalition who will discuss her work regarding the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), among others --
  • Lawrence “Larry” Watson of Berklee College of Music, who created the modern rendition of the song adopted as the Black national anthem --Lift Every Voice and Sing
  • Rhea McCauley, the niece of Rosa Parks 
  • Robin Verges, Senior Vice President, Rubenstein
  • Angelo Ellerbe --the CEO of Double XXposure Public Relations
  • Journalist Greg Palast will walk us through ways to protect your ‘vote’
  • Charles Blatcher, Founder of the National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations, references the importance broadening the leadership narrative with Black military history and today’s Black Lives Matter movement  
  • Civil Rights Attorney Arnold J. Lizana III (Atlanta, GA)
“The conversation will highlight, important, ‘need-to-know’ history and share actions we can take in the new ‘now’ to do better and be better within this time of COVID-19 pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, and the death of U.S. Representative John Lewis,” said Janine Fondon, President and CEO of www.UnityFirst.com - who will moderate with her daughter, Nikai Fondon. “In addition, the event will offer new insights on the less known history and provide a different lens to examine the new narratives needed to drive inclusion and equity as well as usher in the new ‘now’.”

Project collaborators include Double XXposure Media Relations, NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (New England), Girls Inc of the Valley, UnityFirst.com, National Coalition of Black Veterans and the nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Springfield Museums.

To attend the event: register at https://www.accelevents.com/e/UFForum

Media Contact:

Robin Verges (646) 319-1113, rverges@rubenstein.com 
Janine Fondon (413) 221-7931, jfondon@unityfirst.com
Angelo A. Ellerbee /Double XXposure Media Relations/(201)224-6570

For more information, please call (413) 221-7931 or
send email to: jfondon@unityfirst.com

Monday town hall to delve into concerns of Worcester’s Black community

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A young woman speaks to supporters ahead of a rally earlier this summer in Worcester. [T&G Staff File Photo/Christine Peterson]

By Scott O’Connell 
Telegram & Gazette Staff 
Posted Aug 3, 2020 at 12:01 AM

WORCESTER — A local organization of Black city residents will host a town hall meeting Monday to air the Black community’s concerns on police reform, education and other issues here.

The virtual forum will take place on Zoom and also be streamed live at wuty979fm.org beginning at 6 p.m., according to the group, called Black Families Together.

“This is a unique opportunity to hear a combined consensus” reached by Black Worcester residents on the most pressing issues facing their community, said Stacey Luster, one of the organization’s representatives.

Black Families Together has been forming a priority list for Monday’s town hall since June via videoconferences with Black people in the city, Luster added.
“This (forum) is a deliberate attempt to come together as a Black community” and identify its common issues, she said — something “we haven’t done as effectively a Black community in Worcester for quite some time.”

While the group has come up with eight priority areas in total for Monday’s meeting, Luster said there is particular emphasis on local education, police reform, and diversity hiring in the city.

Other issues identified by Black Families Together for the town hall are Black business ownership, disparate health outcomes for Black residents, access to loans and grants, and Black participation in local elections and government.
The organization is hoping Monday’s forum will not only have a large audience of Black Worcester residents, but also public officials, who will have a rare chance to hear the collective concerns of the city’s Black community.

Luster said the timing of the event is due in large part to the nationwide discussion currently happening on a range of topics affecting Black Americans, particular police brutality. While many of those issues have already entered public discussions here in Worcester, she added, “it’s important that Black Worcester voices be part of them.”

“We believe we have a consensus about what the priorities are,” she said, based on the surveys, breakout conversations, and other efforts Black Families Together has taken to reach out to the city’s Black population, with the primary goal of “coming together to reflect on the important issues of our time.”

Scott O’Connell can be reached at Scott.O’Connell@telegram.com. Follow him on Twitter @ScottOConnellTG