July 15, 2019
 
Sixteen Mass. Nonprofits to Host Commonwealth Corps Members

May 13, 2019 — The Massachusetts Service Alliance, which serves as the state commission on service and volunteerism, today announced that it has selected 16 nonprofits from across the state to host Commonwealth Corps members for the 2019-2020 program year.

“We are very proud to be able to provide Commonwealth Corps members to these 16 worthy organizations next year because we know their ability to meet their mission will be greatly enhanced by their members,” said Emily Haber, CEO of the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA). “In addition, we are excited for the Commonwealth Corps members that will be selected to serve at these highly effective organizations. Experience has shown us that they will each have an extremely transformative year.”

The Commonwealth Corps, a state-funded program administered by the MSA, engages Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in a service internship designed to develop Massachusetts service leaders, strengthen communities, address unmet needs, and increase volunteerism.

Commonwealth Corps members serve at their host site organization for 10.5 months in a full- or half-time capacity. Members receive a small living stipend, health insurance, professional development training, and a monetary completion award upon finishing their service internship.

In 2019-2020, 44 members will serve with the following organizations.
  • Chelsea Collaborative, East Boston, Everett & Revere, focusing on economic opportunity/workforce development

  • Coalition for a Better Acre, Lowell, focusing on general education

  • Economic Development Council of Western MA, Springfield, focusing on economic opportunity/workforce development

  • Epilepsy Foundation New England, Boston, Lowell, Worcester & Springfield, focusing on youth development/youth violence prevention

  • Friends of the Rafael Hernandez School Inc., Boston, focusing on general education

  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Boston, Middleboro & Andover, focusing on general education

  • Girls Inc. of the Valley, Holyoke, Springfield & Chicopee, focusing on youth development/youth violence prevention

  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, focusing on youth development/youth violence prevention

  • More Than Words, Boston & Waltham, focusing on economic opportunity/workforce development

  • Peer Health Exchange, Boston, focusing on health and nutrition

  • Phoenix Charter Academy Network, Chelsea & Lawrence, focusing on general education

  • Regional Environmental Council, Worcester, focusing on health and nutrition

  • United South End Settlements, Boston, focusing on general education

  • UTEC, Inc., Lowell, focusing on early education

  • Westport River Watershed Alliance, Fall River, Taunton & Westport, focusing on general education

  • WriteBoston, Boston, focusing on general education
More than 1,000 Commonwealth Corps members have served in total, focusing on areas such as community development, health services, workforce development, afterschool or summer programs, and volunteer recruitment and management.

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