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June 25, 2022
Budget Buddies event; Annual Men's Health Summit; Language of Food

MNN will hold its Excellence Awards; Budget Buddies to celebrate at event; a Men's Health Summit at Whittier Street Health Center; the Language of Food event from English for New Bostonians, and more...

• The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network will hold its annual 2022 Nonprofit Excellence Awards June 22 @ 10:00 am (virtual). MNN says it is "thrilled for the opportunity to celebrate the innovation and resilience that nonprofits and their employees have demonstrated each day."

• Budget Buddies, the Massachusetts-based organization working to empower women to build financial wellness, confidence and financial security, will hold a celebratory event and announce a new brand identity on June 23 at 6:30 pm. Register using the link here.

Whittier Street Health Center, a community health center with a mission to serve as a center of excellence that provides high quality and accessible health care and social services that achieve health equity, social justice, and the economic well-being of a diverse patient population, recently announced its honorees and panelists at its 22nd Annual Men’s Health Summit; Building Resiliency, Community, and Hope, being held on Saturday, June 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1290 Tremont Street, Roxbury.

The Men’s Health Summit serves as an occasion to recognize several men’s health champions from diverse backgrounds during the annual Men’s Health Champion Award presentation. This year’s honorees include Keith D. Crawford, MD, PhD, director of clinical trials and education for the Prostrate Health Education Network (PHEN); Eddie Owens, Jr., president and CEO, Owens Moving Company; Michael Hunter, business development executive, Trinity Financial, Inc.; Nestor Castro, men’s health ambassador, Whittier Street Health Center; and Sean Ryan, Esq., partner, Husch Blackwell.

Panelists scheduled for the summit include Crawford; Kevin Simon, MD, chief behavioral health officer, Boston Public Health Commission; Kwame Dance, PsyD, MBA, dean of health and wellness, Boston Arts Academy; and Marshall Simpson and Deshawn Gibbons, Whittier Street Health Center patients. The panel discussion will be moderated by Stephen Wright, MD, medical director of Whittier Street Health Center.

Wes Woodson, author of the international selling book I Have Anxiety (So What?) and a motivational speaker with Minding Your Mind, will serve as the keynote speaker.

The annual event raises awareness of the mental health of the center’s patients and youth in general and explores strategies to support mental wellness. For more information contact or 617-989-3119. Stay up to date at the event webpage at

• ABCD's 24th Field of Dreams Charity Event at Fenway Park. ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) will once again host its iconic summertime fundraiser, Field of Dreams, at Fenway Park to benefit Greater Boston's underserved, low-income youth through the ABCD SummerWorks program. The event will take place on Monday, June 27, starting at 7 a.m. And with only a couple of spots remaining, corporate and other teams are encouraged to sign up immediately to secure a place on the roster and play at the legendary home of the Boston Red Sox: Fenway Park.

To learn more about ABCD Field of Dreams and how you or your organization can sign up, call Liz McCarthy, ABCD Events Manager, at, call 617.620.6949 or visit

English for New Bostonians will hold a "Language of Food" event June 29 at the Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Avenue, Boston, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Communities Across Massachusetts to Host ’Reading Frederick Douglass Together’ — 23 nonprofits to read and discuss “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” this summer

This summer, communities across Massachusetts are part of a statewide series of events focused on a speech written 170 years ago. Mass Humanities supports public readings of Frederick Douglass’s influential address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” around the Commonwealth. Readings and the discussions that follow can take many formats, but each event features a group of people gathered to read portions of the speech. The reading provides an opportunity to open up discourse between community members about race, rights, and our responsibilities to the past and to each other.

Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in 1838 and lived for many years in Massachusetts. He delivered the Fourth of July speech on July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, to the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society. The most celebrated orator of his day, Douglass’ powerful language, resolute denunciations of slavery, and forceful examination of the Constitution challenge us to think about the histories we tell, the values they teach, and if our actions match our aspirations. To quote Douglass, “We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the future.”

Since 2009, Mass Humanities has supported the Reading Frederick Douglass Together program. Last year, the organization responded to the growing local demand for new conversations about history, race and democracy in local towns and cities by funding 24 RFDT events, a nearly 3-fold increase over our 2019 program.

This year 23 organizations will be hosting their own Reading Frederick Douglass Together events in Massachusetts this summer with the help of funding made possible by the National Endowment of the Humanities’ (NEH) A More Perfect Union, a special initiative designed to demonstrate and enhance the critical role the humanities play in our nation.

The nonprofits hosting Reading Frederick Douglass Together events include:

June 25


The Wayside Inn

72 Wayside Inn Rd


June 26


Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association

Frederick Douglass Community Garden


Natick Historical Society

58 Eliot St, Natick


June 30


Essential Partners

186 Alewife Brook Pkwy #212



Somerville Museum

One Westwood Road


NAACP Worcester

Worcester City Hall 455 Main St


(Rain date July 1)

July 1


Mass Humanities & partners

Boston Common

Shaw Memorial Freedom Trail


July 2


Beverly Historical Society

39 Hale Street



Historic Northampton

46 Bridge St



Marion Art Center

465 Mill Street


July 3


North Shore Juneteenth Association

Frederick Douglass Memorial Park



Historical Society of Old Newbury

98 High Street


July 4

Fall River

Greater Fall River Art Association

80 Belmont St


North Andover

Friends of the 1836 Meeting House

190 Academy Road



Old Parish Preservation Volunteers, Inc.

480 Washington St.


Oaks Bluff

The Helene Johnson & Dorothy West Foundation For Artists In Need

The Inkwell Beach


Plainfield Reads

Shaw Memorial Library

312 Main Street



Martin Luther King Family Services

Court Square

July 5

East Falmouth

Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center, Inc

67 Davisville Road


Sharon Historical Society

16 High Street

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