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June 25, 2022
Raising awareness about elder abuse; Field of Dreams at Fenway; Reading Frederick Douglass

A sampling of upcoming events includes a walk on the Common to raise awareness for elder abuse; a Fenway Park fundraiser; MNN's Nonprofit Excellence Awards: and statewide readings of Frederick Douglass' famous July 4 speech.

• Elder Abuse Awareness Walk on Boston Common on June 15

Central Boston Elder Services joins with three other groups serving Boston-area seniors on the global June 15th “Elder Abuse Awareness Day” to bring concerned residents of all ages and local dignitaries together on the historic Boston Common to focus attention on the dangers of mistreatment, exploitation and neglect that seniors everywhere face daily.

The walk begins at 11 am on June 15 at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common near the intersection of Tremont and Boylston Streets. There will be a short program at the Bandstand followed by a walk of approximately one mile around Boston Common.

CBES, Ethos, Boston Senior Home Care and Boston’s Age Strong Commission are working together to highlight the abuse of vulnerable seniors that often goes unnoticed. About one in six people aged sixty or above all over the world have faced some form of abuse in recent years, according to the World Health Organization. Elder abuse is a global social problem affecting the health and human rights of millions of seniors.

“We are walking today with concerned citizens worldwide to let all members of our community know that elder abuse exists and must be prevented,” said Sylvia Exantus, CBES Executive Director. “Often such abuse goes undetected. It includes physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse as well as neglect, abandonment and self-neglect. Our seniors have devoted their lives to us and we must provide the safety and care they deserve.”

Joining in the walk to aid older residents are State Representative Chynah Tyler; Elizabeth Chen, Secretary, Executive Office of Elder Affairs; City Councilor-at-Large Erin Murphy; José Massó, Chief of Human Services, City of Boston, representing Mayor Wu; Emily Shea, Commissioner, Boston Age Strong; Sylvia Exantus, Executive Director, CBES; Valarie Frias, CEO, Ethos; and Margaret Hogan, CEO, Boston Senior Home Care.

• 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."

• 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

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 19- Juneteenth


Newton New Arts Center

61 Washington Park


June 20


Old Sturbridge, Inc.

1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd

11am and 2pm

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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