Monthly Archives: April 2014

Group Urges Boston to Boost Recycling and Reduce Waste – Look at Boston Becoming More Eco-Friendly

Via MassCosh:

“Environmental advocates released a set of recommendations [in March] that they said will create jobs, improve Boston’s abysmal recycling rate, and generate millions of dollars in revenue.

The zero waste master plan was presented at City Hall by a coalition of groups that want to move Boston’s green economy into all neighborhoods and divert 90 percent of the city’s waste from landfills by 2040.”

Continue reading here: Boston Globe


The McKinley Collaborative Garden Project

What is the McKinley Collaborative Garden Project?

– An educational garden project collaboration between Haley House and the McKinley South End Academy. 

The McKinley Collaborative Garden Project aims to create a sustainable school garden in order to: 

  • Enrich student education with hands-on learning experiences both in the garden and the kitchen
  • Promote healthy food choices by teaching participants how to grow and prepare fresh food
  • Build relationship between students, families, school staff, neighbors, and local organizations
  • Create a peaceful and productive space that contributes to the quality of life for all involved

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Aardvark Jazz Continues 41st Season with World Premieres by Mark Harvey

Praised for ”spirited composition and inspired playing” (Jazz Alchemist, Poland), The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, one of the longest running large jazz ensembles in the world, will perform two premieres by founder/director Mark Harvey: Commemoration (Boston 2013), a tribute to the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy, and Spaceways, celebrating the Sun Ra centennial on Saturday, April 26th at 8:00 PM. Also on tap: Harvey’s No Walls, selected as the official song for JazzBoston’s Jazz Week (April 21-30, 2014). Free admission! Information: 617 452 3205. This concert is presented by MIT Music and Theater Arts, in conjunction with JazzBoston’s Jazz Week and the Smithsonian Institution’s observance of April as National Jazz Appreciation Month. To learn more, visit their Facebook event page:


Community Works’ Intern, Dylan Manderlink Awarded at Emerson College for Social Justice & Advocacy Work

On Sunday April 13th, Emerson College students, faculty, and staff gathered at the Courtyard Marriot on Tremont for their annual Emerson Recognition and Achievement Awards. The ERA Awards is a long-standing tradition at Emerson College to celebrate and recognize student and campus leadership while highlighting the infinite achievements of the Emerson community. This celebratory night not only recognizes our leadership, it gives student organizations the opportunity to pass the reins of leadership from one leader to the next.
Because Emerson is such an extra-curricular focused and organizational savvy school, this award ceremony celebrates the countless voluntary hours that student leaders put into their passions, majors, and desired career fields.
At this year’s award ceremony, Community Works’ Communications Intern was awarded the Jennifer Stowers Quintal Visionary Award. First presented in 2003, The Jennifer Stowers Quintal Visionary Award for Distinction in Community Service and Social Advocacy honors a student who has shown a commitment to social justice. This student has demonstrated an active participation in the community, social advocacy, and the education and empowerment of their peers. The award recipient is selected by a committee appointed through the Office of Student Life.
In addition to being a part of the Community Works family where she works alongside such passionate and dedicated social justice advocates and gets to cultivate her passion even more, she is also the Communications Intern at Pine Street Inn homeless shelter, the Arts & Lectures Coordinator at Emerson’s Office of Service Learning & Community Action, the President of the professional & philanthropic sorority Kappa Gamma Chi, and the 3-term President of Emerson Peace & Social Justice. This year she also served as a Trip Leader for an Alternative Spring Break trip to Eagle Butte, South Dakota to work on a Lakota Sioux Native American reservation with the Cheyenne River Youth Project. She has volunteered regularly since being a student at Emerson and some of her volunteer experience and community involvement includes: Horizons for Homeless Children, the Boston Initiative to Advance Human Rights, Women’s Lunch Place, Rosie’s Place, St. Francis House, More than Words book warehouse, Prison Book Program, MassEquality, Pine Street Inn, Mission Safe, the Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk, Relay for Life, Boston Rescue Mission, Boys & Girls Club in South Boston, 826 Boston, and the Greater Boston Food Bank.
Manderlink created her own major at the end of her freshman year to encompass her passions for theatre, human understanding through arts education, social advocacy, community engagement, and social justice. Since then, she has been Emerson’s only BA Investigative Theatre for Social Change major and has spent her full 4 years at Emerson promoting social justice, environmental awareness, and the equality of human and animal rights. Her passion for improving the quality lives of others runs deep and is authentically personal. Her leadership at Emerson has been aligned with the notion of motivating people to be leaders, not just followers.
Next year, she will be serving as a Digital Communications teacher at Cross County High School in rural Cherry Valley, Arkansas through Teach for America. Manderlink hopes to run with her passions wherever she goes and instill compassion, empathy, and a genuine care for the lives of others in everyone she meets, serves, and works alongside.
Congratulations to Dylan and all of the Emerson College ERA Award recipients for working together and using your passions to make this world a better place for us all! 
(Picture of Community Works’ Intern, Dylan Manderlink and Award Presenter, Professor Quintal)

Community Works’ Executive Director Honored at Emerson College

Community Works’ Communications Intern, Dylan Manderlink (Emerson College ’14) and the professional & philanthropic sorority she is President of, Kappa Gamma Chi, inducted Fran Froehlich as an honorary sister of one of Emerson’s oldest greek organizations. Kappa Gamma Chi has been at Emerson College since 1902 and stands for the ideals of female professional development in a still very-male dominated work force, female empowerment, community service and civic engagement, and the powerful notion of sisterhood. Dylan honored Fran with the following words:


“As a blogger for Community Works’ social justice blog last year and their Communications Intern this year, I have been so incredibly lucky to have met Fran. I think there is a common misconception that activism tends to be a passion of younger people, a ‘grassroots trend’ that the younger generation seems to be a part of, or something that happened in a certain decade. But, Fran proves that wrong. I am so impressed by her constant motivation to make a difference in the lives of others and her community at large. Despite the many challenges and difficulties that come with being an advocate, activist, and engaged global citizen, she always remains authentically herself and I am constantly in awe of her realness. Even when discussing hefty, emotional, and trying issues – her positivity seems effortless and I am so grateful to know someone who does not get bogged down or deterred by the social ills of our society. Her positive outlook helps me stay motivated and encouraged as someone who is passionate about activism, community development, social justice, and volunteerism.

One of the reasons I joined Kappa was to have the chance to be surrounded by driven, highly-motivated, passionate, and compassionate women who strive to make a difference in the lives of others, their own lives, our school, and their community at large. I’m so grateful that Kappa has this Honorary Sister ceremony so that we can welcome, celebrate, and support women like Fran whose dedication to making the world a better place does not go unnoticed. Fran’s commitment to social justice and the betterment of the lives of others is absolutely inspiring and it is such a privilege to have her as an honorary sister and have her represent our organization. After Fran came to speak to our sisters at one of our Sunday business meetings, sisters were in awe of how empowering, uplifting, and sisterly she was and there was no question that we’d invite her to be an honorary sister.

As Gloria Steinem said, “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That’s their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.”

Fran’s zest for life, devotion to social justice, and loyalty to the power and strength of womanhood, is a testament to the spirit of sisterhood that she values and will provide us with as well. Welcome Fran!”


Congratulations, Fran!