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The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) has helped more than 350 families with $142,000 in emergency financial assistance since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in late March of 2020.

The funds for this third round of assistance were the result of the “Unity and Action” online fundraising campaign promoted by the organization in May of 2020, which raised $7,700, and several large donations by local organizations, government agencies, foundations, and community members: the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, the Eos Foundation in partnership with the Family Independence Initiative, the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund (through the Greater Lowell Community Foundation), United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, the Cambridge Community Foundation, the Metrowest Health Foundation, and the Joe and Dorothy Chaves Family Foundation.

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The previous rounds of assistance distributed an additional $45,000, which were donated by theFish Family Foundation and the Shapiro Foundation, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.

The health and social services organization distributed these funds to families and individuals dealing with unemployment and lack of income due to the coronavirus pandemic, including many victims and survivors of domestic violence and community members living with HIV/ AIDS.

“It fills us with pride to have been able to provide some relief to so many families and individuals in our communities who are struggling to get by,” said Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director. “On their behalf, we want to thank the many organizations, foundations, government agencies, and community members who made all of this possible.”

In addition to the funds to assist community families and individuals, MAPS received $28K to support its work, generously donated by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, and many community members who contributed to the “Unity and Action” campaign.


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MAPS has served the Portuguese-speaking communities of Massachusetts and others since 1970. The organization offers a wide range of free health and social services through its six offices in Cambridge, Somerville, Brighton, Dorchester, Framingham, and Lowell. To learn more about MAPS, visit maps-inc.org.

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A MAPS Ajudou Mais de 350 Famílias com $142K em Assistência de Emergência Financeira durante a Pandemia

A Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) já ajudou mais de 350 famílias com $142,000 em auxílio de emergência financeira desde o início da pandemia de coronavírus, no final de Março de 2020.

Os fundos para esta terceira ronda de assistência foram o resultado da campanha de angariação de fundos online “Unidade e Acção”, promovida pela organização em Maio de 2020, que angariou 7.700 dólares, e de grandes donativos de várias organizações locais, agências governamentais, fundações e membros da comunidade: o Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, a Eos Foundation em parceria com a Family Independence Initiative, o MA COVID-19 Relief Fund (através da Greater Lowell Community Foundation), a United Way of Massachusetts Bay e Merrimack Valley, a Cambridge Community Foundation, a Metrowest Health Foundation e a Joe and Dorothy Chaves Family Foundation.

As acções de assistência anteriores distribuíram mais 45 000 dólares, que foram doados pela Fish Family Foundation e pela Shapiro Foundation, e pela United Way of Massachusetts Bay e Merrimack Valley.

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A organização de saúde e serviços sociais distribuiu estes fundos a famílias e indivíduos que enfrentam o desemprego e a falta de rendimentos devido à pandemia do coronavírus, incluindo muitas vítimas e sobreviventes de violência doméstica e membros da comunidade que vivem com VIH/SIDA.

“Enche-nos de orgulho termos sido capazes de proporcionar algum alívio a tantas famílias e indivíduos nas nossas comunidades que estão a lutar para sobreviver,” disse Paulo Pinto, MPA, Director Executivo da MAPS. “Em nome deles, queremos agradecer às muitas organizações, fundações, agências governamentais e membros da comunidade que tornaram tudo isto possível”.

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Além dos fundos para ajudar famílias e indivíduos da comunidade, a MAPS recebeu 28 mil dólares para apoiar o seu trabalho, generosamente doados pelo Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, a Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, e muitos membros da comunidade que contribuíram para a campanha “Unidade e Acção”.


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A MAPS tem servido as comunidades de língua portuguesa de Massachusetts e outras desde 1970. A organização oferece uma grande variedade de serviços sociais e de saúde gratuitos através dos seus seis escritórios em Cambridge, Somerville, Brighton, Dorchester, Framingham, e Lowell. Para saber mais sobre a MAPS, visite maps-inc.org.

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