Twelve representatives of the Chelsea Collaborative, including board, staff, youth and members, traveled to Denver, Colorado with 40 other Chelsea folks to bring back the prestigious All America City award! The Collaborative's Green Space Committee's work to stop ethanol trains was highlighted in the city's application to the National Civic League for the award; and the Summer Youth Employment Initiative, Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee and Shanbaro Community Association were highlighted in the highly acclaimed Chelsea presentation made to the judges on June 14th. This is the 2nd time the City of Chelsea has received this recognition. The first All America City award was won in 1998. The Collaborative's work was highlighted in that proposal and presentation as well. I Am Chelsea, Si, Se Suede!
The Boston Bantu Girls and Collaborative staff, led by Cate Maas, climbed Fenway Park, with Brigham and Women's Hospital as part of their "Climb America" campaign to build awareness for cardiovascular disease and heart heath. The girls all raised at least $200 each towards Brigham's campaign and successfully completed the physical challenge.
Chelsea Collaborative organizers and members worked hard to get hundreds of signatures for a ballot initiative that would pose the question of raising the minimum wage in Massachusetts. Because the grassroots efforts, like the Collaborative's, were so strong throughout the state, legislators decided to jump start the timeline. They created legislation, signed into law by Governor Patrick on Thursday June 26th, to raise Massachusetts' minimum wage to $11 with incremental changes each year beginning in 2015 and ending in 2017. The Collaborative applauds the Governor's and legislator's actions to make Massachusetts one of the highest minimum wages in the nation!