CUDE Celebrates Three Kings Day with City Manager Tom Ambrosino

CUDE hosted its Annual Three Kings Day Celebration with City Manager Tom Ambrosino, Parent Information Center Director Danny Mojica and Officer Stephen Garcia as this year's "celebrity kings." More than 75 children and families partook in the fun community celebration.

CLIC Hosts Packed House Regarding Recent Immigration Raids

The Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee hosted two "Know Your Rights Trainings" with affected community members and service providers interested in learning what to do in case of an immigrant raid or a "knock at the door." More than 100 people packed the Collaborative offices interested in helping those who fled unfathomable violence for a better life in the United States. For more information, contact Gladys and Yessenia at the Collaborative.

Chelsea Collaborative is Hiring a Youth Coordinator

The Chelsea Collaborative seeks qualified individuals to apply for its Youth Programs Coordinator Position. Deadline to apply is Feb 10th. Click here for a full job description and application requirements. /sites/default/files/youth_coordinator_job_description_2016.pdf

Chelsea Community Fund Announces Fall - Winter Grant Making Cycle

CCF will entertain proposals from all organizations and entities but will evaluate a request based on 1) whether the project to be funded will meet an urgent or unfilled need; 2) the financial need of the project (and in relation to an organization's budget); and 3) the community impact of the project or program including the size and longevity of the program and long term impact or potential for sustainability of the effort. To download the guidelines, please click here: /sites/default/files/community_fund_guidelines_fall_2015_-_winter_2016_with_sample_budget.pdf

The Chelsea Collaborative Launches New Immigrant Legal Services Program

In light of the growing need to provide a wide variety of legal services to the Chelsea and Greater Boston area immigrant community, the Chelsea Collaborative today launched a Citizenship Legal Service Program. Lawyers, staff, and trained volunteers of the Collaborative, American Friends Service Committee, United Food and Commercial Workers, La Comunidad Inc., and Jobs With Justice will provide intake and application processing on Saturday, October 17th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. According to Organizing Director Yessenia Alfaro, “this initiative by the Chelsea Collaborative in addition to providing naturalization services, aims to fully engage our community in civic participation, and to deter notary fraud.”

Chelsea Collaborative is Hiring for Year Round Youth Positions

The Chelsea Collaborative is accepting applications for its Year Round Youth Employment Initiative. In order to apply, youth must be between 17 to 21; available to work from November 2015 to May 2016 for a maximum of 120 hours which includes 20 hours of Career Readiness Training; and must complete and submit application by Oct 19th. Click here for the application: /sites/default/files/application_2015-2016.pdf

Dozens Descend in Faneuil Hall to Protest Popular Restaurant

The Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee (CLIC) and its Workers Center organized a protest of popular restaurant McCormick and Schmick's in Boston's Faneuil Hall. The high end restaurant is being accused of employing immigrant workers and violating their rights within the work place. More than 30 people participated in the protest including a member of clergy who read a letter during the lunchtime bustle encouraging the restaurant owners to support all of the workers.

Collaborative packs the house for Candidates Forum

The Chelsea Collaborative held a forum for those candidates facing a primary election on September 22nd. The two featured races were the At-Large and District 5 City Council seats. Two District 5 challengers: Henry Wilson and Judith Garcia participated while incumbent Joe Perlatonda did not. For the At-Large race neither of the two incumbents, Calvin Brown and Leo Robinson, participated. Challengers Roy Avellaneda, John Cadiz, Todd Taylor, Damali Vidot and Deborah Washington participate. The ECO youth crew provided a welcome and ask questions, fielded from Collaborative members and members of the audience, of the candidates. The candidates field approximately one dozen questions from rat infestation to over-development and gentrification to workers rights and transgender rights. The dialogue was lively and informative. The forum as recorded on Chelsea Community Cable.

Green Space Hosts Transportation Forum

Green Space organized a highly successful transportation forum at the end of this summer. The forum was meant to be an opportunity for residents and public transit users to voice concern over the present services being offered and about the proposed silver line and its cost and effectiveness for Chelsea T riders. There were more than 50 people in attendance on a hot summer evening; and the forum was facilitated all in Spanish, with simultaneously translation into English. Both the MBTA and MAPC were there to listen to residents’ concerns.