The Community Foundation hosted its 21st Annual Meeting on October 18 at the grand and historic main branch of the New Bedford Free Public Library. In his keynote remarks, recently appointed President John Vasconcellos talked about building on the legacy of the Foundation's first two decades as well as "the need for our future work to be driven and informed by a set of values that will serve us going forward." Also on the agenda was the election of two new board members, Colleen C. Carney and Erik Domingues, M.D., FAAD, who is pictured at left with John Vasconcellos. Read the full press release for more about the meeting. Click the photo above for more images; photos by Robert Hughes
- The Community Foundation welcomes New Bedford native John Vasconcellos, as President as of August 1. John brings years of nonprofit management experience to the job, most recently as the senior regional director for the Southeast and Boston regions of the Trustees of Reservations. Contact John Vasconcellos. Read John's message of introduction.
A delegation from the Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts, a member of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Coalition, travelled to the State House in Boston on August 1 to witness Governor Charlie Baker sign pay equity legislation into law. An Act to Establish Pay Equity seeks to help end the gender wage gap in the Commonwealth by providing a more comprehensive definition for comparable work, allowing employees to discuss what they earn without threat of retaliation from employers, and by eliminating the practice of requiring salary history on job applications before a job offer is made. The legislation will take effect July 1, 2018. Read about it in SouthCoast Today
The SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project is a website launched by the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative to gather and analyze data related to quality of life issues in New Bedford and Fall River in order to promote informed conversation and decision making. Visit the website for more information.
- Hopefully many of you enjoyed the Holiday Stroll, presented by the AHA! partners on Dec. 2 and 3 in downtown New Bedford. Don't forget to come back downtown between 5 and 9 pm on Thursday, Dec. 8, for the monthly AHA! Night, when the theme is City Sidewalks.
The Bank Five Foundation, a fund of the Community Foundation, recently awarded $5,000 to Partners in Housing, Inc. for bedroom furnishings at the O’Connor-Sisson House for Veterans on Route 6 in Dartmouth. Read the full press release. Pictured (L-R): Andrea Amaral Rodrigues, VP Marketing Manager at BankFive, William R. Eccles, Jr., President & CEO at BankFive, Connie Desbiens, Executive Director at Dartmouth Housing Authority, and John Vasconcellos, President at CFSEMA.
- Nearly 450 guests came out for the Community Foundation's 12th Annual Summer's Last Blast on Friday, September 9th at the Huidekoper residence in Nonquitt. The event was a huge success, with more than $106,000 raised! The setting was perfect with waterfront views and an ocean breeze! Many thanks to our hosts, the Huidekoper family, and to our many sponsors, including Gold Sponsors Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corp., Barry Investment Advisors, and BayCoast Bank. For a full list of sponsors, see page 4 of the event program. Click on the photo for more photos from the event. Photos by Deborah Hynes