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support site Dec. 6th, 2009 @ 11:10 pm
I made a support site if you or anyone you know is ever in the need of help. It has forums on topics like depression to suicide and general stuff like jokes and quotes. Please check it out.


New Resource -My Social Work Network Nov. 30th, 2009 @ 02:33 pm
Hi all,

Just wanted to let everyone know about a free resource I founded for social workers called My Social Work Network (www.mysocialworknetwork.com). Thought maybe you could post some of your resources from MASS on this site. As a social worker who focuses on policy right over the border in CT, it always seems like your state is a couple of steps ahead of us in resources and policy. On My Social Work Network, you can create a professional profile, network with other social workers globally who share your interests, search thousands of social work jobs, post and browse resources, and keep current on social work news -just to name a few features. We just added free volunteer/internship posts for those who are either looking to fill a position or for those who are seeking a position. You do not have to be a social worker to join, just bring your resources and your passion for your causes.

My hope is My Social Work Network will help advocates to better connect and mobilize so we can better fulfill our mission of social and economic justice for all. Feel free to check the site out and if you feel it adds value to the work we do, please help to spread the word.

Michelle C. Bussolotti, MSW
Founder of My Social Work Network

Good list of places to donate stuff Aug. 30th, 2009 @ 05:56 pm
Since people are always asking where to donate various things...

I noticed that Boomerangs has updated their list of what they do and don't take, along with suggestions of similarly socially responsible charities that do take various things like toys, bedding, building materials, etc. Check it out here, and bookmark it next time you don't know where to donate something:


New Massachusetts community Sep. 5th, 2008 @ 09:12 pm
I created a new community, baystate, for Massachusetts.
I think that counts as a resource :)

Jul. 9th, 2007 @ 09:32 am
In case it hasn't been posted here before:

For those living in Massachusetts:

Mass 2-1-1 Call Center is a free,state-wide information and referral line available Monday through Friday 8am to 8pm to provide you with information about critical health and human services in your communities. Call 2-1-1 or log on to </font>http://www.mass211help.org/webforms/home.aspx for more information.

Charities Jul. 30th, 2006 @ 04:04 pm
Hi. Does anyone know of any good charities that accept donations of used cosmetics, clothes, toys, school supplies, art supplies, and books in the Boston/Framingham area?

I've done internet searches and have come up with the usual, such as Salvation Army, Goodwill etc., but if somebody knows about good but lesser known charities, please send them my way!

Thank you.

Quick question - crossposted Jul. 17th, 2006 @ 12:43 pm
I'd really appreciate some help with this....

My friend is looking into Berklee College of Music and she was wondering if it's hard to get accepted, and if she has to be well-versed with a particular instrument to get in?

Thank you to anyone who replies.

Jul. 4th, 2006 @ 03:28 pm
My girlfriend and I want to move to Massachusetts. What are some open minded cities to live in that are not expensive?

Oct. 4th, 2005 @ 10:42 pm
Want 24,000 cans of grapefruit, or know a charity that would?

Operation Teddy Drop Jul. 19th, 2005 @ 12:01 am
Hello all, and I apologize in advance for the spammage.

I’m writing to let you know of something very cool that’s going on, and I thought you might be interested in helping out. A US Army Soldier stationed in Iraq has taken it upon himself to start a humanitarian mission to deliver teddy bears to Iraqi children. How’s he doing it?

He’s letting the bears parachute down to their new owners. He’s a pilot, and his crew parachutes a bear down to any children they see while they’re flying their missions over Iraq.

If you would like to help out, the info is below. If not, I only ask that you pass this information along to anyone you know who might be interested. This is such a wonderful thing, to bring some happiness into a place so surrounded by war.

You can see the articles on this here: http://www4.army.mil/news/article.php?story=7615 and here: http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050514/NEWS01/505140301&theme=ADVICE

You can mail stuffed animals to this address:
CW4 Randy Kirgiss
C Company, 4-3 Avn Regt
Avn Bde 3ID
APO AE 09378
According to the site it says, “Stuffed animals must be clean and small- to medium-size. Stuffed animals should not display any religious sayings or symbols or anything that would be deemed offensive by the Iraqis.” A not-obvious restriction on the stuffed animals is no stuffed pigs J

Thanks again

Gay Day @ Six Flags New England! Sep. 8th, 2004 @ 12:48 pm
Want a free ticket to Six Flags New England??

Sunday, September 19th is GAY DAY AT SIX FLAGS NEW ENGLAND in Agawam, Mass! We are looking for people who are willing to volunteer their time for 2 hours during the day and in exchange, we will give you free admission to the park for the entire day! This is the 8th year of the Gay Day @ Six Flags event and our first year expanding to a full blown Festival! The day will include all the rides and thrills at the park along with the Out In The Park Music Festival running from 3-8pm as well! We are looking for volunteers from 9.30am-8pm. BUT, we are only asking volunteers to work a 2 hour shift to get the free ticket! Bring a group of friends and we will put you at the same time so you can work and play together!

You must wear a red shirt the day of the event (t-shirts, polo's etc are fine)
You must be able to arrive for volunteer orientation at 9am the morning of the 19th.
You must be able to work any 2 hour shift throughout the day.(we will let you know that morning when you must come back if you have a later shift).

That's it! Many of you will get scheduled to help us near the stage and entertainers, some may be there to hand out information, some may have the joy of waiving entertainers and vendors to their spots...the number of jobs are enormous. We can however, promise that you will only need to help for 2 hours (unless you tell us you can give us more time).

Email me for more details and to volunteer email me at: oitp@cox.net

Hope to see you there!!!
Want to come to the event, but not volunteer? Tickets are only 27.99!!! Call 860-761-0011 to order your tickets today!

Who's Looking For A New Place To Call Home? Sep. 7th, 2004 @ 03:21 pm
S p a c i o u s   3-4 Bedroom in Chelsea
(Available October 1st)

-Hardwood Floors
-Large Kitchen & Pantry
-Tile Bath
-Lots of Closet Space
-Open Back Porch
-Close to Highways & Public Transportation
-Minutes to Boston & Logan
Asking $1500.

Call/Email Chris For More Info.


(x-posted with love)

Gay Day in the Northeast!!! Jul. 14th, 2004 @ 09:02 am
Howdy Everyone!
Wow, 2004 has been an amazing year for GBLT Pride! The parades and festivals seemed to be larger, louder and more festive than they have been in years and keeping with that trend, Out In The Park wanted to invite you to the 8th annual Gay Day at Six Flags New England! This years event will be on September 19th, 2004 and run from park opening to park closing and for the first time, includes an Out In The Park Festival featuring family-friendly GBLT entertainment in the Picnic Grove inside the park from 3-8pm. See below the cut for special, reduced prices and more information!
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Hello! May. 12th, 2004 @ 09:37 pm
A short intro about me: I'm Kat, I've lived in and around W. Mass for the better part of 9 years, E. Mass before that. I'm 26, have a BA in psych (thinking about Socialwork fields.. but well, that's a hard descision to make!), and found out about alot of resources well after I didn't qualify anymore. I kept thinking "oh, but that's for people who really *need* it.. If I just don't buy food, I can pay rent!". So I've become kind of outspoken about various resources around here!

Anyhow, through completely different channels, a girl recently emailed me telling me that she was 6 mo. pregnant with twins, had no job, and had no one to help her. Did (anyone on the group she was posting to) have any baby stuff? She's in Springfield and doesn't have her own transportation.

She's not particularly communicative.. raises all the flags that it could be a scam, though I can't imagine what kind, really. Anyhow, I'd like some resources to send her to (even if the situation was less odd, I don't have anything to give her). Any hints?

MBTA stuff Jan. 23rd, 2004 @ 05:07 pm
I noticed this the other day, but thought that I'd cross-post this to a few communitites that might find this helpful...

more info here: http://www.secondkiss.com/mbta/

and since I'm posting about the MBTA some of you may be unaware of the Transportation Access Pass. It's a pass for the elderly and disabled. Many different disabilities qualify. I have it because I have traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and a seizure disorder and can't drive (due to seizures, and numbness) but there are many reasons a person can get the TAP pass. if your long-term medications say "do not drive while taking this drug" you may qualify. (Drugs for Bipolar disorder, depression and other mental illnesses may automatically qualify you for the pass). heart problems, neurological problems, breathing problems, physical and mental disabilities are all reasons people qualify...

Here's the info from the MBTA site:
Persons with disabilities: Reduced fare on all MBTA service with a Transportation Access Program (TAP) card. Certification application available by calling 617-222-5438 or TTY 222-5854 or at the Senior & Access Pass Program Office located at Back Bay Station. Open 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday - Friday. Medicare Card holders are automatically eligible. The TAP card costs $3. Subway service at most stations is 35¢ and regular local bus service is 25¢.
for more info on the TAP pass go here: http://www.mbta.com/traveling_t/disability_pwd.asp

(monthly bus/subway combo passes are now $16 and commuter rail is half price with the TAP pass). Call the MBTA for the form. it's a real easy process, they just need a medical professional (doctor, nurse, psychiatrist etc) to sign it, then you will know within a week if you qualify. I know lots of people with it... I've never known anyone to be turned down.
go here for more info on disability services: http://www.mbta.com/traveling_t/disability_index.asp

also the MBTA has an online trip planner you might find useful when going somewhere. :)
I just thought this info might be helpful for some of you. :)
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Please describe your job to help others choose one. Dec. 16th, 2003 @ 05:22 pm

I just started a new community, aboutmyjob, where I invite all of you to post your thoughts about your current or past jobs. I'm hoping my community will help young people to answer that very difficult question "What do I want to be?".

Please check out the description via the link above. If you want to post, there's no need to join the community, you can do so right away.

Thanks in advance for sharing, and helping.

MassHealth vs. Dental Needs Nov. 12th, 2003 @ 01:36 am
First, I'd like to express this: GRR!

Second, I need some advice... I've got dental issues. Majourly. Severly, if you can believe it. My top canine teeth have been chipping away slowly over the past couple months, and MassHealth refuses to tell me where I can get covered Dental Assisstance. Basically, I've been told I can't get Dental Assisstance. That it's not covered. Not even emergency.

Bullshit, I say... Ther's got to be somewhere that I can have a tooth pulled (under sedation, 'cause I have an EXTREMELY LOW pain tolerance), and have it covered by MassHealth.

Why can't I pay for it? Because I have no income. At all. I have no job. Why? No Greencard. Why? Because the INS is a lazy bunch of people who can't even process paperwork for a replacement card... been doing this for two years. But that's another story.

I'm trying to look on the web for information, and all I'm finding is information about Dental Assisstance provided by MassHealth having been cut. That's not helping me at all. I need help. Badly.

I woke up this morning and my right top canine has chipped away further. I think the nerves are exposed now. And it's killing me. I can't eat anything solid. Not even bread. I can't even lay on my side, because as soon as that side of my face touches even a pillow, it sends wave after wave of pain throughout my entire face.

I'm going to call MassHealth once again at 8 am... (since their customer service line is only in operation M-F, 8am-5pm)... maybe I can get somewhere this time.

But if anyone can help me... if anyone can tell me who to call so I can get this damn thing pulled out (under sedation), please, please, PLEASE let me know... post a comment directly in my journal, I don't care which entry... just please, I'm getting desperate...

And thank you ahead of time...
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Aug. 30th, 2003 @ 07:22 pm
Food stamps?
Child Support?
Employment Services?
or other resources?

Here is the Department of Transitional Assistance website: http://www.state.ma.us/dta/
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reduced MBTA fares Aug. 30th, 2003 @ 07:04 pm
Children under 5 and blind persons always ride free. Fares are reduced for students, seniors, and disabled persons. Most of these discounts require a special ID, and certain restrictions apply.

Children under 5: Up to two children ride for free on all MBTA service when accompanied by an adult. No ID required.

Children 5-11: Reduced fare on all MBTA service. No ID required. Subway service at most stations is 50¢ and regular local bus service is 35¢. For more fare information, visit the subway, bus, commuter rail and boat pages.

Junior high and high school students: Reduced fare on all MBTA service with an MBTA student ID badge, available at participating junior high and high schools. Fare reduction is only valid on days that school is in session and only until 8pm. Subway service at most stations is 50¢ and regular local bus service is 35¢. For more fares, visit the subway, bus, commuter rail and boat pages. Monthly passes for students are available and require a student ID badge for use.

Senior citizens: Reduced fare on all MBTA service with a Senior Citizen ID card. These cards may be obtained for 50¢ from the Senior & Access Pass Program Office located at Back Bay Station. Open 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday – Friday. For more information call 617-222-5438 or TTY 222-5854. Subway service at most stations is 25¢ and regular local bus service is 15¢. For more fares, visit the subway, bus, commuter rail and boat pages. Monthly passes for seniors , are available and require a Senior Citizen ID card for use.

Persons with disabilities: Reduced fare on all MBTA service with a Transportation Access Program (TAP) card. Certification application available by calling 617-222-5438 or TTY 222-5854 or at the Senior & Access Pass Program Office located at Back Bay Station. Open 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday – Friday. Medicare Card holders are automatically eligible. The TAP card costs $3. Subway service at most stations is 25¢ and regular local bus service is 15¢. For more fares, visit the subway, bus, commuter rail and boat pages. Monthly passes for people with disabilities , are available and require a TAP card for use.

Blind persons: Free travel on all MBTA service with an ID from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.. If accompanied by a guide, free travel does not extend to the guide.

for more info visit www.mbta.com
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