United Neighbors of Fall River now has an AmeriCorps member to work on myfallriver.org. My name is Deborah Orlando; I am the Outreach and Technology Coordinator at United Neighbors through SCI AmeriCorps. I will be serving in a 10 month position in here in Fall River with the goal of recruiting residents to volunteer in civic engagement throughout the community.
The hot and humid, sunny weather on Sunday, August 16th did not stop the 203 bikers and 100+ passengers from riding in Saint Vincent’s 4th Annual Motorcycle Run to benefit children, youth, and families. The 50-mile Run which began at 10AM in Fall River with an escort from the Fall River Police Department, wound through the scenic roads of Freetown to the shores of Westport and Dartmouth. The 4th Annual event was sponsored by S & S Concrete Forms Construction.
On August 6, 2009, elected officials and city youth joined together in the signing and celebration of Fall River’s Youth Bill of Rights. This is the first Youth Bill of Rights to be implemented in the Commonwealth and only the third in the United States. The signing took place at 10:00 a.m. on the U.S.S. Massachusetts located at Battleship Cove, with a reception following shortly after at Heritage State Park. Over 100 invited guests from federal, state and local offices attended the event.
On Sunday, August 16, 2009 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at 2425 Highland Avenue in Fall River, Saint Vincent’s will hold the 4th Annual Motorcycle Run. The Monster Mini Golf Chopper built by the Orange County Choppers will be on hand for the Run and photos. Over 150 motorcycles are expected to turn out for the fun, RAIN or SHINE. Advance Registration for the 50-mile Run which includes coffee, donuts, and a cook-out is $15 for Active Military and Veterans, $20 for drivers, and $5 for a passenger. Raffle prizes and silent auction items donated by area businesses will include motorcycle accessories, gift baskets, gift certificates, and much more. Trophies for favorite bike as judged by the youth of Saint Vincent’s will be presented at the conclusion of the Run.
After 49 years of ministering to the children and families of Saint Vincent’s, Sister M. Lourdette Harrold, a Sisters of Mercy has retired. During her tenure, Sister Lourdette had numerous roles and administrative positions which allowed her to see many changes as the organization evolved over time. Sister Lourdette contributed much to the ongoing development of Saint Vincent’s as one of the scores of Sisters of Mercy who have ministered at Saint Vincent’s. She holds one of the longest tenures of any of the Sisters of Mercy or any other staff member since the founding of Saint Vincent’s almost 125 years ago.