Community Steps out to Support Foster Care in Fall River!

At the 2nd Annual Stepping Out to Support Foster Care Walk, that took place this past Saturday, May 30th approximately 200 adults and children made the 2 mile walk along the scenic Heritage State Park Boardwalk to raise money and awareness for foster children in Greater Fall River! (some of The Mama's & the Papa's shown on left)  Volunteers from United Neighbors of Fall River Foster Care Support Task Force and other agencies gathered on the beautiful spring day to create a walk that was fun for the whole family!  Sponsor signs with facts about foster care lined the walk providing information for both participants and individuals just out enjoying the weather. This is the final event to close out a month long celebration of National Foster Care Month.  This year’s team name competition winners received t-shirts with their team name, “The Mama’s & the Papa’s” which is a fitting name for a team of 30 foster parents and all of their biological and foster children!  Several agencies formed teams of staff and youth, such as Old Colony Y’s “Strength Based Strollers”, The May Institute’s “May Bees” and Saint Vincent’s “The Saints”. 

Dunkin’ Donuts Helps Children and Families in Need


Dunkin' DonutsThe children of Saint Vincent’s are benefiting from the generosity of local Dunkin’ Donuts franchises, particularly those run by John Melo on President Avenue, Elsbree Street, Brayton Avenue, and New Boston Road.  Over the past few months, Mr. Melo’s Dunkin’ Donuts employees and customers have donated over $6,000 to Saint Vincent’s.  This support is the work of managers, Carmen Aguiar of the Elsbree Street location, Stephanie Watts at President Avenue, Melissa Sardinha at the Brayton Avenue location, and Tracy Carreiro at the New Boston Road Dunkin’ Donuts who together are spearheading the project.  Each manager was presented with a Friend of Children and Families Award on behalf of Saint Vincent’s.  Through their support and the support of their customers, they are assisting Saint Vincent’s in restoring hope to children with a wide range of challenges, who live each day with the hope of returning to a family.

Mechanics Cooperative Bank to Sponsor Summer Celebration


Saint Vincent’s is pleased to announce that Mechanics Cooperative Bank will serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the 1st Annual Kick-Off To Summer Celebration on Friday, June 26, 2009 from 6PM to 10PM on the deck of the Battleship Massachusetts. Mechanics Cooperative Bank’s $10,000 sponsorship represents the largest sponsorship of the celebration. The evening cocktail reception, overlooking Fall River’s waterfront will include buffet stations, complimentary wine and cash bar, dancing to the sounds of the Compaq Big Band, and a silent auction.

Youth Bill of Rights

Youth from 5 different leadership groups came together this past Tuesday, May 26th and met with Mayor Robert Correia, School Committman Mark Costa and City Councilor Linda Perreira to discuss the Youth Bill of Rights.  The youth have been working on the Bill of Rights since March 19th of this year.  The Youth Bill of Rights will be the third one of its kind in the country. 

Community garden at Watson School teaches many lessons

Children at the Samuel Watson Elementary School had a chance to get down and dirty planting vegetables in a newly-constructed garden in the school's front yard on Eastern Avenue. Teacher Jasmine Olean brought the children in her fourth grade class outside on May 15, 2009 to try their hand at planting a variety of vegetables in each of the two raised beds constructed by volunteers Jerry Bernier and Department of Public Works employee Abel Oliver.