PACE Food Bank in New Bedford begins registering for Thanksgiving Turkeys

From PACE’s Facebook page:

Local individuals and families are invited to register for Thanksgiving Turkeys for this year’s Holiday. If interested, please sign up at PACE Food Bank, 166 William Street, New Bedford, MA.

Monday 9:00am – 11:00am
Tuesday- Friday 9:00am – 11:00am; 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Please bring the following:
– Proof of Household Income
– IDs for family members over 18
– Medical Cards for all members in the family

The deadline is October 31, 2019.

Food for Tots ‘Sweet Finale’ scheduled for this Thursday

The Friends of Jack Foundation, Fun 107 and 1420 WBSM will hold its final Food for Tots fundraiser event of 2019 on Thursday, October 17, at locations across the SouthCoast.

This month’s event, titled “Sweet Finale,” features several bakeries and ice cream shops, including Acushnet Creamery, Honey Dew Donuts, Artisan Kitchen, Friendly’s (Dartmouth), and Dairy Maid. It also includes a match donation of $2,500 from Coastal Financial.

Food for Tots is an opportunity for the community to dine out at some of the area’s best restaurants on the third Thursday of each month from April to October with all proceeds going directly to the Friends of Jack Foundation with the goal to elevate children’s access to world-class healthcare on the SouthCoast.

For more information on the Friends of Jack Foundation and to get involved, visit or contact Jill Fearons at Also, follow the Friends of Jack Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

About the Friends of Jack Foundation

The Friends of Jack Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2019 by Jill Fearons. It is named in honor of her son, Jack, who is living with Chiari Malformation, a rare condition in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. The Friends of Jack Foundation provides overlooked programs and services that improve the physical, mental and emotional health and well-being of children on the SouthCoast. Fearons discovered the importance of small but impactful gestures while navigating many emergency and high-risk medical procedures with Jack. Funds to support the Friends of Jack Foundation are raised through efforts that include Food for Tots, a partnership with Fun107 and WBSM1420, and the Friends of Jack Foundation Annual Celebration.

Addiction awareness rally and walk in New Bedford

A large crowd gathered at the New Bedford City Hall this evening and then walked to the Pilgrim church to raise awareness of addiction.

New Bedford RiseFest for the homeless set for September 1

New Bedford RiseFest 2019, a collection of local musical acts of all genres helping to raise money for New Bedford’s homeless, is scheduled for September 1st from 12 pm to 12 am at The Vault Music Hall & Pub at Greasy Luck at 791 Purchase St in New Bedford. This one-day, multi-media awareness telethon event will bring awareness, aid, and support to the New Bedford homeless population and the services that provide for and supplement them, primarily Rise Up For Homes.


Rise Up For Homes supplements the overage that the City of New Bedford does not and without them, people would die in the sub-zero degree conditions we’ve come to know and expect. They are an invaluable resource that most of us have no idea exists, but desperately need in our society. All of the monies raised will go directly to help supplement the overflow shelters that our city government cannot.

New Bedford RiseFest 2019 will be simulcast via New Bedford Guides’ live feed on Facebook enabling viewers to also watch from the comfort of their own homes. Viewers will be able to either text directly to the Rise Up Form Homes “50155” number, or call in to speak to one of our guest celebrity operators in the Green Room upstairs. In this room, there will be 4-6 phones fully functioning and taking bids on the raffle items, while also providing information for people calling in with any homeless concerns—we can have homeless service providers on half of those lines to assist with their questions while still raising awareness.


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Southern New England Brotherhood Ride kicks off 6-day, 500-mile bicycle ride on Friday

On Friday, August 23rd through Wednesday, August 27th the Southern New England Brotherhood Ride will be departing on a 6-day 500-mile bicycle ride through over 50 communities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut to honor 20 first responders who paid the ultimate sacrifice to the communities in which they served and protected.

This year’s ride will begin in Hyannis, Massachusetts and will travel through several Cape Cod communities before heading north through Marshfield up to Weymouth, Everett, Boston and out to Worcester. From Worcester, they will continue through Western MA and down into Rhode Island and Connecticut before returning back into RI and ending on the 6th day in Newport, RI. They will travel through more than 50 different communities over the course of the 6 days and the ride will encompass over 15,000 feet of elevation.

The Brotherhood Ride takes place 1 year after the death of a first responder in MA, RI or CT to show the communities where they served, their department and their family that their acts of bravery will never be forgotten.

SNEBHR is a nonprofit organization established in 2018 as a chapter of the Brotherhood Ride of Florida. They are a team of active and retired firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical technicians who ride bicycles to honor the memories of, fallen first responders who suffered a line of duty death from the previous year. The SNEBR is entirely made up of volunteers. No one collects a paycheck or compensation for their time. Everyone who participates does so on either their own personal time or vacation time. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. Other than the cost of the ride itself, all of the proceeds and monies raised, from fundraising and donations will go directly back to the families of the fallen.

It is not a race, it is not a competition, we do not ride for us, we ride to remember our fallen
heroes, our brothers and sisters, we ride in their memory and to let their families know that we
truly will “never forget” they paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“So stand down my brother, you have completed your shift. Let our legs carry your memory and remind all who will listen that you gave your life to save a total stranger,” said Jeff Morse Founder Brotherhood Ride Florida

Here are the honorees who we are riding in honor of this year.

You can also or visit our website at or our Facebook page at for more information about our organization, our mission and our ride. Email us at

St. Anne’s Credit Union Awards Deacon Bernard G. Theroux Scholarship

St. Anne’s Credit Union remains committed to the future of the youth in the local SouthCoast community and for over 25 years has awarded more than $300,000 to local students through the St. Anne’s scholarship program. Recently, as a demonstration of this commitment, St. Anne’s Credit Union awarded the eighth annual Deacon Bernard G. Theroux Scholarship to a deserving student at St. Stanislaus School in Fall River. This year’s recipient is seventh-grader, Sophie DeOliveira.

This $500 scholarship is named in honor of Deacon Bernard G. Theroux, a recently departed Honorary Director of the Credit Union’s Board of Directors who devoted over 60 years of service to the Credit Union and its members and whose philanthropic spirit will continue to live on through this honorable scholarship.

Pictured left to right: Sophie’s mother; Simone Garant, St. Anne’s Credit Union Board Member and Treasurer; Sophie DeOliveira (scholarship recipient); and Eileen Danahey, St. Anne’s Credit Union President & CEO.

New Bedford blood drive set for July 27

A blood drive will be held on Saturday, July 27th from 10 am – 3pm at Empire Ford of New Bedford at 395 Mt. Pleasant Street.

Help Empire Ford of New Bedford meet the needs of the seriously ill and injured. Every day in the U.S. roughly 41,000 blood donations are needed. Every donation will help save 3 lives! Blood products are essential for the treatment of accident victims, surgical and sickle cell disease patients, those receiving cancer treatments, premature babies and others. Every day in the US roughly 41,000 donations are needed. That means nearly every two seconds someone needs blood.

Please PRE-REGISTER Today:
1. Call Empire Ford at 508-996-5611, ext. 6118
2. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
3. Go to
4. Download the Blood Donor app

The event will be held at Empire Ford of New Bedford, located at 395 Mt. Pleasant St., New Bedford. For more information, visit our website: or visit our Facebook Event at:

VIDEO: Run to End Addiction at Bridgewater State University

Here’s a look at some highlights from the Run to End Addiction at Bridgewater State University in June. It was hosted by Teen Challenge Massachusetts

Massachusetts Credit Unions Unite in Support of “A Bed for Every Child”; Surpasses $2 Million Milestone for Charitable Partner

Ronald McLean, President/CEO of the Cooperative Credit Union Association, Inc. (CCUA), on behalf of Massachusetts Credit Unions, along with members of the Massachusetts Credit Unions Social Responsibility Committee presented a check to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (Coalition) in the amount of $202,725 at the 3rd Annual Stephen D. Jones Credit Union Charity Golf Tournament in support of “A Bed for Every Child” campaign.

“The idea of so many children throughout Massachusetts not having their own bed is undreamed-of,” said McLean. “Massachusetts Credit Unions have banded together to ensure every child has a place to dream. We believe in the good work that the Coalition accomplishes and are happy to do our part in helping children get a good night’s sleep to prepare them for a better future.”

Massachusetts Credit Unions have supported the Coalition for more than two decades surpassing more than $2 million in donations and providing blankets, toys and books to help families in need. In 2018, Massachusetts Credit Unions raised $202,725 through efforts including the Stephen D. Jones Charity Golf Tournament and a variety of credit union-driven initiatives. The need for “A Bed for Every Child” reaches all cities and towns in Massachusetts; no city or town is sheltered. Paul Marotta, chair of Massachusetts Credit Unions Social Responsibility Committee, shares his overwhelming gratitude for the collaborative efforts of credit unions demonstrating the credit union founding principle of people helping people for such an important cause.

A Bed for Every Child began when a concerned inner city, public school teacher reached out to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. At the time, the teacher was seeing an increase in the number of students who did not have a bed of their own. As a result, these students were coming to school tired and not ready to learn. According to Robyn Frost, Executive Director, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, “There is no one face to a child receiving a bed, but they do have one thing in common, and that is, they are growing up in poverty in Massachusetts.” Frost shares, “The ability for A Bed for Every Child to keep up with the demand continues to outpace the Coalition’s capacity. We are extremely fortunate to have the Massachusetts Credit Unions as our partner.”

To learn more about Massachusetts Credit Unions visit To learn more about A Bed for Every Child, visit

Several members of the MA CUs Social Responsibility Committee along with CCUA President/CEO presented 2018 donation to Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless initiative “A Bed for Every Child.” Pictured Left to right are: Charlene Bauer, Metro Credit Union; Ronald McLean, CCUA; Rui Domingos, Naveo Credit Union; Mark Cochran, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union on behalf of the Stephen Jones Family; Kevin Zipps, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union; Tina Baptista, MA Coalition for the Homeless; Paul Marotta, Hanscom Federal Credit Union; David Plantier, MassMutual Federal Credit Union; and Peter Panaggio, St. Anne’s Credit Union of Fall River, Mass. Missing members of the committee include: Sarita Ledani, RTN Federal Credit Union; Robert Lockett, Workers’ Credit Union; Melissa Morin, Credit Union of the Berkshires; Jon Reske, UMassFive College Federal Credit Union.


About Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
The mission of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless is to eradicate homelessness from the commonwealth of Massachusetts. It aims to meet this mission through advocacy, developing and maintaining membership and support, public education, and creation of programs and initiatives to empower all people in Massachusetts to have a place to call home. Learn more at

About the Cooperative Credit Union Association
The Cooperative Credit Union Association is a regional trade organization serving as the voice for nearly 200-member credit unions located primarily throughout Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. CCUA members hold combined assets in excess of $45 billion and serve a collective membership base of more than 2.3 million consumers. It’s on behalf of these member credit unions that CCUA advocates before Congress and state legislatures, regulatory bodies and the general public through its Better Values—Better Banking consumer awareness campaign.

In addition to advocacy, CCUA also engages its members with an array of industry resources, from compliance assets and marketing support to vetted products and service providers; an array of educational workshops and conferences; and a variety of communication channels that include a daily e-newsletter, live and recorded video programs, and a quarterly magazine focused on CCUA’s advocacy initiatives. For more information, visit

St. Anne’s Donates $50,000 to Bristol Community College’s Health and Science Building

St. Anne’s Credit Union continues their commitment to the SouthCoast community with a $50,000 total pledge to the College’s John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building, where a clinical conference room is named in honor of the Credit Union’s support.

“St. Anne’s Credit Union is a proud supporter of Bristol Community College, as the college provides students a quality health and life science education with sustainable operations. St. Anne’s is honored to support initiatives that align with our own philanthropic objectives of providing education and financial stability to people in the SouthCoast community and we admire their work and diligent efforts to improve the community around us,” said Michelle Marcos, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at St. Anne’s Credit Union. “We are proud of our partnership with the college, as 10% of our staff are graduates of Bristol. We continue to add more graduates to our team by participating in Bristol’s job fairs and supporting their convenient and flexible fast track degree program.”

St. Anne’s Credit Union is very active in the communities in which it serves and is proud to partner with local organizations to create a positive impact. Founded on the philosophy of “People Helping People”, our institution has maintained its original commitment, keeping the compassion we have for our community at the very heart of St. Anne’s. We’re a local financial institution focused on giving back, reinforcing our motto “We’re Making a Difference” every single day. To learn more about how St. Anne’s gives back to the community, visit:

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