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 www.SNEBrotherhoodRide.com or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/snebhr for more information about our organization, our mission and our ride. Email us at SNEBHR@gmail.com.

Be a Below Zero Hero this winter: Take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Massachusetts, March 23

Our brrrrravest supports fundraise to jump into icy cold waters in the middle of winter to show their support for over 12,000 athletes. In partnership with the New Bedford Police Union, we are excited to hold the LETR Polar Plunge on East Beach on March 23rd. Are you ready to be part of an #InclusionRevolution and also, #FreezinForAReason???

Event Details
Where: East Beach
1000A S. Rodney French Blvd.
New Bedford, MA

Contact Stephanie Esposito
Phone: 508-485-0986
Email Address: PolarPlunge@specialolympicsma.org

Registration/Check-in: 9:00am-10:45am
Safety Briefing: 10:45am
PLUNGE! : 11:00am
Post-Plunge Party: 11:15am – 1:00pm

Registration Cutoff: 03/22/2019 @ 11:45 PM
Donation Cutoff: 04/30/2019 @ 11:45 PM

Want to know how a Polar Plunge works?
1. Each Plunger should register in advance of the event. This helps make the on-site registration process run much more smoothly. However, walk-on plungers are also welcome as long as they have collected their pledges before the start of the event.

2. Once registered, Plungers raise money (a minimum of $100), through the collection of donations from friends, family, co-workers, fundraising event, etc. Each registered Plunger is given a free Polar Plunge fundraising website. Plungers can accept donations right on their web page, and use it to spread the news about how cool their friends and family can feel about participating in the Plunge – as donors or other Plungers!

3. On the day of the Plunge, all Plungers will check in. At that time, they will turn in any checks or cash they have collected to met the $100 fundraising minimum.

4. Then, it’s into the water! Volunteers will be on hand to direct Plungers and assist as needed as everyone takes a quick mid-winter dip!

5. Immediately after the Plunge all Plungers will be directed to the locker rooms or tents to change into some warm clothes. You know you’ll want them!

6. After the plunging is done, awards will promptly begin.

Register here.

Southcoast Health donates $25,000 to build the Sgt. Sean M. Gannon Memorial Playground

Southcoast Health presented a check for $25,000 to the Sgt. Sean M. Gannon Playground Committee, on Saturday, September 8, during the committee’s “An Evening Under the Stars” fundraising event, held at the Madeira Feast grounds in New Bedford.

“The news of Sgt. Gannon’s tragic death struck the employees of Southcoast Health to the core,” said Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Health. “When I learned of this effort to construct a world-class playground at the Campbell Elementary School, in New Bedford, and dedicate it to Sgt. Gannon, I immediately knew it was an endeavor Southcoast should support.”

Working collaboratively with the Playground Committee, Southcoast Health designed and printed special-edition T-shirts that would raise awareness – and financial support – for the initiative, while including a simple message that embodies Sean’s personality: Love, Laugh, Play. Net proceeds from sales of the T-shirts were donated to the effort along with an additional donation from Southcoast Health.

“On behalf of the Playground Committee, I want to thank Southcoast Health for the extremely generous donation that was presented to us this past Saturday,” said Carla Mourao, Chairperson of the Sgt. Sean M. Gannon Playground Committee. “The support we have received from Southcoast Health employees, as well as everyone else who purchased a T-shirt, is greatly appreciated and will make a lasting difference to our Campbell School students and the community. This donation provided our project with a huge jump start in reaching our goal, and we can’t wait to hear the sound of kids playing on our new playground.”

A member of the K-9 unit of the Yarmouth Police Department, Sgt. Sean M. Gannon, whose parents both work for Southcoast, was shot and killed in the line of duty on April 12. His dog, Nero, was also shot but survived his injuries.

The playground will be built at Campbell Elementary School, 145 Essex St., New Bedford. Sgt. Gannon grew up in the city and often played on the Campbell Schools grounds.

The Sgt. Gannon Memorial Playground Committee is made up of parents, teachers and community members.

T-shirts in limited sizes continue to be available for purchase at the Southcoast More Store (www.southcoast.org/morestore) and sell for $25; shipping is included. They come in male, female and youth styles and sizes.

26th annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive: help us Stamp Out Hunger!

Join the fight against hunger in Greater New Bedford by simply walking to your mailbox on Saturday, May 12th! Join the National Association of Letter Carriers SE MA Merged Branch 18, the US Postal Service and United Way of Greater New Bedford for the 26th annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive and help us Stamp Out Hunger!

“Stamp Out Hunger is the largest One-day food drive, and United Way is proud to be an active participant,” said Victoria Grasela, Director of Marketing & Community Relations United Way of Greater New Bedford. “Each year the food collected through Stamp Out Hunger helps to stock the shelves of local food pantries for weeks.”

To participate in Stamp Out Hunger, leave a non-perishable food item or bag of items (every little bit helps!) by your mailbox or on your porch. Food will be collected by your letter carrier during your normal mail delivery. Non-perishable food may include: cereals, beans, rice, canned meats, tuna, soups, vegetables, peanut butter, jellies or jams, pasta, tomato sauces, pancake mix or juices. For safety reasons, we ask that no glass containers be donated to avoid breakage and that food has not expired.

Food collected by letter carriers throughout the day will be brought to local post offices where it is sorted and packed for food pantries to take back to stock their shelves. Pantries benefiting from Stamp Out Hunger locally include Catholic Social Services, The Family Pantry- Damien’s Place, M.O. Life Food Pantry, PACE, The Salvation Army, and Shepherd’s Pantry.

Since the beginning of the drive, nearly 1.3 billion pounds of food has been collected, 70 million pounds of that collected locally! Each year the drive collects between 40,000- 70,000 pounds of food for local pantries.

Through its Hunger Commission Network and partnership with the local postal workers union, United Way serves as a local convener for this effort.

Anyone interested in volunteering to assist letter carriers in collecting the food on their routes throughout Greater New Bedford during the course of the day may arrange to do so by calling Richard Drolet at 508-801-2881 by Thursday evening, May 10th.

Be sure to join us Saturday, May 12th, and leave a non-perishable item or bag of items by your mailbox or on your porch and help us Stamp Out Hunger in Greater New Bedford!

New Bedford Police Union raises over $20,000 for Special Olympics

The New Bedford Police Union helped raise over $20,000 for the Special Olympics of Massachusetts today with their annual Polar Plunge at East Beach at Fort Taber. Paul Santos Live had a chance to chat with some of the participants before and after the plunge.

FREE Thanksgiving Dinner for needy and homeless families

United New Bedford & Centro Luzo Americano Club Inc., invite you to Thanksgiving Dinner from 12:00pm-4:00pm at 34 Beetle Street, New Bedford on Thursday, November 24, 2016.

Local group “The Foundation” helps kids who need backpacks, school supplies and winter wear

Two New Bedford natives, Anthony Barros and Jordyn Pina comprise “The Foundation” – a group that gives back to the community by helping kids in need. They donate backpacks and school supplies and so far have helped dozens of kids.

Initially done solely with their own personal money, they quickly discovered that the need far exceeded the demand, and that need went beyond backpacks and school supplies. There are many kids who will go without. For this reason they created a GoFundMe Page to help with a winter clothing drive to give away coats, gloves and hats and more to those who will need them.

“If you have used coats, gloves, hats, socks, tooth paste or anything that we can give away to the kids, please help.” pleaded Anthony. “We call this group “The Foundation” because we believe the foundation of a home is the strongest part of the house – it supports the rest of the home, we believe the same concept with our community our kids are our foundation the stronger group of kids the stronger community we have!”

Big Brothers Big Sisters Clothing Drive at Sleepy’s

Calling all Neighbors – Sleepy’s and Big Brothers Big Sisters would like your help! Please stop by your local Sleepy’s Showroom today and help our community and underprivileged youth by donating clothing items in need.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters:

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Operation Backpack Homeless Drive

Mobile Loaves & Fishes and Odies Place is asking people in New Bedford to imagine what it would be like live outdoors with nowhere to call home. Not everyone gets to go home each night through their own front door into a nice warm, safe environment. Some people live on the streets and take their chances against the cold, crime, and fear they won’t wake up in the morning. Brian Harrington from Odies Place Rescue is asking for people to come together on June 25th and help make a difference.

Odies Place Rescue in conjunction with Mobile Loaves & Fishes would like people in New Bedford to come forward and donate a new or used backpack to the homeless and less fortunate. By donating socks, underwear and jeans, it can help change a person’s life who lives on the street.

A team from the charity will be at the PAACA, 360 Coggeshall St. New Bedford, MA on June 25th 10 am – 9 pm. For those who would like to help and donate important items, they are being asked to visit the venue or email odiesplace508@gmail.com where someone can pick up the items.

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