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Safe Communities Act: The right side of history

June 23rd, 2017|Worcester Telegram & Gazette|

From the first-ever National Women’s Rights Convention in 1850 to the marriage equality movement, Massachusetts is often among the first states to stand on the right side of history. Now, state leaders have the opportunity to again pick the right side of history by passing the Safe Communities Act and sending a clear message that [...]

IRS, DOR undermining Earned Income Tax Credit

June 4th, 2017|Commonwealth Magazine|

In the midst of new proposals for a major tax system overhaul, there’s one tax policy almost everyone agrees has been highly effective: the Earned Income Tax Credit. It delivers significant financial relief to working families while providing financial incentive to work. In 2015, the average credit was $3,186 for families with children. How disappointing, then, [...]

Trump budget cuts threaten second chances

May 30th, 2017|USA Today|

Years ago, while at a board meeting with my construction colleagues at the Homebuilders Association of Louisville, I met three very special local students. I was blown away by their drive and confidence as they shared their personal stories of overcoming challenges in their young lives. I wondered, where did they find the inner strength to tell their [...]

CEO Corner: Guardian Healthcare Home Care Services

May 17th, 2017|NECN|

Jose and Zoraida de la Rosa, the co-founders of Guardian Healthcare, talk about their company, its 365% growth over five years and its mission: to provide at home healthcare services for populations facing language or cultural barriers. Full video here

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan Speaks at Massachusetts ACLU Dinner

May 15th, 2017|NBC Boston|

Gold Star father Khizr Khan was in Boston on Monday to serve as the featured speaker at the annual Bill of Rights Dinner for the Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union. Khan drew international attention for his speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention when he criticized then Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump for attacking Muslims and [...]

Women entrepreneurs gain, hurdles remain

May 12th, 2017|Boston Business Journal|

With the number of women starting their own businesses now steadily outpacing men, female entrepreneurship is on the rise. In fact, the number of women-owned businesses has grown at a rate five times faster than the national average. Today, women are majority owners of 38 percent of businesses in the U.S., and there are more [...]

To solve the labor shortage, train workers and offer careers

April 25th, 2017|US Builders Review|

At US Builders Review we often hear two complaints. First, those in the construction industry lament that there is a shortage of good, skilled workers. Second, many have a “kids these days” attitude toward millennial workers, who, they say, just don’t want to work hard. One organization, YouthBuild USA, has a unique perspective on these [...]

Tax Tuesday: Late Filing Tips

April 18th, 2017|NECN|

The deadline for filing your taxes is right around the corner, and if you’re a procrastinator, you may want to think twice about putting off filing that return. Mark Nichols, member of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs, said the penalties and interest for filing or paying late can pile up. "People who file late can [...]

I found myself in AmeriCorps, others will lose that chance if Congress cuts fundingy

April 15th, 2017|Lexington Herald Leader|

Some people spend a lifetime trying to find themselves. As for me, I was lucky enough to be an AmeriCorps member. I completed two full-time terms at a nonprofit called YouthBuild in Breathitt County, which is a comprehensive youth service program that rebuilds lives and communities through education, leadership training and job skills. YouthBuild engages [...]

Conor Baron Thanked By Sen. Cyr For Project 351 Service

April 14th, 2017|The Mashpee Enterprise|

Conor Baron, an 8th grader at Mashpee Middle School, has been recognized for his year of service as a Project 351 Ambassador. Conor joins more than 360 other young leaders across the commonwealth as a participant in the statewide youth-led service initiative. “I am proud to see Conor dedicate this year to public service,” State [...]