Community Events

Branch Street Fire Victims Relief Fund
Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the tragic fire on Branch Street - Lowell. If you would like to help, you can make a donation to the Branch Street Fire Victims Relief Fund at any Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union branch locations. Click here for list of locations
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — An intense fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors. The victims in this former mill city about 25 miles northwest of Boston were all found in units on the top floor of the building, which had a liquor store on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors, fire officials said. To read more about this story, please click here

Barnes & Noble Fundraising Bookfair and Book Signing
Who: Fundraising Bookfair hosted by Barnes & Noble Booksellers and benefitting iPods for Wounded Veterans.
What: IFWV will receive a portion of all sales made during the Bookfair period (some restrictions apply)
Where: During the bookfair period, ALL U.S. stores and the website will participate in the bookfair fundraiser.
In store: Present Bookfair ID code 11318334 to cashier at checkout to ensure IFWV gets credit for the sale.
Online: Shop at and enter Bookfair ID code 11318334 at checkout
Thom & Stacy Shea "Unbreakable: A Navy Seal's Way of Life" Book Signings
Friday, November 7th, 6:30-9:00pm
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 125 New Hampshire 28, Salem, NH 03079
Saturday, November 8th, 12:00pm-2:30pm
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 98 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803
Basic info:
iPods for Wounded Veterans
Registered Massachusetts 501(c)(3) Corporation
Chairman, Paul Cardello
Founded 2011
Who we serve:
  • Badly wounded U.S. service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard.
  • All have served in the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars and have recently been injured and are receiving treatment at Walter Reid Military Medical Center in Washington, DC and For Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, VA.
  • Many are single, double or triple amputees, have severe brain injuries and/or suffer from Post traumatic stress disorder. 

How we serve them:

We aid their recovery by driving in vans from Massachusetts to the DC area to personally hand deliver iPods, iPads, Nooks, magazines, letters of support from school/children, headphones and more to the wounded.
How it helps:
A rebailitating soldier enjoyes an escape to his favorite song
A bedridden pilot has freedom to connect with loved ones, no matter how far away.
A wounded veteran gets lost in a book, even if he can no longer hold a paper copy.
Complex medical schedules can be managed in the palm of a hand.
When we visit with Veterans: The IFWV team makes 3 trips per year to the DC area, working in between trips to fundraise.
Other facts:
•    IFWV is an all-volunteer organization. 
•    Over 80% of funds raised goes directly to the purchase of electronics and other gifts for the veterans. 
•    The remaining 20% is spent on costs of driving to the DC-area to deliver the gifts, plus marketing and small administration expenses.
How to help:
(1) Donate online at
(2) Send checks to iPods For Wounded Veterans
4 Heather Drive
Wilmington, MA 01887
(3)  Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact info:
Paul Cardello, Chairman
Cell: 603.770.5765
Elena Barbera, Board Member, Media Contact
Cell: 617.938.7504

Massachusetts Designated Driver Program "Good to Drive?"

Every year alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts kill nearly 200 people and seriously injure thousands more. Many of these deaths and injuries could be prevented through the greater use of designated drivers. The program is designed to promote the use of designated drivers and reduce drunk-driving related deaths and injuries in Massachusetts. The program was launched in Boston and Worcester in June and is now being rolled out to additional communities. In conjunction with the extended roll-out, the Lieutenant Governor has recorded a PSA about the program. To learn more about the program, log onto

Rock the Boat Fundraiser for Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA)
Rock the Boat is a tasting and music event that will highlight local-dayboat seafood tastings from area restauraunts, live music, chef demos, a fisheries-focused art exhibit, raffle and an auction! The evening will be joined by folk rock singer-songwriter Chelsea Barry and the Bob Marley tribute reggae band, Hope Road.
Friday, November 7th from 6:30-9:30pm. This event will be held at Arts at the Armory in Somerville.
Ticket price will also include one free drink. Attendees will have a chance to taste the bounty of the ocean, learn about sustainable fisheries, dance to the music and bid on an awesome lineup of auction prizes while raising funds for a great organization.
NAMA works with coastal communities that depend on fishing to protect our marine environment, strengthen local leadership, and give voice to independent, community based fishermen. NAMA advocates for policies that advance social, economic, and environmental justice throughout the entire seafood value chain. 
Tickets may be purchased online at  Learn more about NAMA at or call 978-281-6934.

Joslin Diabetes Fundraiser at Antico Forno, Terramia and Cobblestone Restaurants
Carla Gomez, the owner of Antico Forno, Terramia, and Cobblestone, will donate 100% of proceeds to Joslin Diabetes as part of the CityFeast. Her son suffers from diabetes, so this fundraiser is very close to her heart. She's been committed to fundraising for The Joslin Diabetes Center and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). She began CityFeast: Dining out to conquer diabetes to benefit The High Hopes Fund at Joslin Diabetes Center. This takes place every year on the last Sunday in January.

Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner with a Sports Connection: Honoring Joe Castiglione, the voice of the Boston Red Sox radio network.
Come celebrate with Joe Castiglione as we honor him with the Arthritis Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. You’ll have the chance to meet Joe and listen to our unique sports connection panel with special guests like Lou Merloni. Bid on live and silent auction items including one of a kind sports memorabilia. This is an experience you won’t soon forget!
Special guests include:
WEEI’s Lou Merloni 
Red Sox Pitcher Rich Hill
WEEI’s Michael Holley’s Alex Speier
WEEI’s Mikey Adams
Channel 5’s Sports Director Mike Lynch
And many more…
DATE/ TIME: December 4, 2014
7:00 PM Reception/Silent Auction
8:00 PM Dinner/Award Presentation
9:00 PM Panel Discussion/Live Auction
PLACE: Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466
More info on the event, HERE.

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