Saturday, April 20, 2024

From the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Sept. 12, 2016: The community is invited to join the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers’ Walk Team for the 5th Annual Joe Chaves 5K Memorial Walk/Run, taking place Sept. 25. Funds raised support scholarships and community programs for the Portuguese-American community of Greater Boston.

The event is organized by the Joe & Dorothy Chaves Foundation, which advocates on behalf of immigrants and their families in Greater Boston and provides financial support for educational and advocacy programs that serve immigrants seeking to learn new skills and earn their U.S. citizenship.

“We want to invite community members of all ages to spend their Sunday afternoon with us, enjoying a nice walk or run around Cambridge and, most importantly, raising funds to support educational and citizenship programs provided by various community organizations, including MAPS, ” said Paulo Pinto, executive director of the alliance.

Created in honor of the late José A. Chaves, a well-loved educator and Portuguese-speaking community leader, the Walk/Run “represents a key milestone for the Joe & Dorothy Chaves Foundation.” said Philip and Mark Chaves, sons of José A. Chaves. “Through this event, we celebrate the continued generosity of our volunteers, donors and sponsors, while also shining a light on the important role that advocacy groups like MAPS play in our Portuguese-speaking community.”

The event kicks off at 1 p.m. from Naveo Credit Union in Cambridge, 251 Hampshire St., in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood; participants are expected to show up at noon for registration. The finish line will be by the Saint Anthony’s Church in Cambridge, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., in the same neighborhood, where festivities will be held and refreshments served. To register for the event or learn more about the foundation, click here.

MAPS has provided health and social services for Portuguese speakers and others in Massachusetts since 1970. The agency has offices in Cambridge, Somerville, Brighton, Dorchester, Lowell and Framingham. For information, call (617) 864-7600 or click here.