By Nicholas Conley
August 23, 2018
With so many observances dotting the month, August has provided New Englanders lots of opportunities to make a difference in their communities. And as August turns to September, many of those same advocates are carrying that spirit forward into the fall.
Early in the month, locals went green at the Boston GreenFest. This annual three-day event, now running for more than 11 years, is a grassroots effort put together by a passionate team of volunteers working for the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. GreenFest attendees came from all backgrounds to support more sustainable environmental policies and green-friendly companies. The Boston GreenFest reminded us that going green and caring for our environment is a yearlong effort.
For the past 15 years, August has been known as Black Business Month. Today, more than 25 percent of Boston’s population identifies as Black or African American, and as that number grows, so do the number of businesses run by Black entrepreneurs, including restaurants, hotels, and bars. What better way to celebrate than by supporting a local Black business?
On August 17th, we paid homage to the millions of volunteers and organizations who use their spare time to make a difference in the lives of others on National Nonprofit Day. August 26th is National Women’s Equality Day, passed by the U.S. Congress in 1973 to commemorate the day in 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was officially certified, finally giving women the right to vote. As women’s rights issues continue to grab headlines, you can take part in one of the many local events tailored toward both representation and education, including the launch of the 500 Women Scientists’ Boston Pod in Brookline next month.
While a lot of good has taken place throughout August, it’s important to take that inspiration into the months that follow.
The work of the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc., doesn’t stop with the Boston GreenFest. This nonprofit seeks to diversify the urban landscape by incorporating more nature into city spaces and creating an environmentally friendlier New England. Send a donation to help them further this mission.
Embrace the spirit of National Nonprofit Day all year long by advocating for the LGBTQ community and volunteering with Gay for Good.
Although every August 26th marks Women’s Equality Day, battles for equal rights are fought every day. Founded in Boston in 1974, Rosie’s Place was the first women’s shelter in the United States. Today, Rosie’s Place provides meals, shelter, and life assistance to 12,000 women a year. Become a volunteer.
The best way to support Boston’s growing number of Black-owned businesses is to shop at them. One Sunday a month, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston’s District Hall opens up into the “BBOB,” or Boston’s Black-Owned Business Pop-Up Market. Check out BBOB on September 15th or October 20th.
Solving tomorrow’s problems require action today. August is the perfect month to support black businesses, nonprofits, and women’s rights, and here’s why.