An East Boston program has become the beneficiary of a grant program sponsored by the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Eastern New England.
Eastie’s Community Education Center on London Street was recently presented with a check for $6,000 from the RMHC to help fund their English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for youth and newcomers.
This is the fifth grant presented to the Community Education Center, totaling $40,500.
“The center does not solicit any city, state, or federal funds,” said Executive Director of Community Education Center Dominic Avellani. “Thanks to the financial assistance of RMHC of Eastern New England, the center has been able to assist thousands of immigrants, refugees, and high school dropouts.”
The Community Education Center, Boston teaches English, citizenship, G.E.D preparation and computer courses to a growing number of refugees and immigrants in the Boston area. The center is expanding its services for at-risk teens to include computer education, academic tutoring, English and Spanish G.E.D; drug, alcohol and tobacco use prevention, teen pregnancy, disease and gang awareness/prevention, and sexuality counseling. The program also provides medical check-ups and emergency care by a Registered Nurse.
“For over 25 years, RMHC of Eastern New England has created, identified and supported programs which directly improve the health and well being of thousands and thousands of local children and families every year,” said Executive Director of RMHC of Eastern New England Karen McEachern. “We’re proud to support Community Education Center, Boston to help ensure that all children and their families have a brighter tomorrow.”
RMHC recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary at Canobie Lake Park together with past grant recipients, friends, and new grant recipients, including the Community Education Center. The event was an opportunity for grant recipients and friends to acknowledge and celebrate the positive influence RMHC has had on communities, local non-profit organizations and participating families for the past 25 years.