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Local Ways to Promote Diversity

By Ivy S. Morgan

Eager to make a difference in the community? Here are some local agencies that help to promote diversity awareness and social equality:

Action for Boston Community Development

Action for Boston Community Development promotes self-help for low-income people and neighborhoods. It provides opportunities for upward mobility to Boston-area residents through innovative programs and services. http://www.bostonabcd.org 

Center for Community Health, Education & Research, Inc.

The Center for Community Health Education & Research, Inc. provides AIDS case management and HIV education to the Haitian community in the greater Boston area. http://www.ccher.org 

Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights

The Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights serves refugee communities and torture survivors, providing care to the whole person. http://www.glphr.org/refugee 

International Institute of Boston

The International Institute of Boston fosters the success of immigrants and refugees in the United States by providing a range of comprehensive professional and cultural services. http://www.iiboston.org 

Our Bodies Ourselves

OBOS challenges the institutions that devalue the lives of women. They provide honest information about health, sexuality, and reproduction from a feminist perspective. http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org 

Boston Rescue Mission

Boston Rescue Mission helps homeless and poor persons move to self-sufficiency by providing meals, emergency shelter, a transitional program, and job training. http://www.brm.org 

Greater Boston Legal Services

GBLS provides free, non-criminal legal assistance to low-income individuals, families and community-based organizations. http://www.gbls.org 

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

GLAD is a legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression. http://www.glad.org 

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

NGLTF is a progressive organization working for the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. http://www.ngltf.org 

Habitat for Humanity, Greater Boston

Habitat for Humanity, Greater Boston is a Christian-based housing ministry seeking to alleviate the shortage of quality affordable housing in Boston's urban neighborhoods. http://www.habitatboston.org