BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling East Boston Social Centers, a multi-service agency serving East Boston and other communities.
East Boston Social Centers has been serving the community for a hundred years, offering a variety of programs for young and old, including child care, early learning, English as a second-language, teen after-school and senior citizen programs.
Business Manager John Roch says the neighborhood is one-of-a-kind, “I have to say that before I started working here, I had never been to East Boston except to be at the airport a few times. It’s a very unique, very friendly, caring, close knit community”.
Executive Director Justin Pasquariello says the Social Centers play an important role in the community.
“There’s a really strong feeling of collaboration and support with community members and a really strong commitment to giving back. People talk a lot about our motto, ‘When All Give-All Gain’. One of the things I’ve seen being here at the social centers is that probably the most proud kind of badge that people can wear is the badge of having been a community activist in East Boston. People are very proud of the activists here and those who have played that role are very proud of the impact that they have in the community”, stated Pasquariello.
Board member Tom Tassinari says the East Boston Social Centers is part of the fabric of the community. He met his wife there.
“I can take you back to 1973 with the social centers, which was my first introduction. I applied for a job for a day camp and that was kind of the beginning to my whole life,” Tassinari said.
WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports