During the past year, The Charitable Irish Society has made numerous grants totaling approximately $15,000 from the Silver Key fund to assist immigrants from several countries who now make their homes in the Boston area.
Included in these grants were funds to enable individuals from Ireland to obtain documents such as green cards, passports, work authorization, and citizenship application fees. Additional amounts were provided to enable an Irish citizen to return there permanently, and to assist two other Irish immigrants who needed airfare to go to Ireland for family emergencies and then return to the Boston area. Rental/housing assistance was provided to a Haitian family. The Society has also provided emergency food and transportation assistance to individuals from Ireland and Cape Verde as well as assistance to an individual from Ireland who had lost his job due to illness. In addition to grants to individuals, we have also made grants to organizations that serve immigrant populations: The Irish International Immigrant Center; The Irish Pastoral Centre; The Laboure Center; and The Nativity Preparatory School.
The Silver Key Fund is replenished each year at our Silver Key Awards Reception where we honor individuals who have contributed to making our communities welcoming to immigrants, exemplifying the contributions of all the generations of the Irish Diaspora in the greater Boston area.
This year’s Silver Key Awards Reception will take place on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, when we will honor Gerard and Marilyn Doherty, Billy Higgins, and Sister Maryadele Robinson.”