by Bill Lattanzi

Hi All. I rarely ask for mass action, but my wife’s SPARK program, that works with Boston’s most vulnerable kids, is under threat by budget cuts… but also up for a big award on Virgin Airways site.

So, if you will, please help a struggling program keep going.. It will take 2 minutes from clicking away to clicking back here. all you have to do is sign in and vote HERE. THANKS! and if you want to send this note on to your mailing list, especially if you are David Plouffe,…. or yes, you, Yoko Ono, our hero…. an extra special THANKS!!! 

“To nominate a charity to be on the Virgin page, people must be from Massachusetts, but to vote, people can be from anywhere in the country – I confirmed this with the Virgin America staff who are maintaining the site and managing the promotion.”


About The SPARK Center 

Boston Medical Center’s SPARK Center offers comprehensive and state-of-the-art medical care and services for Boston’s highest at-risk children: those living with complicated medical conditions (including HIV/AIDS, failure-to-thrive, and neuro-developmental challenges.). SPARK focuses on those children most-in-need and often living in poverty, including very low birth weight’ babies as well as children who are involved with the Department of Social Services due to significant family and social concerns (including child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, adult substance abuse).To find out more or contribute directly, visit our website.


Virgin America: What’s Your Revolution?

Declare your revolution!

If you’re over 21 and live in Massachusetts and a US resident, Virgin America will be sending two winners and their guests across the world on Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, and V Australia. We’re also awarding 15 winners and their guests an invite to our exclusive party in Boston on February 11, 2009. To be entered, all you have to do is provide a short description, video or photo of your personal revolution or just nominate a non-profit cause. Submit your entry by February 6, 2008.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Legal residents of MA USA, 21 years and older. Ends: 2/6/09. 
Click here for Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions. Void where prohibited.

Any 501(c) 3 organization who is nominated, has high votes, and is approved by Virgin America will be entered for a chance to receive the donation. The winning organization will be recognized at Virgin America’s launch party in Boston on February 11, 2009.

Must be over 21 and a US resident to enter and/or nominate a charity organization.
Click here for full terms and conditions.


VOTE for  The SPARK Center after signing in HERE.


Virgin America: What's Your Revolution?

The SPARK Center: Supporting Parents and Resilient Kids

(formerly the Children’s AIDS Program – CAP House)

Financial Contributions
Your tax-deductible donation enables The SPARK Center to continue serving as a model program for children whose problems exclude them from mainstream childcare settings.

To make a donation, please visit our web site or send a check payable to:
The SPARK Center at BMC
255 River Street
Mattapan, MA 02126

Be sure to include your full name, address, and e-mail address if you wish, so we may thank you and acknowledge your tax-deductible contribution.

We also accept in-kind donations, from diapers to digital cameras. Please contact us for our current “wish list” of items.

Why Your Gift is Needed
The SPARK Center relies heavily on institutional (BMC) funds, state and federal grant support, and the generosity of private foundations, individual donors and volunteers. Unfortunately, in recent years, federal budget cuts have weakened critical services to the neediest, including childcare and special services to children living with HIV/AIDS. Most children at SPARK live in poverty with parents and caregivers who struggle daily to maintain the integrity of their families.

The SPARK Center recognizes the importance of providing high quality medical and psychotherapeutic services free of charge to its unique population. Your contributions help us meet the individual needs of each SPARK child and maintain excellence in staff training, programming, and all aspects of our special facilities. Undesignated donations for specialty teachers, general operating expenses, special equipment, and classroom supplies are also greatly appreciated.

Volunteers and Interns
Volunteer assistance with children and with daily demands of program operation are always welcome. Internship and training opportunities offer another exciting way to get involved. For more information about volunteering or interning at SPARK, please call Barbara Armandt at 617.534.2050, option 9.

Call us and come for a visit. Together we can meet the challenge!

For more information, contact:
Barbara Farrell, Program Coordinator
The SPARK Center
255 River Street
Mattapan, MA 02126
Phone: 617.534.2050, option 8
Fax: 617.534.2057
Email: [email protected]