2015 Year Enders, End of Year Lists

Making A Difference – Hilken Mancini’s Top 15 Boston Organizations


Hilken Mancini is one of the Boston area’s great do-ers. One of the driving forces behind Girls Rock Campaign Boston, operator of the stellar JP vintage shop 40 south Street, and a performer in great bands like Shepherdess and The Monsieurs; she is a true renaissance woman, and a true Boston hero for the ages. – DS


So other than the rad fact that so many really amazing things happened in 2015 to me personally, I feel the need to mention the people, places, and organizations that are doing amazing things in our community and make us proud and happy to live here in Boston, MA! Localism Rules!

Boston Cultural Compass/ BRAIN Arts/ Boston Hassle
Foster an innovative, compelling, and interconnected music, art, and film community in the greater Boston area through grassroots and inclusive participatory culture.

Robin Lane Songbird Sings inc.
Songbird Sings is dedicated to healing the hidden epidemic of violence against women. Music is a healing force, and our programs help to transform those who’ve been silenced by domestic violence, sexual exploitation, childhood abuse, and the oppression of women in our society.

The Theatre Offensive – True Colors Troupe
The Theater Offensive’s Mission is to present the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation, challenges the status quo, and builds thriving communities.

Girls Rock Campaign Boston
Girls Rock Campaign Boston empowers girls to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through musical education and performance.

Haley House
Haley House is dedicated to helping those made vulnerable by the harshest effects of inequality move toward wholeness and economic independence.

Strong Women Strong Girls
Strong Women Strong Girls empowers girls to imagine a broader future though a curriculum grounded on female role models delivered by college women mentors, who are themselves mentored by professional women.

Beats By Girlz
Beats By Girlz is a non-traditional, creative and educational recording-arts campaign.

A youth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs, policies, and services for the GLBT youth community.

Science Club For Girls (Boston)
SCFG’s mission is to “foster excitement, confidence, and literacy in STEM for girls, particularly from underrepresented communities, by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”

Respond Inc.
A pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence. Its work began in the early 1970s, when four Somerville, Massachusetts women started a grassroots effort to support victims of domestic violence by opening their own homes as safe havens for women fleeing abuse. For over 40 years RESPOND has provided life-saving shelter, support services, training and education to more than 100,000 members of the community.

Somerville Homeless Coalition
The mission of the Somerville Homeless Coalition is to provide homeless and near homeless individuals and families with individualized supportive services and tailored housing solutions with a goal of obtaining and maintaining affordable housing.

Theives Grotto
A gathering of friends based in multi-sensory artistic expression, support of DIY, Local, and Hardworking Musicians from the Greater Boston area.

Big Sister
We ignite girls’ passion and power to succeed through positive mentoring relationships with women and enrichment programs that support girls’ healthy development.

Basement Babes
A collection of art, writing and thoughts related to or inspired by feminism and Boston’s underground music. Borne out of a kickass female friendship, this zine aspires to create an inclusive creative space for people of all genders, races, sexualities and backgrounds who are interested in a more forward-thinking art community.

Bootstrap Compost
Greater Boston’s premier year-round residential and commercial food scrap pickup service. Partnering with local farms, Bootstrap diverts thousands of pounds of organic material from landfills every week. As a result, we are harnessing the potential of organic refuse to redefine and empower a local food community.

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