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Hundreds Joined Together to Build Care Packages for Veterans at NECHV on the 15th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

Each year the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund (MMHF) holds an event in honor of September 11th where volunteers work alongside MMHF staff to build care packages for active duty service members overseas and local Veterans. The group also held a pledge drive for military families in need. NECHV was honored to once again be the beneficiary of 500 packages for Veterans receiving services at the Center.

This year, the New England Patriots ran a drive to help MMHF gather items to fill CityPaks for Veterans at NECHV. CityPaks are versatile backpacks that are designed to meet the unique and changing needs of those facing homelessness. The bags include an emergency contact card the can be filled out and kept inside, a rain poncho that fits in a slot at the bottom of the bag, extensive storage space, and loops that attach to a person’s arm or leg to protect against theft.

On September 11th, volunteers gathered on the Rose Kennedy Greenway to fill the CityPaks with additional items like essential toiletries, socks, and shower shoes. NECHV President and CEO Andy McCawley attended the event to thank all the volunteers and organizations who gave their time and effort in addition to donating items, and to speak about the significance of the event and the positive impact the care packages have on the Veterans who receive them.

NECHV extends its warm thanks to MMHF, the New England Patriots, all the organizational sponsors and supporters of the event, and the many volunteers who contributed to the resounding success of the day.

Advancement Team


New England Center and Home for Veterans
Advancement Department
17 Court Street
Boston, MA 02108

617-371-1777 (tel)
617-371-1840 (fax)


Charlene F. Pontbriand
Senior Vice President, Advancement

Mark O. Gough
Director of Corporation and Foundation Relations

Nicole Hand
Director of Sponsorships and Events

Adrienne Kaplowitz
Philanthropic Officer, Community Engagement

Nick Feeko 
Communications Associate

Duyen Hua
Lead Development Associate

Maggie Retton
Development Associate


Lindsay Davis-Braun
Development Systems Manager




The New England Center and Home for Veterans is pleased to announce that the annual Greater Boston Stand Down will take place on Friday, September 9, 2022 at Boston City Hall Plaza. This yearly event brings together community providers and Veterans in one place to provide Veterans easy access to services and employment opportunities.

As in past years, over 100 service providers, employers, and community organizations are expected to turn out and provide essential supportive services, including housing assistance, medical care and wellness programs, legal support and employment assistance. Veterans will also be able to enjoy a free lunch and live entertainment.

For more information about the event, or to apply as a service provider, please contact Download and print the event flyer here.

Important information for Veterans planning to attend:
Veteran service hours are from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM. You must bring proof of service. DD214 is acceptable.

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