what we do
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
In recognition of the growing need for access to basic health care for those communities that are uninsured or underinsured in the MetroWest and Greater Boston area, Gratis Healthcare provides free medical and mental health services to those in need. By using volunteer clinicians in multiple specialties with Portuguese and Spanish interpreters, we aim to remove barriers to basic health care and strive to connect patients to the Massachusetts health care system and community resources.
Meet with our doctors and nurses specializing in internal medicine and mental health services online when it fits your schedule. Visits are always free and Portuguese or Spanish interpreters are available.
Discover other local organizations that can help you apply for insurance, find a job, understand your rights and more.
Assistance with MassHealth applications is now available through
- Latino Health Insurance Program at 508-875-1237 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Health Care For All at 1-800-272-4232 or hcfama.org
From 18 March 2020, persons in MassHealth or recently approved members will not lose coverage until the end of the month in which the national emergency period ends.
Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. Teachers use Storyline Online in their classrooms, and doctors and nurses play Storyline Online in children’s hospitals.
826 Digital champions student writing. By providing engaging, adaptable, standards-based resources—designed to captivate young writers and empower their educators—826 Digital aims to reach students everywhere, whether they are aspiring authors or reluctant writers.
Games And Activities
Funbrain, created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8, offers hundreds of free interactive games, books, videos, and worksheets that help kids develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving, and literacy and topics like addition, fractions, vowel sounds and shapes.
Engage young students and broaden their horizons with reputable, authoritative, age-appropriate digital content that brings them the world in a way they’ve never seen before. National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space through books, games, videos, and images.
Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups. The leading provider of K-12 computer science curriculum in the largest school districts in the United States, Code.org also created the annual Hour of Code campaign, which has engaged more than 15% of all students in the world.
Many teachers have been using Chrome Music Lab as a tool in their classrooms to explore music and its connections to science, math, art, and more. They’ve been combining it with dance and live instruments. Here’s a collection of some uses we’ve found on Twitter.
Learn to Be is a non-profit bringing free, 1-on-1, online tutoring to students around the nation. Their goal is to help students from K-12 to succeed in school through free, one-on-one tutoring in all subjects including math, science, reading, and English!
Boston Public Library locations offer free after-school homework help and mentorship provided by high-achieving high school students. The Homework Assistance Program (HAP), previously called Homework Help, is open to students in grades K-8. No registration is required. Boston Public Library also provides tools for students as they prepare for the ACT, SAT, and MCAS.
The Homework Center at Framingham Public Library is providing free weekly remote (via Zoom) tutoring and homework help to students K-12. We have over 50 tutors who are proficient in all subjects taught in the Framingham schools, SAT, ACT, subject tests, and college essays in addition to help with college search and more. Our tutors are retired professionals, college and National Honor Society students. To sign up, please contact Judy Gatlin, email@example.com. Framingham Public Library also organizes various activities throughout the year.
Fiveable has focused on supporting Advanced Placement students and teachers for the last two years. Since the exams are still happening online this year but in a modified format, stressed-out students and teachers have been looking for guidance. Fiveable has published study plans for 17 exams to help guide students as they are working through content. The company also has launched additional free live streams during the day, which traditionally only took place in the evenings in order to help students practice the new exam-style questions.
Lesson Plans K-12
NYC Department of Education has put together activities for students K-12 to discover art, world language, computer science, and health and wellness based on their age. There are also worksheets with activities for the core curriculum including topics in social studies, science, English, and math for each grade.
Khan Academy has organized schedules meant to be templates that you could adopt as is or copy and modify to better suit the needs of your children, classroom or district. Khan Academy has self-paced, interactive content–exercises, videos and articles–for students in every grade and in most major subject areas.
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (3 Locations)
354 Waverly Street, Framingham, MA 01702
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30AM–4:45PM (Thurs until 7:45 PM)
42 Cape Road, Milford, MA 01757
Mon, Wed: 8:00 AM-8:45 PM
Tues, Thurs & Fri: 8:00 AM-4:45 PM
19 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605
Mon & Thurs 7:30AM–8:45PM
Tues & Wed 7:30AM–6:45PM
Kennedy CHC’s medical home model of care provides a comprehensive approach to primary care, urgent care, medical specialties, nutrition counseling, dental, optometry, pharmacy, behavioral health, social services & health education. Serving adult and child residents of Worcester, Framingham, Milford & the surrounding communities of MetroWest & Central Massachusetts. Kennedy CHC provides services to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. They accept most health insurance plans, including MassHealth (Medicaid) & Medicare; other public programs; & offer assistance to individuals & families eligible to sign up for health insurance.
Note: Kennedy CHC recognizes they cannot meet unlimited demand with limited resources. They regularly assess the needs of the communities and evaluate their capacity to meet those needs. This may impact the availability of services.
Latino Health Insurance Program (Multiple Locations)
Framingham, Main Office
88 Waverly St. #1 Floor, Framingham, MA 01702
Phone: (508) 875-1237 Fax: (508) 875-1261
Mon-Fri 10AM to 5PM
89 Main St. Suit 306 3rd Floor, Milford, MA 01757
Phone: (508) 422-9996 Fax: (774)-804-3922
Mon-Tues 9:30 AM-5:30PM
Centro Cristiano Betesda
136 Grand St., Worcester, MA
Phone: (508) 762-9136
* Only by appointment
The Latino Health Insurance Program (LHIP) is an intervention designed to respond to the causes of Latinos in MA being uninsured and under-insured. It aims to address the obstacles that impede Latino residents from applying for medical coverage, most notably lack of information and working for employers who do not sponsor health insurance. Services are offered in Spanish, Portuguese and English in all locations.
Hope Worldwide New England, Inc.
Framingham residence requirement. Referrals/appointments not required.
214 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702
Hours: Variable Wednesdays, most Saturdays 9-12.
A Place To Turn
Available every 60 days by appointment only.
Referral from MISN or other social service agency on specific APTT form, photo ID & address verification such as a utility bill required for each visit. Two weeks of diapers provided every 60 days. Clothing is also available.
99 Hartford St., Natick, MA 01760
Mon, Tues & Thurs: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Wed: 11:00 am-12:30 pm & 5:00-7:00 pm
Available once per month by appointment only. Referral from MISN or other social service agency; documentation of Framingham or
Southboro residence such as a utility bill; and documentation of housing support are required (Letter from MISN is okay). Documentation of children’s ages is required if requesting diapers (for example letter from WIC, pediatrician, or birth certificate).
350 Union Ave., Framingham, MA 01702
Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-1:00 PM.
Marketplace (Fresh produce, bread and other baked goods
Open to all Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 (No appointment required)
United Way Pearl Street Cupboard
Available every month by appointment.
Photo ID & address verification such as a utility bill required for each visit.
46 Park Street, Framingham, MA 01702
Mon 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Wed 9:00 AM-1:00 PM & 5-7:00 PM Fri 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Brazilian American Center
560 Waverly St, Framingham
Available 2 times a week from 9-12. Must call in advance to register every week.
508-628-0360 (hablan español)
10 Pearl St.
The Grace House
20 Beech St.
Provides hot meals on Saturdays 4:30-6:30 pm (except for the last Saturday each month) and Sundays 3:00-4:30 pm. Free clothing is also available during these hours.
Jewish Family Service Of MetroWest
Provides social, health & community services to support people in need. Provides Immigrant Services to Permanent Residents throughout the Naturalization process from filing their application to preparing for the English and civics test.
475 Franklin St., Suite 101
Framingham, MA 01702
WIC Nutrition Program (Women, Infants And Children) Through SMOC
7 Bishop St.
Eligibility requirements: Open to pregnant or postpartum woman, an infant or a child under 5 years of age; Massachusetts residents; with family income that meets WIC guidelines. You are automatically income eligible for WIC if you are currently receiving TAFDC, SNAP, or certain types of Mass Health coverage or if you are a foster child. Families can be working or not working & include married or single parents, grandparents, foster parents & other legal guardians of an infant or child under 5.
Voices Against Violence (SMOC)
Toll-free hotline 24 hours a day: 1-800-593-1125 or 508-626-8686 (TTY-friendly)
Or contact Voices Against Violence office at 508-820-0834 Monday – Friday 9am-5pm located at 7 Bishop Street, Framingham, MA, 01702. Our office is ADA accessible.
Massachusetts statewide SAFELINK toll-free domestic violence hotline: 877-785-2020 or TTY 877-521-2601
Citizen’s Bank in Natick and Framingham and Bank of America in the mall have Spanish speaking employees. Social Security number not required. Local banks will accept a passport number and country of issuance or other government-issued ID number to open account. Two pieces of identification required, one with the name and address.
Jewish Vocational Service In Boston Refugee And Immigration Employment Services
Contact: Jessica Cirone (617) 399-3271 JCirone@jvs-boston.org
JVS has provided free employment services to local immigrant and refugee populations
for over 40 years.
Services Offered: Career coaching; English classes; Job search assistance; Interview
preparation; Skills training; Career advancement services.
Household Goods (the organization) provides a full range of donated furniture and household items, free of charge, to help people in need make a home.
Online referral process: http://householdgoods.org/about/referrals-form/
(978) 635-1710 530 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
Affordable Internet at Home-Online application
Eligibility requirements include participation in WIC, Reduced lunch or other need-tested benefit program.
Affordable Internet at Home-Online application
Eligibility requirements include participation in WIC, Reduced lunch or other need-
tested benefit program.
To be eligible for our Discount Energy Rate, you need to be a residential customer, who receives one of the benefits listed below, with a household income that meets eligibility requirements and your utility bill is in your name. For additional information or
guidelines, please contact your local Community Action Agency. An eligibility letter is required for programs marked with an asterisk (*). Please enclose a copy with your application.
Commonwealth Care Plan Types 1, 2 or 2A *
Emergency Assistance for the Elderly, Disabled & Children (EAEDC) *
Head Start *
Health Safety Net Plan – Primary or Secondary (Not Partial) *
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP/Fuel Assistance) *
Mass Health-Basic or Standard *
Public or Subsidized Housing *
School Breakfast/Lunch Program *
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps) *
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) *
Veteran’s Non-Service Disability Pension *
Veteran’s Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Surviving Parent or Spouse *
Veteran’s Service Benefits (Chapter 115) *
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutritional Program*
Our needs change as we continue to add people to our team. Please check back on our website and Facebook page or subscribe to our newsletter for more volunteer opportunities.
We are currently searching for doctors specializing in internal medicine and family medicine. If you are interested, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.