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Diversity Outreach and Support

Buddy Walk

"The peoples of the earth are one family.” ~ Ruth Fulton Benedict

Since its inception, the MDSC has strived to build a comfortable, accessible, warm, inclusive community for all families, irregardless of their race, culture, religion, income level, sexual preference or level of disability. Our anti-bias philosophy is prevalent throughout the organization and is now woven into all our events, activities, publications and communications.

Toward this end, the MDSC Diversity Outreach Committee meets regularly to explore how to encourage inclusion and remove barriers to participation in MDSC activities. The committee’s goal is to make all families feel welcome and to find ways to meet their needs, whatever they may be.

Multi-Cultural Diversity Events
Throughout the year, the MDSC hosts three diversity events – a potluck dinner each fall, a picnic in summer, and breakfast each spring (prior to our annual statewide conference).

These events are intended to encourage our veteran families of diverse backgrounds to remain connected, welcome new families into our community and allow everyone from all backgrounds to get to know each other better.

Support Groups
There are dozens of support groups across Massachusetts for families in every region of the state and serving a number of populations. For a complete list, click here.

MDSC Events
For a complete list of MDSC events, click here.

Financial Assistance
To ensure that our annual statewide conference and Buddy Walk programs are accessible to all, the MDSC is pleased to offer assistance in the form of scholarships and transportation. A limited number of partial scholarships are available as well as free round-trip transportation from Boston to our Worcester for the MDSC annual conference. For information, contact Sarah Cullen, Family Support Director, at (781) 221-0024, ext. 206 or

MDSC Mailing Lists
All new families receive a complimentary one-year membership to MDSC. This allows you to be added to our general mailing list.

In addition, the MDSC keeps a mailing list specifically for families of diverse backgrounds. These families receive special invitations to our multi-cultural events.

If you would like to be added to either or both of these mailing lists, contact Sarah Cullen, Family Support Director, at (781) 221-0024, ext. 206 or