Episode 11: Back to School (Take 2)

Thank you for listening to the Hingham ‘Cast. This past year has been hard in a thousand different ways. How our kids have suffered and risen to the occasion time and time again is inspiring. I have griped and groaned, cheered and screamed at the frustrations of remote learning, the loss of connection with my … Read more

Episode 9: Fight Club–Booking a Vaccine in Massachusetts

People are crowdsourcing tips on Facebook. They’re setting alarms to wake up in the middle of the night and refresh their browser. They’ve set up multiple computers and phones to be ready to pounce when the time comes… So goes the hunt to book appointments for people aged 65 and older to get vaccines in … Read more

Episode 8: Laundry Love, Detergent & Dignity

Thank you for listening to the Hingham ‘Cast. Let us introduce you to Laundry Love. It’s a group of volunteers dedicated to helping people who are struggling financially by giving them one simple gift: clean clothes.

Clients doing laundry for free through Laundry Love

Modeled on national non profit, the local chapter is run by volunteers through St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hingham. The initiative was founded in 2003 after founders asked a homeless man how they could help him. He said, “I think if I had clean clothes, people would treat me like a human being.” It was the birth of small, but meaningful initiative that meets people where they are and gives them laundry cards, detergent and other supplies to wash their own clothes without worrying about the expense.

Donations Needed

As their clients will tell you, laundry can be an expense that forces them to choose between food, medicine, heat or clean clothes. In this episode, you’ll meet Cynthia, a single mom who has lost hours and wages in Covid while trying to care for her mother, young daughter and finish nursing school. “I usually put it at the end of the list,” she says. “I’m like, alright, let me finish paying everything off. Let me do everything I need to do. And then whatever’s left, I’ll just do my laundry. And sometimes it isn’t enough.”

You’ll also meet volunteers like Chrissy Roberts and Dave Clinton who offer clients supplies, conversation and dignity in tough times. “If this pandemic has taught us anything,” says Roberts, “It’s that life can be short and appreciate the ones you love the things you have. And sometimes that something is as simple as clean clothes.”

Superwash in Weymouth and Hull donates space and laundry card discounts

Episode 7: The Vaccine–What About Us?

Thank you for listening to the Hingham ‘Cast. In this episode we talk with Maureen Fox, the director of Sandcastles Childcare Center, about waiting for a vaccine when the slightest Covid scare can send your life into a tailspin. We also talk with Carlene Pavlos, the head of the Massachusetts Public Health Association about the … Read more

Episode 5: The Long Road from the White House

In this week’s episode, we talk about turning the page to a new administration. No matter who you voted for or how you feel about Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, it is a fresh start. We sit down with six people in the community to hear what their hopes are for the year ahead. It … Read more

Episode 2: Grammy Bread with Dan Fickes

Ally is joined by Dan Fickes, a Hingham dad who brings us into his kitchen to bake “Grammy Bread.” The bread honors his mother who started making it decades ago after her firstborn son died at age 5. Nothing could get the heartbroken woman out of bed until a neighbor came with yeast, flour and … Read more