Family Van, The

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

1542 Tremont St, Roxbury MA 02120









Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Thursday 9-12, Codman Square Friday 9-12, Uphams Corner Friday 1-4, Mattapan


The Family Van offers free confidential care such as blood sugar, glaucoma and cholesterol screenings, blood pressure checks, nutrition counseling, pregnancy tests and family planning, confidential HIV testing and counseling and referrals to other community resources. No appointment, medical insurance or identification is needed. For more information, call (617) 442-3200.


Codman Square
Washington Street
United States
Key Partners: 

Harvard Medical School

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 


Sea Breeze Mexican Grill







Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Sea Breeze is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner - 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. - with a wide and affordable menu. In addition to beef, chicken, pork and veggie items, Sea Breeze carries a great selection of seafood choices. They also a offer a kids' menu for children under 10.


1782 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA
United States
Key Partners: 

St. Mark's Area Main Street


Sustainability Guild International


(877) 797-7938 OR (617) 930-6508


(857) 366 4292


Sustainability Guild International is a Dorchester-based social enterprise dedicated to inner city sustainability and innovation. Their Vision in Action strategy for a Sustainable Metroscape guides the design and piloting of collaborative sustainable development solutions that promote equity, health, beauty, and prosperity.


Venture Development Center
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393
United States
Key Partners: 

UMass Boston

Key Programs Offered: 



In June/July 2012, Sustainability Guild launched the 100 for 100 initiative.  100 for 100 engages 100 inner city residents in 100 sustainability projects and programming for environmental, economic, and social opportunity creation involving:

Living Walls | Upcycling | Energy | Community Cafe - in partnership with the Dorchester Community Food Co-op | Arts, Culture & Wellness | Sustainable Design.



International Peer-Reviewed Journals

Our publications build core knowledge and provide insight that guides holistic strategy, action, outcomes and innovation. The Guild FOCUS journal series emphasizes key issues in sustainability from institutional and organizational perspectives. The Guild CULTURE journal series examines sustainability from broad, social and cultural perspectives. Guild journals promote critical discourse through in-depth articles, interviews, case studies, program profiles, opportunities, technology assessments and book reviews.

Digital Library Series (DLS)

Our DLS publications provide deeper insight into sustainability topics and issues that emerge from our research, journals and collaborations. Leveraging the deep insight and experiences of a diverse array of strategic leaders and scholars, the series features case-study-framed examinations of quantified outcomes, emerging issues and innovation.

Arts Engaged

Reaching out to stakeholders of the art world, Sustainability Guild International seeks to determine how the players in arts and culture are involved with society, sustainability and social projects. By publishing data and articles online, holding online exhibits, holding annual events and more, the Guild will make known the points of intersection between the arts and society.


FAMILY, inc.


(617) 969-1454

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 


Codman Square Health Council Meeting
  • Third Thursday of every month
  • Codman Square Health Center (637 Washington Street, Dorchester) Board Room

To create secure and nurturing environments of mutual support in which all children and families can thrive. A community organizing system, we create partnerships with individuals and institutions to connect educational, health care, economic, and other systems to collaboratively create healthy, safe, sustainable communities throughout the world.

Our values:
  • Every person is valued: from the youngest to the oldest, from the richest to the poorest
  • For healthy development, all children need to be nurtured through intergenerational relationships;
  • Harmonious support systems enhance the lives of children and families within the community;
  • Society’s systems should be in harmony with nature’s systems;
  • We must think globally and act locally – FAMILY starts at the local level and develops sustainably;
  • We are one family.



80 Waban Hill Road
Newton, MA 02467
United States
Key Partners: 

Community Agencies and Organizations:
Artists for Humanity
BOLD Teens
Boston Neighborhood Network
City Year
Codman Square Merchants Association
Codman Square Neighborhood Council
Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp.
Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center
Roxbury Youth Works


Education Institutions:
City and State Departments
Mayor Menino
Boston Police Department 
Boston Public Health Commission
Department of Youth Services
Business Community
Valvoline, Inc.
Mount Washington Bank
Silverbrook Farm
Coutinho Farm
Partners in Haiti:
Community Agencies and Organizations 
Association of Schools and Teachers
City Of Verrettes
Caisse Populaire Solidarite Des Verrettes (Bank)
ODKM (Desarmes)
MCC Desarmes
Faith in Action International
Societe D’exportation de Fruits et Legumes
The Haiti Connection
Education Institutions:
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Tuskegee University
University of Fondwa
Ecole Normale de Liancourt (Local Teachers College)
Ecole Providence
Government Agencies:
Bureau de District Scolaire des Verrettes
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

The individuals and families who take part in FAMILY are invited to become members of FAMILY. They are not clients, but members. The benefits of membership will vary from one individual and family to another, depending on their needs, but the major benefit is the security of being part of a caring network of mutual support.

The mission of FAMILY is global, and our vision is for its concept to spread in very natural ways. We are eager to engage in dialogue about all aspects of FAMILY, including potential areas of collaboration with interested parties. We invite you to join us.

Key Programs Offered: 

FAMILY works at both the level of the individual and the organization, in both Codman Square, Dorchester, and in Haiti:

  • We connect individuals with existing resources in the community so that they are surrounded by a uniquely tailored network of mutual support. To do this, we place FAMILY Advocates into strategic locations within the community to work directly with children and their families.
  • We partner with organizations to enhance their capacity to provide effective support to children and families by eliminating redundancy, improving community responsiveness, and sharing resources. To do this, our Director of Community Organization convenes gatherings with partner organizations where effective strategizing can occur. 
Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Fathers And Mothers Infants eLders and Youth


Boston United for Students


Boston United for Students is a broad-based coalition committed to improving the quality of the educational experience for all Boston students and teachers. We believe that there is an urgency to significantly improve student achievement so that Boston public school students graduate college ready and career prepared. We know that achieving these goals will require a fundamental change in the next Boston teachers' contract to create new working relationships and operational flexibility that will enable students and teachers to meet the challenges of public education in the 21st Century. Our drive for student success is not limited to changes in the teachers' contract. It also includes advocacy for improved administrative practices and earnest implementation of current and new contract reform measures.

Key Partners: 

For a list of member organizations, visit http://www.bostonunitedforstudents.org/Pages/members.html.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Visit http://www.bostonunitedforstudents.org/Pages/get_involved.htmlTo make your voices heard, the community is also urged to call, email or fax the School Committee (telephone) 617-635-9014 (fax): 617-635-9689,feedback@bostonpublicschools.org.

Community supporters also can call the Boston Teachers’ Union at (617)288–2000, fax: (617)288–0024. Advocates can also make their voices known to the City Council at (617)635-3040 or the Mayor’s Office at Boston City Hall, (617)635-3151.

To contact us email:info@bostonunitedforstudents.org.


Boston Medical Center




Boston Medical Center is an extraordinary community of health care providers devoted to the proposition that every person, regardless of his or her social or economic circumstances, deserves the best health care.

Our mission is simple: to provide exceptional care, without exception.

Located in Boston's historic South End neighborhood, BMC is a private, not-for-profit, 639-licensed bed, academic medical center and the primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine. Consistent with its mission to provide the best in health care to all, BMC is the largest safety net hospital in New England and reaches into the community as a founding partner of Boston HealthNet, a network of 15 community health centers through Boston serving more than a quarter million people annually.


Boston Medical Center
One Boston Medical Center Place,
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Key Partners: 

BU School of MedicineBMC HealthNet Plan

Boston HealthNet:

Codman Square Health Center
637 Washington Street

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
1353 Dorchester Avenue

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center 
10 Gove Street
East Boston

Geiger-Gibson Community Health Center
250 Mount Vernon Street

Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center
4199 Washington Street

Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center
632 Blue Hill Avenue

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
780 Massachusetts Avenue

Manet Community Health Center 
110 West Squantum Street
North Quincy

Mattapan Community Health Center 
1425 Blue Hill Avenue

Neponset Health Center
398 Neponset Avenue

Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center
435 Warren Street

South Boston Community Health Center 
409 West Broadway
South Boston

South End Community Health Center 
1601 Washington Street

Upham's Corner Health Center 
500 Columbia Road

Whittier Street Health Center
1125 Tremont Street

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Prospective volunteers can visit Volunteer Servicescall 617.414.5122, or email Volunteer.Services@bmc.org. Otherwise, call one of the numbers listed below, or view the Provider Directory.

Health Connection — Call 800.841.4325

Make an Appointment. Find a Doctor. Get Health Information.

Call BMC’s Health Connection toll-free atBoston Medical Center - Health Connection 800.841.4325.

The Health Connection is available Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm. After normal business hours, callers may leave a message to be returned the following business day by a nurse.

The Health Connection is a toll-free telephone information service. The staff, which include registered nurses, help patients, families and members of the community access Boston Medical Center's physicians, programs and services.

Main Switchboard
Call: 617.638.8000

General Information
Call: 617.638.6800

Health Connection
Call: 800.841.4325

Medical Records
Call: 617.414.4201

Patient Billing
Call: 617.638.6157

Call: 800.439.2370

Key Programs Offered: 

BMC HealthNet Plan: BMC HealthNet Plan is the largest health maintenance organization for both MassHealth and Commonwealth Care programs. The mission of BMC HealthNet Plan is to be a quality and cost effective provider-sponsored health maintenance organization supplying excellent care coordination and services.

  • Sunny Start - Health Moms & Babies: BMC HealthNet Plan Members that choose to enroll in Sunny Start get help from care managers, including

    • Customized care planning for low - high risk pregnancies
    • Access to registered nurse skilled in obstetrics/newborn care
    • Free car seat (MassHealth members)
    • Free manual breast pump
    • What To Do When You're Having a Baby book & other literature
    • Childbirth/Parenting Education
    • Transportation assistance
    • Help finding community resources

Haitian Health Institute (HHI): In order to meet challenges to improved access and health services for Haitians, a consortium of health care professionals mobilized to establish the Haitian Health Institute (HHI) in 1996 rather than have disparate clinics across metropolitan Boston. The Administrative Office of the Haitian Health Institute is located at Boston Medical Center, 771 Albany Street, Dowling 4, Room 4416, Boston, MA 02118. You can phone them at 617.414.7702, send a fax to 617.414 3810, email hhi@bmc.org or view MyDorchester.org's community guide entry here.


Boston Parent Organizing Network (BPON)






Boston Parent Organizing Network organizes, develop and support parentsand families who are marginalized by class, race, language, disability and immigration status to  work with and hold accountable the Boston Public Schools to provide an excellent education for all students.

In all we do we are guided by these principles:

  • Parents and families are the most effective advocates and leaders to bring about lasting improvements in student education.
  • Parents, families and students are the key source to identify the educational needs of children and youth.
  • Networking and collaboration among community based organizations and school based parent groups are necessary to effect system-wide change
  • Both system-wide and community-based issues must be addressed collectively to assure sustained success.

Our Vision

Because of BPON's effectiveness parents and families who are marginalized by class, race, language, disability and immigration status directly influence decision making at all levels of the Boston Public School System.


209 Green Street 3rd Floor
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
United States
Key Partners: 

Current organizational members include ACEDONE, ACORN, Black Ministerial Alliance, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Center for Collaborative Education, City Life/Vida Urbana, Citywide Parents Council, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, East Boston Ecumenical Community Council, East Boston High School Family Center, EDLaw Project, English High School Family Center, Families First Parenting Programs, Hyde Square Task Force, Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, JP Unidos, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, MassCOSH, Mass English Plus Coalition, Sociedad Latina, Trotter School Parent Council, and the Young Achievers Pilot School Family Association.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Visit the membership application page, found at http://www.bpon.org/about-us/membership-application. Also check out BPON's job opportunities.

Key Programs Offered: 

Since its formation in 1999, BPON has built on the strengths of its organizational members and thousands of parent volunteers to achieve significant change at both the school and district levels.  BPON is recognized as a powerful and unique force in reform of the BPS, creating consensus among diverse parents, developing their power through leadership training and amplifying their voices, and wielding this power in unified action.

BPON's focus is on engaging families to provide leadership in achieving excellent education for all BPS students.


Hancock 309




Create an environment for Artists and Art lovers to exchange ideas and foster creativity in one another. 


Hancock 309 Gallery and Consignment
305 Hancock Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact owner.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Hancock 309 Gallery and Consignment


ReSPECT Registry (BU/BMC)


Direct Line: 617.414.1971; Toll Free Number: 877.505.4455


The goal of The ReSPECT Registry is to support the community in learning about clinical research and finding opportunities to participate in research studies.

Boston University invites you to join The ReSPECT Registry!

The ReSPECT Registry is a way for people to find out about research studies at Boston University/Boston Medical Center (BU/BMC) that are looking for research volunteers. The registry assists people in finding those studies that might be of interest to them to participate in.

Research volunteers are very important to the many medical discoveries that continue to make our lives better. These discoveries continue to teach us how to better treat diseases, and could not have happened without research volunteers.

Some examples of clinical research discoveries are:

  • Vaccines
  • New treatments for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease
  • Better ways to exercise
  • MRIs, CT Scans, X-ray machines, and diagnostic tests
  • Improved medical procedures
  • Improved ways to diagnose conditions or diseases

For more info on clinical trials, you may visit http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/info/understand.

Key Partners: 

Boston University, Boston Medical Center

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Joining is free and easy. There is no cost to you for joining the registry.  We ask you to fill out the Respect Survey online or over the phone. The survey is about you and your interests in clinical research. We keep your information secure and use it to find studies that may be of interest to you. 

To join the registry,

  1. Visit our official website at http://www.bumc.bu.edu/crro-community/respect and fill out the survey,or
  2. Call the Registry staff to do the survey over the phone at 617.414.1971 or (toll free) 1.877.505.4455.
Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Recruitment Services Program of the Clinical Translational Science Institute (ReSPECT)


Dorchester Ducks

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Dorchester Ducks Semi Pro Football Team
12 Eastman Street
Dorchester, MA 02125


(857) 207-6691







The goal of the Dorchester Ducks is to bring a Football championship to the City of Boston (Dorchester). Outside of Football, we aspire to be a organization that helps those in need. Whether it is visiting schools, volunteering at shelters or elderly service centers. We hope that through our efforts the men who grow and bond with us will be examples for the generations that will proceed us. Football is our passion, but enriching the lives of the youth that look up to us is our long term goal.

Key Partners: 

Dorchester Daisies (Cheerleaders)

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact William Shivers at 617-419-6997 for appearances and community service support. Through each other we can accomplish anything. 

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