Civic Engagement

Fair Foods Inc

Phone: 

(617) 288-6185

Website: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Dorchester locations:
Adams Templeton
455 Adams St
Near Ashmont Red Line
Fridays 1 - 2

Blue Hill Ave
Dorchester Boys & Girls Club
15 Talbot Ave, near Blue Hill Ave.
Tuesdays 5 - 6

Franklin Hill/Wayne Apts.
140 American Legion Hwy
at Franklin Hill Ave
Every other Wed. 12:30 - 1:30
From June 16

Cardinal Medeiros Manor
11 Woodcliff St. (Grove Hall)
Every other Thurs 1:00 - 2:00
From Jan 13

Codman Square
Codman Sq. Global Ministries
675 Washington St.(in parking lot w/white fence)
Saturdays 12:30 - 2:30

Fields Corner
Pasciucco Development
330 Bowdoin St. at Quincy St.(17 Bus from Andrew)
Fridays 4:30- 6:00

Cleveland Middle School
11 Charles St
Fields Corner Red Line
Thursdays 5:00 – 6:00

Dorchester House/Kelly House
1353 Dorchester Ave
Fridays 2:30 – 3:30

A Complete List of Locations

Mission: 

96 billion pounds of food are wasted each year. Fair Foods Inc is an evolution in the fight against hunger and poverty. Since 1988, we have transported daily truckloads of usable surplus goods from industry to low-income communities in eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. We recycle massive amounts of grocery-quality fresh food and high-grade building materials and bring them directly to the people who need it most. We rely on a commonsense ethic, a core staff of food distributors, and over 200 networked volunteers to get the job done, seven days a week. We focus on being cost-effective, resourceful, and thorough. Our business is to bring tangible change into the lives of thousands of families.

For the low cost of two dollars at the sites listed above Fair Foods will provide you with a very generous amount (about 15 lbs) of vegetables, fruits and possibly more. Food items provided vary each week.

Location

Fair Foods Inc
P.O. Box 220168
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

It takes one truck to move 20,000 pounds of food, but it takes 200 people to distribute that same amount to the people. They are always in need of help.

Contact Information

Created: 
01/31/2011

On The Rise

Phone: 

(617) 497-7968

Fax: 

(617) 492-9814

Email: 

info@ontherise.org

Mission: 

To create a community where women have the relationships safety and resources they need to move out of homelessness. On The Rise engages with those most in need and support their initiative and strength as they move beyond crisis and discover new possibilities.

Location

341 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

On The Rise gives volunteer opportunities to come in for a Day of Service, coordinate a drive, make lunch, host an event and to fullfill a woman's wishlist. You can find out how to get involved by clicking here

Key Programs Offered: 

The Wellness Program includes a variety of activities such as a weekly writing group. There are also regular opportunities for women to get a massage or a hair cut. Staff and women also go on community outings together to cultural events, the movies, theatre, and local parks.
Keep The Keys offers housing search and move in support, home visits, personalized goal plans, and many other resources for social support and early intervention.
Safe Haven is a community of safety and trust for women where women are known holistically by others beyond specific "issues." The rules of the Safe Haven are based on safety and respect. There is no clean and sober policy and participation is always voluntary.

Created: 
12/01/2010

Tenacity!

Phone: 

(617) 562-0900

Fax: 

(617) 562-0911

Email: 

tenacity@tenacity.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

McCormack Middle School, 315 Mt. Vernon St., Dorchester, MA:
Tuesday - Thursday, 2:00-5:00pm.

For other sites (in East Boston, Brighton, Roslindale, and Roxbury) see here.

Mission: 

To improve the scholastic, character and physical development of urban youth by combining tennis instruction and academic support with a focus on life skills.

Young people, regardless of socio-economic background, deserve a chance in life. Tenacity taps the resources of the community to provide a winning combination of literacy, life-skills & tennis instruction that enables at-risk youth to succeed.

Location

Tenacity Main Office
38 Everett Street
Boston, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Public Schools

Key Programs Offered: 

After-School Excellence Program (ASEP)

Working in close partnership with the Boston Public Schools, Tenacity’s After-School Excellence Program (ASEP) delivers an intensive three-year experience for middle school students. ASEP integrates literacy-based programming and supervised tennis activities in a structured, supportive environment. Our activities focus not only on building tennis and literacy skills but promoting resilience among young people facing challenges on the path to adulthood. Our literacy curriculum is aligned with state and city English Language Arts Frameworks, and aims to prepare our students for future academic success.

Summer Tennis & Reading Program (STRP): click the link for extensive details.

Alumni Services:

¨ Ongoing academic support and educational enrichment resources including tutoring, homework help, study skills workshops, and writing assistance
¨ Opportunities to earn college scholarship money
¨ SAT prep
¨ Assistance with the college process including the application, selection and financial aid processes
¨ Job, internship, volunteer and leadership opportunities
¨ Ongoing tennis opportunities
¨ Opportunities to serve as leaders and mentors for current ASEP students and in their communities
¨ Exposure to a new social and cultural experiences
¨ Fun, social and recreational alumni events & a positive peer network

Created: 
11/23/2010

Kroc Community Center

Phone: 

(617) 318-6900

Mission: 

The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Boston will serve as a resource to enhance the community and provide individuals and families with opportunity to meet their potential. Beyond a facility for swim and gym, the Kroc Center will be a true center for the Uphams-Dudley community.

Location

650 Dudley Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Created: 
04/20/2011

Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is now open!

A community comprised of stronger individuals is a stronger community. The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers strive to build stronger communities through individualized services, care, and attention. Available services foster work and life skills development, educational enrichment, and spiritual and physical wellness. In addition to being a state of the art recreation facility, The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center will also provide the traditional social services and emergency assistance that people expect to receive from The Salvation Army. The services provided in Uphams Dudley will be based on the needs of the entire community. We believe that helping others creates hope for a better tomorrow.

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization

Phone: 

617-825-5600

Fax: 

617-825-5400

Mission: 

GBIO was founded by a group of 45 clergy and community leaders who began meeting in January of 1996. What motivated this founding group to begin building GBIO was a common desire to transcend the historic divisions in Boston that existed between neighborhoods, particularly around race and class issues. These founders were motivated to build a new organization which could help build relationships across these divides and provide a new vehicle for different constituencies to act together on common interests in ways which would be powerful and effective. This founding group raised seed money from ten different religious denominations and the first staff organizer was hired in August 1997. In November of 1998, GBIO held its founding assembly attended by some 4000 people from across Greater Boston. This watershed event in Boston's recent history was the largest and most diverse mass meeting held in Boston during the past 25 years.

Anti-Usury Campaign

It is time to re-instate usury laws by capping interest rates at 10%. Why 10%? Because 10% is enough.

Ten percent is enough to allow credit to flow to all worthy borrowers. It is enough to allow bankers their fair share of profit. It is enough to protect families from permanent indebtedness. And it is enough to divert our economy away from the speculative gambling that has caused our present economic crisis, and back towards productive wealth creation in the industries of the future: green manufacturing, sustainable energy, and others that the American entrepreneurial spirit has yet to imagine.

Health Care

The fight for quality, affordable health care for all continues.

In 2005, over a half a million people were uninsured in the state of Massachusetts, many of whom were members of GBIO institutions. Through listening to these members, their stories became our stories and motivated us to become active in the fight for affordable health care for all. The passage of Massachusetts 2006 Health Reform Law was a landmark victory for GBIO and the residents of the Commonwealth of MA. More than 430,000 residents have acquired health insurance as a result of the passage of this reform, and Massachusetts rate of uninsured has dropped from seven percent to three percent, the lowest in the nation!

School Organizing Campaign

Location

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
594 Columbia Road, Suite 203
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States

Dynamic Neighbors in Action

Mission: 

To bring seniors together in a positive and active way, promoting healthy living at an older age!

Location

637 Washington St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Codman Square Health Center

Key Programs Offered: 

Eat Green, Breathe Easy

Created: 
11/10/2010

Are you 60 years of age or older? Feel the need to get active, do something worthwhile?  Every second Thursday from 9:30am-12pmthere will be a cooking class in Conference room A. The class is meant for Codman residents ages 50+ and is a great way to learn to cook a healthy meal, meet a neighbor, and discuss healthy eating and exercise behaviors! All ingredients are supplied, and the class is free of charge. For more information, those interested can call at 617-822-8224.

 

Charles Street AME Roxbury Renaissance Center

Phone: 

617-442-7770

Mission: 

The Historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church, located in Roxbury, Massachusetts, has a long and rich history of activism and community service that began in 1818 and continues to the present. In the year 2000, this congregation had a vision to spark a "Roxbury Renaissance," a renewal of the commitment among members in the African American community who dare to dream that Roxbury, Dorchester, and indeed all of Boston can be a better place for the most vulnerable among us - our children and elders. Eight years later, and after over $2 million raised through the Vision to Victory Capital Campaign to build a state-of-the-art facility, the Charles Street AME Roxbury Renaissance Center (RRC) has become the place Where Roxbury Comes To Dream Again. Our mission is to advocate for the needs of community residents and to strengthen individuals, families, and the community by providing social, educational, economic, and cultural services.

Location

5 Elm Hill Avenue
Roxbury, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Charles Street AME,

Key Programs Offered: 

The Maafa Middle School Project seeks to ease the transition from childhood to young adulthood by encouraging middle school students to resist violence, persevere in school, and go to college. It also empowers the community to mobilize to make sure that these students are given the best opportunity to make their dreams a reality. The Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy passes on the rich legacy of the African-American musical heritage and equips youth with the skills to shape their own culture with musical products that reflect the positive strivings, hopes, and dreams of a people who have struggled for peace, justice, and love for generations. The Roxbury Senior Care Program serves Roxbury's "gems of wisdom" and empowers seniors to realize their dreams of aging with dignity and self-respect, by providing resources to help them maintain safe, healthy, and independent lifestyles.

Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peter's

Phone: 

(617) 282-3614

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Activities at the Teen Center begin at 4 p.m. with focus groups and homework help and continue into the evening with recreational activities.

Mission: 

A program of Catholic Charities Greater Boston, the Teen Center at St. Peter’s serves teens ages 15 to 19 from the Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester. There are approximately 200 members of the Teen Center, with as many as 80 participating in educational or recreational activities daily. Through the center, adolescents of the mid-Dorchester corridor are provided with work opportunities, have access to various support services, and have a safe place to recreate. Work and activities aim to provide the skills necessary for academic success, while also increasing self-esteem and enhancing the perception of teens as a positive force in the community. Catholic Charities’ Teen Center at St. Peter’s is part of a unique collaboration with St. Peter’s School and the Bowdoin Street After-School Program. The three programs, all housed in St. Peter’s School, have worked together to serve the families of the Bowdoin Street neighborhood for five years.

Location

St. Peter's Church
278 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Bowdoin Street After-School Program, Campaign for Catholic Schools, Catholic Charities, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston (CCAB), St. Peter’s School, Yawkey Center

Key Programs Offered: 

Homework Help: Teens have a supervised time for homework, peer tutoring, and set times in the computer lab. School performance is reviewed and monitored. 
MCAS Preparation: Specialized and remedial tutoring is provided twice a week in math and English to prepare high school students for graduation requirements.
College Preparation: Tutoring is offered in both math and verbal skills to help with standardized tests. Workshops are provided on topics such as financial aid and application assistance. Tours of local colleges are arranged.
Computer Literacy: Classes focus on basic principles of word processing, spreadsheets, internet research, and web page design.
Focus Groups: A male and female focus group meets once a week to address adolescent developmental issues and the multiple challenges that confront youth today such as sexual activity, drugs/alcohol, family conflict, immigration issues and deportation, diversity and racism, gang participation, violence, and planning for the future.
Economic Literacy: These classes focus on managing money wisely. Teens set up a no cost bank account and learn to cut spending and increase savings.
Teen Center Council: Teens meet regularly to discuss pertinent issues affecting youth, seek resolution to conflict among members, and help develop and implement programs. Chosen leaders participate in the Teen Center Council and selected members will participate in the community’s Youth Council.
Performing Arts: Artistic programming throughout the year include classes in African Dance and expression through poetry and music.
Outdoor Education: In partnership with the Sierra Club, the Teen Center participates in hiking, canoeing, and over night camping trips in all of the New England area.
Recreational Activities: Planned activities include sports, dances, fashion shows, tournaments, cultural activities, and special field trips.
Youth Mediation: Trained by the Attorney General’s Office, teens help their peers resolve conflicts and disagreements without violence. This program offers students the skills needed to interact with each other at school, home, and in the community.
Counselors in Training: Counselors in Training are paid positions with job responsibilities in the St. Peter’s after-school program and the Teen Center, working 10-15 hours a week. Counselors help with the supervision of youth, homework, arts and crafts, and other projects. Counselors in Training are expected to perform well in school and take advantage of the Teen Center’s services.
Community Service: All teens have the opportunity to carry out supervised community service projects to increase their knowledge of the community and its needs, foster a sense of investment in their neighborhood, and develop positive values of service and contribution.
Family Fun Night: Events are held periodically offering games, cultural activities, and refreshments to involve members’ families.
Family Support: Referrals for community services are offered to the families of participating teens in need of outreach, mediation, and other services.

Created: 
03/28/2011

Jubilee House

Phone: 

617-282-8433

Email: 

Myron.Smith@use.salvationarmy.org (OR) Kimberly.Smith@use.salvationarmy.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Office Hours: 9am-2pm, Mon-Fri Every Sunday 11:00 am - Sunday Service Children's church available for those age 2 - 10 Last Sunday of Each Month 6:00 pm - "Shabach" Praise and Worship Celebration Tuesday Evenings Sister's @ Heart - a Women's Bible study group Men's Bible study group The Well - a Bible study group for college students

Mission: 

The Jubilee House is a 23-room mansion located in Dorchester's Codman Square, at the heart of Boston's most diverse community. Jubilee House is designed as an intentional living community, fostering Christian growth and personal transformation through everyday involvement in the urban environment. What We Do: The Salvation Army Jubilee House is a community based ministry on various levels. It is a church with Sunday worship services and Bible studies on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Its position within the Salvation Army also involves it in many seasonal assistance and outreach programs: i.e. Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, a wide variety of summer enrichment programs for children and teens. More recently we have been involved in serving the evacuees of the Katrina disaster. Why Jubilee House? The name “Jubilee House” is derived from the Biblical concept…the Year of Jubilee. This festival was prescribed by God in the book of Leviticus. Celebrated every fifty years, it was to be a year of rejoicing when every debt was cancelled, every slave set free, every prison opened and every lost heritage restored. Our credo quoted from the prophet Isaiah ( in Isaiah 61:1-4) speaks of one to come who would bring about a more universal Jubilee. It is our mission to let those of our community know that there is hope, joy, victory, freedom, and deliverance in Jesus Christ, our Jubilee!

Location

10 Melville Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

The Salvation Army; Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester Center for the Visual Arts, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, the Codman Square Youth and Family Coalition, the Home for Little Wanderers, DSS and DYS, the Greater Boston Food Bank, as well as many churches and faith based ministries. Some of these local ministries are The Boston Project, Emmanuel Gospel Center, Ten Point Coalition, Black Ministerial Alliance, Quincy Street Missional Church, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and numerous others. Has hosted students from Gordon College, UMass Boston, Harvard University

Key Programs Offered: 

Jubilee House The Salvation Army's Jubilee House in Dorchester opened its doors in June of 1997. The house was original built in 1880 and in recent years was the home of Jonathan and Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block musical fame. The Salvation Army purchased the home from the Knight's mother in 1996. For six years, Jubilee House officers and staff have ministered to the members of the Dorchester community through a number of programs: Brengle Academy - alternative Christian middle school After-school Homework Club - recreational and educational activities, including homework assistance, held three days a week Community food co-op Emergency and Holiday assistance Higher Ground - a summer camping program for urban teens Summer Enrichment Program - fun and games during the summer

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
12/20/2010

Nonquit Street Neighborhood Association and Land Trust

Phone: 

617-436-3182

Mission: 

NSNALT, founded in 1992, bridges the Catalogue’s basic categories of “Nature” and “Culture.” It serves the "higher spiritual needs of residents” as a necessity, not a luxury, in the low-income, blighted community of Upham's Corner, Dorchester. With many volunteers, NSNALT organized clean-ups of local properties, persuaded property owners to make specific improvements and security enhancements, and transformed two desolate spaces at opposite ends of a 400-ft gap

Location

21 Nonquit Street PO Box 255410
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Created: 
11/29/2010

The work accomplished by Ruth Clarke and the Nonquit Street Neighborhood Association and Land Trust, Inc. has served as an inspiration to other neighborhoods to transform empty lots on their streets into open and green spaces.

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