Civic Engagement

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Inc. (VietAID)

Phone: 

617-822-3717

Fax: 

617-822-3718

Email: 

hoa@vietaid.org, Hoa Ngo, Office Manager

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

Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 5:00pm

Viet-AID's after-school program runs during the academic year of the Boston Public Schools (BPS), from 3:00PM-6:00PM each day for 3rd to 7th grades. The beginning portion of the day we provide homework help, support and tutoring. Any additional time at the end of the day is spent on academic enrichment and fun, cultural activities.

All student in the After School Program are referred to Viet Aid by partner elementary and middle schools. For more information on joining the After School Program, please contact Jessica Ranucci at 617-822-3717 x 26 or HoaMai Nguyen at 617-822-3717 ext. 22.

Mission: 

The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) believes in strengthening the Vietnamese community and building a vibrant Fields Corner neighborhood with our neighbors. Viet-AID achieves these goals by developing affordable housing and commercial spaces; providing high quality child care services; facilitating job and business development; and actively promoting civic engagement.

Location

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Inc.
42 Charles Street Suite E
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call (617) 822-3717 ext. 24 for application for the Au Co Pre- School
Call (617) 822-3717 for First Time Homebuyers Classes in Vietnamese
Call Thu Truong at (617) 822-3717 for Small Business Technical Assistance.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Ashmont Hill Association

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

P.O. Box 240217
Dorchester, MA 02124

Phone: 

(617) 822-8178

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Last Thursdays, 7:30 PM, location varies - check website

Mission: 

Membership in the Ashmont Hill Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is open to all residents of Ashmont Hill, a neighborhood between Peabody Square and Codman Square. The Ashmont Hill Association provides opportunities for Ashmont Hill residents to get to know each other and discuss and engage in local issues and concerns. All residents receive the monthly newsletter, the Ashmont Outlook, which covers neighborhood events and activities. All neighbors are welcome and encouraged to attend monthly meetings, held in neighbors' homes, and to participate in other AHA activities.

First active in the early 1970s, the Association organizes street cleanups, sponsors a much-anticipated neighborhood-wide yard sale in May, works with other neighborhoods to organize the annual Peabody Square holiday tree lighting, and plans a yearly progressive dinner and other events to bring neighbors together. Through its Neighborhood Improvement Committee, the Association has facilitated the planting of numerous street trees, created two landscaped sidewalk extensions, and received a grant from the Boston Parks Department to design and landscape a community open space at the Codman Square branch library.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Membership in the Ashmont Hill Association is open to all Ashmont Hill residents.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Columbia Washington Street Neighborhood Association

Phone: 

(617) 989-8668

Email: 
Mission: 

Our mission is to promote social, economic, environmental justice, crime prevention, neighborhood development, and increase access to resources via transportion. We engage residents to be more active in their community in order to accomplish our mission.

Key Partners: 

Four Corners Action Coalition

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Attend the Monthly meetings

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Massachusetts Studies Project (UMass Boston)

Phone: 

(617) 287-7654

Mission: 

Our mission is to engage students, teachers and "lifelong learners" in their own communities through local history, local culture and local heritage

Key Partners: 

SCI Dorchester, Boston Public Library, Boston Public Schools, The University of Massachusetts

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Cradles to Crayons

Phone: 

617.779.4700

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Tuesdays-Fridays, 10am-5pm 1st, 2nd, and 4th Saturday every month, 10am-4pm 3rd Sunday every month, 10am-4pm

Mission: 

Our Mission: To provide, free of charge, low-income and homeless children from birth to pre-teen the basic essentials they need to be safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. We also set a foundation for lasting change through the meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities we provide to thousands of youth and adults each year. Our Model: We're the glue between communities that have and communities that need. We make it simple for children, families, corporations to give their time, treasures and talent to benefit other children in their community. By partnering with social service agencies for distribution, we have a direct channel to serve tens of thousands of children in need each year.

Location

155 North Beacon Street
Brighton, MA 02135
United States
Key Partners: 

Our work relies on adults and kids, coming together in their neighborhoods and in our warehouse

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Neponset River Watershed Association ("NepRWA")

Phone: 

(781) 575-0354

Email: 

staff@neponset.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm

Mission: 

The Neponset River Watershed Association works to protect and restore the Neponset River, its tributaries and surrounding watershed lands for the benefit of present and future generations. NepRWA accomplishes this mission through: Environmental monitoring, science, research and planning; Outreach and education to the general public and targeted audiences; Demonstration projects that highlight new and existing best practices; Political action at the local, state and federal levels; On-the-ground cleanup, restoration, and preservation projects; and Advocacy and, when necessary, litigation. NepRWA always strives to use a collaborative approach to carry out its mission but will employ legal action or other non-collaborative methods when necessary. NepRWA works in the 14 towns of the Neponset River Watershed: Boston (Dorchester, Hyde Park & Mattapan), Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Norwood, Randolph, Quincy, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole and Westwood. Roughly 300,000 people live in the Neponset River Watershed.

Location

Neponset River Watershed Association
2173 Washington Street
Canton, MA 02021
United States
Key Partners: 

NepRWA partners with various municipal and state agencies, academic institutions, civic associations and organizations as relevant opportunities surface.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Residents can volunteer, become members, attend events, or intern with NepRWA. Please visit www.neponset.org or call 781-575-0354 to learn more.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/29/2010

Codman Square Neighborhood Council

Phone: 

(617) 265-4189

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Meets first Wednesdays, 7-8:30 PM, 6 Norfolk Street (The Great Hall)

Mission: 

Improving the quality of life for our community.

Location

The Codman Square Neighborhood Council
6 Norfolk Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Teen Empowerment, The Center for

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc. 48 Rutland Street Boston, MA 02118

Phone: 

617-427-1488 or 617-427-1599

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm

Mission: 

To empower youth and adults as agents of positive individual, institutional, and social change.

Location

Dorchester Site
21 Balfour Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please contact us if you are interested. We having several youth hiring times.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/18/2009

Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester

Phone: 

617-288-7120

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

The drop in membership program at Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester (BGCD) is open to all children between the ages of 7 – 18. Each day Monday-Friday from 2:00-6:00pm members will participate in activities based on a rotation schedule. All Members under the age of 12 not participating in a specialized program from 6-8pm are required to depart the Club at 6:00pm. Teen Programming will run until 8:30pm, all teens must depart by 9pm.

 

The Bantam Program serves members ages five and six. Members are grouped according to age and will travel to each area with designated staff members. Bantams will meet each afternoon at the McLaughlin site and participate in developmentally appropriate programming. The cost is $50 per session ($150 per year) and registration is limited to 50 children.

Mission: 

To inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community. Our Boys & Girls Clubs Provide A safe place to learn and grow. Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals. Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. Hope and opportunity.

Locations

Colonel Daniel Marr Boys & Girls Clubhouse
35 Deer Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center
1135 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Membership in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester (BGCD) is open to all children between the ages of 5 and 18. Members must be five by September 1st. BGCD has an "open door" policy. Members are well supervised while in the program areas, but may come and go as they please. The membership fee for all ages is just $5.00 per year, or $10.00 per year for immediate family members registering at the same time. All members must furnish proof of age when signing up. Orientation After registering, members must attend a member's orientation. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. Registration for summer programming begins in March and is offered on first-come-first-served basis (cost varies by year).

For more information, visit http://bgcdorchester.org/who-we-are/membership-info/

Key Programs Offered: 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester provides a safe place for our members to learn and grow, create meaningful relationships with caring adult professionals and participate in life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. BGCD offers exceptional out-of-school time programs year-round for youth ages five to 18. These programs are designed to complement each other; together, they form a comprehensive youth development plan that helps our members thrive today and develop the skills they need to succeed throughout their lives.

The key programs offered include:

  • ·         Aquatics               
  • ·         Athletics
  • ·         Early Education and Care
  • ·         Education             
  • ·         Fine Arts               
  • ·         Inclusive Services              
  • ·         Kids Café             
  • ·         Licensed School Age Care              
  • ·         Media Arts (Film & Photography)
  • ·         Music
  • ·         Social Recreation
  • ·         Summer Programs
  • ·         Teen Center
  • ·         Tween
Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
10/20/2009

Email: 

info@bgcdorchester.org

Website: 

www.bgcdorchester.org

Addtional Location: 

Walter Denney Youth Center

270 Mount Vernon Street

Dorchester, MA 02125

 

Center for Teen Empowerment, The

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 427-1599 (617) 427-1488

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F, 10am-6pm

Mission: 

Empowering youth and adults as agents of positive individual, institutional, and social change.

Location

The Center for Teen Empowerment
21 Balfour Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Bowdoin Street Health Center, Dorchester Cares, Bird Street Community Center, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Floorlords, Young Cape Verdean Club

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

We hire 10-12 youth through a competitive hiring process. The youths' job is to organize events and initiatives (free or nominal charge) that will involve community members.

Key Programs Offered: 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
03/04/2010

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