Civic Engagement

BOLD (Breath Of Life Dorchester)

Phone: 

(617) 265-4189

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

Program runs throughout the year and includes weekend and evening hours.

Mission: 

We focus on environmental and social justice by identifying and addressing the safety and health concerns of our community through education, service and advocacy. We promote awareness, local action, and holistic thinking and address these concerns with healthy initiatives. Our fundamental principles are to: * Incorporate environmental and social justice concerns as a significant priority in public decision-making. * Seek alternative practices and procedures to minimize negative impacts on the environment. * Conserve natural resources and restore environmental quality. * Consider the social and economic impacts of the BOLD environmental and health policies and encourage a participatory process in developing these policies.

Location

Codman Square House
14 Euclid Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

FAMILY Inc. ACE/REEP, Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, B-SMART, Boston Urban Asthma Coalition, Codman Square Neighborhood Council, Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester House Multi Service Center, DotWell, Tobacco Free Mass, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, MassCOSH, Urban Ecology Institute, Youth Action Initiative, Youth In Action

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Stop by the BOLD Teens office on the bottom floor of the Codman Square Health Center to pick up and fill out an application to be a BOLD Teen. Application deadline is November 3rd, 2009.

Created: 
10/19/2009

Ashmont Adams Neighborhood Association

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

First Thursdays, 7 PM, Plasterers Hall, 7 Frederika Street (corner Minot)

Mission: 

To encourage a sense of neighborhood and community spirit and to facilitate interaction among residents. To facilitate cooperation from various government departments in order to improve services provided to the AANA neighborhood. To work toward the establishment, maintenance and improvement of our neighborhood by encouraging civic participation in all phases of community affairs; and To work with nearby neighborhood associations to foster open communications and support the betterment of the entire Dorchester community.

Location

The Plasterer's Union Hall
7 Frederika St
Dorchester, MA
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

See website

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Fields Corner Civic Association

Phone: 

(617) 436-1287

Email: 

debbie_sousa@comcast.net

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

The group meets the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Kit Clark Senior Services at 1500 Dorchester Avenue (changed from St. Ambrose church). We hold a combined November-December meeting the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. In June our meeting and Annual Awards night is on the third Tuesday, before we break for the summer.

Mission: 

To improve the livability of Field's Corner by advocating for quality government service. And to inform residents of programs and initiatives, so that they may use them to improve their lives, their homes and their neighborhhood.

Location

Kit Clark Senior Services
1500 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Kit Clark Senior Center, Dorchester Youth Academy, Field's Corner Main Street, Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Viet-Aid, Close to Home, Area C-11 and the All Dorchester Sports Leaque.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Come to a meeting! Member dues: Individual $10.00 - Must be 18 years old Family $15.00 - Must be 18 years old Elderly $7.00 - Must be over 60 years old Non-voting Members $25.00

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
12/03/2010

Peace First

Phone: 

(617) 261-3833

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday

Mission: 

Peace First is dedicated to building effective school climates by focusing on two major efforts within a school: teaching children the skills of conflict resolution and civic engagement; and providing educators with the critical skills and knowledge to integrate social-emotional learning into the school’s curriculum and culture. Combined, these efforts strengthen schools’ social and academic environments, creating stronger schools and more successful students. This is accomplished through an innovative, weekly curriculum taught by young adult volunteers and reinforced by intensive coaching for principals and teachers.

Location

25 kingston street; 6th floor
Boston, MA 02111
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Urban Asthma Coalition

Phone: 

617.451.0049

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

M-F: 9am-5pm

Mission: 

The Boston Urban Asthma Coalition aims to promote collaboration between organizations and residents concerned about the various factors that affect asthma such as the environment, quality of health care, access to health care, and education. This Collaboration taps into the expertise and resources of these city residents and organizations through advocacy and educational projects. In addition, it strengthens, personally and professionally, the network of people addressing the severity, morbidity, and mortality of asthma.

Location

Boston Urban Asthma Coalition
622 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition, Lead Action Collaborative, Bowdoin Street Health Center, Four Corners Action Coalition, Dorchester Housing Action Team, Project RIGHT, MassCOSH, Head Start, Boston Public Schools, Boston Public Health Commission.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Residents can join our active committees, healthy housing, healthy schools and health, to advocate for improving the city for people with asthma. Our committees meet regularly, either monthly or bi-monthly. Residents can also join our leadership development programs.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

People Making a Difference (PMD)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

PO Box 120189 Dorchester, MA 02112

Phone: 

781-963-0373

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

Everyday: 9am-9pm

Mission: 

PMD involves and engages people through meaningful, hands-on work that meets local needs by following a strong service ethic to: 1) Produce appreciable results while conserving recipients' limited resources, 2) Educate volunteers about broader issues, and 3) Bring people together to make a difference

Key Partners: 

105+ local charities who need hands-on assistance and/or training 12 and local companies who have community involvement programs

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

United Neighborhood Association

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Mission: 

Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Key Programs Offered: 

617-282-4955
617-282-4955

Saturday: 10am-12pm

Working with residents and local businesses to improve the Quality of Life in the Four Corners area of Dorchester.

Jamaal Leek, Chair

Attending Meetings, Volunteering for events, Community Gardening, meeting with business owners, etc.

No
No
Yes
No
251-500
No
Other

Cape Verdean Community UNIDO

Mission: 

CVC UNIDO promotes the power and the potential of the Cape Verdean community. We advocate for, inform, and organize our community to reach its cultural, social, and economic well-being.

CVC UNIDO’s mission is to outreach to, inform, and organize the Cape Verdean community around issues of self-empowerment and social and economic development while advocating for and accessing resources that meet the self-identified needs of the community. This mission is accomplished by a consortium of native Cape Verdean and Cape Verdean-American individuals and representatives of local organizations that serve the Cape Verdean community in Greater Boston through a series of different programs and activities that reach out to families and youth. Goals are to bring the Cape Verdean community together to develop our collective power and strategize solutions to current challenges; to create opportunities, and an environment, where youth and families can gain tools to empower themselves and the community; to improve family cohesion through developing nurturing and parenting skills; and to assure services delivered by local, municipal, and state agencies are coordinated and culturally competent.

Location

492 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Partners: 

Bird Street Community Center, City of Boston, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), Log School, Settlement House, MassCosh, Northeastern University, St. Patricks Church, Upham's Corner Health Center

Key Programs Offered: 

Cape Verdean Providers, GOTCHA- Youth Employment Collaboration, Boston Cape Verdean Student Association Collaboration, Jorge Fidalgo Memorial Soccer Challenge, Youth Empowerment Project- Youth Leadership Development, “Boston… Connecting Cultures” Mural Project, Dudley Youth Council, College Bound, The World Is My City, Recreational Activities, Adult ESOL Classes, Citizenship Classes, Dorchester Occupational Health Initiative, Fuel Assistance & Information & Referral Family Fun Days, and VALOR (Values Affecting Learning Our Roots)- Family Support Program.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Project Hope

Phone: 

(617) 442-1880

Fax: 

(617)238-0473

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

Seven days a week

Mission: 

Project Hope works in partnership with families so they can move up and out of poverty. We do this by being a catalyst for change in the lives of families and in the systems which keep them poor; developing and providing family support solutions for homeless.

Locations

Family Residence & Children's Center
45 Magnolia Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Community Building & Main Offices
550 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition(DALC): Sarah Bayer (ABE/ESOL) - sbayer@prohope.org; Project Hope provides services in ABE, ESOL, GED, and Job Skills.  They have licensed child care and operate in morning and afternoons.

Adult Educational Services (AES): offers a basic adult education to more than 80 low-income women a year. It combines full time, intensive academics with creative programming to foster each woman's empowerment and self-development in mind, body, and spirit.

Children's Center: a high-quality, nationally accredited child care center for 26 homeless and low-income children, ages 0-6. Eighteen percent of Boston centers achieve this rigorous standard of national accreditation. The center promotes the whole child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth; targets children in crisis and with special needs; involves parents in promoting family literacy and kindergarten-readiness; and works for better access and quality child care in the broader community.

Family Child Care Business Enterprise (FCCBE): an innovative venture that trains 30 low-income women a year for child care careers and oversees a network of 20+ home-based family day care businesses. Trainees take part in college-level child development coursework, internships, and business preparation. The day care providers are assisted with their professional development and business success.

Family Shelter: one of the first homeless shelters for families in the state and remains a model for its respectful and empowering approach. Approximately 20 women and their children are sheltered each year.

Housing Service: assists Dorchester/Roxbury families with various housing issues. A team of experienced staff provides housing counseling, landlord negotiation, housing search assistance, budgeting advice and training, emergency rental funds, and more.

Workforce Development & Employer Partnerships (WDEP): founded to assist women—single mothers predominantly—and other community members in the Dudley neighborhood who found that without adequate training and an accessible path to employers their dreams of living wage jobs were out of reach. Aids in job readiness training, access to career ladder job opportunities, and ongoing case management support during the program and for a full year after job placement.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
11/29/2011

Bowdoin Street Health Center

Phone: 

(617) 754-0100

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9:30am-5pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm

Mission: 

The Health Center is a member of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston., which is world-renowned for excellence in patient care, research, teaching and community service. A Havard-teaching hospital, the medical center offers medical expertise in cardiology, cancer care, women's health, diabetes/vascular surgery, obstetrics, transplantation and AIDS. If you need specialized care, testing or hospitalization, our clinical staff can refer you or your family members to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center or Children's Hospital. Reports on tests and specialized care are sent to our providers so they can manage all your care needs.

Location

Bowdoin Street Health Center
230 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Childrens Hospital Boston, Kit Clark Senior Center, Boston Public Health Commission, Dorchester Cares, Teen Empowerment Alternatives for Community & Environment, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Referrals, community organizing through Community Health Program, involvement in community events.

Key Programs Offered: 

Besides its clinical services, Bowdoin Street Health Center has a number of community-outreach, mentoring, volunteer programs: check out the HealthyIs Media Gallery or the Health Corps Program for High School Students as fine examples.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
11/03/2010
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