Community Based / Non-Profit

St. Mark's Community Education Program

Phone: 

(617) 288-8515

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Child Care: Monday & Wednesday: 6:30-9:00pm for students in classes those evenings

Mission: 

The St. Mark's Community Education Program improves the quality of individual lives and the community through English, literacy, and citizenship programs. Lack of literacy, low English language skills, and limited access to U.S. citizenship impede many residents’ access to jobs, education and other ways to improve their quality of life. We have a vision of residents of the St. Mark Area participating fully in U.S. society, creating a viable and stable community. We believe that we should have mutual respect and compassion for one another. Members of our community will grow in self-esteem and confidence as they gain new language skills, cultural knowledge, and U.S. citizenship. Through our English classes and US citizenship programs residents can advocate for themselves and their families, better access employment, goods, and services, participate in the US political process, and negotiate their interactions with immigration, health care institutions, schools, and other US institutions.

Location

20 Roseland Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

St. Mark Church, Irish Immigration Center

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call or stop by on Monday and Wednesday afternoon

Key Programs Offered: 

ESOL classes: M-Th nights from 6:30-9:00, Saturday from 9:30-12:30 and Sunday from 8:30-11:30. Citizenship assistance available in September and April.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Bird Street Community Center

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

617-282-6110

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Thursday: 2pm-9pm Friday: 2pm-11pm Saturday: 10am - 4pm Sunday: 2pm - 5pm

Mission: 

To provide low income high-risk youth with all of the critical programs and services that allow inner city children and youth to rise above poverty, to become the first in their families to graduate from college, to lead the community as a place of peace and prosperity, and to thrive as the adults of tomorrow.

Location

Bird Street Community Center
500 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Annapolis Street Neighborhood Association, Black Ministerial Alliance High-Risk Youth Network, BOSTnet, Boston College, Boston Latin School, Boston University, Bowdoin Street Health Center, Cape Verdean Community Task Force, Center for Teen Empowerment, City of Boston, The City School, Diablo Glass School, Dvee Media, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, David A. Ellis Elementary School, R. W. Emerson Elementary School, Generations Incorporated, GOTCHA, Nathan Hale Elementary School, Hancock Street Civic Association, Harvard University Phillips Brooks House, Higginson-Lewis K2-8 School, High Risk Youth Network, Jones Hill Association, Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Ellis Mendell Elementary School, New Bostonians, Orchard Gardens K-8 School, Project Hope, Read Boston, William E. Russell Elementary School, Safe Neighborhood Initiative, Saint Mary's Women and Infants Center, Strand Theater, Suffolk University, Upham's Corner Teen Health Clinic, Upham's Corner Main Streets, Upham's Corner Violence Prevention Partnership, Whittier Street Health Center, Youth Violence Systems Project

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Volunteering Register here: http://www.birdstreet.org/involved_volunteering.html or Contact: Shamekia Franklin (sfrnaklin@birdstreet.org) or call at 617-282-6110, x12.

Board of Directors Anyone interested in Board participaton should leave a message with Andrea Kaiser (akaiser@birdstreet.org) at Bird Street.

Board Committees Community members are welcome to join and contribute their expertise to our Board Committees, including marketing, finance, personnel, events, nominating, and resource development. Please contact Andrea Kaiser, Executive Director, at (617) 282-6110, ext. 21 if you are interested in joining a Board Committee.

Key Programs Offered: 
  • SACC (School Age Child Care)

    Massachussetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) licensed, 5 day per week after-school program designed for working parents of children ages 5-13. SACC operates from 2:00 to 6:00 pm during regular school days. On school vacations, SACC offers full-day care from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (small additional fee required for vacation weeks). The program's activities include homework support, literacy, math coaching, science, arts, chess and Spanish Clubs, recreation, computers, field trips and special events.

    SACC programs operate out of seven different sites:

  • The Bird Street Community Center at 500 Columbia Road, Dorchester
  • David A. Ellis School at 302 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury
  • R.W. Emerson School at 6 Shirley Street, Roxbury
  • the Nathan Hale School at 51 Cedar Street, Roxbury
  • William E. Russell Elementary School, 750 Columbia Road, Dorchester
  • Ellis Mendell Elementary School, 164 School Street, Roxbury
  • Orchard Gardens K-8 School, 906 Albany Street, Roxbury
  • New in the Fall of 2009: the Higginson Lewis K2-8 School, 131 Walnut Ave, Roxbury

     

  • Youth Development

    Serves youth ages 10-22. Services include the teen center, academic support, youth leadership training, workforce development (including part-time academic year and summer youth employment), life-skills classes, arts and culture, critical thinking skills, community service, recreation, organized sports, and youth violence prevention. There are over 50 programs for young people to choose from! Membership is $15 per year plus a $5 refundable locker fee. Some field trips and special activities have separate fees. Scholarships are available for both memberships and activities.

  • Summer Day Getaway

    Day camp located at Hale Reservation in Westwood, MA. Camp is Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:45PM. This nature program features boating, kayaking, free swim, archery, a ropes course, step classes, sports, and field trips on Fridays. Breakfast, lunch, and snack are provided, and transportation is provided roundtrip from the Bird Street Community Center. Registration forms available online at http://www.birdstreet.org/summer_day_getaway.html.

To register or receive more information about these programs, contact Alicia Linton at (617) 282-6110 x16.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Upham's Corner Community Center, inc.

Created: 
11/03/2010

Dorchester Arts Collaborative

Phone: 

(617) 822-8278

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

Weds, Thur, Fri open 1 pm to 5 pm

Saturdays open 12 noon to 5 pm

Mission: 

Dorchester Arts Collaborative is a non-profit organization that develops and facilitates arts programming in Dorchester MA to cultivate and stimulate the social, cultural, and economic enrichment of Boston's largest, most diverse and most historic neighborhood.

Location

Erick Jean Center for the Arts
157 Washington Street Unit A
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

ArtMorpheus

Codman Sq Neighborhood Development Corp.

Codman Sq Health Center
 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please visit the website for information on how to get involved - http://dac-line.org

Key Programs Offered: 

The Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) is located in Dorchester's first arts center, the Erick Jean Center for the Arts. DAC created and runs an annual Dorchester-wide Open Studios event for local artists which has taken place in multiple locations throughout the community during October each year since 2002.

New events and programs are developed each year - please check DAC's website for the latest. 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
02/14/2013

Fields Corner Main Street

Phone: 

(617) 474-1432

Fax: 

(617) 822-3613

Mission: 

1) To ensure that Fields Corner continues to be a thriving, welcoming, secure district comprised of diverse businesses serving residents and attractive to visitors. 2) To promote Fields Corner encouraging more people to live, work, shop, and dine in the district.

Key Partners: 

City of Boston, Neighborhood Health Plan

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Residents can join one or more of our committees and subcommittees: Design, Promotion, Cleanup, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Fundraising. Or they can get involved with planning our special events or working on our elder-friendly business district.

Key Programs Offered: 

Created Elder Friendly Business District program to improve businesses, infrastructure, access and services to encourage older adults to shop in Fields Corner.

Launched "Don't Spot the Dot" anti-litter campaign with Mayor Menino in April 2007 to promote keeping Fields Corner clean. Distributed brooms and dustpans to 110 businesses in the district. In the second year of the campaign, gave presentations to local area schools and after school programs.

Recruited 10 businesses to participate in the Boston Community Change Card program, a loyalty program for local businesses that gives rebates to cardholders and their chosen nonprofit beneficiaries.

Collaborated with the Dorchester Holiday Celebrations Committee on annual tree lighting event and promoted businesses offering discounts during the holidays.

Organized high-profile annual gala event, Dancing with the Stars of Boston, with celebrity dancers, professional dancers and celebrity judges at UMass Boston.

Co-sponsored successful "Martinis on the Avenue" fundraisers with St. Mark's Area Main Street.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/22/2010

Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center (ABCD)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

617-288-2700

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9am - 5pm

Mission: 

To expand resource access for family members and individuals in Dorchester.

Location

ABCD Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center
110 Claybourne Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Multicultural Independent Living Center of Boston Family Inc., National Community Action Programs, City Action, City of Boston Department of Community Development

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Walk-in or apply for afterschool and the summer program

Key Programs Offered: 

ABCD Dorchester neighborhood service center provides: fuel assistance for low-income families, free tax preparation, an after school program from 2pm-5pm,  help with food-stamp and Mass Health applications. ABCD also has a job development program that helps individuals with resumes and job searches, and has a summer works program for youth ages 14-21. Most of the services and programs are free but some go by a sliding scale and/or vouchers.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/05/2010

Kit Clark Senior Services

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 825-5000

Fax: 

(617) 288-5991

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 8am-4pm

Mission: 

Since 1974, Kit Clark Senior Services has been committed to helping our community's older adults live with dignity and independence. Founded in response to the Federal Older Americans Act, Kit Clark has grown to offer over 30 programs at over 40 locations in Greater Boston. In order to better serve the community, our professionally staffed multi-service agency conducts many of its programs in five different languages, ensuring these much needed support services reach elders with diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Locations

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

Bowdoin Street Health Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, Field Corner Community Development Corporation, Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call us at (617) 825-5000 or stop by at 1500 Dorchester Avenue or 645 Washington Street to find out about our programs.

Key Programs Offered: 

Drop-In Senior Center, Meals On Wheels, Transportation, Foley Assisted Living, Cardinal Medeiros Homeless Shelter, In Home Services, Adult Day Health, Memory Loss Programs, Mental Health, Health Center, Exercise, Homeless Prevention Case Management, Senior Home Repair, and much much more.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/04/2009

A Division of Bay Cove Human Services.

Big Sister Association

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 236-8060

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mission: 

The Big Sister Association of Greater Boston helps girls realize their full potential by providing them with positive mentoring relationships with women.

Location

Big Sister Association
161 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States
Key Partners: 
Key Partners: 

Boston Centers for Youth and Families

Boston Public Schools

Codman Square Neighborhood Council

Project R.I.G.H.T.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call us at (617) 236-8060 or visit http://www.bigsister.org.

Key Programs Offered: 
Key Programs Offered: 
 
ONE TO ONE MENTORING PROGRAMS
 
Community-Based Mentoring:  Our traditional program pairs a girl between the ages of 7 - 15 with an adult female mentor.  Big and Little Sisters enjoy a range of activities from arts and crafts and museum visits to sporting events and nature walks, or just taking the time to talk about what is going on in the Little Sister's life.

School-Based Mentoring:  This program creates a one-to-one mentoring relationship between a Big and Little Sister.  This program takes place in a school setting and is designed specifically for elementary school girls (grades 2 - 8).  Matches meet during the Little Sister's lunch time or after-school program throughout the academic year, and are encouraged to keep in touch via letters or e-mails over the summer months.

New! Neighborhood-Based Mentoring:  This one-to-one mentoring program matches a Big Sister with a middle-school aged Little Sister.  Matches will meet for an hour and a half at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester on Saturday afternoons.  Big and Little Sisters spend time doing one-to-one activities together and group activities with the other matches in the program. 

 

GROUP MENTORING PROGRAMS

Big Sister’s Group Mentoring programs are designed to meet the developmental needs of girls between the ages of 11-17; a time when peers begin to have a strong influence on a girl’s choices and decisions. Big Sister offers two Group Mentoring programs:

Life Choices:  Life Choices creates a safe space where Little Sisters can openly explore the choices and challenges they face in their lives. Life Choices groups meet once a week for 90 minutes in schools or community centers, as well as in the Boston Court Clinic and are facilitated by experienced Big Sister social workers or Masters of Social Work (MSW) level interns.  Groups run for approximately 15 weeks. 

Team Enhanced Approach to Mentoring (TEAM):  Like Life Choices, TEAM creates a safe space where Little Sisters can openly explore the choices and challenges they face in their lives.  However, the distinguishing characteristic between Life Choices and TEAM is that TEAM adds mentors to the mix by bringing in groups of volunteers (Big Sisters) to mentor the girls. TEAM groups are led by experienced social workers and/or Masters of Social Work (MSW) interns in conjunction with the Big Sisters. 

 

 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
03/25/2010

Project RIGHT, Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 541-5454

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm

Mission: 

Our mission is to promote resident involvement in neighborhood stabilization and economic development within the community of Greater Grove Hall (Roxbury and North Dorchester).

Location

Project R.I.G.H.T. Inc
320A Blue Hill Avenue
Grove Hall, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Holborn, Gannett, Gaston, Otisfield Betterment Association Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Association Devon, Normandy, Brunswick Residents Association Fayston Street Residents Association Pasadena, Supple & Columbia

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Though various forums such as coming to community and neighborhood meetings and participating in these meeting by voicing your concerns and assisting with solutions to problems. You can volunteer in our office on a project or initiative of your choosing.

Key Programs Offered: 

Grove Hall Safe Neighborhood Initiative/ Weed and Seed
Grove Hall Youth Workers Alliance
Mike & Al's Basketball League
Grove Hall Gay Straight Lesbian Alliance (Thursdays at 3:30)
Grove Hall Problem Properties Task Force
Grove Hall Youth Outreach Connection
Drug and Alcohol Prevention Services (DAPS)
Multi-Unit Housing Initiative
Grove Hall Getting Healthier

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Four Corners Main Street

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

PO Box 240877 Dorchester, MA 02124

Phone: 

(617) 697-1447

Mission: 

In partnership with the community, create a lively business district, fostering commercial revitalization, strengthening small businesses and encouraging new enterprises.

Location

Four Corners Main Street
450 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Main Streets/City of Boston, residents, merchants, other non-profit organizations

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact the executive director.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
10/29/2009

City Year Boston

Phone: 

617-927-2500

Mission: 

City Year puts idealism to work by tapping the civic power of youth for an annual campaign of idealism that generates transformative community service, breaks down social barriers, inspires citizens to civic action, develops new leaders for the common good. City Year's mission is dedicated to helping to build a strong democracy through three essential - and interconnected - civic strategies: citizen service, civic leadership, and social entrepreneurship. These three civic strategies are nonpartisan and pre-political. Together, they can serve as the civic foundation for a strong, active and responsive democracy.

Location

287 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
United States
Key Partners: 

Agassiz Elementary School, Condon Elementary School,
Haley Elementary School,
Hennigan Elementary School,
Holmes Elementary School,
Neighborhood House Charter K-8 School,
Ohrenberger K-6 School,
Renaissance K-6 School,
Tobin K-8 School,
Young Achievers K-8 School

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Volunteer with City Year: http://www.cityyear.org/boston_ektid8061.aspx

Interested in serving with City Year for a high-impact service day?
1. Check our website for the upcoming Volunteer Force schedule, coming September 2009.
2. Call our service hotline at 617-927-2300 for additional information.

Join City Year corps members in providing a safe, fun environment for students in grades 1-5 during the February and April public school vacations. Contact Christina Clark at cclark@cityyear.org.

Are you an organization in need of volunteers to do physical service or health and human services? Call City Year Boston's Physical Service Hotline at 617-927-2300 to set up a site visit.

For more information on becoming a service partner, please contact Nikki Tabron, Director of School Partnerships, at ntabron@cityyear.org

Becoming a Heroes team leader is a rewarding opportunity to make a difference in the lives of local middle and high school students. For more information contact Nicole Yongue at nyongue@cityyear.org.

For more information on becoming a City Year Boston supporter, please contact John Kaiser at jkaiser@cityyear.org.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
10/19/2009
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