Holland Community Center

Celebrate MLK Legacy: "I Have A Dream" | February 18

On Tuesday, February 18 between 1pm to 2pm

The Holland Community Center would like to invite the community to a free interactive reading of Kadir Nelson’s “I Have A Dream” picture book inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as performed by Citi Center Teaching Artist, Toni "Bee" Brooks.

All attendees will receive take-home activities.

For more information on this event contact:
Holland Community Center
85 Olney St, Boston, MA 02121

Free Homeowner Workshop | Oct. 20

The Boston Home Center University is hosting a free workshop on October 20th from 9am to 12pm. This free workshop will take place at the BCYF Holland Community Center in Dorchester. (85 Olney Street). For more info, call 617-635-HOME or visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/dnd/bhc/.

Dorchester Community Flea Market & Bazaar, Sep. 17

The John P. Holland Council proudly presents its 2nd Annual Dorchester Community Flea Market & Bazaar! Join them for food, face painting and raffles on Saturday, September 17, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the John P. Holland Community Center, 85 Olney Street, Dorchester, MA 02124. The rain date for the Bazaar is September 24. For more information or table rental, contact Nini at (617) 635-5144 or Roz (617) 869-0562. 

Soul Line Dance Classes Beginner & Intermediate @ the Holland Center, Aug. 3

DanceSoul Line Dance Network is now offering two classes. Get 2 classes free when enrolling in Full 8-week Session on the first day of class on Aug 3. The class meets every Wednesday for 8 weeks. Classes will take place at John P Holland School Community Center85 Olney Street in Dorchester. Must be 21 or older. BCYF Membership required ($40/8-week Session or Drop-Ins $5). For more information call 781-325-2460.

Beginners Class: 7 - 7:45 p.m. - for Adults & Seniors interested in learning Soul line dance at a slower pace.
Intermediate Class: 7:45 - 8:25 - for experienced line dancers who can pick up the moves quickly.

Renew Boston Workshop, Aug. 13

Renew BostonMayor Menino’s Renew Boston initiative is hosting an energy efficiency workshop for Boston landlords. A Dorchester workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 13, at the Holland Community Center, 87 Olney Street, Dorchester! Pastries and coffee will be served! Information about no-cost home energy improvements available through the federal recovery act and utility-sponsored efficiency programs will be provided. >> Read More

Holland Elementary School


(617) 635-8832


We are beautiful people. We will learn, grow and become strong. As a scholar of the John P. Holland School I must learn to respect myself, my teachers and my fellow classmates. I must strive to do my best work in academic subjects. I must discipline myself at all times.


John P. Holland Elementary School
85 Olney Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
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Community Meeting Space Available: 


Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Holland Community Center

Boston Centers for Youth & Families

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

1483 Tremont St Boston, MA 02120



Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Community Centers are open during the summer and during school vacations. Many provide special school vacation activities and camps. Call your neighborhood community center for a complete schedule.

Cleveland: 11 Charles St., Dorchester, MA 02122; 617-635-5141,
Grove Hall: 51 Geneva Ave., Dorchester, MA 02121; 617-635-2643,
Holland Community Center*: 85 Olney St., Dorchester, MA 02121; 617-635-5144
Leahy-Holloran*^: 1 Worrell St., Dorchester, MA 02122; 617-635-5150
Perkins Community Center*: 155 Talbot Ave., Dorchester, MA 02124; 617-635-5146; Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*Denotes location with pool
^Formerly the Murphy Community Center

You can see the all-BCYF calendar here for some special citywide events.


The Mission of Boston Centers for Youth & Families is to enhance the quality of life for Boston's residents by supporting children, youth and families through a wide range of programs and services. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for Boston residents by partnering with Community Center councils, agencies and businesses to support children, youth, individuals and families through a wide range of comprehensive programs.

The Perkins Community Center Adult Learning Program's goal is to provide student-centered adult education classes which help learners meet their education and life goals.


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Key Partners: 

The Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition (DALC)

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Residents join the Community Center through membership. Many activities are free.

Many community centers rent their facilities out for meetings and events. Contact your neighborhood community center to get more information about fees and availability.

Go to www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf/volunteer.asp to find out more about volunteer opportunities at Boston Centers for Youth & Families or call the BCYF Administrative Offices at 617-635-4920.

If you would like Boston Centers for Youth & Families to attend your community event, contact Sandy Holden at 617-635-4920 x2213 or sandy.holden@cityofboston.gov.

Key Programs Offered: 

Education, recreation, childcare, community meetings, and more. BCYF Program Guides can be found at http://www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf/. You can also view information about each center at the guide entries linked above.

GIRLS Initiative (Growth, Intervention, Respect, Leadership & Support for Girls): The GIRLS Initiative features the Girls' Leadership Corps made up of peer leaders representing all of Boston's neighborhoods. These peer leaders will be leaders both at their local community center and as part of a citywide corps. Each week, they will facilitate workshops at their assigned neighborhood community centers and support programming for girls. During the summer, the GIRLS Initiative sponsors several "Girls' Night Out" events at various community centers around the city. Contact Erika Butler at 617-635-4920 x2314 for more information about the programming available just for girls through the GIRLS Initiative.

Almost all neighborhood community centers provide a free, walk-in breakfast and lunch to youth 18 and under during the summer through the school department. Contact Boston Public Schools at 617-635-9000 for more information about free summer meals. Many community centers also offer a free senior lunch program. Call your local community center for details.


Dorchester Locations:
Perkins Community Center
155 Talbot Avenue
Dorchester 02124

Cleveland Community Center (Grover Cleveland School)
11 Charles St.
Dorchester 02122

Holland Community Center
85 Olney St.
Dorchester 02121

Marshall Community Center - CLOSED
35 Westville St.
Dorchester 02124

Leahy-Holloran Community Center
1 Worrell St.
Dorchester 02122

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