Codman Square

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

WIC Program, Dorchester South

Phone: 

617-825-0805 (Fields Corner); 617-825-3822 (Codman Square); 617-265-4380 (Neponset);

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Codman Square Health Center

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday
9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Codman Square Health Center

450 Washington Street

Dorchester, MA 02124

Phone: (617) 825-3822

Fax: (617) 436-4093

Dorchester House-Fields Corner

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday
9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Dorchester House Multi–Service Center

1353 Dorchester Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02122

Phone: (617) 825-0805

Fax: (617) 825-1109

Neponset Health Center

Wednesday

Thursday

Saturday
8:30 AM — 7:00 PM

8:30 AM — 12:30 PM

9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Neponset Health Center

398 Neponset Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02122

Phone: (617) 265-4380

Fax: (617)825-1109
Mission: 

The WIC Program improves the health status of families by providing nutrition and health education, nutritious foods and referrals to other health and human services. WIC achieves this by collaborating with community, healthcare,retail food stores, state and federal patners.

You can download a WIC program brochure here.

Location

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
1353 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Massachustts WIC Program

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call for an appointment and apply.

Key Programs Offered: 

WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and kids under age 5 healthy. To do this, WIC provides:

  • Personalized nutrition consultations
  • Checks to buy free, healthy food
  • Tips for eating well to improve health
  • Referrals for medical and dental care, health insurance, child care, housing and fuel assistance, and other services that can benefit the whole family 

But that’s not all! WIC also offers breastfeeding classes, one-on-one breastfeeding support, as well as immunization screening and referrals. wiC also provides parents with opportunities to talk with other parents about nutrition and other health topics that are important to their families.

Breastfeeding Warmline: Please call us at (617) 533-2243 with your breastfeeding questions or concerns. A breastfeeding peer counselor will contact you within 24 hours.

Free Drop-In Mom's Group: The Mom group offers information and education about parenting and nutrition, breastfeeding support and the chance to connect with other moms. Every Friday 11:00 AM-12:30 PM at the WIC room, the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, 1353 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA. For more information please call the WIC office at (617) 825-0805.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
05/06/2011

Boston Public Library, Codman Square Branch

Phone: 

(617) 436-8214

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

Mon & Thurs: 12pm-8pm, Tues & Weds: 10am-6pm, Fri & Sat: 9am-5pm

Location

BPL Codman Square Branch
690 Washington St
Dorchester, MA
United States
Key Partners: 
  • Dorchester-Franklin Field Community Learning Initiative

    Partnership with Perkins Community Center, Joseph Lee Elementary, Lee Academy Pilot School, DotWell

  • LiveWire Learning Community

    New initiative between Dorchester-Franklin Field Community Learning Initiative and FableVision Learning. Read more about this exciting new project here.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To register for a library card online, click here!

Key Programs Offered: 
  • Homework Assistance Program

    Free one-on-one homework help for students in grades K-8 from high-achieving high school mentors. Available at every BPL branch Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM.

  • Boston Teachers' Union Tutors

    Tutoring for students in all grades from BPS teachers. Days and times vary by location. Codman: Monday and Thursday 4-6PM.

  • Ongoing programs

    Tuesdays: 11am, Preschool Storytime: stories and activities
    Thursdays: 4pm, Chess Time: Every Thursday at 4 we will get out the library's new chess boards for kids to play chess with.
    Fridays: 10:30am, Preschool Storytime: Daycares and camps are welcome to an hour of stories & preschool-appropriate movies and TV shows from the library's collection. 3pm, Game Day: Ask at the desk for the board games - there will be a variety of board games for you to choose from. All are welcome!

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Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/21/2010

DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The branch holds a very good reference collection on African-American history. There is a large Children's section of biographies as well as an excellent collection of material in large print format. We have a large urban fiction collection. Local History collection is for in-library use and cannot be borrowed. Additional copies, if found elsewhere in the library, may be available for borrowing. Codman Square has medium sized collections of Spanish and French language materials.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Preschool Story hours, Toddler Tales, Chess and Movies programs are offered weekly for children.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Book readings by local authors and programs that respond to the community interests and hobbies. Summer reading programs are offered for children.

The Codman Square Branch is teamed with the Joseph Lee Elementary School and the Lee Academy Pilot School and the Perkins Community Center as part of Mayor Menino’s Community Learning Initiative, a multi-department collaboration aimed at helping Boston’s youth reach their full potential by coordinating learning and recreation throughout the day.

HISTORY
Opened in 1905 the branch was named for John Codman a local preacher and patriot. Originally housed at 6 Norfolk Street, the branch moved to its present location in 1978. The building was designed by Eco-Texture, Inc.

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

Greenwood Shalom Outreach Community, Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 282-1464

Fax: 

617-282-1573

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 10am-6pm Sunday: 8am-6pm

Mission: 

The mission of Greenwood Shalom Outreach Community, Inc is to work with children, parents, and young adults within the community to guide them in achieving, to the fullest extent possible, their God-given potential. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where we will attend to the spiritual, educational, physical, and social needs of children, parents and young adults. We believe in working in partnership with parents and the community to better equip children, youth, and their families to become productive members of society and to encourage and support parents in their own personal growth and development.

Key Partners: 

Greenwood Memorial United Methodist Church

Key Programs Offered: 

Unlike some after-school programs, Greenwood Shalom moves well beyond simply homework assistance. Program participants are instructed in literacy and math skills based on Massachusetts' curriculum frameworks. Tutors teach components of the Children's Defense Fund's curriculum Freedom Schools. Further, they engage in "Harambee" gatherings, where community members entertain and inspire them. Monthly field trips are also important components to the children's after-school experience. To ensure the success of the program, Greenwood Shalom offers Parent Empowerment Seminars, advocates for children and their parents and teaches parents how to become more involved in their child's education. Recognizing the significance of studies on teacher-student ratios, Greenwood Shalom boasts a one-to-five staff-student ratio. This is accomplished through the use of high students as assistant tutors, volunteers from Sudbury United Methodist Church and Hearts for Boston. Greenwood's cultural sensitivity and our specialized work with children with special needs are a few of the key areas that set our after-school program apart from most others. For the 2005-6 school year, 30% of the children had disabilities. These children require a one-to-three (and sometimes one-to-one) staff-student ratio.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/30/2010

Food Project, The

Phone: 

(617) 442-1322

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9am-5pm

Mission: 

To grow a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. This community produces healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs, provides youth leadership opportunities. Most importantly, we strive to inspire and support others to create a change in their own communities.

Location

The Food Project - Dorchester Office
555 Dudley Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Donate, volunteer, buy our food, work on our farm, sign up for our mailing list, shop weekly at any of the Dorchester farmers' markets July through October.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/02/2009

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

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

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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