Bus Route 17

Strand Theatre

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

P.O. Box 255247
Dorchester, MA 02125

Phone: 

617-635-1403

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

See website

Location

Strand Theatre
543 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Mission: 

The mission of the Strand Theatre is to serve as a cultural and educational resource to artists and audiences regardless of race or cultural background, age, ability, gender, economic level, or sexual orientation. Central to the Strand's mission is the development and implementation of youth arts educations programs. The Strand Theatre has a special commitment to the surrounding communities of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

Charge for services: 

Yes

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Performance - 1,400 seat theatre

Boston Public Library, Fields Corner Branch

Phone: 

(617) 436-2155

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Closed July - August)

Location

BPL Fields Corner Branch
1520 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Mission: 

The Boston Public Library's mission is to preserve and provide access to historical record of our society, and to serve the cultural, educational, and informational needs of the City and the Commonwealth.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Kimberly McCleary, Branch Librarian

Key Partners: 
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To register for a free library card, click here! Check the library's schedule at http://www.bpl.org/branches/fc_calendar.htm

Charge for services: 

No

Key Programs Offered: 

Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m., Preschool Films & Fun: Films you (mostly) can't find on television, stories, songs, and play. Fridays: 10 a.m., Tots Storytime: Stories for children ages 3 to 5.

  • 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. Fields Corner: Tuesday 4-6 p.m.

  • Ongoing Programs

Distinctive Aspects of the Collection:
This branch has a growing collection of Vietnamese materials - including books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines. There is also a strong children's and teen fiction collection, featuring a wide variety of summer reading list titles. There is also a large selection of popular dvds in all genres, best-sellers, romances, mysteries, African-American fiction, classics and audiobook/music CDs. 

Special Programming: The Fields Corner Branch hosts a free art enrichment program for children every summer, in collaboration with DotArt. Drop-in science and craft programs are offered several times during the year, along with school vacation programming and vibrant summer reading programs. HISTORY The Fields Corner Branch opened in 1969. It was the successor to the old Dorchester Branch which was also located in Fields Corner.

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/21/2010

City School, The

Phone: 

617-822-3075

Location

614 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Mission: 

The City School develops and strengthens the power of youth to work toward building a just society. We do this through creative education and critical thinking, leadership development, action and service, and promoting understanding and relationships across differences.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Ruby Reyes & Seth Kirshenbaum, Co-Executive Directors

Charge for services: 

No

Key Programs Offered: 

The Summer Leadership Program is where teens learn that individually and collectively, they are powerful agents of social change. Sixty diverse teens unite to bridge social barriers and empower themselves with hands-on leadership training, classroom learning, internships at local nonprofits, and social action projects they implement throughout the city.

Youth Outreach Weekends engage teens in the realities of homelessness and poverty. City School youth leaders guide the way with challenging discussions, learning games, workshops to uncover root causes and undo sterotypes, and community service at nearby shelters and soup kitchens.

The Prison Empowment Project connects people inside and outside of Massachusetts' prisons. Youth and adult participants travel to prisons to dialogue with volunteer inmates about the circumstances, behaviors and choices that have caused them to be behind bars. (Taught in collaboration with Boston Police Dept. Community Disorders Unit.)

The Social Justice Education Institute uses The City School's pedagogy and youth-adult model to assist teachers, youth workers, administrators, civic leaders and others in developing curricula and programming with a strong social-justice-based focus. The goal is to transform our practices and engage young people to help support youth agency, voice and leadership. (Educators can receive Professional Development Points through the BPS Center for Leadership Development.)

The Grads' Program promotes youth leadership, youth power and youth action for teens who've been through any City School program. It strengthens their leadership skills and knowledge, provides a proactive place for networking, and engages in youth-adult collaboration on advocacy, service work, retreats, the Youth Summit and more.

Rose from Concrete uncovers the leadership potential in youth who are court-involved, through workshops, leadership training and learning groups at several DYS community re-entry sites.

Scholarships available: 

Yes

Vouchers accepted: 

Yes

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

251-500

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Community/Cultural Center

Created: 
04/23/2010

Pilgrim Church

Phone: 

(617) 282-0456

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Worship Sundays @ 11:00am
Office 9-5pm

Location

Pilgrim Church
540 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Mission: 

True evangelical faith cannot lie dormant.
It clothes the naked,
It feeds the hungry,
It comforts the sorrowful,
It shelters the destitute,
It serves those that harm it,
It binds up that which is wounded,
It has become all things to all people.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Rev. John Odams

Charge for services: 

No

Key Programs Offered: 

Project Care & Concern
The Pilgrim Woman's Club
Ministry to The Homeless
Community Lunch
Holistic Health Center
Bible Study & Sunday School

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
12/02/2010

St. Mary's Center for Woman and Children

Phone: 

(617) 436-8600

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Afternoon/Morning

Location

90 Cushing Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Mission: 

St. Mary's Women and Children's Center is a diverse community of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of all women, children, and families who struggle against a variety of life altering traumatic events. Through a culturally competent, strengths-based practice, we strive to treat all individuals with respect. In order to promote diversity and cultural competency, St. Mary's is committed to undertaking strategies and actions that embrace and value differences and similarities among employees, families, and the community. We recognize diversity and empowerment as powerful forces for change, innovation, and opportunity. We are committed to creating hope, increasing awareness, and promoting the ability to discover one's own voice and to act. Caritas Christi is a regional health system of compassionate caregivers that embodies the spirit of Christ's healing ministry and demonstrates excellence in service, research and education.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Wyvonne Stevens-Carter/Belinda Mercardo(Woman @ Work)

Charge for services: 

No

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/29/2011

Family Nurturing Center

Phone: 

(617) 474-1143

Fax: 

(617) 474-1261

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Location

Family Nurturing Center
200 Bowdoin St
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Mission: 

The FNC works with others to build nurturing communities where children are cherished, families are supported, and healthy human development is promoted by all.

Nurturing Programs bring parents and children together to learn, have fun, and build supportive relationships with other community families. These programs strengthen family relationships, improve parenting skills, and build a sense of community that makes it easier for families to withstand the stress of raising children. We work with housing communities, health centers, schools, community based organizations, child care programs, senior programs, volunteer groups, faith-based organizations, private and public institutions and others to achieve our mission.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Matthew LiPuma

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact the Family Nurturing Center, or check the get involved page.

Charge for services: 

No

Key Programs Offered: 

Nurturing Programs: validated, internationally recognized curricula that promote nurturing relationships among all family members while building community connections to support positive parenting. Offered in various forms for parents and children, fathers, teen parents, foster families, and the Cape Verdean community.

Training Programs: Trainings and workshops vary in length and are customized for each particular audience. FNC provides training in English, Spanish, and Cape Verdean Creole and will train at your site, ours, or another convenient location. FNC provides customized training programs and consultation in the following areas: Nurturing Program Development Trainings (including cultural adaptations) Family and Parenting Support (including fathers) Team Building Community and Program Development Early Childhood Development (including Infant Massage) Parent Leadership

Circles of Caring: FNC convenes groups of parents, child care providers, health care workers, and others to develop a shared vision for supporting families in their neighborhood. Then we work together to make that vision a reality.

Welcome Baby celebrates the birth of a baby, providing the family of the newborn with a beautiful basket full of gifts as well as valuable parenting information, safety items for the home, books to promote early literacy, and a community resource directory to link them to a variety of community supports. The program supports new parents at a critical time in their family's development, increasing their knowledge about what to expect and where to go for help, and links them to needed neighborhood resources.

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

1-50

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Community/Cultural Center

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Family Resource Center, Dorchester CARES Family Resource Center, Family Nurturing Center

Created: 
03/02/2011

MassCOSH (Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health)

Phone: 

(617) 825-7233

Fax: 

617-506-0542

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

Monday thru Friday 9 am -5 pm

Location

MassCOSH
1532B Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Mission: 

MassCOSH brings together workers, unions, community groups, and health, safety and environmental activists to organize and advocate for safe, secure jobs and healthy communities throughout eastern and central Massachusetts. Through training, technical assistance and building community/labor alliances, MassCOSH mobilizes its members and develops leaders in the movement to end unsafe work conditions.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Marcy Goldstein

Key Partners: 

Community Works & The Massachusetts Environmental Trust

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call or get refer from any other organization or union for services

Charge for services: 

No

Key Programs Offered: 

Labor Environmental Health Initiative
Labor Environmental Health Initiative builds successful coalitions between
labor and environmental groups to combat environmental health hazards and replace toxic chemicals with safer ones.

Teens Lead at Work (TL@W)
Teens Lead at Work, a youth-led program, involves teens in educating
their peers about their rights and engaging young people in organizing for
safe working conditions.

Union Education and Organizing
Strengthens the capacity of unions to mobilize and organize for safe and healthy working conditions.

Immigrant Workers Center
Builds the power of immigrant and workers of color to mobilize and organize for safe and healthy work conditions.

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

251-500

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/19/2010

Bowdoin Street After School Program

Phone: 

(617) 282-4107

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Friday 2:00-6:00pm

Location

284 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Mission: 

To provide quality academic based after school care

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Nicole O'Brien

Key Partners: 

St. Peter School, Catholic Charities Teen Center

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Phone the office, email our program, or stop by for an application.

Charge for services: 

Yes

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

51-250

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

School

Healthworks Foundation Fitness Center at St. Mary's

Phone: 

(617) 825-1600

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday & Wednesday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Friday 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Not open on the weekend

Location

St. Mary's Branch
90 Cushing Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Mission: 

The Healthworks Foundation provides a fun, safe, and supportive environment in which women can become empowered to take control of their physical and emotional wellbeing. The member/scholarship program gives women free access to the environment needed to develop the whole woman- mind, body, and spirit. Healthworks Foundation understands that gaining access to fitness is the first step for many women towards empowerment. Since this is often a difficult step, it is crucial for women to obtain support.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Club Coordinator: Keyona Chalwell

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please call for more information!

Charge for services: 

Yes

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

over 1000

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Other

Dorchester People for Peace

Phone: 

(617) 282-3783

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

Regular meetings are the second Monday of every month, 7-9 pm at the Vietnamese Community Center at 42 Charles Street next to Field Corner T station and special events are frequent.

Location

Vietnamese Community Center
42 Charles Street
Dorchester, MA
United States
Mission: 

Our mission is to oppose the war in Iraq and US militarism in general; to build a multi-racial peace movement throughout the neighborhoods of Dorchester; and to work against the war at home, including violence, budget cuts, racism and political repression. We are always open to new people. Visit us at dotpeace.org.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

We rotate as facilitators. For info you can contact Mike Prokosch

Key Partners: 

United for Peace with Justice; Project HIP-HOP; ACORN; Boston Workers Alliance; Safety Net; City Life/Vida Urbana; and all local community anti-violence groups and individuals

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

You are very welcome at all regular meetings and special events. Get our wonderful weekly newsletter by writing Jeff Klein at jjk123@comcast.net. Please volunteer to leaflet or make calls. Join a committee: Anti-war; Biolab; Counter-recruitment; or Multicultural Competence.

Charge for services: 

No

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

Yes

Number of people served each year: 

over 1000

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Private Building

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