Take Back the Night! Dorchester | April 24

In honor of Denim Day, Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is hosting a Take Back the Night.

The night's purpose is to raise awareness around sexual violence. There is a march followed by a safe and healthy space for survivors and other community members to connect, share stories and raise awareness around sexual violence. Also, there will be patch making for Denim Day. The patches will have anti -rape, anti- victim blaming and anti- sexual violence messages on them. So bring your powerful voices, creativity and minds to Take Back The Night!

When: Denim Day Wednesday, April 24 from 6- 9 PM. >> Read More

URBAN Boston Meeting | March 2


Please Join the URBAN.Boston emerging network and Viet Aid as we meet new people, discover colleagues with common interests, and Identify areas for collaborative research through a café- style event where participants will have a chance to meet and work with small groups of individuals on important local and community issues.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

11:00 am – 2:00 pm (lunch served)

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet Aid)

42 Charles Street

Dorchester, MA 02122

Lunar New Year @ Viet-AID | Feb. 23


Don't miss the Lunar New Year Festival presented by Viet-AID. The event will be held at the Vietnamese American Community Center (42 Charles St in Dorchester) from 11am to 3pm on Febuary 23. There will be food, music and entertainment including a variety of cultural and traditional performances. Admission is free and all are welcome!

Viet-AID Tet Festival | Feb 23

Join Viet-AID in celebrating the 2013 Lunar New Year at the Tet Festival Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 11:00am until 3:00pm. There will be Lion Dances and Firecrackers to start the New Year the right way! Come meet your neighbors and enjoy some fun times.

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Free Citizenship Clinic @ VietAID | June 30

Are you ready and eligible to become a US citizen? Join a free citizenship clinic for naturalization information and application assistance. On Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at VietAID, 42 Charles Street, in Dorchester MA 02122 (near Fields Corner T on the red line). To register, visit If you have any questions about the event call 617.657.3239.

To be eligible you must
•   be a legal permanent resident for 5 years OR 3 years if married to US citizen
•   have NO problems with the law
•   Speak basic English (some may be eligible for an exemption) >> Read More

Close to Home Improv Night | April 6

Close to Home invites the community to Improvisation Night, an opportunity to meet neighbors, show off any talents, and watch Fields Corner's Finest Performances. FREE ADMISSION, FREE REFRESHMENTS, FREE COMMUNITY EVENT FOR ALL.

Date: Friday, April 6, 2012 ~ Time: 6:30pm - 8:15pm ~ Location: 42 Charles Street, Suite A (Inside the VietAID Community Center)

Nail Salon Permit Assistance @ Viet-AID March 5

On Monday, March 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Receive one-on-one assistance from Viet-AID and Boston Public Health Commission staff will assist you with your nail salon permit application! Viet-AID is located at 42 Charles Street, Dorchester MA 02122. The event is part of the Safe Nail Salon Project.

You will need to bring:

Salon Use and Occupancy Permit from Boston Inspectional Services Department

Flammable Storage permit from Boston Fire Department

Salon license from Board of Cosmetology

Copies of cosmetology licenses for all persons working in the salon this year

Written description of ventilation system and plan for improving indoor air quality in the salon

A check for your permit fee


Photo Credit: Phil Hawksworth

Clean Air Fair @ VietAID Feb. 25

Harvard School of Public Health and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences are teaming up to bring you a Clean Air Fair at VietAID! Vietnamese Translation will be provided. At the fair, you will have the opportunity to:

 Test your air flow and chart how well you compare to your community.
 See a digital prediction of what you will look like if you smoke.
 See what a smoker’s lung looks like.
 Talk about steps you can take to help protect your air.
 Take real-time measurements of air pollution particles.

VietAid is located at 42 Charles Street in Dorchester. The event will take place from 10a.m. to 2p.m.

Attached is a flyer in English and Vietnamese.

Dinner On The Corner Feb. 3

Celebrate the New Year with Viet-AID at the Vietnamese American Community Association! On February 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Vietnamese American Community Center will be hosting food, drinks, and cultural performances! To RSVP, please do so by email or call 617.822.3717x10. VietAID is located at 42 Charles St. in Dorchester, 02122.

Final BRA Zoning Update Meeting at Viet-AID Jan. 25

On Wednesday, January 25th at 6:30 p.m. there will be the third and final community meeting of the BRA's Dorchester Avenue zoning update process. Following this meeting, community feedback is invited during a 30 day comment period. The meeting will be held at Viet-AID, 42 Charles Street in Dorchester. Objectives of the zoning update initiative include:

- Providing zoning recommendations for the incorporation of Dorchester Avenue zoning regulations into general Dorchester neighborhood zoning regulations.

- Correct inconsistencies between the current Dorchester Avenue and Dorchester zoning districts.

- Where appropriate, update the zoning along Dorchester Avenue to reflect current and potential future land uses.

The final goal is consolidated Dorchester zoning regulations. For more information, please visit: or call 617.918.4431.

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