St. Ann Catholic Church


(617) 825-6180






243 Neponset Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States

Friends of Ronan Park




In 2001, the Friends of Ronan Park (FoRP) was established under the premise that a park has the distinct ability to transform and rejuvenate a community, and should thus be nurtured and protected by everyone. Urban parks are particularly vital as they are the heart of so much daily activity for children and families. Conversely, if they are neglected, parks become a cancer that attacks the heart and spirit of a neighborhood. One of the goals of FoRP is to encourage usage of the park in constructive, creative and fun ways as well as build towards leaving a more permanent legacy that speaks directly to all who visit and use the park. Since the inception of FoRP, Ronan Park has witnessed success through events such as Shakespeare in the Park, park clean-ups, National Night Out, the annual Multicultural Festival, and more. A recent influx of new homeowners in the community surrounding Ronan Park has sparked an increased interest in revitalizing the park


230 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA
United States

Dorchester Park Association (DPA)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Dorchester Park Association
P.O. Box 240081
Dorchester, MA 02124


Dorchester Park in Dorchester, Massachusetts was established in 1891. Having changed size over subsequent years, it remains a beautiful part of the community. Please take the opportunity to explore our website; you'll learn a lot about Dorchester Park's history and future. You'll also discover a variety of events held for the community throughout the year.
In recent years, dwindling resources have prevented Boston Parks and Recreation from taking a proactive role in maintaining Dorchester Park. The Park Association has done what it could to fill the gaps. However, experience has shown us that volunteers and free public resources are inadequate to the task.

To assess the scope of the Park's problems, the DPA obtained preliminary reports from two landscape and forest management specialists. We learned we face two tasks – restoration to undo damage that has accumulated through years of neglect, and maintenance to preserve those gains and to enhance the forest.


Dorchester Park
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)


617-727-5290; 617-626-1250 (DCR Main Phone)


The Department of Conservation and Recreation is steward of one of the largest state parks systems in the country. Its 450,000 acres is made up of forests, parks, greenways, historic sites and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs and watersheds.


251 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114
United States

Cedar Grove Civic Association



Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm


15 Rita Road St. Brendan's Church, Fr. Lane Hall
Dorchester, MA
United States

Boston Public Schools Family Resource Centers


(617) 635-8015


(617) 635-6407



Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 


Dorchester, Roslindale and Roxbury Welcome Centers are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-5pm and Wednesdays Noon-7pm.
The East Boston Welcome Center is open only on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30am-5pm except in January and late August, when it is also open on Wednesdays 12-7pm. 
The Mattapan Welcome Center typically open on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30am-5pm, istemporarily closed.
*note: the number listed above is for the Dorchester Resource Center

Families with a child new to the Boston Public Schools can register at one of our Family Resource Centers (FRC). Feel free to visit whichever center is most convenient; you are not limited to the center in your zone of residence. 



(617) 635-8015 
Campbell Resource Center
1216 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, 02125
(next to Burger King) 
Help in Cape Verdean creole, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese


(617) 635-9010
Bruce C. Bolling Building (Dudley Sq.)
2300 Washington St. 2nd floor, Roxbury, 02119
Help in Cantonese, English, Haitian creole, Mandarin and Spanish 


(617) 635-8040
Jennie Barron Bldg.
515 Hyde Park Ave.
Roslindale, 02131
(near Cummins Hwy.)
Help in Cape Verdean creole, English, French, Haitian creole, Portuguese and Spanish 

East Boston (Mondays and Tuesdays, starting August 25)

(617) 635-9597
Mario Umana Academy
312 Border St.
East Boston, 02128
Help in English and Spanish 

Mattapan (Thursdays and Fridays)

(617) 635-9596
Mildred Ave K-8, Rear Entrance
5 Mildred Avenue
Help in English, Haitian, Cape Verdean Creole and Spanish


1216 Dorchester Avenue (Behind the Burger King)
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Boston Public Schools Family Resource Center


Confused? You may have been looking for the Dorchester CARES Family Resource Center, a program of Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts.

Blake House (1661)


The James Blake House (1661) is owned and operated by the Dorchester Historical Society. A recent restoration project has brought the house back to its circa 1895 appearance. See this article for an excellent write-up about the project.


Dorchester Historical Society
735 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Mass Preservation Projects Fund

Reflect & Strengthen

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

614 Columbia Rd. #R,
Dorchester, MA 02125


(617) 442-2355


Reflect and Strengthen (R&S) is a grassroots collective of young working class women from the urban neighborhoods of Boston who take a holistic approach to organizing to create personal and social transformation. Our programming focuses are political education, healing form trauma, creative expression, community building and campaign work to end racial disparities in the juvenile justice system.


Freedom House
14 Crawford St
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

For more information regarding Reflect and Strengthen please download the One Sheet. You may also contact R&S for more info at: rands@reflectandstrengthen.org or 617-442-2355.

Checks can be mailed to:
614 Columbia Rd. #R
Dorchester, MA 02125

Key Programs Offered: 

Juvenile Justice Organizing: Our Sisters Behind the Wall meets the urgent needs of young women involved with the juvenile justice system through healing, workshops, and sisterhood building. The Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Task Force on

Racial Disparities aka Da FORCE is community people demanding fairness from the juvenile justice system. We are organizing against the system’s racism which causes too many youth of color to be locked up.

Girl's Rap: is our peer led support groups, guided by licensed social workers, healing circles and beef resolution mediations, where we explore what sisterhood means and how we can unlearn the ways in which sexism, racism, homophobia and classism have taught us to think, act and feel toward one another.

Street Theater: members draw on our personal experiences and political awareness to create, direct and perform over 300 productions in the last five years. We educate, inspire and celebrate the power of culture through dance, theater, song, step, poetry, visual art, drumming, photography, videography, hip-hop and other means of creative expression. We perform at protests, theaters, rallies, jails, schools, cultural centers, youth groups, subways, theaters and hip-hop shows.

What's The 411?: Our political education program addresses the ways that racism, classism, xenophobia, homophobia and sexism manifest in our communities. We explore the root causes of our struggles and make the connections between our personal experiences and the political context. By focusing on internal transformation, we are empowered to transform the context that shapes our lives.

Girl’s Night Out: Evenings spent together to deepen our bonds and enjoy our community. At R&S we believe if we don’t have anything to celebrate we don’t have anything to fight for, so we choose to honor celebration.

Sisters Rising: Our internal leadership development program. Members can step up and lead committees, plan events, and take on internships. Sisters Rising is also responsible for implementing organizational decisions made by the membership.


Boston Public Library, Mattapan Branch


(617) 298-9218

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. - 5 p.m


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.

The vision of the Boston Public Library is to touch the lives of every Bostonian in
libraries, online and in the community.

Priorities for 2009‐10
Advancement of Learning
* Early Literacy: babies to pre‐kindergarten
* Academic support: School age children and teens
* Lifelong learning: For all ages
Easy Access to BPL Resources Most in Demand
* Serving the greatest number of people with existing or reduced resources
* Includes open hours, electronic access, and collection
Libraries as Community Gathering Places
* Existing facilities are clean, organized, and welcoming public environments
Programs and Services that Help People during these Economic Times
* Includes services such as job and career information, resume writing, foreclosure
prevention programs, etc.


Mattapan Library
1350 Blue Hill Avenue
Mattapan, MA 02126
United States
Key Partners: 

Part of the Boston Public Library system. Click here to learn more about Dorchester area libraries.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Click here to register for a free library card online!

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. Mattapan: Tuesday 4-6PM.


Strong collections in urban fiction, popular music, teen fiction, anime, manga and a wide array of DVDs, from movies to popular TV series. There is also a modest collection of local history materials.

Weekly toddler films, Fun with Books, teen movie matinee, teen advisory board, and homework assistance.
Adult Book Discussion Group - 3rd Tuesday of each Month

A monthly calendar of events offers a range of programs from films, author talks and readings, workshops, and educational activities for all ages. Summer reading programs are offered for children and young adults. The Friends of the Mattapan Branch also has activities throughout the year. Please consult our calendar of events for more details.

The Mattapan Branch is teamed with the Mildred Avenue Middle School and the Mildred Avenue 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.

As early as December 18, 1849 the people of Mattapan were concerned about library facilities. It was on that date that Increase S. Smith founded the Mattapan Library Association. On May 2, 1854, the Boston Public Library opened, and in 1870 the suburb of Dorchester, which included Mattapan, was annexed to Boston. The Mattapan Branch evolved over many years beginning with a reading room attached to the delivery station in the Oakland Hall Building in Mattapan. In 1898, the book collection consisted of ninety-eight volumes.

Around 1924, the population of Mattapan began a rapid increase. As newer groups began to establish themselves in the more central Boston neighborhoods, Jewish immigrants moved in large numbers to Mattapan.

The small reading room was granted Branch status in 1923, but could not meet the demand of the growing population. Annual circulation climbed from 20,000 volumes in 1924 to 75,010 in 1926. Mattapan residents requested a new library. Citizens' letters and petitions took effect, and on June 22, 1931 the Mattapan Library Branch at 10 Hazelton Street opened its doors.

The Hazelton Street branch served the neighborhood well for more than 75 years, but with the formation of a Mattapan Library Task Force, the procurement of necessary funding in 1997, and the perseverance of Mayor Thomas Menino and Councilor Charles Yancey a new chapter began. On February 28, 2009 the Mattapan community celebrated the opening of an architecturally-stunning, technologically enhanced, and service-rich new Mattapan Branch at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.

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