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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.

Mass Energy Consumers Alliance

Phone: 

(617) 524-3950

Mission: 

Mass Energy is a non-profit organization that both advocates and acts in the marketplace on behalf of consumers and the environment. We have offered discount heating oil since 1982 and now serve 8500 households. We also offer green electricity options and solar energy services. Our advocacy work serves all consumers and our charitable programs benefit low-income households and other nonprofit organizations.

Location

Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance
284 Amory Street
Boston, MA 02130
United States
Key Partners: 

Mass Interfaith, Power and Light, People's Power & Light ( RI), Mass Climate Action Network, MassPIRG, Mass Audubon

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

They can join our discount heating oil program, bio-heat program, recieve heating oil assistance, or join New England Wind Fund our support renewable energy programs.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets

Phone: 

(617) 436-9980

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mission: 

To promote the historic preservation, protection, and use of the Geneva/Bowdoin section of Dorchester, including the area's commercial, civil, and religious enterprises and its residences. To take remedial action to eliminate the physical, economic, and social deterioration of the commercial district and contribute to the community's betterment.

Location

200 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Main Streets, City of Boston, DND, OBD, BRA, BYF, DBECD, LISC

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Volunteer at office.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Bowdoin Street Health Center

Phone: 

(617) 754-0100

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9:30am-5pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm

Mission: 

The Health Center is a member of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston., which is world-renowned for excellence in patient care, research, teaching and community service. A Havard-teaching hospital, the medical center offers medical expertise in cardiology, cancer care, women's health, diabetes/vascular surgery, obstetrics, transplantation and AIDS. If you need specialized care, testing or hospitalization, our clinical staff can refer you or your family members to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center or Children's Hospital. Reports on tests and specialized care are sent to our providers so they can manage all your care needs.

Location

Bowdoin Street Health Center
230 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Childrens Hospital Boston, Kit Clark Senior Center, Boston Public Health Commission, Dorchester Cares, Teen Empowerment Alternatives for Community & Environment, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Referrals, community organizing through Community Health Program, involvement in community events.

Key Programs Offered: 

Besides its clinical services, Bowdoin Street Health Center has a number of community-outreach, mentoring, volunteer programs: check out the HealthyIs Media Gallery or the Health Corps Program for High School Students as fine examples.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
11/03/2010

American Family Child Care Association

Phone: 

Hot Line: (617) 929-0555

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

M-F: 7:30am-6pm

Mission: 

We are an association of licensed family childcare programs in Massachusetts. Our mission is to improve work conditions for in-home Family Child Care Providers, to improve the quality of care for young children, and to advocate for and support families in our Commonwealth.

Family Childcare programs offer care for children ages 0-12, full time, part time, drop-in, before and after school, evenings and overnight, during summer and school vacations, as well as event care.

Location

American Family Child Care Association
33 Peacevale Road
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Community Partnerships, National Association of Family Child Care, The Department of Early Education and Care, Center For Women; Enterprise, Boston High Risk Youth Network, American Family Child Care Cooperative

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call (617) 929-0555 or visit us at www.myafcca.org.

Key Programs Offered: 
  • Hot Line: A referral line for parents to find a family childcare program anywhere in Massachusetts.
    There are over 8000 license programs with AFCCA. All program costs are on a sliding scale or accept vouchers or scholarships.

  • Advocacy and referrals for parents and family members looking for housing, employment, and other resources.
  • Advocacy and support for family childcare providers and employees
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
12/02/2010

Pope's Hill Neighborhood Association

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Meets 4th Weds., 7-9PM, at 1 Worrell Street (Murphy School)

Mission: 

We the residents and friends of the Pope's Hill section of Dorchester, realizing the efficacious results of well organized planning and discussion pertinent to maintaining a properly balanced neighborhood, hereby join together to assist each other and act.

Location

Murphy School
1 Worrell Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Created: 
12/03/2010

Mujeres Unidas En Accion

Phone: 

(617) 282-3500

Fax: 

(617) 282-3544

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

M-F: 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Childcare is available for children ages 1 to 5 years from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Space is limited. Contact MUA for details. 

Individual Counseling Services:

MUA’s counselor is available Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. via appointment. We provide support, referrals, Spanish-English translation, and much more. We also put students in touch with various resources available within the community, such as job resources, tenants' rights, and INS. 

In addition to taking classes, students are required to attend support and focus groups Wednesdays and Fridays each week. Through Proyecto Companera MUA provides:

  • Health workshops and trainings
  • Career and educational workshops
  • Career and educational counseling
  • Help with college and job applications
  • Field trips to community colleges, the State House, public libraries, the Freedom Trail, etc.

Notary Public and translation services are available for MUA students 

Individual Counseling Services

MUA’s counselor is available Monday-Friday from 
9:00 AM-4:00 PM. via appointment. We provide support, referrals, Spanish-English translation, and much more. We also put students in touch with various resources available within the community, such as job resources, tenants' rights, and INS.

ESOL I, II, III. Computer classes. Native Language
ESOL I, II, III. Computer classes. Native Language
Mission: 

Our mission is to strengthen the voice of low-income Latina women and to empower Latino families to participate more actively in the political, social and economic life not only of the Latino community, but also of society at large.

Mujeres Unidas en AcciOn (MUA) has been meeting the educational needs of low-income Latina women for nearly three decades, helping them build skills for full, self-sufficient lives. MUA’s mission is to provide a means for Latina women with limited education or English language skills to effect social, political, and liberating changes in their families, in their community, and consequently in society.

Location

Mujeres Unidas En Accion
54 Clayton Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition (DALC), OISTE? (Did You Hear), Bunker Hill Community College, Roxbury Community College, Boston Career Link, United Way

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Women may enroll in our educational program, which includes classes, workshops, leadership training, and a social service component.

Key Programs Offered: 

ESOL levels 1 through 3,

Native Language Literacy (Literacy classes in Spanish) 

GED/Pre-GED Classes in Spanish

Computer classes: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced

Bridge to Community College Classes: English/Technology and Mathematics, Career Exploration, and Time Management. Classes focus on academic English, computer skills necessary for college, college mathematics, discovering vocational interests, and time/priority management.

In addition to taking classes, students are required to attend support and focus groups Wednesdays and Fridays each week. Through Proyecto Companera MUA provides:

 

Health workshops and trainings
Career and educational workshops
Career and educational counseling
Help with college and job applications
Field trips to community colleges, the State House, public libraries, the Freedom Trail, etc.
Notary Public and translation services are available for MUA students

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/11/2011

Florida Corridor Neighborhood Association

Phone: 

(617) 822-8322

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

N/A

Mission: 

Working together to help build community partnerships for a better community:with safer and cleaner street, and a more pleasant and friendlier neighborhood.

Key Partners: 

Boston Police, City of Boston, State House, neighborhood watch groups, health centers, merchants

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/10/2010

This civic association is currently not meeting regularly.

Dorchester Community Center for the Visual Arts (Dot Art)

Phone: 

617.905.7432

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Office: M-F, 10am - 5pm Program times vary

Mission: 

To make exemplary visual arts education available to everyone in Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods.

Location

18 Samoset Street 3rd Floor
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact us! Stop by our office/gallery space Monday Through Friday, any time between 10am and 5pm. We offer classes and workshops year round, and seek to employ teachers for our programs who are from the Dorchester community.

Key Programs Offered: 

Community Classes, School Residencies, Public Art Programs, Events and Parades, Art Parties for Children and Adults. Classes offered with sliding scale pricing. See here for program and service specifics.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

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

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