Bus Route 16

Massachusetts Studies Project (UMass Boston)

Phone: 

(617) 287-7654

Mission: 

Our mission is to engage students, teachers and "lifelong learners" in their own communities through local history, local culture and local heritage

Key Partners: 

SCI Dorchester, Boston Public Library, Boston Public Schools, The University of Massachusetts

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Boston Public Library, Upham's Corner Branch

Phone: 

(617) 265-0139

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

Mon through Weds: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thurs: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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

Location

BPL Uphams Corner Branch
500 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Part of the Boston Public Library system. Click here to learn more about Dorchester's 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. Upham's Corner: Thursday 4-6PM.

  • Ongoing Programs

    Wednesdays: 10:30am, Reading Readiness Dance Workshop: Erica Siegel will lead pre-reading children in a fun reading readiness program that incorporates dance, movement, and stories.
    Thursdays: 5pm, Crafts with Mrs. C: Children aged 8-16 are invited to come make a craft to take home.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/21/2010

DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The Uphams Corner Branch has a collection which reflects the needs and interest of the surrounding community. In addition to a core group of popular fiction and representative nonfiction, there are materials in French, Portuguese and Spanish languages, well rounded African American authors and reference sections and a large DVD collection.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Preschool, Reading Readiness and toddler programs are offered weekly. Teenagers are available four afternoons a week to help children with their homework through the HAP program.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
The branch hosts monthly programs for adults and families alternating between informational and entertaining offerings. During the summer Uphams Corner participates in the Read Your Way to Fenway and Statewide Summer Reading programs.

HISTORY
In 1904 the Uphams Corner Branch Library moved from a temporary store-front location on Dudley Street to the two-year-old municipal building on Columbia Road. Upon entering the building, the adult room was on the left, a floor above the swimming pool, and the children's room used a common area on the right side of the hall. When the swimming pool developed leaks and fell into disuse for some time, the children's room took occupancy in this space. It maintained a separate entrance and circulation desk until the 1970s. After renovations to the building in 1989, only one entrance to the Library remained -- through the adult room. Many residents still recall the swimming pool and public showers of their childhood.

Bird Street Community Center

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

617-282-6110

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Thursday: 2pm-9pm Friday: 2pm-11pm Saturday: 10am - 4pm Sunday: 2pm - 5pm

Mission: 

To provide low income high-risk youth with all of the critical programs and services that allow inner city children and youth to rise above poverty, to become the first in their families to graduate from college, to lead the community as a place of peace and prosperity, and to thrive as the adults of tomorrow.

Location

Bird Street Community Center
500 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Annapolis Street Neighborhood Association, Black Ministerial Alliance High-Risk Youth Network, BOSTnet, Boston College, Boston Latin School, Boston University, Bowdoin Street Health Center, Cape Verdean Community Task Force, Center for Teen Empowerment, City of Boston, The City School, Diablo Glass School, Dvee Media, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, David A. Ellis Elementary School, R. W. Emerson Elementary School, Generations Incorporated, GOTCHA, Nathan Hale Elementary School, Hancock Street Civic Association, Harvard University Phillips Brooks House, Higginson-Lewis K2-8 School, High Risk Youth Network, Jones Hill Association, Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Ellis Mendell Elementary School, New Bostonians, Orchard Gardens K-8 School, Project Hope, Read Boston, William E. Russell Elementary School, Safe Neighborhood Initiative, Saint Mary's Women and Infants Center, Strand Theater, Suffolk University, Upham's Corner Teen Health Clinic, Upham's Corner Main Streets, Upham's Corner Violence Prevention Partnership, Whittier Street Health Center, Youth Violence Systems Project

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Volunteering Register here: http://www.birdstreet.org/involved_volunteering.html or Contact: Shamekia Franklin (sfrnaklin@birdstreet.org) or call at 617-282-6110, x12.

Board of Directors Anyone interested in Board participaton should leave a message with Andrea Kaiser (akaiser@birdstreet.org) at Bird Street.

Board Committees Community members are welcome to join and contribute their expertise to our Board Committees, including marketing, finance, personnel, events, nominating, and resource development. Please contact Andrea Kaiser, Executive Director, at (617) 282-6110, ext. 21 if you are interested in joining a Board Committee.

Key Programs Offered: 
  • SACC (School Age Child Care)

    Massachussetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) licensed, 5 day per week after-school program designed for working parents of children ages 5-13. SACC operates from 2:00 to 6:00 pm during regular school days. On school vacations, SACC offers full-day care from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (small additional fee required for vacation weeks). The program's activities include homework support, literacy, math coaching, science, arts, chess and Spanish Clubs, recreation, computers, field trips and special events.

    SACC programs operate out of seven different sites:

  • The Bird Street Community Center at 500 Columbia Road, Dorchester
  • David A. Ellis School at 302 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury
  • R.W. Emerson School at 6 Shirley Street, Roxbury
  • the Nathan Hale School at 51 Cedar Street, Roxbury
  • William E. Russell Elementary School, 750 Columbia Road, Dorchester
  • Ellis Mendell Elementary School, 164 School Street, Roxbury
  • Orchard Gardens K-8 School, 906 Albany Street, Roxbury
  • New in the Fall of 2009: the Higginson Lewis K2-8 School, 131 Walnut Ave, Roxbury

     

  • Youth Development

    Serves youth ages 10-22. Services include the teen center, academic support, youth leadership training, workforce development (including part-time academic year and summer youth employment), life-skills classes, arts and culture, critical thinking skills, community service, recreation, organized sports, and youth violence prevention. There are over 50 programs for young people to choose from! Membership is $15 per year plus a $5 refundable locker fee. Some field trips and special activities have separate fees. Scholarships are available for both memberships and activities.

  • Summer Day Getaway

    Day camp located at Hale Reservation in Westwood, MA. Camp is Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:45PM. This nature program features boating, kayaking, free swim, archery, a ropes course, step classes, sports, and field trips on Fridays. Breakfast, lunch, and snack are provided, and transportation is provided roundtrip from the Bird Street Community Center. Registration forms available online at http://www.birdstreet.org/summer_day_getaway.html.

To register or receive more information about these programs, contact Alicia Linton at (617) 282-6110 x16.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Upham's Corner Community Center, inc.

Created: 
11/03/2010

Annapolis Neighborhood Association

Phone: 

(617) 233-9177

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Last Thursdays, 7PM, Community Hall of Annapolis Street Development

Mission: 

Keeping our Neighborhood Safe

Location

Annapolis St
Upham's Corner 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Columbia Savin Hill Civic Assocaition, Neighbors of Annapolis, Sumner, Stoughton, Bakersfield, Willis, Morrill, Mayfield, Trescott, Chase, Sumner Pk, Sumner Sq, Conrad Sumner Place Kevin Road

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Flyers are given out each month announcing upcoming meetings.

Kit Clark Senior Services

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 825-5000

Fax: 

(617) 288-5991

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 8am-4pm

Mission: 

Since 1974, Kit Clark Senior Services has been committed to helping our community's older adults live with dignity and independence. Founded in response to the Federal Older Americans Act, Kit Clark has grown to offer over 30 programs at over 40 locations in Greater Boston. In order to better serve the community, our professionally staffed multi-service agency conducts many of its programs in five different languages, ensuring these much needed support services reach elders with diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Locations

Kit Clark Senior Services
1500 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Kit Clark Senior Services
645 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA
United States
Key Partners: 

Bowdoin Street Health Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, Field Corner Community Development Corporation, Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call us at (617) 825-5000 or stop by at 1500 Dorchester Avenue or 645 Washington Street to find out about our programs.

Key Programs Offered: 

Drop-In Senior Center, Meals On Wheels, Transportation, Foley Assisted Living, Cardinal Medeiros Homeless Shelter, In Home Services, Adult Day Health, Memory Loss Programs, Mental Health, Health Center, Exercise, Homeless Prevention Case Management, Senior Home Repair, and much much more.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/04/2009

A Division of Bay Cove Human Services.

Boston Collegiate Charter School

Phone: 

Mayhew/Boston St: 617-265-1172 Sydney St: 617-282-6710

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 7:30am-5:00pm, Weekends: 9:00am-1:00pm

Mission: 

The mission of Boston Collegiate Charter School is to prepare each student for college. We offer an academically rigorous college preparatory curriculum for students in grades five through twelve. 100% of our graduates have been accepted to college; over 80% of them will be the first in their families to attend. Boston Collegiate Charter School is a tuition-free, city-wide public charter school in Dorchester, serving over 550 students in grades 5 through 12.

Locations

Boston Collegiate Charter School
11 Mayhew Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Lower School
215 Sydney Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Massachusetts Charter School Association

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Enrollment at Boston Collegiate Charter School is accessed through an annual public lottery. For volunteer opportunities, interested persons can contact Deborah Green, Program Director at 617-265-1172x235 or dgreen@bostoncollegiate.org.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
04/20/2010

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

Putnam Place Boys Program, Cambridge Family & Children's Service

Phone: 

617-876-4210

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Staffed 24/7

Mission: 

Our mission is to guide and empower young adults into a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on personal growth and community connections using positive role models and neighborhood based programs. The Putnam Place Boys Program targets adolescent males.

Location

Putnam Place Boys Program
78 Glendale Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Cambridge Family and Children's Services

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Residents are referred to our program through their social workers. We are always looking for capable, motivated staff to work in our program. Contact Elizabeth Woods, Program Director of Putnam Place.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
03/08/2011

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Dorchester Historical Society

Phone: 

(617) 293-3052

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

2nd Sunday of the month

Mission: 

The purpose of the Dorchester Historical Society, founded in 1843 and incorporated in 1891, is to collect, preserve, and disseminate knowledge of the history of that section of the City of Boston which was formerly the Town of Dorchester; to hold, and aid in the preservation of, historic buildings and sites in the area; to care for, and from time to time, exhibit such articles of historic or antiquarian interest as may come into its possession.

Location

William Clapp House
195 Boston Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Write or telephone for membership information or attend public programs advertised in the Dorchester Reporter.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
10/23/2009
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