Community/Neighborhood Improvement

Columbia Washington Street Neighborhood Association

Phone: 

(617) 989-8668

Email: 
Mission: 

Our mission is to promote social, economic, environmental justice, crime prevention, neighborhood development, and increase access to resources via transportion. We engage residents to be more active in their community in order to accomplish our mission.

Key Partners: 

Four Corners Action Coalition

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Attend the Monthly meetings

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Codman Square Neighborhood Council

Phone: 

(617) 265-4189

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Meets first Wednesdays, 7-8:30 PM, 6 Norfolk Street (The Great Hall)

Mission: 

Improving the quality of life for our community.

Location

The Codman Square Neighborhood Council
6 Norfolk Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Center for Teen Empowerment, The

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 427-1599 (617) 427-1488

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F, 10am-6pm

Mission: 

Empowering youth and adults as agents of positive individual, institutional, and social change.

Location

The Center for Teen Empowerment
21 Balfour Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Bowdoin Street Health Center, Dorchester Cares, Bird Street Community Center, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Floorlords, Young Cape Verdean Club

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

We hire 10-12 youth through a competitive hiring process. The youths' job is to organize events and initiatives (free or nominal charge) that will involve community members.

Key Programs Offered: 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
03/04/2010

Ashmont Adams Neighborhood Association

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

First Thursdays, 7 PM, Plasterers Hall, 7 Frederika Street (corner Minot)

Mission: 

To encourage a sense of neighborhood and community spirit and to facilitate interaction among residents. To facilitate cooperation from various government departments in order to improve services provided to the AANA neighborhood. To work toward the establishment, maintenance and improvement of our neighborhood by encouraging civic participation in all phases of community affairs; and To work with nearby neighborhood associations to foster open communications and support the betterment of the entire Dorchester community.

Location

The Plasterer's Union Hall
7 Frederika St
Dorchester, MA
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

See website

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

College Bound Dorchester

Phone: 

(617) 282-5034

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Mission: 
To equip Dorchester students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college, using education as a means to transform the neighborhoods of Dorchester.
 
At College Bound Dorchester, formerly FDNH, we believe in the transformative power of education. Every day we have the privilege of working with students from ages 3 months to 70 years. Our teachers, mentors, peer leaders and staff provide the supports these students need to realize their future goals. We take this responsibility seriously and know that, if we are successful, we have the power to change not only individual lives but also the entire Dorchester community.

We are creating an organization that will provide all of our students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college and succeed in life. We know there are challenges ahead and obstacles in our way. However we also know that as we work harder and focus on high expectations and data driven assessment, the paths of opportunity will open for all.

Location

18 Samoset Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Visit collegebounddorchester.org

Key Programs Offered: 

Bartholomew Family Child Care The Little House Log School Ruth Darling Child Care Center

Provide ABE/ESOL and Child Care: 9am to 2pm.

Computer Skills classes for enrolled students.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, Inc. (FDNH)

Created: 
11/29/2011

On November 4th 2009, College Bound Dorchester received the Coming Up Taller Award for its Art a la Carte program at a ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. At the ceremony, Mrs. Obama commended Art a la Carte and all of the award winners by stating, "Ultimately, each of your programs is using achievement in the arts as a bridge to achievement in life." She continued, "You ask our young people to dream, and you give them the tools to fulfill those dreams. You affirm that their contributions are valuable, and their success matters to all of us. You help them see beyond the circumstances of their lives to the world of possibility that awaits them. And for that, we honor you."

Fields Corner Civic Association

Phone: 

(617) 436-1287

Email: 

debbie_sousa@comcast.net

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

The group meets the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Kit Clark Senior Services at 1500 Dorchester Avenue (changed from St. Ambrose church). We hold a combined November-December meeting the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. In June our meeting and Annual Awards night is on the third Tuesday, before we break for the summer.

Mission: 

To improve the livability of Field's Corner by advocating for quality government service. And to inform residents of programs and initiatives, so that they may use them to improve their lives, their homes and their neighborhhood.

Location

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

Kit Clark Senior Center, Dorchester Youth Academy, Field's Corner Main Street, Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Viet-Aid, Close to Home, Area C-11 and the All Dorchester Sports Leaque.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Come to a meeting! Member dues: Individual $10.00 - Must be 18 years old Family $15.00 - Must be 18 years old Elderly $7.00 - Must be over 60 years old Non-voting Members $25.00

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
12/03/2010

Urban Asthma Coalition

Phone: 

617.451.0049

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

M-F: 9am-5pm

Mission: 

The Boston Urban Asthma Coalition aims to promote collaboration between organizations and residents concerned about the various factors that affect asthma such as the environment, quality of health care, access to health care, and education. This Collaboration taps into the expertise and resources of these city residents and organizations through advocacy and educational projects. In addition, it strengthens, personally and professionally, the network of people addressing the severity, morbidity, and mortality of asthma.

Location

Boston Urban Asthma Coalition
622 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition, Lead Action Collaborative, Bowdoin Street Health Center, Four Corners Action Coalition, Dorchester Housing Action Team, Project RIGHT, MassCOSH, Head Start, Boston Public Schools, Boston Public Health Commission.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Residents can join our active committees, healthy housing, healthy schools and health, to advocate for improving the city for people with asthma. Our committees meet regularly, either monthly or bi-monthly. Residents can also join our leadership development programs.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

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

Close to Home Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative

Phone: 

(617) 929-5151

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

M-F: 9am-5pm Saturdays: varies

Mission: 

Close to Home is a resident-driven domestic violence prevention and community organizing campaign based in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. Close to Home aims to prevent domestic violence and get help for those affected by educating, supporting, and developing leadership from the existing network of friends, family and neighbors. Close to Home is also working to mobilize the neighborhood's civic life, through dialogue and problem solving, to address domestic violence as a priority community issue in Dorchester.

Location

Close to Home
42 Charles St. Suite A
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Tieng Xanh Voice, Inc., SCI Dorchester, Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Inc. (Viet-AID), Vietnamese American Civic Association (VACA), All Dorchester Sports League, Boston Police Dept. District C-11, Fields Corner Community Network

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

By contacting us and/or coming to our meetings and events.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
04/23/2010

Fields Corner Main Street

Phone: 

(617) 474-1432

Fax: 

(617) 822-3613

Mission: 

1) To ensure that Fields Corner continues to be a thriving, welcoming, secure district comprised of diverse businesses serving residents and attractive to visitors. 2) To promote Fields Corner encouraging more people to live, work, shop, and dine in the district.

Key Partners: 

City of Boston, Neighborhood Health Plan

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Residents can join one or more of our committees and subcommittees: Design, Promotion, Cleanup, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Fundraising. Or they can get involved with planning our special events or working on our elder-friendly business district.

Key Programs Offered: 

Created Elder Friendly Business District program to improve businesses, infrastructure, access and services to encourage older adults to shop in Fields Corner.

Launched "Don't Spot the Dot" anti-litter campaign with Mayor Menino in April 2007 to promote keeping Fields Corner clean. Distributed brooms and dustpans to 110 businesses in the district. In the second year of the campaign, gave presentations to local area schools and after school programs.

Recruited 10 businesses to participate in the Boston Community Change Card program, a loyalty program for local businesses that gives rebates to cardholders and their chosen nonprofit beneficiaries.

Collaborated with the Dorchester Holiday Celebrations Committee on annual tree lighting event and promoted businesses offering discounts during the holidays.

Organized high-profile annual gala event, Dancing with the Stars of Boston, with celebrity dancers, professional dancers and celebrity judges at UMass Boston.

Co-sponsored successful "Martinis on the Avenue" fundraisers with St. Mark's Area Main Street.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/22/2010
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