Civic Engagement

UCIA Meeting Nov. 7

Help make Upham's Corner extra special for the holidays! Upham's Corner Improvement Association will be planning "all the ways that UCIA, residents, and businesses can call attention to Upham's Corner and let everyone know just how special the Upham's Corner community is." The meeting will be held at 594 Columbia Rd. on November 7 at 6:30 p.m. and ring buzzer #6 for Dorchester Bay. At the meeting, the UCIA will be discussing:
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City Growers Proposal Meeting Nov. 14

The city of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development has solicited proposals from qualified farmers to cultivate on City properties in Dorchester. City Growers will present their proposal for 131 Glenway Street in a public meeting on Monday, November 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the Erie Ellington Community Center. For more information, contact Jay Lee, Assistant Director of Design by email. The Erie-Ellington Community Center is located at 31 Erie Street in Dorchester. Attached is a file with more information!

Being Thankful For My Community Day Nov. 5

Being Thankful 1The Boston Project Ministries and  TNT Neighbors United will host the 8th Annual "Being Thankful for my Community Day" on Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteer for an hour or two, meet your neighbors, and have some fun! Meet at Elmhurst Children's Park on Elmhurst Street (from there, participants will split up into different service groups). After coffee and snacks, there will be a neighborhood cleanup. At noon is the potluck (those who help rake get to eat first), neighbor of the year award, and a big game of kickball!

For more information, contact Dana Chepulis617-929-0925,

Public Charette @ UMass Boston Nov. 5

There will be a public charette at UMass Boston on November 5 at 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. to discuss the continued planning of the redevelopment on the former Bayside Expo Center. Breakfast will be provided! The Bayside Expo Center, which currently houses university overflow parking, holds great potential and is being redeveloped in order to optimize its use for the school, city and state. If you are attending, please RSVP to or 617.287.5310.

Community Meeting on Jobs, Healthcare, Housing Oct. 29

On October 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mayor Menino and Dr. Judy Ann Bigby (Secretary of Health & Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts) will speak on job creation, neighborhood assistance, affordable healthcare and more. The event will be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 1076 Washington Street, in Dorchester. Stop by for job information, foreclosure prevention counseling, and information on affordable healthcare. Register by October 25 at 617-298-1886 or by email. This event is free and open to the public!

Millenium Ten Kickoff Event Oct. 29

Join the Millenium Ten Initiative for a fun-filled Saturday afternoon to kick off Millennium Ten's 100 Days Campaign! The event will be on October 29, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will welcome members of the Millenium Ten Coalition, community leaders, and especially residents of Dorchester! The 100 Days campaign will engage 100 residents in one-on-one conversations to discuss Codman Square/Four Corners past, present, and future. From these discussions work groups will be formed around prevalent themes.

For further information, take a look at the flyer attached below or contact the Millennium Ten Organizer Jenna Tourje. Click the image to check out the Facebook event!

Rain date for this event is Sunday, 2-5pm at the Great Hall (6 Norfolk Street).

MyDorchester Night, Jun. 10

My Dorchester NightThe SCI Dorchester @ DotWell program has been connecting residents to services, events and to one another since 2004 and it is time to celebrate! On the evening of Friday, June 10, 2011 SCI Dorchester will host MyDorchester Night, a community celebration to promote community resources, highlight Dorchester's thriving arts and culture scene, recognize local volunteers and leaders, and unite the community with food and fun. >> Read More


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

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: 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.

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