Civic Engagement

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

Food Project, The

Phone: 

(617) 442-1322

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9am-5pm

Mission: 

To grow a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. This community produces healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs, provides youth leadership opportunities. Most importantly, we strive to inspire and support others to create a change in their own communities.

Location

The Food Project - Dorchester Office
555 Dudley Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Donate, volunteer, buy our food, work on our farm, sign up for our mailing list, shop weekly at any of the Dorchester farmers' markets July through October.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/02/2009

Dorchester Arts Collaborative

Phone: 

(617) 822-8278

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

Weds, Thur, Fri open 1 pm to 5 pm

Saturdays open 12 noon to 5 pm

Mission: 

Dorchester Arts Collaborative is a non-profit organization that develops and facilitates arts programming in Dorchester MA to cultivate and stimulate the social, cultural, and economic enrichment of Boston's largest, most diverse and most historic neighborhood.

Location

Erick Jean Center for the Arts
157 Washington Street Unit A
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

ArtMorpheus

Codman Sq Neighborhood Development Corp.

Codman Sq Health Center
 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please visit the website for information on how to get involved - http://dac-line.org

Key Programs Offered: 

The Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) is located in Dorchester's first arts center, the Erick Jean Center for the Arts. DAC created and runs an annual Dorchester-wide Open Studios event for local artists which has taken place in multiple locations throughout the community during October each year since 2002.

New events and programs are developed each year - please check DAC's website for the latest. 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
02/14/2013

Codman Academy Charter School

Phone: 

(617) 287-0700

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 7:30am-6pm
Saturday: 8am-1pm

Mission: 

Our mission is to prepare students for full participation in the intellectual, economic and civic life of our society, by ensuring their full preparation and access to further education, the skills and vision to undertake a rewarding career, and the motivation and character needed to engage deeply and productively in community life. We view parents and community members as integral partners in this endeavor.

Location

Codman Academy Charter School
637 Washington St
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Expeditionary Learning Schools, Codman Square Health Center, The Huntington Theatre Company, Sportsmen's Tennis Center, Epiphany School, Museum of Science

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Students entering grade 9 may apply for lottery admission. Information open houses begin in January and lottery is held in March each year.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
10/23/2009

Tuttle/Hartland Neighborhood Watch

Phone: 

(617) 825-5225

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Third Thursday of the month at 7:30pm

Mission: 

The Tuttle/Hartland Neighborhood Watch is a group of neighbors from Tuttle Street, Hartland Street and several surrounding streets of the Savin Hill neighborhood of Dorchester. We meet monthly on the third Thursday of the month at the Tuttle House.

Location

Tuttle House
35 Tuttle Street
Dorchester, MA
United States
Key Partners: 

City of Boston Community Policing Department Area C-11

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Project RIGHT, Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 541-5454

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm

Mission: 

Our mission is to promote resident involvement in neighborhood stabilization and economic development within the community of Greater Grove Hall (Roxbury and North Dorchester).

Location

Project R.I.G.H.T. Inc
320A Blue Hill Avenue
Grove Hall, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Holborn, Gannett, Gaston, Otisfield Betterment Association Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Association Devon, Normandy, Brunswick Residents Association Fayston Street Residents Association Pasadena, Supple & Columbia

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Though various forums such as coming to community and neighborhood meetings and participating in these meeting by voicing your concerns and assisting with solutions to problems. You can volunteer in our office on a project or initiative of your choosing.

Key Programs Offered: 

Grove Hall Safe Neighborhood Initiative/ Weed and Seed
Grove Hall Youth Workers Alliance
Mike & Al's Basketball League
Grove Hall Gay Straight Lesbian Alliance (Thursdays at 3:30)
Grove Hall Problem Properties Task Force
Grove Hall Youth Outreach Connection
Drug and Alcohol Prevention Services (DAPS)
Multi-Unit Housing Initiative
Grove Hall Getting Healthier

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Four Corners Main Street

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

PO Box 240877 Dorchester, MA 02124

Phone: 

(617) 697-1447

Mission: 

In partnership with the community, create a lively business district, fostering commercial revitalization, strengthening small businesses and encouraging new enterprises.

Location

Four Corners Main Street
450 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Main Streets/City of Boston, residents, merchants, other non-profit organizations

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact the executive director.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
10/29/2009

John W. McCormack Civic Association

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

McCormack Civic Association 72 Roseclair Street Dorchester, MA 02125

Phone: 

617-710-3793

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Meeting Time: M-F, 7pm M-F, 9am-9pm

Mission: 

To support and act as a liason to any of our residents concerns, issues and initiatives

Location

John W. McCormack Civic Association
72 Roseclair Street
Dorchester, MA 02125, MA
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Log School

Phone: 

(617) 288-6683

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

M-F, 7:00 am-9:00 pm

Mission: 

The Log School, founded by Joe Carpineto in 1974, is a settlement house which offers Dorchester an array of educational and social services. The goal of our dedicated staff is to provide services that will improve the lives of local residents and strengthen the community as a whole by implementing programs based on changing neighborhood needs.

Location

Log School
222 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

College Bound Dorchester (formerly Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses), United Way Massachusetts, Department of Education, Alternative Education Alliance, Boston Youth Service Network, Mass Attorney General's Office, X-CEL Adult Education Services, Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition, MCAE, Dorchester Cares, Catholic Charities Teen Center

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

By calling (617) 474-1232

Key Programs Offered: 

After School Program This program provides 6-12 year-olds with a safe haven after school and helps them advance in school through intensive academic assistance. The program runs Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. Ensuring children's safety aids families by giving their parents peace of mind to focus on work and education. Participants in this program and their parents are connected to additional support services within and outside of Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses' extensive system. Altogether, the Log School After School program offers a potent combination of academic encouragement, family support, risk reduction, and violence prevention.

Drop-In Child Care Center A drop-in childcare center for infants to children up to age 6 years old is available to parents enrolled in ESL classes, GED classes, or other activities at the Log School during the day.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Classes are available days and evenings, at all skill levels. Adult basic education and literacy classes are also available. Upper level classes include computer instruction.

Food Pantry The Food Pantry at Log School provides free weekly staple groceries on Fridays from 8 am to 9 am. Emergency food is available by appointment. There is no eligibility criteria or costs.

GED Preparation Classes Students from any neighborhood in Boston over the age of 18 can enroll in classes. Instruction is available daily at all skill levels.

Preschool Program Log School offers a fully licensed day care center providing children, ages 2.9 - 6 years, an innovative, multi-cultural curriculum.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Log School Family Education Center

Created: 
04/19/2011

Freedom House

Phone: 

(617) 445-3700

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Sunday-Friday: 9-6pm, Saturday 9 -1, evening events

Mission: 

Freedom House’s mission is to promote educational excellence, economic self-sufficiency community engagement and social justice in order to alleviate poverty in Boston’s most distressed urban neighborhoods. Freedom House has an extraordinarily rich history of addressing issues of poverty, educational achievement and social justice. The organization has a sixty year history of working on many issues impacting communities of color and historically underserved neighborhoods such as urban renewal, racial segregation and educational issues including disparities in academic achievement which have a long term negative impact on students of color. Understanding that solutions are complex, Freedom House has created innovative solutions. We achieve our mission through the provision of: targeted educational programs (REACH Institute), civic engagement programming (the Snowden Center for Civic Engagement and Action) and community resources for life long learning.

Location

Freedom House, Inc.
5 Crawford Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Northeastern University School of Education, Boston University School of Social Work, The Timothy Smith Fund, Citizen Schools, Boston Private Industry Council, Girls Get Connected, Operation Hope, Muriel S. Snowden International School at Copley

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Just walk right in and speak with any of our staff and we will direct you to the person you need to speak with depending on your interest.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes; See facility

Created: 
02/04/2011
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