Upham's Corner

Upham's Corner Westside Neighborhood Association | April 10

Upham's Corner Westside Neighborhood Association met on April 10 at its usual location, the Upham's Corner Health Center. Officer Miller was out of town, and as a result there was no police officer present at the meeting. A list of incidents in the area were provided and discussed by the association. Mateus Barbaros of the group home, discussed the way the home is run. Another group home also presented. Max McCarthy of UCMS discussed the possibility and feasibility of turning Upham's Corner into a Cultural District. The association discussed ways to make this a reality, and changes they would like to see in doing this. Participation from local businesses, and identifying local spaces that can be used to promote the arts are the next steps. >> Read More

Hancock Civic Association Meeting | March 15 2012

The Hancock Civic Association Monthly meeting takes place every third Thursday of each month at the Bird Street Community Center. This meeting is usually small, and there were only 9 people in attendance. Officer Miller and Officer Rory delivered the B-2 and C-11 Crime Reports. Both were uneventful, and contained no incidents residents needed to be aware of. Officer Rory announced that later in June, district C-11 will be having a bike rodeo. The event will highlight bicycle safety tips and other information about biking. The event will feature helmets, fingerprints, an obstacle course, fun, games, bike safety tips and more! Jessica DaSilva, from Rep. Frank Baker's office released information about the eAlert initiative, which can let residents know of crime and local stories and events immediately. She also discussed that there are softball signups at ADSL. >> Read More

UCNWA meeting Jan 10: St Kevin's developers to present

At their first 2012 meeting on Tuesday Jan 10th, the Upham's Corner Westside Neighborhood Association is expecting representatives from POUA (the Planning Office for Urban Affairs affiliated with the Boston Archdiocese), the developer working on the plans for the St Kevin's property, to be first on the agenda with current plans and status of the project. 

The meeting will be at 6:30 PM in the usual meeting location, the Uphams Corner Health Center (415 Columbia Road) - ask at the front desk for the room location. UCWNA encourages interested folks to attend, since this is an important issue for the future of Uphams Corner. For more information contact Bob, and/or see flyer attached below.

America's Next Top Rapper @ The Strand Dec. 30

The Strand Theatre will be hosting Reality TV series America’s Next Top Rapper, as the competition films on location at the Strand Theatre! At 10:00 a.m. on December 30th, join the nation-wide search kickoff at the Boston Auditions with iconic rapper judges Trina, Director Lil X and Rockwilder! Think you can rap? Want to register for a chance to be America's Next Top Rapper? Visit: www.tnvent.info for contestant information and registration, cheer on contestants, and reserve online audience seating! Audience admission to this event is $15 to $50. The Strand Theatre is located at 543 Columbia Rd. You can contact the theatre at 617.302.7340, or on the web at www.strandboston.com.

Boston City Singers in Upham's Corner Dec. 11

On Sunday, December 11, Boston City Singers will partner with Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy Choir for the Inspiring Young Voices Holiday Winter Stars Concert. The concert will be at Holy Family Church at 24 Hartford Street in Upham's Corner, Dorchester. The concert will be at 3:00 p.m. and doors will open at 2:30. Attached to this post is a flyer for the event. >> Read More

Meeting on Upham's Corner Post Office Closing

UPDATE! On Jan. 10, 2012, Upham's Corner Main Street (UCMS) sent out an update on this issue: "For those unaware, Congress and the U.S. Postal Service recently agreed to delay any potential post office closures until May 15th to allow Congress time to overhaul the financially strapped institution (for more information about the agreement, click here). For our community, this means that our post office will stay open at least until May. However, our work will continue.  >> Read More

St. Mary's Food Pantry

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 







Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


The Food Pantry is one of the most established ministries at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Concerned by issues of hunger and poverty in the Uphams Corner neighborhood of Dorchester, St. Mary’s Food Pantry was established in 1991 to help address the needs of those struggling to put food on their tables. Today the food pantry is staffed solely by volunteers and feeds approximately 300 low-income families (875 individuals) from Dorchester, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain each month.


St. Mary’s food pantry is a member agency of the Greater Boston Food Bank and receives most of its food from this source. In addition, the pantry relies on Partner churches, community groups and individuals to help keep its shelves stocked.


St. Mary's Church
14 Cushing Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 



  1. BulletThe St. Mary’s food pantry located at 14 Cushing Ave. in Dorchester is open on Tuesdays from 9:30 -11:30 AM.

  2. BulletThose in need of assistance may come to the pantry once a month to receive a variety of dry, canned and perishable food.

  3. BulletID is required at each visit.

  4. BulletRecipients must be “income eligible” to receive food assistance. See guidelines at point of registration.

  5. BulletFor information about Food Stamps and other free and low-cost food resources, call Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline: 1-800-645-8333.


There are a variety of volunteer opportunities at St. Mary’s food pantry:

  1. BulletHands-on assistance during pantry hours: Tuesdays 9:30-11:30 (Volunteers arrive at 8:30). Tasks include client sign-in and registration, translating for non-English speaking clients, food storage and pantry maintenance.

  2. BulletPlanning and implementing a food drive on behalf of the pantry

  3. BulletTranslation of written materials such as pantry policies and procedures, etc. – most notably Spanish, Creole and Portuguese

  4. BulletClerical assistance: telephone, written correspondence, etc.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities or to request a Volunteer Application, please contact our Food Pantry Coordinator.


Donations of non-perishable dry and canned foods (no glass containers, please) are always welcome. For a “wish list” of most needed foods, to plan a food drive or to arrange a food delivery, please contact our Food Pantry Coordinator.

Key Programs Offered: 

Diavolo Duo in Uphams Corner Nov. 11

Greater Boston House Concerts is presenting Diavolo Duo in Upham's Corner. The Diavolo Duo is Orlando Cela on flute & Venezuelan cuatro, and Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar. From Argentina to India and Japan to Venezuela and Cape Cod! Some of the master works for flute & guitar, and little gems for guitar and cuatro. Music by Astor Piazzolla, Ravi Shankar, Toru Takemitsu and Antonio Lauro. The concert will be at 21 Virginia Street. Doors will open 7:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. The concert will be $20 and $15 for students. An RSVP is required. For more information, and to RSVP, call 617.947.1330, or email Aaron Larget-Caplan.

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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Upham's Corner Health Fair Oct. 15

The Upham's Corner Health Fair will be held this year on October 15th in the Strand Theater. The event will offer the opportunity for help with health insurance assistance. The event will include free on-site blood pressure screening, diabetes, and cholestorol testing. There will also be music, prizes, healthy refreshments, along with balloons, clowns and face painting for kids, and a free raffle! The event is free, open to the public, and will be a great resource for your health. A flyer for the event is attached!

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