Farm Fresh Is Right Around The Corner! Boston Farmers' Markets

Save up to $10 with SNAP and Boston Bounty Bucks. Available at over 25 farmers markets near you!

Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers Market**

1900 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester 

Ashmont MBTA plaza 

Friday, 3PM - 7 PM 

June 24 - October 14 

Boston Medical Center Farmers Market

725 Albany St, South End

BMC Shapiro Building

Thursday, 12PM - 2PM

June 24 - September 30

Boston Public Market

100 Hanover St, Downtown

Above Haymarket Station

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday,

8 AM - 8 PM

Year-Round Indoor Market

Boston Public Market Open Air Market**

136 Blackstone St, Downtown

Outside Boston Public Market

Wednesday, 11 AM - 6 PM

May 18 - November 16 >> Read More

Tae Kwon Do Instructor Needed

Looking for a Tae Kwon Instructor to teach Classes to elementary school children three times weekly at a local Boston Public School.  Experience working with children necessary.  Must be available in the mornings to mid afternoon. Please call 781-364-7027.  Compensation based on experience.  

Free Zumba Classes

Zumba, Every Tuesday night from 7:30pm to 8:15pm at  The Intersection Church (500 Talbot Ave Dorchester),  entrance on the Argyle street side in the basement . All ages welcome.

BACH Community Advisory Board

Do you care about the health of Bowdoin Geneva?
Do you want to be part of the decision making process?
Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH) is looking for residents for a Community Advisory Board (CAB) to develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) and select the winner(s)!
CAB Member Requirements:

  • Must be a resident of Bowdoin Geneva.
  • Must NOT be affiliated with an organization planning to apply (will need to sign a waiver).
  • Must NOT be employed by a community agency.
  • Must commit to 5-7 CAB meetings in 2016, including one full-day training, Saturday, 12/19, on leadership development, grant writing and reviewing, and community organizing.

All CAB members will receive a stipend (TBD) for participation at each meeting. >> Read More

Neighborhood Response Team (NRT)



Email: (Bowdoin-Geneva); (Mattapan)


The Neighborhood Response Team (NRT), a cross-departmental group representing Public Works, Transportation, Inspectional Services, and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, seeks to address the local and specific issues affecting Boston's neighborhoods. Meeting with residents, community organizations, and numerous municipal bodies, the Team will focus on basic city services and improvements such as street lighting and sidewalk repairs, prioritizing trash and debris removal, and cracking down on problem properties and health and safety violations.

As of Nov. 2011, there are three regular NRT meetings, to address Mattapan, Codman Square, and Four Corners; Dudley Square and Blue Hill Ave.; and the Bowdoin-Geneva areas. The meetings are co-chaired, with one chair representing an official body (such as the Office of Health and Human Services) and other representing area residents. 

The Mattapan/Codman Square/Four Corners meeting covers city services, with (as of Nov. 2011) a noted emphasis on foreclosure/absenteeism.

Likewise, the Dudley/Blue Hill Ave. meeting covers city services. Prostitution is seen to be particularly bad problem in the area and many interdepartmental actions have worked to address this issue (as of Nov. 2011).

The Bowdoin-Geneva meeting incorporates human services in addition to city services, with an emphasis on youth development and violence prevention -- specifically, the Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative. See a release on the formation of the Bowdoin-Geneva NRT here.

Key Partners: 

City Agencies:

Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Transportation Department, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Code Enforcement, Department of Neighborhood Development, Inspectional Services, Jobs and Community Services, Office of Human Services, Office of Neighborhood Services, Mayor's Office, Public Works Department, others?


Community Organizations and Collaborations:

Bowdoin Geneva Violence Intervention and Prevention, Upham's Corner Violence Intervention and Prevention,
United Neighbors Association (UNA), 4-Street Crime Watch, 

Bird Street Community Center, College Bound Dorchester, Family Nurturing Center, Roxbury Resource Center,


Faith-based: First Parish Church in Dorchester, St. Peter's Parish, 


Main Streets:

Bowdoin-Geneva Main Street
Four Corners Main Street


Bowdoin Street Health Center

Partial list!

Key Programs Offered: 

Biweekly meetings; neighborhood walkthroughts; forum for cross-departmental, cross-sector collaboration and neighborhood improvement.


Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIP) Initiative


(617) 534-2304


(617) 534-4688

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Grove Hall Peace Council: Meets last Wednesday of every month, except on holidays, August and December. 
Meets 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Family Resource Room at the Lilia G. Fredrick Pilot Middle School. For further info contact Nicole N. Flynt at Project R.I.G.H.T. (617)-541-5454 ext 105

Bowdoin Geneva VIP: Meets 1st Wednesday of every month, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Bowdoin Street Health Center. Call Susan Young, Bowdoin/Geneva VIP coordinator at (617) 754-0023 for more information or email


The Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIP) Initiative aims to prevent violence and promote positive youth development in the City of Boston through a commitment to active and genuine collaboration between youth, residents, community organizations, and city agencies. VIP seeks to implement conflict resolution and peer mediation skills training in schools and community centers, develop a youth-driven social marketing campaign, support community mobilization efforts in five high-need neighborhoods, and ensure access to out-of-school time opportunities for youth.

The neighborhoods are: Bowdoin St. / Geneva Ave.; Grove Hall; Morton St. / Norfolk St.; Orchard Gardens and ----? 


BPHC Violence Intervention & Prevention Initiative
1010 Massachusetts Avenue 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Key Partners: 

City of Boston, Boston Public Health Commission, Bowdoin Street Health Center (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), Dorchester Safe Neighborhood Initiative (SNI), 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact the Office of Neighborhood Services to learn about Violence Prevention in your community. 

Do you want to get your child into safe after school programs?

Are you concerned about a student who is skipping school or has dropped out?

Are you looking for a job for youth or adults?

Do you need health insurance, want to find a doctor or have a health question?

  • Call The Mayor's Health Line  at 617-534-5050. We speak your language and the call is confidential.

Do you want to make your streets clean and safe?

Do you want help with a tight budget?

  • If you are at risk for homelessness or if you are having trouble providing food for your household, call the Shelter Commission at (617)-635-4507.
  • If you are at risk of having no heat in your home, call the No Heat Line at (617)-635-5322.
  • If you are a homeowner facing foreclosure on your home, contact theDepartment of Neighborhood Development at (617)-635-3880
  • If you are a renter and are having major difficulties with your landlord, contact the Rental Housing Resource Center at (617)-635-4200
  • If you need help with your taxes, call Boston Tax Help at 617-918-5275
Key Programs Offered: 
  • Neighborhood Peace Councils: Residents can join with local business, community leaders and city department staff to identify and address safety concerns
  • BPHC youth development specialists in each neighborhood assist w/ the coordination of social support services for youth and their families
  • Health Centers in targeted communities serve as nexuses for anti-violence programming
  • Liasions at various city departments respond to identified community concerns.
Community Meeting Space Available: 



Safe Neighborhood Initiative


(617) 963-2910

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Dorchester SNI
Bimonthly meetings expected to begin in June at location TBA (working on finding a regular meeting space). BPD District C-11 attends these meetings. For more information, contact ADA Christine Walsh at 617-619-4315.

Grove Hall SNI
Meets 2nd Thursday of June, September, November, February and April from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Grove Hall Community Center on Geneva Avenue. Food is served beforehand at 5:30 p.m. BPD District B-2 attends these meetings. For more information, contact Michael Kozu at or 617.541.5454.x102.

Upham's Corner SNI
Meets 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the City School, located at 614 Columbia Rd.
BPD District B-2 attends these meetings. For more information, contact ADA Matt Feeney at 617-619-4169.

Washington Corridor SNI
Meets 4th Tuesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. BPD C11 and B3 attend these meetings.  Past meetings have been at DotWell, but the last few have been at the Franklin Hill Apartments community room at 5 Shandon Rd. Evening meetings are in the planning stages but are expected soon. For more information, contact Paul Malkemes at 617-929-0925 or


The Safe Neighborhood Initiative (SNI) addresses public safety and prosecutors community development issues through the collaborative efforts of to work the Boston Police Department and the Massachusetts and Suffolk County Attorney General's Offices. Its success addresses three exclusively primary areas of community concern: Coordinated Law Enforcement, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Prevention and Treatment. Local law enforcement cooperation allows prosecutors to work exclusively generated on cases generated by the SNI i, and has helped community residents to remove and prosecute violent offenders from their neighborhoods.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact individual SNI coordinators or the DA's office for more information.

Key Programs Offered: 

The coordinated law enforcement strand includes community policing, the establishment of an SNI neighborhood prosecutor in District and Superior Courts, and enhanced cooperation in special projects between the community and law enforcement agencies.

The neighborhood revitalization efforts of the SNI may include expedited city services, rehabilitation of abandoned property, the coordination of local merchants, and/or job training programs.

The prevention, intervention, and treatment principle of the SNI mobilizes community and government resources around priority community health issues, from youth violence prevention to outreach to seniors.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 



Boston REACH Coalition

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Erline Achille 1010 Massachusetts Ave, 6th Floor Boston, MA 02118


(617) 534-2291


(617) 534-2563

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Meets 1st Monday of every month, 5:30 p.m., at the Grove Hall Community Center, 51 Geneva Ave., Dorchester.


The mission of the Boston REACH Coalition is to promote health equity and eliminate racial and health inequities in Boston. REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health. The 200-member coalition has met monthly for ten years. The coalition has earned an outstanding reputation in the local and public health community for its work in raising awareness of racial and ethnic health disparities, educating the public about health issues that affect the Black community in Boston, and for its credible partnerships with community members, policymakers, faith-based leaders, and academic institutions. The coalition includes community members, community groups, health care providers, business and faith leaders, and academic partners. With new funding as a Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (CEED), the coalition will expand its scope of work to address cardiovascular disease and public health issues related to men’s health, adolescent wellness, community advocacy, public policy, and environmental health. A strategic plan will ensure that community efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities can be sustained.


Center for Health Equity and Social Justice
1010 Mass Ave
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Public Health Commission (Center for Health Equity and Social Justice)

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Come to a meeting!

Key Programs Offered: 

Ongoing advocacy & community organizing. Community Voices The Coalition has worked with community member to identify factors that can promote or negate the health of the community. Please take a look at their projects and videos. Annual Retreat REACH Coalition members participate in this annual retreat to review and strengthen Coalition objectives and activities. Pink and Black Team: American Cancer Society Making Strides During breast cancer awareness month in October, join the Pink and Black Team to raise money for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Walk. More>> HPV Pilot Project The Boston REACH Coalition in partnership with Mass CONECT is conducting a pilot project aiming to understand better the communication barriers for underserved women with respect to the HPV vaccine and cervical cancer awareness.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

REACH 2010


GOTCHA (Get Off the Corner Hanging Around)


GOTCHA, (Get Off the Corner Hanging Around) started in 2003 as an annual summer youth workforce development collaborative based in the Dudley Street, Uphams Corner and Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhoods of Roxbury and Dorchester with 150-250 teens working at 20-25 nonprofit organizations.

In 2008 GOTCHA launched its first year round program with youth working after school. Six of the organizations (Bird Street Community Center, Cape Verdean Community UNIDO, Bowdoin Street Health Center, Dorchester Bay EDC, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and The City School) play a planning role (Planning Partners) and the remaining, which varies from year to year, are worksites for teens.

The 20-25 organizations or worksites represent a variety of non-profit organizations that work on community organizing, planning, advocacy, education, legal, health, human services and community development. The Planning Partners located in Roxbury and/or Dorchester all work with youth and families and are linked by their shared commitment to community building, youth leadership development and youth services.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Bird Street Community Center
Boston After School & Beyond
Bowdoin Street Health Center
Children's Learning Center
Children's Services of Roxbury
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp
Dudley Neighbors, Inc.
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Greater Four Corners Action Coalition
MA Alliance for Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)
Rosa Parks Daycare
TAG (Talented And Gifted Latino Program)
The City School
Youth and Police In Partnership

Key Programs Offered: 

Dudley Youth Council
Resident Leadership Institute
SACC (School Age Child Care)
Summer Leadership Program
Youth Development Program


Geneva Avenue Elderly Apartments






Developed by Action for Boston Community Development, Geneva Avenue offers 45 one-bedroom apartment units for low-income elderly. Amenities include free heat, on-site laundry facilities, an exercise room and community room. Public transportation is nearby and resident's parking is also available. Each apartment is fully carpeted, contains full kitchens with all new appliances and each unit is cable ready.


Geneva Avenue Elderly Apartments
22 Beechwood Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Action for Boston Community Development, Maloney Properties

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