The Vilna Shul: Boston's Center for Jewish Culture 18 Phillips St, Boston, MA02114 The Vilna Shul synagogue was built by Lithuanian immigrants in 1919. The building now houses a museum focusing on Jewish…More culture in Boston. No longer an operational synagogue, the Vilna Shul still holds prayer services one Friday each month and during holidays. The Vilna Shul is supported by private donations and is managed by a team of volunteers and two employees.
The Boston Bar Association is a volunteer organization of approximately 9,500 legal professionals who collaborate to…More provide services to the government and the public. In the past, it has made public policy suggestions on subjects such as preventing wrongful convictions, the consequences of judiciary budget cuts, under-representation of minorities in jury pools and institutional discrimination against gays and lesbians. The Association also issues a quarterly periodical and offers a lawyer referral service to the public. It is located in the historic Chester Harding House, built in the Federal style in 1808.
Environmental League of Massachusetts 14 Beacon St, Boston, MA02108 The Environmental League of Massachusetts has been lobbying law makers to pass environmentally-friendly legislation…More since 1898 -- and it's been on Beacon Hill that entire time. The League has had a hand in creating the state's first forest and park systems. Currently its biggest initiative is the Global Warming Solutions Project. The League operates with a yearly budget of $650,000 and most of this money is raised through donations from individuals and foundations and fundraising events like Earth Night. The full-time staff of five is always in the market for volunteers to help out with general office work.
Hill House is located in a former Beacon Hill fire house that now serves as the headquarters for this nonprofit…More community center. Founded in 1966, Hill House specializes in children's programs and physical education. Hill House offers programs in art, chess, karate, baseball, dance, music, soccer, basketball and gymnastics. Hill House also has gym space at the Beacon Hill Civic Association building at 74 Joy Street.
The converted fire house garage doubles as a gymnasium for local elementary schools and is home to a host of community programs, events, parties and meetings. The Hill House motto is "Your backyard in the city."
Check the Website for a calendar of events and full list of programs. Hill House accepts volunteers and donations.
The Beacon Hill Civic Association works to preserve the historic character of the neighborhood and advance the…More quality of life for its residents. The association was founded in 1922 and is housed in a former Boston police station that was sold to the association for $1. Its offices include a community room, gymnasium, nursery school and elderly housing for senior members of the community.
More than 1,000 Beacon Hill households and more than 100 businesses are members of the association. Membership dues support many of the association's activities, which include negotiating zoning and licensing agreements, cleaning up the neighborhood, hosting social events and decorating the neighborhood for the holidays. The cost for membership is $50 per household and $100 per business.
Executive Director Suzanne Besser runs the association, supported by a board of 35 directors and by a large force of community volunteers.
The City Mission Society of Boston is the oldest non-profit organization in New England. This faith-based…More organization was established in 1816 to educate children, but since then, the mission has grown to include three branches of service: Youth Peace Empowerment, Faith and Community, and Homeless Prevention.
The Mission Society raises $800,000 per year to fund these programs. Most of the money is received through donations from foundations, church congregations, and corporate gifts.
A full-time staff of five people is headed up by Rev. June Cooper, the Mission's executive director for the past eight years.
City Mission is always looking for groups of volunteers of 10 or more people to help with various projects in the Boston area such as, painting the walls of a homeless shelter or working on a community garden. Although based in Beacon Hill for nearly 200 years, most of City Mission's work happens in neighborhoods like Roxbury and Dorchester.