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The Vilna Shul: Boston's Center for Jewish Culture
18 Phillips St, Boston, MA 02114
The Vilna Shul synagogue was built by Lithuanian immigrants in 1919. The building now houses a museum focusing on JewishMore 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. 
Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108

The Boston Bar Association is a volunteer organization of approximately 9,500 legal professionals who collaborate toMore 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, MA 02108
The Environmental League of Massachusetts has been lobbying law makers to pass environmentally-friendly legislationMore 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
127 Mt Vernon St, Boston, MA 02108

Hill House is located in a former Beacon Hill fire house that now serves as the headquarters for this nonprofitMore 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. 

Beacon Hill Civic Association
74 Joy St, Boston, MA 02114

The Beacon Hill Civic Association works to preserve the historic character of the neighborhood and advance theMore 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.