Painting the Building
90 Windsor Street has a fresh coat of paint as a result of collaborations between A Village at Work, Lower Roxbury residents, UMass-Boston Upward Bound, and Simmons College. This summer, students in the UMass-Boston Upward Bound program started a charitable T-shirt company and designed T-shirts. The students sold the shirts and donated the profits to A Village at Work. The funds were used to buy paint and supplies to give 90 Windsor Street a brand new look. Thank you to Tara Hollins, Deyon Rutherford, Tierre Parker and UMass-Boston Upward Bound for their creativity and generosity.
The Scott/Ross Center at Simmons College sent over some students from their Americorps Student Leaders in Service Program. We are grateful to Simmons for the energetic group of volunteers who helped to clean and paint the building. Thank you to the volunteers for your hard work!
Partnership with ACE
United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury and A Village at Work continue to reach out to other organizations in the Boston area. We are truly excited to announce that Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) has agreed to provide technical and legal assistance in our quest to revitalize 90 Windsor Street. Alternatives for Community and Environment is located in Dudley Square and has been fighting for environmental justice for the past 15 years. We are proud to join with ACE, a member-led organization.
Architecture for Humanity Update – Presentation at BuildBoston
Our partners at Architecture for Humanity Boston held a workshop at the 2009 BuildBoston conference about their work on 90 Windsor Street. The workshop was well-attended and the project was well-received. Click here to see Architecture for Humanity Boston’s webpage for the 90 Windsor Street project.
Permanent exemption status
Collaboration with the folks at City Hall has yielded positive, permanent results! The Assessor’s Office granted the United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury permanent tax exemption status for the property at 90 Windsor Street. This is a huge victory and ensures that we can move forward with this community project. We are currently working with City Hall to resolve the back taxes from prior years and have succeeded in eliminating the back taxes from the past several years.
Advisory Board Invitations
A Village at Work and the United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury are currently developing a Planning and Development Advisory Board. We have invitations out to people who work in development, programming, and community organizing in various capacities. If you or anyone you know is interested in playing a role in the Advisory Board, please contact us!
The United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury and A Village at Work need more members! We are looking for more people to join us in the community efforts we are undertaking. Our philosophy is that collective effort and action is necessary for positive change. Our power lies in our ability to gather and organize. Please contact us if you are interested in being a part of the wonderful, rewarding work we do. Let’s talk about what our neighborhood needs. Share your story and your passions with us! Find out how you can bring more jobs and opportunities into Lower Roxbury. Have dinner with us on the first and third Sundays of the month. Call 857-318-1049 for more information.
Do you know any Community Warriors?
We are currently accepting nominations for our 2nd annual Community Warrior Awards. These awards honor folks who have made it their mission to improve the quality of life and increase access to opportunities for the people of the Lower Roxbury community. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your nominee’s name, contact information, and what makes the nominee a COMMUNITY WARRIOR!
Yours in peace, justice, and community,