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Downtown Organizations Advocating For Equity & Justice

If the measure of a community’s conscience is the number of organizations it fosters that are striving to create a better world, then Downtown Boston is an exceptionally caring and compassionate neighborhood. Just steps from Boston City Hall and the Massachusetts State House, the BID area is ideally situated to host nonprofit organizations advocating for positive change. Check out the various categories below to learn more.

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Rise For Animals 333 Washington Street A community of animal lovers & activists dedicated to ending animal abuse.

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Boston Center For Independent Living 60 Temple Place Empowering disabled people of all ages with practical skills & self-confidence.
FriendshipWorks 105 Chauncy Street Working to reduce social isolation by matching volunteers to older adults.
Road Scholar 11 Avenue De Lafayette Creating learning opportunities and travel adventures for boomers & beyond.

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Ceres 99 Chauncy Street Transforming the economy to build a sustainable future for the planet.
Clean Air Task Force 114 State Street Using tech innovation and thought leadership to prevent climate change.
Conservation Law Foundation 62 Summer Street Building a clean energy future, countering climate change, and more.
Environment Massachusetts 294 Washington Street Action for a greener, healthier Massachusetts.
Environmental Defense Fund 18 Tremont Street Pioneering to make the environment healthier & safer for all.
Environmental League Of Massachusetts 15 Court Square Protecting Massachusetts land, water, and public health.
Nature Conservancy 99 Bedford Street Working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.
Second Nature 18 Tremont Street Accelerating climate action through higher education.
Trust For Public Land 6 Beacon Street Creating parks to ensure healthy, livable communities for generations.

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Congregation Bnai Jacob 15 School Street Observing Jewish customs and traditions in a warm, open, joyous environment.
King's Chapel 58 Tremont Street United for the worship of God and the service of all.
Park Street Church 1 Park Street Beliefs & Governance statement found here:
Paulist Center 5 Park Street A Catholic community that welcomes all.
St. Anthony Shrine 100 Arch Street Welcoming all people through prayer and outreach.
St. Paul's Cathedral 138 Tremont Street A house of prayer for all people.
Tremont Temple Church 88 Tremont Street Visit here for Tremont Temple's Statement of Faith:

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Commonwealth Care Alliance 30 Winter Street Dedicated to improving care for MassHealth/Medicaid-eligible individuals.
Community Catalyst 1 Federal Street Advocating to transform the American health care system so it serves all.
The Genesis Foundation 60 Temple Place Helping families affected by rare diseases or genetic disorders.
Health Care For All 1 Federal Street Advocating for health justice in Massachusetts by promoting health equity.
Health Law Advocates 1 Federal Street Providing pro bono legal representation for those needing medical services.
Lawyers Concerned For Lawyers 31 Milk Street Helping lawyers and legal students respond to personal and professional issues.
Massachusetts Association Of Health Plans 40 Court Street Dedicated to improving health care for all in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Association For Mental Health 50 Federal Street Advancing mental health & wellbeing by addressing mental health challenges.
Massachusetts League Of Community Health Centers 40 Court Street Supporting community health centers & their members.
Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee 24 School Street Advancing the rights & opportunities for people with mental health challenges.
National Institute For Children's Health 308 Congress Street Achieving better health outcomes for children.

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Boston Preservation Alliance 141 Cambridge Street Guiding thoughtful change that stewards Boston's historic character.
Historic Boston Inc. 3 School Street Redeveloping at-risk historic buildings to help Boston’s neighborhoods thrive.

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Boston Housing Authority 52 Chauncy Street Providing stable, quality affordable housing & healthy living environments.
Citizens' Housing & Planning Association 1 Beacon Street Encouraging affordable housing; fostering diverse, sustainable communities.
Housing Partnership Network 1 Washington Mall Helping people gain access to affordable homes and thriving communities.
Massachusetts Association Of CDCs 15 Court Square Creating healthy communities where everyone lives in housing they can afford.
Metropolitan Area Planning Council 60 Temple Place Promoting smart growth & regional collaboration.
Massachusetts Housing Partnership 160 Federal Street Working to increase the supply of affordable housing in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance 15 Court Square Supporting equitable community development and reinvestment.
WalkBoston 45 School Street Making walking safer and easier in Massachusetts.
Women's Institute For Housing & Economic Development 101 Federal Street Developing high-quality affordable housing for underserved populations.

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International Institute Of New England 2 Boylston Street Creating opportunities for refugees & immigrants to succeed.
Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition 105 Chauncy Street Striving to build a Commonwealth where all can thrive.
Rian Immigrant Center 1 State Street Supporting immigrant and refugee families.

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Boston Rescue Mission 39 Kingston Street Empowering individuals experiencing homelessness to achieve self-sufficiency.
Bridge Over Troubled Waters 47 West Street Providing effective & innovative services to runaway and high-risk youth.
Childcare Choices Of Boston 105 Chauncy Street Making childcare work for everyone regardless of background.
Children's Trust 55 Court Street Working to prevent child abuse in Massachusetts.
Good Samaritans 41 West Street Working to prevent suicide & helping those who have lost someone to suicide.
HomeStart 105 Chauncy Street Ending homelessness in Greater Boston & developing strategies to prevent it.
Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance 7 Bulfinch Place Dedicated to ending homelessness in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Organization For Addiction Recovery 105 Chauncy Street Organizing recovering individuals; educating about the value of recovery.
New England Center & Home For Veterans 17 Court Street Housing & serving veterans who are at-risk for homelessness.
St. Francis House 39 Boylston Street Rebuilding lives by providing refuge and pathways to stability.

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Center For Restorative Justice (Suffolk University) 73 Tremont Street Supporting social movements to build just and equitable communities.
Citizens For Juvenile Justice 44 School Street Advocating to achieve equitable youth justice.
Corporate Accountability 10 Milk Street Compelling corporations to restore health, human rights, democracy.
JALSA Impact 18 Tremont Street Harnessing Jewish values to restore checks and balances to America.
Lawyers For Civil Rights 61 Batterymarch Street Using legal action to foster equal opportunity and fight discrimination.
Massachusetts Appleseed Center For Law & Justice 44 School Street Advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues.
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute 40 Court Street Advancing laws and policies that secure economic, racial, and social justice.
MASSPIRG 294 Washington Street Advocating for the public interest and a healthier, safer world.
MassVOTE 41 West Street Working to promote a culture of active political participation.
Mel King Institute For Community Building 15 Court Square Fostering vibrant communities by advancing the skills of volunteer leaders.
National Consumer Law Center 7 Winthrop Square Working for consumer justice and economic security.
New England Anti-Defamation League 40 Court Street Fighting all forms of bigotry & defending democratic ideals & civil rights.
New England Legal Foundation 333 Washington St., Ste. 850 Promoting public discourse on the proper role of free enterprise in our society and advancing free enterprise principles in the courtroom.
Social Justice/Elma Lewis Center (Emerson College) 120 Boylston Street Working to support individual and community self-determination.
United For A Fair Economy 184 High Street Supporting social movements working for a resilient & equitable economy.
Volunteer Lawyers Project 7 Winthrop Sq. Increasing access to justice by delivering high quality pro bono civil legal services to eligible clients in the Greater Boston area.

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Center For Women & Enterprise 44 School Street Helping women business owners & entrepreneurs launch & grow businesses.
Emerge Massachusetts 15 Court Square Increasing Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds.
Jane Doe Inc. 745 Atlantic Avenue Bringing people together committed to ending sexual assault & domestic violence.
NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts 15 Court Square Working to protect everyone’s right to a full range of reproductive options.

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Action For Boston Community Development 178 Tremont Street Responding to local needs for underserved/at-risk neighbors.
Building Impact 93 Summer Street Empowering companies to volunteer, donate, and connect.
JVS Boston 75 Federal Street Empowering individuals from diverse communities to build careers.
SEIU New England 615 26 West Street Representing regional service workers on initiatives impacting them.
Urban College Of Boston 2 Boylston Street Opening pathways to opportunity through supportive education.

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Big Sister Association Of Greater Boston 20 Park Plaza Igniting girls’ passion & power through positive mentoring relationships.
CTAC 30 Winter Street Developing innovation in improving student learning.
Generations Incorporated 25 Kingston Street Improving the literacy skills of young children.
JFY Networks 44 School Street Creating college and career readiness through blended learning.
Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership 75 Kneeland Street Working to expand empowering youth-adult relationships across the state.
National Center On Time & Learning 24 School Street Expanding learning time in schools to improve student achievement.
New England Board Of Higher Education 45 Temple Place Creating a hub for higher education resources.
Posse Foundation 45 Franklin Street Preparing students from diverse backgrounds for college.
Raising A Reader Massachusetts 3 School Street Closing the literacy gap by helping families develop home-reading routines.
YearUp Boston 45 Milk Street Ensuring young adults are empowered to reach their potential.