1542 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02119
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Our missionUrban Edge is dedicated to strengthening communities and families. Together, we build affordable housing and vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods.

Urban Edge

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First-time Homebuyers

First-Time Homebuyer Education Training helps first-time homebuyers gain a thorough understanding of the home purchasing process. Volunteers teach a class on home ownership or provide one-on-one homeownership counseling.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Neighborhood/block events

Particularly in the warm-weather months, we schedule community-building events that might be anything from a cookout to a neighborhood walk. Volunteers are welcome to join us, pitch in, and get to know your community.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Event support
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Turkey Tuesday

On the Tuesday before every Thanksgiving, Urban Edge staff and volunteers gather to pass out between 300 and 600 turkeys and chickens and Thanksgiving fixings. Volunteers take donations (foodstuffs), sign in recipients, assist in distribution, set up and clean up, deliver food to seniors.
  • One-time
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Back to School

Children need supplies for school: notebooks, pencils, backpacks and book bags, even winter coats. Urban Edge takes donations to purchase these supplies, or collects the supplies from generous local businesses. Volunteers secure donations, direct and sign in recipients, gather and distribute supplies, set up and clean up.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Free Tax Preparation Center

The first quarter of every year, The VITA Center provides tax assistance and online filing of Federal and State returns for individuals and families. Volunteers who have completed IRS training at Urban Edge provide individualized, one-on-one assistance on a walk-in basis. We can always use new volunteers willing to undergo this training, and we eagerly encourage those who have done so to return for this event.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Welcome Summer

This resource fair connects students with summer camps, job opportunities, free lunches and other events that can help make summer a happy, productive time. Volunteers secure donations, direct and sign in recipients, set up, and clean up.
  • One-time
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekends

Annual Toy Drive

Every year, Urban Edge distributes over 750 toys to children in UE housing. Most of those toys are donated by those who attend our annual toy drive. Volunteers help by taking donations (toys), writing and attaching toy tags, signing in recipients, assisting in distribution, set up and clean up.
  • One-time
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Other Ways You Can Help

You tell us! We’re always looking for special skills, whether that means tax preparation, family financial management, organizational or computer skills, food preparation/presentation, yard work, carpentry, plumbing, etc. Let us know about your special strengths. If you’d like to help, we’ll find a way to fit you in.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Cleanup Days at the Property

Urban Edge residents are proud of their homes, and work to clean up and spruce up common areas. We welcome anyone who cares to join us in this positive effort. Volunteers assist with raking, painting, general cleanup, securing donations.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you helpVolunteers help families and individuals with housing and/or financial challenges build life skills, develop resilience, and find long-term, appropriate housing.
About usUrban Edge is a national leader in the community development field, known for innovation and excellence. With its heart in Egleston and Jackson Squares, a vibrant, inclusive and culturally and economically diverse area of Boston, Urban Edge works with others across the City of Boston and region to promote high quality, sustainable and affordable communities. Public, private and non-profit entities turn to Urban Edge for its advice and expertise, and as a partner in undertaking complex and transformative urban projects.
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