At the ELC, we work to move in authentic relationship with people to collaborate on projects that center community. We focus on projects dedicated to harm reduction and creating paths for material relief. We collaborate with people who are most impacted by marginalization and oppression and thus have deep expertise and knowledge about how power works and ways creating paths to liberation are possible.
Below are links to organizations’ websites where you can learn more about how to engage with and support their work.
Questions about any of the organizations you read about below? Do you know about a community-based or cultural organization you think could be a meaningful collaborator with the ELC? Great! Please contact us.
For Boston-area organizations, we include public transportation options. Please let us know if you find this information here needs to be updated.
300 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury
The NCAAA is committed to preserving and fostering the cultural arts heritage of Black peoples worldwide. Since 1968, the NCAAA has forged an unbroken record of public service through its arts teaching and the presentation of professional works in all fine arts disciplines. Access by Public Transit: #22 or #42 bus from Ruggles (orange line) or Dudley Square (silver line)
The MA TPS Committee is a group of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients. Founded in 2017, the committee is now made up of TPS recipients from several countries, including El Salvador, Nepal, Haiti and Sudan. Our purpose is to prepare a path to permanent residency for all 450,000+ TPS recipients.
384 Warren Street, 3rd floor, Roxbury
TE employs youth ages 14 to 21 as leaders of social change initiatives who lend their voices and lived experience to the debate about policies that affect their lives and hone their talents and skills to create change in their communities. Follow us on Facebook and YouTube. Access by Public Transit: #23 bus from Ruggles (orange line) or #14, #23, or #28 bus from Dudley Square
89 South Street, Suite 101, Boston
ACI partners with emerging arts leaders of color and arts influencers to collectively build equity, access, and inclusion through transformational leadership development. ACI is committed to building a supportive community and equipping arts leaders with transformational skill sets for success. Access by Public Transit: South Station (red line), the SL3 bus (from Chelsea) or SL4 bus (from Washington St)
BIJAN is a network of working to reduce the escalating harm of our immigration system. We provide accompaniment, legal referrals, letters of support, transportation, housing, and assistance with bond. Through these efforts we hope to build relationships, consciousness and solidarity that deepens our ability to organize across the wider movement to #FreeThemAll while being guided by our core values.
375 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
A coalition of community, faith, and labor groups organizing working people and allies to fight for the rights of all workers. JWJ defends working people’s standard of living, fights for job security, protects our right to organize and supports contract campaigns. Access by Public Transit: Jackson Square (orange line), or #39 bus from Back Bay or Forest Hills (orange line), or #39 bus from Prudential (green line)
549 Columbus Avenue, South End
MassLEAP is dedicated to building and supporting spaces for youth to experience the transformative power of their own voices in community with one another. We facilitate arts learning spaces and provide a platform for young people, artist-educators, and organizers to foster positive youth development through spoken word poetry forums. Access by Public Transit: Massachusetts Ave (orange line), #43 bus from Ruggles (orange line) or Boylston (green line), Symphony (green line), or SL5 bus from Boylston (green line) or Dudley Square
We make space & time rooted in reimagining the purpose, pillars, and processes of our creativity—establishing new direction for its expansion. One of the ways we cultivate and engage with community to do birthwork is through Call to Create (C2C), a 10-month immersion project to develop and document the creative process of a small cohort and capture the alignment of spirit of sociopolitical & personal power at play when we create.
EmersonWRITES is an urban creative writing lab offering free college-style workshops to students grades 8-12 enrolled in a Greater Boston public or charter school. Our teachers are graduate students in Emerson's MFA/MA program in Writing and Publishing. It is guided by the principle that writing is essential to intellectual engagement, self-representation, access to opportunity, and individual voice and empowerment.
Playhouse Stage, Franklin Park
Founded in 1966 by Elma Lewis, the Playhouse is an open-air performance venue where musical legends like Duke Ellington, Olatunji and his drum of Africa, the Billy Taylor Trio, and Odetta graced the stage. Today, the free concert series runs Tuesday nights in the summer with local R&B, reggae, and gospel artists. Access by Public Transit: Green St (orange line), #16 bus from Andrew (red line) or Ruggles (orange line)
Haley House is a nonprofit organization based in the South End and Roxbury. Haley House uses food with purpose and the power of community to break down barriers between people, empower individuals, and strengthen neighborhoods. Haley House is dedicated to helping those made vulnerable by the harshest effects of inequality move toward wholeness and economic independence. Haley House has two locations:
12 Dade Street, Roxbury
Since 2005, Haley House Bakery Café has offered made-from-scratch, delicious food, a vibrant, welcoming community space, and meaningful employment. Haley House Bakery Café’s mission is to support the physical, economic and social well-being of the community, one meal at a time. Access by Public Transit: Dudley Station (silver line and bus depot)
23 Dartmouth Street, South End
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Haley House. With the diversity and breadth of our program offerings there is something for everyone and we welcome new friends to share in the warmth of our community. Access by Public Transit: Back Bay (orange line), #43 bus from Boylston (green line) or Ruggles (orange line), SL5 bus from Boylston (green line) or Dudley Station, #9 bus from Broadway (red line) or Copley (green line)