Mattahunt Community Center was closed in 2010 as a result of budget cuts in the City of Boston. At the request of Mayor Menino, Wheelock College stepped in and agreed to manage the center in order to keep it from closing. Wheelock's mission is to improve the lives of children and families. Serving the Mattapan community is doing just that! This neighborhood is in desperate need of providing community based services. The center serves 180 families a day, and is physically located adjacent to the Mattahunt Elementary School.
Mattapan is a community of approximately 36,000 people, comprised primarily of minority (>90%) and low-income (~70%) residents. The needs of this community are overwhelming. 83% of children in the adjacent school are between one and three years behind grade level according to MCAS scores. Keeping children in school, and engaged in positive activities will give them a chance!
What We Need & What You Get
The funding of the Mattahunt Community Center will allow us to provide comprehensive programming for all residents of this community, from infants to older adults. We have only one full time staff person and currently rely largely on local organizations to come in and provide programs.
Our dream is to meet the needs of this community by providing youth based sports development, theater and the arts, academic support, aquatics for all ages, workforce development, pathways to college readiness, health and wellness initiatives for all ages and to build pride and belonging within the Mattapan community.
Funds will be used to hire programming staff, re-vitalize the infrastructure of the center (sports fields, theater), purchase essential supplies and equipment, provide meals, provide transportation to residents, develop curriculum for educational programs, purchase books for a literacy program...
Wheelock College has stepped in to help transition the Mattahunt Community Center to an independent nonprofit organization. The people of Mattapan and the children of this community deserve no less than the other communities of Boston. Children need a safe and supportive place to spend time during out of school hours, assistance with their academics and mentors to help with their social and emotional development. Families need access to resources, education for the care and well-being of their family, literacy interventions, and workforce readiness pathways. The community needs support,and they need people to care. Will you help and show them you care?