Community Outreach


Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

Oderra Jones - Bio

Phone: 617-287-7831
Fax: 617-287-7840
Office: Clark Athletic Center Main Office


Friends of Boston's Homeless

Friends of Boston Homeless, 501(c)(3) non-profit, supports innovative, solutions-oriented programs with a proven track records that help homeless individuals transition from the streets and shelters to lead stable independent lives. They focus on removing the final barriers of transition that often city and state programs don’t have the means to cover. The final transition steps out of homelessness are often the most crucial, and we make them happen.Friends supports the emergency shelters (Woods Mullen and Long Island) and programs run by Homeless Services of the Boston Public Health Commission including Housing First, job training, adult education, employment services, life-skills development, and transitional and permanent affordable housing. These programs now help over 400 homeless men and women each year move beyond shelter to lead independent lives in our community.UMASS Boston Athletics and it’s students are excited to beginning working with Friends of Boston’s Homeless this fall.

Mission Statement: The mission of UMass Boston Athletics & Recreation is to encourage all UMass student athletes to discover and nurture the “total person” who enriches the world and brings honor to the university, now and throughout life. We encourage every student-athlete to be a champion in an environment where academic integrity, social responsibility, respect, and competitive excellence are highly valued.

Jan. 24th – Adult CPR/AED 

Feb. 5th– Beacons Academy (Volleyball)

Feb. 8th – Special Olympics Day (Clark Gymnasium)

Feb. 21st – Adult CPR/AED

 Recent Events

Women’s Hockey, Softball - “The Value of Teamwork” - August 27th – For the second community service event of the 2014-2015 school year the UMass Boston Women’s Ice Hockey & Softball teams took part in what’s becoming an annual tradition with these teams.  The job of the day was assisting teachers at the Mather Elementary school.  Both teams assisted with cleaning rooms, painting hallway doors, organizing classrooms and various other activities, all in preparation for the 2014-2015 school year.  Our student athletes loved the time spent at the Mather School and would like to thank the teachers and staff who welcomed our teams for the day.

Men’s Ice Hockey - “The Value of Teamwork” - August 23rd – To get things started to the 2014-2015 community service season, the UMass Boston Men’s Hockey team worked with a familiar group.  S.C.O.R.E Boston held their annual street hockey clinic at the DCR’s Melnea Cass Recreational Complex. Beacons players taught skills, played games and worked on the fundamentals of hockey through street hockey.  We’d like to thank the S.C.O.R.E Boston group for having us out.

Men’s Basketball - “The Value of Teamwork” – April 25th – Friday April 25th brought the first co-sponsored event between UMASS Boston Athletics, 3pt Foundation, Crossfit Kids Boston, Expressions and the UMASS Boston College of Public and Community Service for the “Youth Opinion Matters” symposium. Children spent the day at UMASS Boston taking part in a basketball clinic/fitness component run by the 3Pt Foundation and Crossfit Boston Kids.  Once this ended students toured the UMASS Boston campus and facilities.  The finale for the day was the essay portion.  The youth of this program had a chance to hear essays written by their fellow students related to violence.  As UMASS Boston moves forward with community events we hope this program can become bigger and better each and every year.

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Community Outreach Partner Spotlight

The Dorchester YMCA has been a staple in the community for more than 90 years. Serving Dorchester and the surrounding areas, the Dorchester YMCA underwent a renovation in 2008.

Today the Y features new Nautilus Circuit equipment, an indoor pool, free weights, cardio equipment, group exercise classes, personal training, teen programs, and much more. Every square inch of the building is an important part of insuring youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.