Understanding the need for change and the importance of keeping Boston a city of neighborhoods

Margaret has spent the past decade and a half in her East Boston apartment on Webster Street. Since moving to the neighborhood, she has been an active member of the community, and has been recognized as a leader, nominated as the president of her neighborhood association.

When neighbors come together to share their concerns, hopes, and visions, we see communities thrive. Through tireless organizing, she has promoted strong local involvement in development.

By collaborating with the city and local initiatives, she has been able transform the landscape of city by creating and protecting public green spaces. In her professional work, she comes from the nonprofit sector and works with children and families to provide recovery services for mental health, substance abuse and early intervention services for thousands of people each year.

In her free time, Margaret enjoys traveling, reading, and maintaining a public “little free library” in her front yard. Feel free to come by for a new book!

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Now more than ever, we need to come together as a community and we need our local representatives to share our concerns for the future. Too often, politics leave people feeling taken advantage of, especially when we see the concerns of a select few given priority over the masses. As a citizen-candidate, Margaret will be a strong voice for the community, and stand up to special interests. Margaret will promote local activism, sustainable growth, and work to reform our local institutions to promote equity, for our children, parents, workers, and seniors. Check out our ISSUES page to see how.

Margaret has been President of the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association for more than five years. The JPNA represents residents in the greater Jeffries Point area of East Boston by providing a forum for civic engagement. As president, we welcomed a wide array of groups and individuals to our meetings to interact directly with community members. These include: developers, city and state elected officials, public safety officials, Massport representatives, local businesses, community organizations and residents. Her aim was to identify and address community concerns, foster civic engagement, interact directly with our elected officials and community leaders, all while building working relationships within our one-of- a-kind, diverse neighborhood.

Established as the East Boston Board of Trade prior to 1960, the East Boston Chamber of Commerce has been representing the East Boston community proudly for over 50 years. Local business leaders recognized the need to come together to stimulate economic development in East Boston. They believed that by creating an association whose mission was to help local businesses thrive, the entire community would profit as a whole and that success would have a trickle down effect to community organizations and families, improving overall quality of life East Boston.

Today, the Chamber’s Board of Directors, a volunteer assembly of fifteen respected local business leaders/activists, continues onward with the same goals in mind. The East Boston Chamber currently represents nearly 200 local businesses, the majority of which are located in East Boston.

Eastie Farm is dedicated to improving food access and community resilience through the development of interactive urban agricultural spaces, where residents of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to learn and take part in the production of healthy, locally-grown, and culturally relevant foods.

The seeds for Eastie Farm were planted in the spring of 2015, when several East Boston neighbors, noticing the empty and overgrown plot at 294 Sumner Street, proposed the idea of starting a community farm. The idea took off quickly, with a growing group of neighbors coming together to plan, organize, and advocate for the farm, and local businesses jumping on board as well.

With the support of the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association, a permit from the City, and the help of dozens of volunteers, we broke ground in August of the same year, quickly transforming the abandoned lot into a clean, organized space that welcomes neighbors in with bilingual signage and artwork, flowers, and a dozen raised beds producing herbs, greens, and garlic that many members of the community have been able to enjoy. Over the winter, our organization continued to grow and evolve, gaining 501c3 status as a nonprofit. We look forward to having you join us!

Formerly knock as the Rockies Urban Wild, this natural area now consists of an orchard and expansive meadow that breaks up the dense residential character of the neighborhood. It is one of the largest undeveloped spaces in this part of East Boston and provides some of the only remaining upland wildlife habitat in the area. The grassland and adjacent shrubby thicket are particularly attractive to migrating songbirds and butterflies. The entire site, including the orchard, is currently undergoing a phased restoration.

By collaborating with the Department of Parks and Recreation, educational programming will be provided to students and community groups. Members of the community can look forward to its grand opening in the fall, where newly planted cherry trees and apple trees will be ripe for harvesting.

Heading Home’s mission is to end homelessness in Greater Boston by providing a supported pathway to self-sufficiency that begins with a home, together with critical services such as life skills, financial literacy, and job training. In addition, through collaborating with a large network of community partners, case managers facilitate complementary services such as access to child care, medical and mental health providers, outside counseling and other important resources.

For eleven consecutive years, 90+% of the residents in the permanent housing programs have remained successfully housed a year later!

North Suffolk helps achieve independence by providing a wide variety of treatment and rehabilitation services, by intervening as early as possible, by promoting prevention and education, and by participating in training and research.

Founded by private citizens of East Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop, and Revere, Massachusetts in 1959, North Suffolk Mental Health began with a mission of providing mental health services to individuals, and especially children, in these relatively under-served communities. It operated first as a Child Guidance Center in 1963, then grew into a Community Mental Health Center from the 1960’s through the 1970’s as Federal and State policies provided less institutional care and more support for community-based services. North Suffolk continued to grow in the number and types of services through the 1980s and 1990s to become one of the largest providers in the state.

Today, NSMH touches the lives of more than 10,000 people a year. Our staff of 900 assists families, children and individuals in 4 clinics, 38 residences and 74 programs.