East Boston Community Council (EBECC)

EBCC

aka EBECC   |   East Boston, MA   |  www.ebecc.org

Mission

East Boston Community Council, Inc. is a neighborhood-based organization that promotes the advancement of Latino immigrants of all ages through education, services, advocacy, community organizing, and leadership development.

Ruling year info

1983

Principal Officer

Mr. Frank M. Ramirez

Main address

276 Meridian Street, 2nd Floor P.O. Box 450

East Boston, MA 02128 USA

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EIN

04-2774242

NTEE code info

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

On September, 2018 EBECC in partnership with the East Boston CDC acquired the Meridian Street Library from the City of Boston for a purchase price of $500,000. The legal title to the Library was conveyed to EBECC Library, Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation jointly controlled by EBECC and East Boston CDC. The decision to acquire and renovate the Old Library Branch building was intended to bolster EBECC’s capacity to serve significantly more clients with enhanced programming to include a more diverse client base. EBECC was operating in a Basement with obvious safety challenges. The new space will consolidate in a wide, diaphanous and healthy space in which clients and staff will be able work and thrive. The new space will allow EBECC to increase significantly the number and diversity of clients it serves and expand its programming. The renovation of the Meridian Street Library began shortly after the acquisition of the building. We are moving in November 2019.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Immigration and Legal Assistace Program

Immigration Program assists eligible immigrants in taking advantage of opportunities to work legally, reunify with family members left behind in their homeland, and progress towards legal permanent residency and eventually naturalization.

Population(s) Served
Families

ASPIRING is a year-round, out-of-school-time program that promotes educational achievement by Latino immigrant students at East Boston High School (EBHS). The program offers: (1) ESL instruction; (2) study skills courses; (3) homework help; (4) open access to a computer lab; (5) health promotion and social issue workshops; (6) enrichment and recreational activities; and, (7) counseling and advocacy services that address school, personal, and family issues. Program staff is based at EBHS four mornings a week during the school year and at EBECC's Youth Center at other times.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Latina ESL Program promotes effective functioning by pregnant and parenting Latino immigrant women in their roles as parents, homemakers, consumers, and neighbors through the acquisition of English language proficiency, the mastery of life skills, and the development of support networks. The program provides: (1) beginning and high beginning-level ESL instruction; (2) Spanish-language courses on women's health and parenting; and, (3) on-site babysitting for children one week to five years of age concurrent to the ESL classes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The East Boston Parent Organizing Program promotes participation by Latino immigrant parents in East Bostonin in organizing to improve the Boston Public Schools (BPS). Activities include: (1) provision of classes through which parents acquire the knowledge and skills that result in increased involvement in their children's education; (2) staffing of an education action committee comprised of parents whose children attend public schools in East Boston; (3) school-based support for parent organizing efforts at the Guild, Umana and O'Donnell Elementary Schools; and, (4) integration of Latino immigrant parents from East Boston into city-wide, school reform initiatives organized by the Boston Parent Organizing Network.

Population(s) Served
Parents

Nuestra Voz Cuenta/Our Voice Counts! targets individuals living in East Boston Precincts 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 of Ward 1, with a particular focus on: (a) low-income residents; (b) Latino Citizens and voter immigrants; and/or, (c) young people ages 18-25. EBECC and with Support of UnidosUS) Latino Empowerment and Advocacy Project (LEAP) and other Partners selected these precincts based upon the fact that EBECC have significant ties to residents through: (a) their current or previous participation in the organizing initiatives described earlier; (b) their use of EBECC immigration and/or citizenship services.

Our Voice Counts,” which registers, educates and mobilizes immigrant voters in the Boston area. Since 2010 the Latino Empowerment and Advocacy Project has helped us register 3,800 new voters that is 90% immigrants and allowed us to foster more Boston residents to become proactive in their communities by voting and by becoming involved in more campaigns locally and nationally, such as the current worker’s rights campaign in Boston.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Intersex people

Where we work

Accreditations

Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC) - Core Accreditation 2011

Goals & Strategy

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The total project cost is $3,998,012 of the purchasing and renovation of the former Boston Public Library branch building at 280-282 Meridian Street, East Boston. This cost has been partially covered by New Market and Historic Tax Credits. The New Market and Historic Tax Credits required a complex financial arrangement for the financing of the project. We started a capital campaign to help with the acquisition and renovation cost of the project. On the first phase of the capital campaign we raised $400,000 which, along with funding, permitted the initial acquisition to go forward. The result is that there remains $1,000,000 to be raise. The capital campaign will continue until 2022.

The East Boston Community Development Corporation (EBCDC) will provide an additional $150,000 matching grant to East Boston Ecumenical Community Council to help pay for the purchase and renovation of Building total costs. We are confident that this matching grant will encourage members of the community to donate to EBECC to help cover the full cost the project. The match share is intended to supplement, not supplant existing funding already applied to the project. When this amount is paid EBECC will assume control of EBECC Library Inc. EBCDC will remain involved in the management of the building.

East Boston Ecumenical Community Council (“EBECC”) has been working with and serving the needs of minorities and immigrants since 1978. For the last 15 years its focus has been on Latino Immigrants in the East Boston community. EBECC has been successfully helping Latino immigrants maneuver through a myriad of barriers to become productive US citizens. EBECC’s mission is to promote the advancement of immigrants of all ages through education, including citizenship and ESL classes, naturalization assistance and social services and leadership development. Today, among East Boston’s organizations, EBECC is unique in its sole focus on Latino immigrants, its support of citizenship attainment and leadership development.

In October 2016, EBECC retained K. Weill Consulting Group, LLC to conduct a feasibility study prior to launching its capital campaign. The results found that one of the most appealing aspects of EBECC’s acquisition of the former branch library is the opportunity to forge strong relationships with its three tenants, the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Urban College and Veronica Robles Cultural Center. They will be strategic and mutually reinforcing partners in service to the East Boston and surrounding communities. Together, they will create a “one-stop-shop” for residents to access wellness services, adult education, cultural programming, youth development programming, immigration assistance, and more.

The first phase of the capital campaign raised $400,000 which, along with funding, permitted the initial acquisition to go forward. In this continuation of the capital campaign, EBECC seeks to raise an additional $1,000,000.

In September 2018, with development plans and financing in place, the City of Boston conveyed the Meridian Street Library to EBECC Library Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation formed by EBECC and EBCDC to hold title to and develop the Library. The intent of EBECC and EBCDC was and is that EBECC Library Inc. should become an affiliate of EBECC. The Bylaws of EBECC Library Inc. require a five-member Board of Directors, three of whom are appointed by EBCDC and two of whom are appointed by EBECC. This Board arrangement was specified by the East Boston Savings Bank as a condition to its loan of $1,700,000 to fund the acquisition and development of the Library.

We feel very strong we have the infrastructure and know how to make this project a success fro the East Boston Community.

We brought the project to completion.-EBECC offers profound benefits to effect East Boston and surrounding communities in this new facility in its assistance to the immigrant community.

Many changes are impacting East Boston in the form of high-end waterfront and non-waterfront development resulting in rising rents that are pushing Latinx immigrants out in search of more affordable housing in nearby towns like Chelsea, Everett and Lynn. EBECC’s new offices will permit it to respond to the challenges of a changing East Boston.

Financials

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East Boston Community Council (EBECC)

Board of directors
as of 07/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. William Horne

Private Attorney, retired

Term: 2010 - 2012


Board co-chair

Dr. Francisco Navarro

International private Attorney

Term: 2011 - 2012

Michael Nicastro

EB Neighborhood Health Center

Thomas Kelleher

EB Neighborhood Health Center

Jean Starapoli

Retired Teacher

Jorge Capetillo-Ponce

University of Mass. Boston

Luis Bravo

Perfiles Publishing group

Doris Rubio

Retired Executive

Francisco Navarro

Lawyer

Anuschka Miranda

Bank VP

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/27/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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