A newly formed non-profit in Dorchester is looking to boost green and historical activities in the neighborhood.
The Historic Savin Hill Advisors Inc. recently received non-profit status from the IRS and will soon begin the searching for grants.
The group was formed by Peter McNamara after he was named "Best Neighbor" in 2012. The Savin Hill resident and community activists, said the group is a vehicle for not only increasing participation of residents in the community, but also as a way to apply for grant money.
“Tons of money is being given away in grants, but it’s not coming to our community,” said McNamara, the acting president. “The state and city are strapped, and they need as much help as they can get.”
With a six-member board and more than 150 “advisors,” the group has been slowly coming together, gathering information about the community, and searching for money.
“There are grants to show movies; there are grants to clean up beaches,” McNamara said. “We can’t expect the government to do everything, we have to get involved.”
Although the group just received non-profit status last week, which allows it to receive donations and apply for grants, possible areas of interest are already being generated.
From a community garden in the neighborhood to historical tours that highlight the area’s importance to Native American tribes, McNamara said the group aims to get people involved in the community.
Much of the group's work is done via the social media site Nextdoor.com, but interested parties can email PKMcnamara@aol.com for more information.