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West End House Boys & Girls Club

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: West End House is the largest youth development agency in the Allston-Brighton community providing high-impact programs that ensure that our young people are succeeding academically, exploring and mastering the arts, developing career readiness skills and adopting healthy lifestyles. Our innovative and responsive programming annually serves over 1,700 youth between the age of 8 and 24, with more than half of membership comprised of youth ages 13 and older. Youth come from nearly every Boston neighborhood – approximately 60% of youth reside in Allston-Brighton, and 40% live in other Boston neighborhoods, including Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan. Our mission is to inspire and enable youth from all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

West End House is a true cornerstone of the Allston (and overall Boston) community. Every staff member is welcoming and full of love for what they do. West End is much more than a youth development agency. The energy and passion is unparalleled. Kids are the number one priority and are able to participate in many wonderful activities and learn so many things. I don't know where I would be if it wasn't for the services I received at the West End House.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My sister and I started volunteering with the West End House and were blown away by the facilities and the exceptional staff. The West End House is an incredible organization providing a safe space and numerous learning opportunities for its kids and their families, including a state of the art gym, work out room, theater and performance arts auditorium, as well as music, arts, and teen programming. They have even launched a food delivery program for their families to address food insecurity during the pandemic and have provided over 200 tons of food to over 1,400 individuals from over 300 families. The staff are passionate about the organization and treat everyone like a family member.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great facilities. Gives kids and young adults the opportunity to receive tutoring, stay active, and learn skills like cooking and music. Ability to deliver food to families. Staff is involved and helpful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for the West End house delivering food from their food pantry every other week. It is so impressive how they were able to quickly assess what families in their programs and in our community needed in the pandemic. And then they organized the food pantry. I don’t think they ever did one before. Now I think they plan to continue it because the need is not going to abate anytime soon. And for me they are so organized that it is an easy activity for me to help with. I just get my list grab my bags and go. Their staff organizes everything

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with the food program, delivering groceries to food-insecure families. I loved my interactions with the families, and the young staff that run the program. It was often the high point of my week.

Josh G.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with WEH and was amazed how much more they do for their students and staff than I was expecting. Though I wasn't able to interact directly with the students due to Covid, I helped deliver/package food, as well as tutor a student for several months. All the staff was extremely invested, energetic, and purposeful. They care for the students greatly, and it shows in the quality of interactions with volunteers, care of the building, attention to detail in planning, and programs offered. I'm excited to get more involved in WEH once Covid restrictions begin to lift!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The West End House, what an amazing place. Summer camp, after school, sleep over camp and teen events. Both my kids did it all and loved it. My daughter also did a fellowship there and got college application help and advice. She was a lifeguard there and I taught swimming there. She coached the softball team while in high school. It’s the place my kids learnt their adult skills. I love it there so much I returned to volunteer. A working single moms dream place. It’s a family place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No short blurb can properly describe the amazing work that happens day in, day out at the West End House. From early-stage reading programs to college prep support for high schoolers, youth athletic programs promoting physical fitness to providing food service support for health at home, the team works tirelessly to provide a nurturing and supportive atmosphere for members and their families both at the club and in the broader community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We started delivering meals through the West End House at the beginning of the pandemic. They quickly set up an incredibly sophisticated and well-run meal delivery program, ensuring that families in our community received support when they most needed it. Their staff is so friendly and dedicated to the families they serve. We've loved working with this organization and highly recommend it to anyone looking to get involved at the local level!

Andrew M.16

Board Member

Rating: 5

West End House is a mobilized, cultural center of our community -- truly one of the premier youth organizations in Boston. They have an incredible balance of stability/strength (being over 115 years old) and innovation (developing/adapting to the mission-driven need of the children and families we serve).

West End House understands how to listen to our community and deliver world-class programs that address those needs, always being conscious of the diverse perspectives and opinions that inform our decisions.