LISC National
Our Work

Community Leadership & Capacity Building

We believe that residents can and should be agents of positive change in their neighborhoods, and support community coalitions with training, funding, and professional guidance as they work to achieve their goals.

We also partner with community development corporations and other local organizations that engage residents in the work of neighborhood renewal, increasing their capacity by providing opportunities for professional development, supplementing their staff with AmeriCorps members, making targeted grants, and sharing best practices.


We place AmeriCorps members at community-based organizations throughout the state. These passionate, dedicated volunteers work with local residents, offering employment counseling, forclosure prevention services, and more.

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Male Engagement Network

MEN is a network of community organizations in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan leading programs and events for men of color on improving financial wellbeing, housing stability, and mental health.

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Creative Placemaking

Artistic and cultural activities strengthen a community, particularly when they reveal and celebrate its character and identity. At LISC, we support residents coming together to make social, physical, and economic changes in their neighborhoods through the arts and culture. This is known asĀ creative placemaking.

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Mel King Institute

Founded by LISC Boston and the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, the Mel King Institute offers trainings, workshops, and certifications that advance the skills, knowledge, and leadership ability of professional practitioners and volunteer leaders in the community development field.

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Fairmount Indigo Network

FIN aims to shape and influence the future of the community, secure resources, and ensure equity and opportunity for residents and businesses along the Fairmount/Indigo Line in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park.

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