Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief

Boston Society of Vulcans of Mass Inc

  • Roxbury, MA
  • BostonVulcans.org

Mission Statement

The Boston Society of Vulcans strives to be the most trusted and effective community-based, non-profit organization devoted to the recruitment of candidates of color into the fire service, and to the education of at-risk populations in prevention awareness.

Main Programs

  1. General Safety Programs
  2. Fire Safety & Disaster Preparedness
  3. The Urban Public Safety Coalition
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

City of Boston

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

MS. Karen Miller

Keywords

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public safety, fire education, fire, fire services, firefighters, bike program, partnership, fire training, youth, children, seniors

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EIN

04-2775451

 Number

4075847535

Physical Address

11A Torrey St

Dorchester, MA 02124

Also Known As

B.S.O.V.

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fire Prevention / Protection / Control (M24)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Fire Prevention / Protection / Control (M24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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As an organization we value, diversity, community, safety and prevention education.

Programs

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

Program 1

General Safety Programs

During our 30+ years of serving the urban community, the BSVM has been instrumental in addressing cultural and gender diversity in the Boston Fire Department, as well as in monitoring and promoting safety services to the disadvantaged and high-risk groups in the city. Groups that include children under 18, adults 65 & over, and minority residents. We provide CPR, First Aide training, Disaster Preparedness education, Bike Safety, Fire Safety education (that includes the installation of free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, A Car/Pedestrian safety program (that includes Car seat Installation Checkpoints and free seats to families in need)as well as other injury prevention programs.

In addition we provide ongong programs to promote public safety careers for minorities and disadvantage youth. We seek to help young people gain employment in public safety careers such as firefighting, police/correction officers, or Emergency Medical services (EMS), while continuing to promote a balanced and gender mix within Boston's safety service departments.

We believe that our multi-facted approach benefits everyone. With increased prevention knowledge, participating youth and their families are better prepared to respond with confidence to accidents and emergencies that may arise in the home and community. And the City of Boston is better able to respond to emergencies by employing a staff that truly understands the needs of public service, and the diverse communities they will serve.

Category

Public Safety, Disaster Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$45,000.00

Program 2

Fire Safety & Disaster Preparedness

Our goal is to prepare high-risk, low income, children and seniors to be better prepared to respond to fire and other natural disasters.  We do this through fire education our indoor hazard house, the installation of  free smoke detectors for residents, building home escape  plans and disaster preparedness kits.

Category

Public Safety, Disaster Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 3

The Urban Public Safety Coalition

In partnership with community civilians, Boston Safe Kids, local state and city police organizations, education is provided to the community that focuses on car-seat, bike, helmet, seat belt and traffic safety concerns. Parents are taught how to properly size and install a carseat  for their children aged 1-12yrs into their vehicles.  Recalled, damaged, old seats are replaced, education on seat-belt usage taught. 
 
Children are taught rules of the road, crossing the street, bike safety, helmet fitting for bike riding, skateboarding, rollerblades, with free helmets.

Category

Public Safety, Disaster Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$35,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

City of Boston

Funding Needs

The overriding vision for our safety-training is to promote health and well being for communities that have historically suffered great human and property losses from fire, crime and other dangers.We are building an indoor safety center to provide year round training in a safe environment, built in the design of a neighborhood street. The unique feature, is that you can take any safety, or other issue that you may encounter in your everyday life and teach it at the center, in a safe and interactive environment.We have a 10,000' garage.  The building is in need of a new rubber roof to stop the leaks, an updated lighting, heating and cooling system that can save energy, and  temperatures can reach 90 in the summer and 25 in the winter, a new cement floor to stop the dust from coming up, additional bathrooms, we have one, that often services 20 people at a time.  Contributions of  professional contractors time, plywood, sheds etc to help complete the building of the street scene.  Estimated costs of all of the work is around $300,000.

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BOSTON SOCIETY OF VULCANS OF MASS INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Boston Society of Vulcans of Mass Inc

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Principal Officer

MS. Karen Miller

BIO

Karen Miller is the organizations current Executive Director. She has been instrumental in developing partnerships and safety programs for the organization. Her biggest vision has been the dream of a Safety Center, a safe haven where all residents can go to increase their skills and knowledge on how to protect and prepare for disasters and hazards.

Karen is a 20 year firefighter, with a background in fire suppression, fire education and prevention & code enforcement, and she is also a licensed EMT. She holds a college degree from the University of Mass. Boston. And has continued to build her skills by participating in a  grant writing  and development programs.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rayshawn Johnson

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