The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association is a non-profit membership organization comprised of residents and businesses in the neighborhood. It is dedicated to preserving the historic South End as well as ensuring that it remains a diverse, vibrant and safe community for residents and visitors alike. The Ellis also works on the behalf of its members on a number of important issues including groundwater, planning and development.
The Ellis is a strong supporter of the numerous neighborhood and community organizations, including, Boston Explorers, the Community Music Center of Boston, The Ellis Memorial, Project Place, Childe Hassam Park and South End Baseball. Our social events, such as a Holiday party, new member parties, Wine, Young Professionals and Book Groups and an annual fundraiser provide excellent opportunities to meet neighbors and make new friends.
The strength of our organization comes from our various committees. Come join us so that we can work together to keep our neighborhood Boston's best place to live, work, learn and play!
The Ellis Book Group meets in the fourth floor library at Atelier 505, at 505 Tremont Street, on the third Wednesday of the month.The meetings last about an hour. The leader is Betsy Boveroux at email@example.com. The books are selected from suggestions from book group participants in the late spring. All are welcome to attend, either regularly or intermittently. The current book list.
The purpose of the Community Outreach committee is to develop a website reference guide for Ellis members to become familiar with various volunteer agencies located in the South End. In addition, the Committee has partnered specifically with three agencies in order to offer various volunteer opportunities to individuals and groups. The agencies are St. Stephen’s Youth Programs, Casa Myrna Vazquez and The McKinley School. Opportunities for mentoring at-risk students are also being explored. The goal of the committee is to provide a variety of volunteer opportunities, to increase visibility of the Ellis and to showcase the agencies without any financial commitment. Contact Regina Pyle at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Development, Licensing, and Zoning
This committee works on zoning and building issues that may affect the neighborhood. Among other issues, the committee is involved in the BRA urban renewal initiative and looking at 2024 implications. This committee also reviews license applications which may affect the neighborhood that come before the City of Boston Licensing Board and the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing. All neighbors are welcome to attend, and Ellis members are invited to join the committee. Contact Anthony Gordon at email@example.com.
This committee plans social events for Ellis Members and residents so that they can get to know each other better. Current events are announced on the home page and past events under "events." Be sure to check "Committees" as well. firstname.lastname@example.org
These events include political and civic forums, new member parties, Wine Tastings, the Book Group, an Annual Progressive Dinner and often include a community yard sale, walking tour, Halloween block party, fundraiser extravaganza and Easter Egg Hunt. Ideas and participation are encouraged!
This committee is responsible for recruiting new members and maintaining the current membership of the Ellis. The Membership committee also hosts several events, including the New Member and Membership Appreciation parties. With the Events Committee, Membership helps develop events such as Patio Dinners and the annual Progressive Dinner. The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association is a supporter of young families and the neighborhood is a great place to raise a family. We are particularly interested in developing projects and initiatives for the young families in our community. For more information about joining The Ellis Neighborhood Association or this committee, visit our Membership page.
Our largest committee works with the neighborhood and City Hall to enhance the beauty and efficiency of the neighborhood, including trash issues, trees, Neighborhood Clean-up, public nuisance and awareness, thereby actively involved in improving the quality of life in the Ellis neighborhood. The focus includes street, tree and sidewalk maintenance, trash collection, litter and snow removal as well as public safety, parking and crime. Each spring and fall we promote and participate in the South End's "Cleanup" project sponsored by Boston.
In 2009 our committee purchased two Big Belly Solar trash compactors for installation throughout the Ellis neighborhood. That is a total of 13 purchased with generous donations from the Ellis, citizens and local businesses. For further information contact email@example.com
The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association Scholarship Committee is the Association’s newest committee. Its goal is to benefit recent high school graduates of the South End and Lower Roxbury who want to pursue careers in the trades or service industry through accredited Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. For information, click here.
Our motto is "Life is too short to drink bad wine!" The Ellis Wine Group meets once every quarter to enjoy each other's company while drinking and discussing fine wines. Wines vary with each tasting and a fee is charged to cover costs. Advanced registration is required and admission is open to all Ellis South End Neighborhood Association members. To be added to the mailing list, click here.
Young Professional Group
Ellis' newest committee, the YPG enables young professionals to connect, develop, and interact with others socially and professionally while also engaging in civic opportunities to give back to the community under the auspices of the Ellis South End Neighborhood Association.