This list was last updated on January 9, 2015


Community Coalitions

Numerous coalitions and interconnecting groups meet throughout Fall River to organize and carry out many tasks necessary to providing health and human services. Some of these groups are listed below with the most recent contact information available. Please notify the webmaster if you have more current information or additions or deletions to this list. Note: All meeting times listed are based on the most recent report. Please check with the contact person before attending any meeting as specific times and locations may have changed since this listing.


B.O.L.D. Coalition



Greater Fall River Child Protection Council



Greater Fall River Council of Churches



Greater Fall River Coalition for Health and Well Being

Green Futures

Homeless Service Providers Coalition


Mayor's Task Force to End Homelessness




Multi-Cultural Health Committee

Parks Advocacy Network

United Interfaith Action

United Neighbors

BOLD is a substance abuse prevention coalition comprised of community volunteers, agency representatives, educators, city government, school representatives and youth. We are all working together to create a healthy community for our young people to live in. We use evidence-based programs and practices to accomplish our objectives. We currently have five subcommittees and an Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is made up of the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Coalition as well as the chairpersons of each of these subcommittees: Advisory Board ,Mission/Vision , Data, Events Planning, Communications and TADA! (Teens Against Drug Abuse).
Advisory Board and other committees meet at various times as scheduled.

Contact BOLD Director Mike Aguiar at 508-324-3598


The Child Protection Council is an organization of many professionals and their sponsoring agencies who volunteer their time and skills to provide needed programs for the Fall River Area. The Council's activities provide opportunities for community services to come together and jointly assess community resources, discuss community needs, and plan programs. The commitment and concerns of the community professionals for the welfare of children and families are the foundation of the council. The Council has representatives from approximately 25 organizations.
Meets 1st Wednesday of the month at 10:30 at St. Vincent's Home.

Contact Chair Joey DaSilva at 774-526-3490


The Council of Churches brings a dozen or more local pastors together for scheduled meetings throughout the year. 
Contact Rev. Donald S. Mier at 508-672-5381

The Greater Fall River Coalition for Health and Well Being is an ad hoc group formed in response to the challenges posed by homeless families living in local motels while they await placement in permanent housing. The group is working on finding donations of clothing and personal care items as well as looking for transportation and options for recreation for the children who are living in very restrictive environments. Anyone with an interest in problem-solving for this at-risk population is welcome to attend our meetings. Contact Wendy Garf-Lipp at 508-324-7900 for the date and time of the next meeting.

Contact Wendy Garf-Lipp at 508-324-7900
Green Futures is a non-profit educational and advocacy organization of people who share a concern for the protection of our shared environment. All communities are entitled to clean air, clean water and sufficient open space for the continued presence of their indigenous wildlife and habitats. Green Futures knows environmental stewardship leads to sustainable communities, stable economies and a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature. We follow the axiom, “think global, act local”.
Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. at the Union United Methodist Church, corner of Highland Ave.& Pearce St., Fall River, usually the third Thursday of each month. Check the calendar for details.



Representatives of organizations who provide services to the Fall River homeless population meet monthly to discuss issues and concerns.
Meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 9:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 228 N. Main Street, Fall River.

Contact Mary Camara, Planning and Housing Coordinator at 508-679-0131.


Fall River has joined a growing list of cities around the country that are participating in a national movement to end homelessness. The Mayor’s task force includes representatives of homeless service providers, the health care community, religious organizations, neighborhood organizations, consumers and law enforcement. This group is charged with developing a ten-year plan to end homelessness in the City of Fall River. The project is based on concepts developed by the Federal Interagency Council on Homelessness and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Meets most months at 9:00 a.m. at the Citizens-Union Bank.

Contact Fall River Health and Human Resources Director Dr. Henry Vaillancourt at 508-324-2404 or C-U Bank President Nicholas Christ at 508-678-7641.


The group is comprised of community leaders, members of the Cambodian, Hispanic and Portuguese communities, hospital staff, and trustees.  Access to health care, communication barriers and a need for a better understanding of the different cultures of our Greater Fall River community have been addressed. The committee has been credited with a number of significant accomplishments providing health topics related to cultural groups, courses in English as a second language and practical Portuguese; hiring of bilingual personnel and offering annually, six $500 multicultural scholarships to employees, employee relatives, and community members on the basis of set criteria including residency in the Greater Fall River area, pursuing a degree in nursing and/or health care related profession, and being bicultural and/or bilingual.

Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in the Nannery Conference Room, Saint Anne's Hospital, Forest Street entrance.

Contact Saint Anne's Social Work Services, 508-674-5600, X2280


This group holds monthly meetings at Government Center, to develop  a network of groups and individuals committed to the protection, preservation and planning for the future of Fall Riverís parks and open spaces. The group is in the process of bringing the collective voices of the Board of Parks and Cemeteries, the Friends of Heritage State Park, the Friends of Oak Grove Cemetery, the Street Tree Planting Program, the Fall River Garden Club, the Watuppa Water Board, the Trustees of Reservations, Green Futures, Partners for a Healthier Community, and each of the ten neighborhood associations together to form a single interest group to support all of the pubic parks and open spaces in the City. 

Contact Sandy Dennis at 508-673-2939 for meeting dates and times.

United Interfaith Action was founded in 1995 by clergy from Fall River and New Bedford to address the serious problems facing our families and neighborhoods. UIA works with members to develop their leadership skills to enable them to be active in public affairs. We are inspired by the democratic values of American history and the faith values of our different religious traditions. We are dedicated to promoting justice and improving the quality of life for all residents of Southeastern Massachusetts. UIA has involved parents in after school issues, youth in education issues, and workers in job training issues.

Meets at 7:00 p.m. at various churches as scheduled

Contact organizer Rayleen Barboza at 508-415-8838


The United Neighbors Community Partnership (UNCP) is a collaboration of over 40 community and state agency representatives, religious leaders, local government staff and concerned citizens. We are committed to promoting a strong, healthy and safe community which will assist families in the promotion of domestic peace and tranquility, optimum growth and development of our children and secure and stable family environments.  As a Coalition we will strive to coordinate and build on existing resources in an effort to develop strong, sustainable family support systems.
Meetings are usually held on the first Monday of every other month at 9:45 a.m. in the chapel of St. Vincent's Home, 2425 Highland Ave, Fall River. Contact Executive Director Wendy Garf-Lipp for current information.

United Families is located at 209 Bedford Street, Suite 401, Fall River (508)324-7900