United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury

About UNLR

Community Volunteers

Year Founded: 1971

Corporate Status: Nonprofit 501(C)3. Status re-instated June 25th, 2016, retroactively.

Mailing Address: 90 Windsor St., Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

Contact: email

Our Leaders:

  • Bill Singleton - President
  • Aziza Robinson-Goodnight - Vice President
  • Yvonne Lalyre - Treasurer
  • Ricardo Pierre Louis - Clerk

Our Board Members:

  • Thelma Barros
  • Nina LaNegra
  • Matthew Peace
  • Bobby Walker

Our Mission

United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury promotes economic, civic, and social engagement to improve the quality of life of the Lower Roxbury community. We embrace the efforts of individuals and organizations who seek to create a vibrant and diverse community.

Our History

The UNLR is a grassroots association formed in 1971 by an active group of neighbors, tenant organizations, and church communities. The group harnessed the activist energy of the time to organize neighbors around protecting and revitalizing the remainder of a neighborhood that had lost three miles of parks, schools, and historic homes during urban renewal.

Our Partners (Past and Ongoing)


Our Key Initiatives:

  • Community development: transforming vacant lots into vibrant public spaces (e.g. Frederick Douglass Peace Park and Bessie Barnes Memorial Park).

  • Engagement of over 75 volunteers per year to conduct neighborhood improvements in partnership with local residents and educational institutions.

  • Hosting of regular neighborhood cleanups and social events.

  • Running of summer programs for youth in partnership with other organizations.