Founded in 1969, the Boston Society of Vulcans of Massachusetts (BSVM) (an organization of Black and Latino firefighters) is a community-based non-profit organization comprised of Boston firefighters and local civilians who work together to empower urban Boston residents to pursue public safety careers and to promote knowledge and safety skills through prevention education programs and resources.
The Boston Society of Vulcan's and other similar organizations, were founded to meet the recruitment needs of candidates of color into the fire service. In addition, once the organizations had grown in size, they would further exist to promote charitable activities, and assist in meeting the public safety needs of growing and diverse inner city populations. As a result, many of the Black Firefighter Organizations today provide to high risk, disadvantaged & youth communities, training and education on Fire Safety, CPR, First Aide, Bike Safety, Car Seat Safety, Injury Prevention, Disaster Preparedness, Violence Prevention, Mentor Programs, Employment Training, and more......
Consider these Facts:
The Vulcan Society is an independent, incorporated nonprofit organization and one of more than 100 affiliates of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters. As the only affiliate in Massachusetts, Vulcan Society supports and participates in a national campaign that seeks to empower constituents in five areas: Economic Empowerment, Education & Youth, Leadership, Civil Rights & Racial Justice, and Safety & Prevention. This national strategy provides a pool of resources and an economy of scale that benefits and guides all the affiliates, however, each responds to the unique challenges of the region served. Thus, the Boston Society of Vulcans current services, as described in our Programs Section, are designed to meet the specific needs of the Greater Boston community.
We believe your contribution makes a significant impact on addressing the growing challenges facing public safety concerns today.
Your contribution will benefit low- and moderate- income residents, youths and families living in Boston’s neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain and the South End. Although the Vulcans serve a range of ethnic constituents, 80% of constituents identify themselves as African American and/or Caribbean Americans, and the remaining 20% identify as Caucasians, Latinos and Asian Pacific Islanders. All of constituents live at or well below the federal income poverty level, and have minimal education, safety skills and prevention knowledge.