174 Portland St, Boston, Massachusetts 2114



Community Work Services was founded in 1877 as the Cooperative Society of Visitors Among the Poor of Boston to provide services to the poor of Boston and address the roots of poverty through employment, education, and housing improvements.  Our founder, Annie Fields, is said to have been a transitional figure in the development of a professional social-service network.  Mrs. Fields hoped to apply business principles and efficiency to benevolent activities and charity work.  For over 140 years, CWS has stayed true to the mission set by our Founders while also expanding the scope of our programs and widening the range of the populations and geography we serve.

The success of CWS would not be possible without the commitment and diligent support of our organization’s Founders and Past Board Members, which are showcased below alphabetically.

Economic Development

Economic development is the cornerstone of financial stability and self-sufficiency. As part of our unique and innovative approach, we operate commercially viable social enterprises—Warehouse and Packaging, Food Service and Catering Total Facilities Management, Mailroom Operations—that incorporate for-profit business concepts of supply and demand.
Baked Goods provided by CWS Catering

Baked Goods provided by CWS Catering

Food Service & Catering

We offer catering services for meetings and events with excellent competitively priced service for a variety of occasions. CWS has variety of catering menu options to fit our customer needs and we also offer delivery capability. View our catering menu here.

CWS operates a full-service cafeteria in Boston and provides meals for nearly 300 people daily. We offer outsource cafeteria management services for local businesses and nonprofits.

Mailroom Operation Services

We manage mailroom operations for several customers. Services include: mailroom operation including inspection of incoming mail, routing, delivery of classified mail packages, certified mail, pick-up, sorting, handling and security of mail items.

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