Our History

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 earliest champions and Past Board Members, which are showcased below alphabetically.

Individuals Who Helped Make CWS Possible:

Mr. Benjamin S. Calef

Mrs. Benjamin S. Calef (Annie M.)

Mr. Richard S. Fay

Mrs. James T. Fields (Annie)

Mr. George A. Goddard

Mrs. James Lodge (Mary G.)

Mr. Edward J. Lowell

Mr. S. B. Schlesinger

Our Board of Directors

Paul Davis
Board Chair

Principal, Marble Harbor Investment

Jamie Ross

Registered Representative, Securian Advisors of New England.

Steve DeSalvo
Board Treasurer


Michael Brown
President and CEO

Boston Financial Management

Joe Capalbo
Regional Director of Operation

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurant

Amy Donovan
Real Estate Agent


Johnsen, Esq.

Oliver Spalding

Executive Vice President
Welch & Forbes

Michael D.

Global Executive

George Spilios

Crown Uniform & Linen

Ken Chaisson

Senior Director, IT
GDSO for Global Partners LP

CWS have been saddened by the loss of Robert Fawls, Vice Chair and longtime CWS board member, who passed away suddenly on November 18, 2017.

Community Work Services

174 Portland St 2#,Boston,MA 02114
(617) 720-2233