Union United Methodist Church is at 485 Columbus Avenue, Boston, at the intersection of West Newton Street. It’s about halfway between Dartmouth Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Click here for a map and custom-generated directions.
The entrance to the dining hall is through the door leading downstairs in the middle of the Columbus Avenue side of the church. If no one answers the bell after a few rings, try calling the KE on his or her cell phone.
By train: The closest T stop is the Prudential Station on the Green (E) Line. From the exit on Huntington Avenue, head south along West Newton Street three blocks until you reach Columbus Ave.
If you are riding the other branches of the Green Line (B, C, or D), and do not wish to transfer to the (E) branch at Arlington Station, then the closest handicap-accessible station is Copley Station. From where you exit Copley Station, walk around to the other side of the Boston Public Library, and then continue 5-6 blocks southwest along Huntington Ave until you reach the Prudential Station at West Newton Street. Then turn left on West Newton Street and head south three blocks until you reach Columbus Ave.
For the called Massachusetts Avenue. From there, walk one block south to Columbus, turn left and four blocks up Columbus until you reach the corner of West Newton Street where the church is.
The #1 bus stops at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Columbus Avenue. From there, walk 4 blocks northeast to the church at 485 Columbus Ave.
The #39 bus stops in front of Prudential Station, follow the same directions as listed above.
The #43 bus stops at the corner of Tremont Street and West Newton Street. Walk one block northwest along West Newton Street to reach the church.
By commuter rail:
From Back Bay Station exit onto Dartmouth Street and head left (south) until Columbus Ave, turn right and walk 5-6 blocks until you reach the corner with West Newton Street.
Boston’s bicycle sharing system is a convenient way to reach the church if you are able to use it. There are several stations within a few blocks of the church: at West Newton Street & Tremont Street, at Mass Ave & Columbus Ave, across from Back Bay Station, and along the Prudential Center at Belvidere Street.
Parking is a challenge, so it’s a good idea to carpool or to go by T if at all possible. The on-street parking is very scarce. Parking on the median of Columbus Avenue is not allowed except during church services 10 am to 2 pm Sundays. Most streets in the area are Resident Parking Only, with visitors only allowed for 2 hours at a time. Even if you find a parking space, you might not be able to leave there for the full 4 hours of volunteering without risking a ticket.
The Boston Common Parking Garage has convenient access to the Green (E) Line as well as the #43 bus. The Renaissance Park Garage at Northeastern University, if usable, is cheaper (possibly $8 for the day), is adjacent to Ruggles Station on the Orange Line (also the outer terminus of the #43 bus) and is less than a 20 minute walk straight down Columbus Ave from the church. The Haviland Street Garage appears to cost a maximum of $15, and is a 15 minute walk from the church down Belvidere and West Newton Streets.
Be aware: Red Sox home games may wildly alter the price and availability at these garages.
For a cheaper option, consider one of the several MBTA park-and-ride stations located around the region: Forest Hills in the south, Wellington in the north, Riverside in the west, or Wonderland from the east.