Fraternity takes charge of making Morton Street corridor cleaner

Members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity joined with state officials and firefighters at the dedication of a street sign at Morton Street and Gallivan Boulevard in July.

Members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity have committed to cleaning up Morton Street—Route 203— and surrounding streets over the next two years through the state’s “Adopt a Highway” program. The partnership was launched during a sign dedication at the corner of Gallivan Boulevard and Morton Street last month.

Richard P. Farmer, the fraternity’s state deputy director said the effort is an extension of existing community service efforts.

“We do the work to better our community, but it is always pleasing to receive some type of recognition for the work you put in,” said Farmer. “The Adopt A Highway program will be impactful because we will literally be cleaning up the neighborhood. We will be rolling up our sleeves and picking up trash from the sidewalks, grass, etc.”

Phi Beta Sigma is a nonprofit organization that was founded at Howard University in 1914. Many members live in the Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods.

“It is our duty to be prideful and humble ourselves to give back to the community that is dear to our hearts. We also want our Dorchester neighbors to be proud of the community they live in,” Farmer said.