Events and Announcements
Thanks for Helping Us "Break the Chain (Link Fence)"!
"Break the Chain (Link Fence)," our month-long crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a new fence, gate, front steps, and other improvements to the entryway of the Women’s Center, ended successfully! Thanks to 40 generous donors, we raised over $3,500! We’re planning to have the work done this winter and spring.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to making the Women's Center safer and more welcoming to our guests. Special thanks to: Russ Adams, Paul Bausch, Heidi Carp, Pru Chapman, Robyn Dutra, Ruth Erickson, Ruth Erickson, Jill Fisher, Deb Glancy, Donna Halper, Martha White Jackson, Jane Morgenstern, Christine Radice, Rochelle Ruthchild, Theresa Tobin, and Jeffrey Harland Weinberg.
Women's Center Earns Gold Seal for Accountability
The Cambridge Women's Center has earned the 2018 Gold Seal from GuideStar, certifying that we have an ongoing commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.
GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits.
The GuideStar Gold Seal is a symbol of transparency and accountability. The Women's Center earned this designation by adding information about our goals, strategies, capabilities and achievements to our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile. Community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about the Women's Center on our profile page.
New Support from Foley Hoag Foundation
The Foley Hoag Foundation recently awarded a grant of $3,000 to the Cambridge Women's Center to support our Drop-In Program, which provides a safe space, 55 hours a week, where vulnerable women can get material assistance, informational resources and emotional support. We are deeply grateful to the foundation for their first-time donation.
The Foley Hoag Foundation was established in 1981 by the law firm of Foley Hoag LLC. Its primary mission is to support programs addressing inequality in its various forms, including but not limited to racial, ethnic or gender disparities.
For more information about the foundation, please visit their website.
Cambridge Community Foundation Supports 62 Nonprofits
The Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) is distributing $535,000 in grants this spring to local nonprofit organizations, including the Cambridge Women's Center. The generous $5,000 grant from CCF will help to fund our Drop-In Program for Low-Income and Abused Women.
The only foundation focused exclusively on the needs of Cambridge residents, CCF supports a wide range of programs and services. This year, CCF is focused on addressing the urgent needs of residents, including immigrant families and workers.
"We are seeing growing community needs related to issues of economic security and immigrant issues that threaten the well-being of families, children, workers and the immigrant population in Cambridge," said Geeta Pradhan, president of the foundation. "We received a record number of requests from 100 organizations seeking funding this spring. The Foundation and its donors are committed to helping as many organizations as we can..."
The CCF has been providing financial support to nonprofits in Cambridge for more than 100 years. Nearly half of the nonprofits receiving funding in this spring cycle have been supported by CCF for decades.
"The Women's Center received our first CCF grant in 1976," said Development Coordinator Linda Pinkow. "The foundation has been an important partner with us in empowering and transforming the lives of vulnerable women. We deeply appreciate CCF's commitment to improving our community."
For more information about the Cambridge Community Foundation, please visit cambridgecf.org.
Urban NYCHE Donates Professional Marketing Services
March 7, 2018: The Cambridge Women's Center is thrilled to announce our new professional partnership with Urban NYCHE Marketing, Inc. (uNm).
Urban NYCHE will be donating 10 hours of marketing services to the center each month to help with our social media and other marketing opportunities.
"We're deeply grateful to Urban NYCHE Marketing for donating their professional services and helping us spread the word about our programs and services," said Linda Pinkow, Development and Outreach Coordinator for the Cambridge Women's Center. "We're looking forward to working together, so that we can provide more opportunities to women in our community."
Tiffany Favers, Director of Programs, Volunteers, and House Management at the Center, added: "We at The Cambridge Women's Center are always excited to form new partnerships in the community. Working with Urban NYCHE Marketing, Inc is an amazing opportunity for us to further our outreach and engage with more women in our community! And even better to have this partnership with a woman owned organization. We are excited to see this relationship grow!"
For more information about Urban NYCHE, please visit www.urbannyche.com.
Happy International Women's Day and Happy Birthday!
On March 8, 1971, a large demonstration marched through Downtown Boston and over the river to Cambridge to celebrate International Women's Day and call for women's rights. And then a smaller group, led by a determined group of activists, turned "Left on Pearl" and marched to 888 Memorial Drive, a little-used Harvard-owned building, and occupied it for over a week! They raised awareness of the need for women to have a space where we can find support, share information, and create projects to address injustice. From that action, the Cambridge Women's Center was soon born!
The photo above comes from Left on Pearl/888 Women's History Project, which tells the story of that march and occupation, and how it led to the creation of the Cambridge Women's Center, now the nation's oldest active community women's center!
Christmas at the Center
The Women's Center opened its doors on Christmas Day and served a festive holiday meal to our guests! A very special thank you to our food donors: Whole Foods Market, Wegmans (Medford), bfresh, 7ate9 Bakery, and Dave's Fresh Pasta. We're also grateful to Joelle and the Leacock family for helping organize and host the event! On behalf of our guests, thank you to our generous community partners!
East Boston Savings Bank honors