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September 2018

Brownies for Immigrant Legal Defense

By | 2018-09-06T15:59:55+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Press Release, Uncategorized|

Brownies for Immigrant Legal Defense Meet Amanda Formica, a new CCF donor The people of Cambridge answer the call for donations when it comes to supporting people who are being oppressed or are in need, Mayor Marc McGovern recently said, adding: “That’s part of who we are as a caring community.” We agree. To date, more than 250 people have donated to the Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants. Amanda Formica, a graduate student at Tufts is one of our new donors. Amanda attended our CCF Forum, Lives in Limbo, on June 27th and after hearing more from local scholars and lawyers, she wanted to help.  She organized a bake sale in Harvard Square in August and with the help of Caroline Hedberg, fellow graduate student in international affairs at Fletcher, and Katharina Quecke, a local artist, she raised $350 for the fund. How did you get involved with CCF? I met CCF staff at the Central Square Flea this summer. I was interested in the Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants because of my background in immigration (I spent four years in El Paso, Texas, volunteering in a migrant shelter, and later in Mexico).  CCF staff invited me [...]

New murals will make Central Square an open gallery for everyone

By | 2018-09-05T14:36:01+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Press Release|

New murals will make Central Square an open gallery for everyone By Jeffrey Blackwell Cambridge Community Foundation Correspondent On a blistering-hot afternoon in Central Square an eager group of residents, business owners and curious passersby gathered in Lafayette Square Park for a neighborhood tour of seemingly nothing more than the weathered brick and cement walls of 10 area buildings. But even on this extremely humid August day, the crowd of about 100 people was charged with enthusiasm. What they were anxiously waiting to see was not just walls, but future canvases for the Central Square Mural Project. “Art is an important medium and we live in Boston where we have no shortage of institutions where people can experience fine art,” said Michael Monestime, executive director of the Central Square Business Association (CSBA) and the tour guide. “It’s important that art be accessible, and through this mural project we will be creating an open gallery right here in Central Square.” Michael Monestime leads a tour of 10 mural sights in the neighborhood. This fall, a group of 10 artists from Cambridge and Boston will transform the highly-visible building walls into abstract and interpretative murals in celebration of the [...]

August 2018

Grants Available to Legal Defense Organizations Serving Immigrant Residents and Workers in Cambridge

By | 2018-08-20T17:04:25+00:00 August 14th, 2018|Press Release|

Grants Available to Legal Defense Organizations Serving Immigrant Residents and Workers in Cambridge, MA August 14, 2018--Cambridge, MA The Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) has released a Request for Proposals to help Greater-Boston/Cambridge nonprofit organizations increase legal representation for low-income immigrants from Cambridge and surrounding under-served communities, currently facing or threatened with deportation proceedings.  CCF will be distributing at least $150,000 already pledged by donors as part of a grass-roots campaign launched last spring to carry out the mission of the Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants. “The immigration crisis is a humanitarian crisis that is playing out nationally and locally, affecting DACA recipients, asylum seekers, undocumented workers, and immigrant parents and their children who were separated at the border.  No matter what side of the immigration debate you are on or what political party you support, as Americans--a country of immigrants--there is one thing that we should stand behind and that is the right to due process for all people,” said Geeta Pradhan, President of the Cambridge Community Foundation. “We are eternally grateful to the hundreds of residents who contributed to the Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants.  This was truly a grass-roots effort with people donating what they could. [...]

July 2018

Nonprofit Spotlight: Cambridge Camping Association

By | 2018-09-05T14:31:09+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Press Release, Programs|

Nonprofit Spotlight Cambridge Camping Association Enters its 125th Year Providing Camp Experiences to Local Youth By Elie Levine Cambridge Community Foundation Intern Cambridge Community Foundation is pleased to partner with nonprofits that support an equitable, socially just and culturally rich city. Cambridge Camping Association (CCA) is one such organization. This year, CCA is celebrating its 125th year of giving under-resourced urban kids a camp experience. According to Executive Director Sharon Zimmerman, the organization has been sending kids to camp for longer than women’s suffrage and the Ford Model T have been in existence. “Camp is where children play, learn, build confidence and make friends for a lifetime,” Sharon says. “All children deserve the opportunity to experience the magic of camp.” Such continuity and dedication to Cambridge through the decades is impressive, and those who have stayed with Cambridge Camping over time stay committed to the organization’s growth. Taylor Cole started camp at 9 years old and grew up attending camp each year, rising up in the ranks from junior counselor to CIT. Now, at the age of 25, she serves as the assistant director of Cambridge Adventure Day Camp and just completed her master’s in social work from Boston [...]

Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants

By | 2018-08-14T20:42:16+00:00 July 27th, 2018|Civic Leadership, Civic Voice, Community Needs, Partnerships, Press Release, Shared Prosperity, Special Reports|

Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants Apply for Funding The Need The Fund The Dollars The People To Give What You Can Do How Cambridge and Massachusetts Can Help Local Nonprofits DONATE The Need Many immigrant families, children and workers in our community are caught up in a humanitarian crisis that could tear families apart, deport DREAMers from the only home they have ever known, and expose asylum seekers to the persecution and abuse they faced in their home countries. Help us help our most vulnerable neighbors with a tax-deductible contribution to the Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants. One in four immigrants in America are undocumented. Pew Research Center data states 210,000 undocumented residents in Massachusetts, of which over 180,000 are in Cambridge, Boston and surrounding communities.  In Massachusetts, there are approximately 19,000 students eligible for DACA status, over 12,000 are workers with Temporary Protective Status, thousands more are Asylum Seekers. While there is no city-specific data on the numbers of undocumented immigrants in our community, proxy data for Cambridge shows 27% of the population is foreign born; 40% of children have at least one foreign born parent; and approximately [...]

Nonprofit Spotlight: CommonWealth Kitchen

By | 2018-07-27T15:54:11+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Press Release|

Nonprofit Spotlight Inside CommonWealth Kitchen: Q&A with Executive Director Jen Faigel By Elie Levine Cambridge Community Foundation Intern As home to the most innovative square mile on the planet, we Cantabrigians know all about incubation, but in our city the term isn’t restricted to the tech industry.  Think food. Jen Faigel, co-founder and Executive Director of CommonWealth Kitchen, is making big strides in food-biz innovation through Greater Boston’s first shared kitchen and business incubator space. CommonWealth Kitchen has helped launch more than 200 food companies, the majority of which are owned by women, minorities, low income residents and immigrants.  This year, the Cambridge Community Foundation gave seed money to CommonWealth Kitchen to help create a new lunch-time retail business incubation space in Kendall Square. We caught up with Jen at the opening of The Dining Car on Athenaeum Street to learn more about incubating food startups in Cambridge and the impact on business owners and our community.  Here’s what we learned: What does CommonWealth Kitchen do and what’s the impact locally? We are not only Greater Boston’s food and business incubator and food manufacturing enterprise, we are also an economic development organization focused on asset building and wealth creation [...]

Falcon Pride Scholarships for Four CRLS Seniors

By | 2018-07-27T15:55:32+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Community Needs, Press Release|

Four graduating seniors were awarded the 2018 Falcon Pride Scholarships by Andus Baker and Kim Green Goldstein at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School’s Scholarship Evening on May 17th, 2018. This year’s cohort included Kelsey Jajoute, Vanessa Marques Pineda, Lisa Mekonnen, and Bryanna Rodriguez. They are every bit as inspiring and full of promise as the first group of scholarship recipients last year. Awarding the scholarships stands as a high point of the year for the Foundation, which is seeding the Falcon Pride Scholarship Fund; for our Falcon Pride Scholarship donors; and for the students an affirmation of their achievements as students. The students are brimming with excitement about their futures, and they are thrilled to have these two-year scholarships demonstrating the Cambridge community’s commitment to their success. For our donors, it is a way to address the opportunity disparity students feel as they move from high school to post-secondary education with scholarship support that makes education accessible and helps to put completion within grasp. To date, we have committed funding to eight CRLS seniors, four of whom are now in college. The Falcon Pride Scholarship Fund has secured over $300,000 since its founding in 2017, and we are very [...]

Lives in Limbo: Immigration as a Human Rights Issue

By | 2018-07-13T18:42:36+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Civic Leadership, Civic Voice, Partnerships, Press Release|

Lives in Limbo: Experts Discuss Immigration Policies and their Impact By Jeffrey Blackwell Cambridge Community Foundation Correspondent The face of an asylum-seeker is a 28-year-old Honduran woman, who was beaten and raped from age 16, pushed off a 25-foot cliff into a raging river, and left to die by her abuser. It is the face of a mother from El Salvador escaping the violence of the country with her five-year-old child in tow, following the murder of her 14-year-old son at the hands of a local gang. It is also the face of a Ugandan woman who fled her country after being raped and beaten by a domestic abuser, and then again by the police she ran to for safety. Mojdeh Rohani, the executive director of the Community Legal Service Center in Cambridge, said these are the typical stories of refugees they see every day seeking counseling for a lifetime filled with the trauma that did not end when they reached the United States border seeking safety, help, and asylum. “These are the voices and this is very real,” said Rohani, whose agency provides free legal, and affordable counseling services for low-income residents and immigrants. “It is not like [...]

June 2018

Supporting Our Immigrant Neighbors: Thoughts from Our President

By | 2018-07-27T15:55:32+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Civic Leadership, Community Needs, Press Release|

The Former First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush, concluded her June 17, 2018 New York Times op-ed with this fundamental question: “In 2018, can we not as a nation find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this current crisis? I, for one, believe we can.” This sentiment spread across the country as we saw images of traumatized, sobbing children, isolated from their parents after entering our country in search of safety and sanctuary. The Cambridge Community Foundation has always valued strong families. Strong families are the anchors for healthy children; they fuel productive workers, they support thriving businesses, and they generate compassionate communities. Research has shown that repeated adverse childhood experiences can lead to toxic stress, which has long-term consequences on physical and mental health, leading to behavioral problems, children dropping out of school, substance abuse, and more. Separating children and their parents is not just morally wrong — it will have a lasting impact on these children, their families, and on communities. Fundamentally, this issue is about shared humanity. It’s about the kind of people we want to be, the type of community we want to create, and how we want to be [...]

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