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Monthly Archives: December 2019

December 2019

The United Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants supports immigrant rights

2020-01-15T16:50:24+00:00December 20th, 2019|Press Release|

Immigrants with legal representation have a vastly higher chance of achieving a favorable outcome in court — but only 37% secure legal representation in removal cases. Between 2018 and 2019, the Cambridge Community Foundation granted $255,000 to four local legal services organizations to bolster their low- or no-cost support of immigrants in our communities. In March of 2019, in partnership with the mayors of Cambridge and Somerville, we renamed the fund from the Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants, marking the extension of our efforts to include Somerville. We couldn't do this important work without the generous support of hundreds of residents who have dedicated time and money since the creation of the fund in March 2018.

Hunger exists in Cambridge. These nonprofits are working to squash it.

2019-12-11T22:46:38+00:00December 11th, 2019|Nonprofit Spotlight, Press Release, Social Equity|

In a city as prosperous as Cambridge, an astounding one out of seven residents lives in poverty and 12% of households are enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a federal food assistance program. The winter holiday season can be particularly difficult for families and individuals challenged by income insecurity or homelessness. We’re spotlighting Community Servings, Food for Free, and Project Manna, nonprofit organizations that work daily to combat hunger in our community, and the impact they make in Cambridge. Together these three impressive organizations received $25,000 from our Community Fund grants this fall. A medically tailored meal by Community Servings. Community Servings Community Servings actively engages the community to provide medically tailored, nutritious, scratch-made meals to chronically and critically ill individuals and their families. Registered dietitian nutritionists work with clients who have specific nutritional needs associated with HIV/AIDS, cancer, kidney disease, diabetes, and other life-threatening illnesses to develop individualized nutrition care plans. Powered by CCF: The Nutrition Program for Cambridge Residents Affected by Critical Illnesses provides 33,500 home-delivered, medically tailored meals to more than 100 Cambridge residents affected by a critical illness. Approximately 50% of Cambridge residents served are over the age [...]

Remembering a beloved community leader, Betty Bardige (1950-2019)

2019-12-11T22:43:10+00:00December 11th, 2019|Press Release|

With heavy hearts, we share the news that Betty Bardige, our former board chair at the Cambridge Community Foundation, passed away on November 24. We remember Betty as a wonderful leader, community member, and friend. She dedicated her life to making the world, and especially Cambridge, better for all children. About Betty: A life of impact Betty Bardige served as a Cambridge Community Foundation board director for 18 years, with six of those years as board president. She also chaired many committees for the Foundation and served on the City’s Kids’ Council. A mother of three, Betty did not leave her parenting skills at home. Much of Betty’s work contributed to the creation of the Agenda for Children and the Foundation’s role in building public-private partnerships aimed at sharing best practices and enhancing educational opportunities. Her expertise was invaluable in building initiatives for after-school programs, school readiness, and infant and toddler care. She was instrumental in starting the Center for Families in North Cambridge and was an active Tobin School parent. Betty also chaired the A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, a national foundation focused on early childhood. She spent most of her professional life as [...]

A day of volunteering to build a more just Cambridge: Q&A with Lori Lander, founder, Many Helping Hands 365’s MLK Day of Service

2019-12-27T20:19:39+00:00December 10th, 2019|Nonprofit Spotlight, Philanthropy, Press Release|

Photos courtesy of Many Helping Hands 365. In 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” For the past ten years, Cambridge has demonstrated a collective response to this question on Martin Luther King Day, through our nonprofit partner Many Helping Hands 365's Cambridge MLK Day of Service, one of the largest community service events in New England. Each year, the Day of Service draws thousands of volunteers together for an afternoon of service projects in Central Square. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds work side by side on projects aimed to help people in need in our community. Neighbors deliver donated food to local food pantries, make valentines for isolated seniors, sort winter clothing for shelters, design and sew fleece blankets and scarves for homeless children, teens, and adults, and more. The event is a demonstration of the values of Cambridge in action. As the Cambridge MLK Day of Service nears its 10th anniversary on Monday, January 20, we spoke to Lori Lander, one of its founders to learn more. CCF: What inspired you to start a day of service [...]

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