Announcing our 2016 Tribute to Outstanding Women Honorees

Please take a moment to read our media release announcing YWCA Cambridge's 2016 Tribute to Outstanding Women honorees. We hope to see you on October 13 to celebrate their achivements and to raise money for our programs and services.

2016 Tribute Honorees
 Michele Scott - Case Manager, Cambridge Works
 Intisar Rabb, Esq. - Director, Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law
 Jody Adams - Chef/Partner of Trade, Porto and Saloniki
 Toni Phillips - Community Activist; Retired Education Associate, Interaction Institute for Social Change
 Susan Dupuis, EdD. - Director of Special Education, Marshfield Public Schools

2016 Ruth Barron Honoree
 Ruth Ryan Allen - Founder of Paddy’s Lunch, 5K Cambridge Classic Road Race to benefit Title IX Girls Running Club and Cambridge Girls Softball

2016 Outstanding Young Woman Honoree
 Sofia Bernstein - Cambridge Activist

Tickets and sponsorship can be purchased online:

You are invited to the BLM C Exhibit Opening on Tuesday August 9 2016,

The Black Lives Matter Cambridge photo exhibit opening is next Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 6pm to 7pm, at the YWCA Cambridge at 7 Temple St. Please attend to mingle and eat snacks. Breaking bread is just as important to the movement as taking to the streets. #CambMA #BlackLivesMatter

Also please drop by to see all of the amazingly powerful and raw photography displayed in our lobby before, or after Tuesday (or both!)

We are excited to announce our 7 incredible 2016 honorees!

Please don't forget to save the date, October 13, 2016 and purchase tickets or sponsorships!

Read more about our event

Artist of the Month: Veda Daly

Our July Artist of the Month is Veda Daly. Her new artwork is now on display in our lobby - please come check it out!

Support Tribute 2016!

We're so excited for Tribute to Outstanding Women 2016!

Please share our Sponsorship information with your networks as we raise money for our important programs and services. We're On A Mission and we need your help!

Buy tickets and sponsor our event online by clicking here!

Marshfield Summer Camp 2016

As we get ready for this year's summer day camp at our Marshfield Branch, we'd like to take this moment to thank our donors and supporters who make this work possible. Sign up and support us today!

Artist of the Month: SaraMarie Bottaro

Stop by our lobby during the month of June to see new works by artist SaraMarie Bottaro! She is hosting an opening reception on Wednesday, June 8.

YWCA Cambridge Official Annual Meeting Notice

We hope you will join us on June 28, 2016 for our Annual Meeting. Please see our official notice here.

Tribute 2016! Save the Date!

Save the Date for Tribute to Outstanding Women 2016!

Stand Against Racism 2016 - NEXT WEEK!

We're so excited for our Stand Against Racism event next Thursday, April 28, at the Cambridge Public Library. We hope to see you there.

Equal Pay Day

Today is Equal Pay Day. Join us on Twitter from 2:00-3:00 PM ET for a Twitter storm discussion about the importance of pay equity in the fight to empower women and eliminate racism.

Girls Only Leadership Development: Informational Session

We're excited to invite you to an informational session about our Girls Only Leadership Development (GOLD) program! We will be giving out information to educators, parents, and any other interested folks regarding our 2016-2017 program.

Please RSVP at this link. Thank you!

New Job Opportunities

We have a number of open positions for this summer at our Marshfield Branch. Please share with your colleagues or any interested parties.

Summer Day Camp - Senior Counselor

Summer Day Camp - Junior Counselor

Summer Day Camp - Head Swim Instructor

Summer Day Camp - Lifeguard

April Artist of the Month: Yuri Hayano

We're excited to announce our April artist of the month, Yuri Hayano! Come see her work in our lobby during our regular business hours. We're on a mission to support and empower women creators and artists of all types!

Community Works Welcomes YWCA Cambridge

Community Works just featured us as a new member organization fighting for social justice. Read the whole piece here!

Hiring: Relief Residential Counselor for YWCA Cambridge Family Shelter

YWCA Cambridge is currently seeking applicants for a Relief Residential Counselor in our Family Shelter.

Register for classes and camp at our Marshfield Branch!

Registrations for summer day camp and spring classes at our Marshfield Branch are open!

Save the Date: Stand Against Racism 2016

Save the Date for our Stand Against Racism event scheduled for April 28 at 6:00 PM. It will take place at the Cambridge Public Library. Stand Against Racism is a nation-wide movement lead by YWCA USA and its associations.

Read more about our esteemed keynote speaker, Daraksha Raja.

This event will be moderated by Mayor E. Denise Simmons, and we will open up the event for a community discussion with local activists and service providers following the keynote.

We hope you will join us!

GOLD Program Continues

Our GOLD (Girls Only Leadership Development) Program with Mayor Simmons is off to a great start. Check out pictures from our February session and click here to view our new brochure. For more information about the GOLD program and how to be involved, please contact Simone:

YWCA Cambridge is On a Mission!

YWCA Cambridge, and all YWCA associations, are On a Mission to empower women and eliminate racism.

Read more about this new awareness campaign, and contribute your own On a Mission story!

Invitation to Marshfield Branch Community Meetings

Read more about our upcoming Community Meetings at the Marshfield Branch of the YWCA Cambridge

Register for the MLK Day of Service 2016

Register for the 2016 Cambridge MLK Day of Service on January 18, 2016! Many Helping Hands 365 annually hosts one of the largest service days in New England right here in Central Square. The YWCA Cambridge is proud to be one of the service sites once again this year.

Stay Woke Sunday Training

Black Lives Matter in Cambridge is hosting a Civil Disobedience 101 Training on Sunday, January 4, at 3:00 PM in the YWCA Cambridge library. Please join us for this training.

Facebook event link

New Artist: Riham ElSadany

Riham ElSadany's evocative, dream-like work is on display in our lobby until the end of January. Come during our regular business hours to see these pieces in person!

Annual Appeal 2015

Please support the YWCA Cambridge's annual fundraising appeal. We need your help to continue providing safe housing for women and families in Cambridge & affordable summer day camp in Marshfield.

Read our annual appeal letter here.

Now Hiring: GOLD Coordinator

The YWCA Cambridge & Councilor Denise Simmons are seeking an outstanding candidate to fill a position: Coordinator of the GOLD (Girls Only Leadership Development) Program. Please apply today & share with your networks.

GOLD Coordinator Job posting

More information about the GOLD program

Artist of the Month: Community Art Center

We are excited to share our current art exhibit and encourage folks to come see the wonderful work we have on display of youth from the Teen Media Program (TMP) at the The Community Art Center! Our doors are open during regular business hours and the art will be on display through the rest of November.

The Community Art Center is an 80 year old neighborhood fixture committed to cultivate an engaged community of youth whose strong artistic voices have transformative power. The Center's Teen Media Project provides facilitate the use of artistic expression of youth to develop new skills while teaching developmentally appropriate media literacy and encouraging youth participants to create art that is relevant to their own needs as well as community and social justice issues. The work that is on exhibit in the YWCA Cambridge was created by teen girls.

All pieces are for sale for $40 and 100% of the purchase price goes to the artists.

Community Thanksgiving feast

All are welcome at our annual community Thanksgiving feast!

Candidates' Forum with CEOC

On Thursday, October 29, we are hosting a Candidates' Forum with the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee, Transition House, and the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants. Join us to talk about issues of poverty, housing, and homelessness in the upcoming Cambridge City Council election.

GOLD (Girls Only Leadership Development) Program 2015-2016

The Cambridge GOLD (Girls Only Leadership Development) group is currently accepting applicants for this year's free program for 8th grade girls. Please spread the word about this important program we are leading with City Councilor Denise Simmons.

Tribute to Outstanding Women 2015

Tribute to Outstanding Women 2015 is approaching! We hope to see all of our supporters on October 21, 2015 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for annual fundraiser event.

There's still time to buy tickets, tables, to sponsor the event, and/or to donate items to our auction. Get in touch with us today! LINK TO BUY TICKETS AND SPONSORSHIPS

Click the invitation below to see the names of our Tribute to Outstanding Women honorees, our Honorary Committee, & more!

Giving Common Challenge 2015!

Donate anytime until October 1 at 8PM through the Giving Common and your gift will be counted towards our friendly fundraising competition! Help us raise $15,000 to support women, girls, and families in Cambridge and Marshfield.


Congratulations to Family Shelter Resident Anita!

Anita DeJesus, a resident of our Family Shelter, was recognized recently for graduating from the Cambridge Works Transitional Jobs Program! Congratulations, Anita.

Women in West Africa Event: Giving Common Kickoff

Save the Date for our Women in West Africa event with the West African Research Association: September 29th from 6:00-8:30 PM. Read more about the event at the Eventbrite page.

Read our press release about the challenge here!

Women's Equality Day 2015

Today, August 26, 2015, we celebrate Women's Equality Day, commemorating the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and other victories for women's full participation in society.

We ask for your support today to help us continue fighting for women's equality through the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women.

Donate now to support our work!

Read the Presidential Proclamation for Women's Equality Day, 2015.

Hiring: House Manager

We are looking for a House Manager for our Family Shelter. Click here to access the job posting details.

Voter Registration Party

Need more information about voter registration, polling locations, or absentee ballots? Come to a Voter Registration party this Saturday in our library!

Real Talk 2

Sunday, August 23, in our library, Black Lives Matter will be hosting "Real Talk 2: Black LGBTQIA+ People Not Holding Back."

Mike Brown Remembrance Event

Black Lives Matter in Cambridge will be hosting a Mike Brown remembrance event this Sunday, 8/9 at 2 PM in Harvard Square. Please join us. Facebook event.

Summer Newsletter

Check out our summer 2015 newsletter, and read about what we've been up to! Newsletter link

Artist of the Month: Suzanne Zamprogne

Artist of the Month: Suzanne Zamprogne

Come visit us during regular business hours to see her lovely oil paintings.

Race Talks: Part 2

Black Lives Matter in Cambridge and YWCA Cambridge join hands on Sunday, June 21st at 3 pm for Race Talks: "Race Talks is a consistent time and place for people to come together to discuss individual thoughts, feelings and experiences with systemic racism, anti-blackness and white supremacy. This is a monthly discussion. It is meant to be a space for people to share personal stories and feel supported. This is a potluck event. Please bring food to share." (From the BLM Cambridge Facebook page)

Event details

Artist of the Month: Catherine Hoffman

Artist and activist Catherine Hoffman will be displaying her work at the YWCA Cambridge for the month of June. Stop by to see her work during our regular business hours, and don't miss her art opening event on June 17.

YWCA Cambridge Annual Meeting Notice

YWCA Cambridge 2015 Annual Meeting Official Notice - Take a look at our Annual Meeting invitation and RSVP today!

YWCA Cambridge Bylaws

Reminder: Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Looking for an easy way to support our Family Shelter? Our fundraiser with Yankee Candle is active until July 1, 2015, and 40% of all proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit our Family Shelter. Click here for more information and instructions on how to purchase!

Video Footage of Stand Against Racism 2015

We invite our supporters to view the entirety of our Stand Against Racism event from April, now available on YouTube.

"Untangling the Knot" with the Cambridge GLBT Commission

A book event organized by the Cambridge GLBT Commission will take place on Thursday, May 14 in our library.

Read more about this event at the Facebook Event Page

Artist of the Month: Kim Collins

Kim Collins is our May Artist of the Month! Kim lives at the YWCA Cambridge Tanner Residence and has drawn a number of charcoal portraits of YWCA residents. We invite you to stop by our main lobby and view her evocative work (Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM).

Race Talks: Part 1

From Black Lives Matter Cambridge: "Race Talks is a consistent time and place for people to come together to discuss individual thoughts, feelings and experiences with systemic racism, anti-blackness and white supremacy. This is a monthly discussion. It is meant to be a space for people to share personal stories and feel supported. This is a potluck event. Please bring food to share." Event Details

We hope you will join us for the first in what will be an important series of community dialogues.

Facebook Event Page

A Successful Stand Against Racism 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended last night's Stand Against Racism discussion event!

A special thank you to our brilliant & thought-provoking panelists, and a big thank you to Za restaurant for providing pizza & salad.

Look for future programs & events hosted by us to continue this discussion as we strive for racial justice in Cambridge and beyond.

Read the event recap on NeighborMedia, including a Storify with tweets from the event.

Mother's Day Event and Pre-orders

This Mother's Day, we are celebrating the incredible women in our lives and in our communities with a Mother's Day Fair! This Fair will bring together local artists and a woman-owned floral arrangement business - it'll be the perfect place to find the woman in your life a special gift. Pre-order your Mother's Day arrangements today (to be picked up at the Mother's Day Fair) by calling Maria 508-663-8642 or emailing her:

Summer Day Camp in the News

Our Marshfield Branch summer day camp registrations have been underway since March! Check out this recent feature in the Marshfield Mariner, and then register for camp online!

Artist of the Month: Jennifer Fuchel

Our APRIL artist of the month is Jennifer Fuchel! Stop by our lobby to see her work, anytime Monday-Friday, 9:00AM- 5:00PM. Jennifer's larger paintings, like this one pictured, are created by small groups of people as collaborative pieces.

Fundraising for the YWCA Family Shelter

NEW Way to support the YWCA Cambridge Family Shelter!

We are partnering with Yankee Candle Fundraising to raise money for our Family Shelter! We receive 40% profit on each sale. Visit and make sure to type in our Group #: 990078489. This fundraiser will be active until July 1, 2015. Thank you for your support!

Stand Against Racism 2015

Join us for Stand Against Racism 2015. Stay tuned for more information about our panelists and program for the evening. We hope to see you on April 23!

Event Recap: Blu'Tique Clothes Giveaway

Read this event recap of our Clothes Giveaway event, hosted by Chi Eta Zeta!

Article at NeighborMedia

Poetry by a Family Shelter Resident

We're proud to share this beautiful poem, written by a resident of our Family Shelter, Kyeka. Read and watch her poem at Cambridge Community TV.

My thoughts on my home

Posted by Kyeka Porch on Thursday, January 15, 2015

Clothes Donation Event

We are collecting good quality, gently used clothes for donation. The Chi Eta Zeta chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority is hosting a clothing giveaway event for local shelter residents, and we are collecting donations for this event up until 3/20/15. You can drop off clothes at the YWCA Cambridge main lobby, at City Hall, or with any sorority member.

EDIT 3/23: This event was a huge success!

Click here to view a slideshow video of the event!

Jana Corrado Art Show

This month's artist displayed in our lobby is Jana Corrado. Her playful, vibrant, and unique style is a welcome change to the gray and white outside! Come and see her work in person at her opening event on Friday, March 6, from 5:00-7:00 PM in the YWCA Cambridge lobby.

Marshfield Summer Camp Registration

Registration for summer day camp, swimming lessons, and more at our Marshfield Branch begins on March 3, 2015. For more information & to register online (a new feature this year!), click here.

African American Heritage Alliance Meet and Greet

Join the Cambridge African American Heritage Alliance for a Black History Month Meet & Greet event in the YWCA Cambridge library! Tuesday, 3/10 at 5:30 PM (THIS IS THE RESCHEDULED SNOW DATE). Refreshments will be served.

The Alliance is also looking for volunteer help and new members. Please spread the word and support their work.

Black History Month Art Exhibit and Event

Please join us for "The Other Side of the Lens: African View Points and the Reverse," a photography exhibition in our lobby, and a series of events concluding with a panel discussion at the YWCA Cambridge.

Winter 2015 Newsletter

Our Winter 2015 Newsletter is here, full of updates from the past few months. We're excited to share it with you!

Cambridge Black Lives Matter Recap & Next Event

Cambridge Black Lives Matter Recap via Cambridge Community TV's NeighborMedia, written by YWCA Cambridge staff member Anna J. Weick.

Check out our Youtube account with videos from the event

After that, RSVP for the next Black Lives Matter in Cambridge event: a training and community dialogue on February 7. More information here, and RSVP here.

MLK Day of Service a Great Success

The 5th Annual MLK Day of Service was a huge success. Thank you to all the organizers with Many Helping Hands, and thank you to all who attended and made this a wonderful day of service and community-building. We were proud to yet again serve as a site for this important day. See you next year!

Photo courtesy of Many Helping Hands

Cambridge Black Lives Matter

We are a proud sponsor of the upcoming Cambridge Black Lives Matter march & die-in event. We hope to see you at this important community event.

Our Partner Organization, Community Conversations: Sister to Sister

We'd like to spotlight an amazing organization in Cambridge, Community Conversations: Sister to Sister, a Women's Health Initiative. We are continuing to strengthen our partnership with Community Conversations and we hope that folks in our community can make use of the incredible resources offered by CC.

Thanks to MIT for the Donations!

Thanks to our friends at MIT's Office of Government & Community Relations for their generous donations. We appreciate your support.

Annual Appeal 2014

Did you get our Annual Appeal letter? Our work as housing providers for women and families is supported through contributions and donations. Thank you for standing with us.

Donations can be made online or checks can be sent to the YWCA Cambridge, 7 Temple Street, Cambridge MA 02139.

Thank you, & Happy Holidays from the YWCA Cambridge.

Email us ( if you want to be on our mailing list or if you need to update your mailing information.

Holiday Thank You!

We thank our community for providing holiday cheer! Thank you to Christ Church Cambridge for the donated Christmas tree for our lobby; thank you to Harpoon Brewery for the donated tree for our Tanner Residence; thank you to Zonta Club of Medford for the holiday gift bags for our residents; and thank you to Whole Foods at Prospect Street for the surprise goodies for staff! We appreciate the community support during this time.

Zonta Gift Bags

Christmas Treet Christmas tree Harpoon

Artist of the Month: Lucilda Dassardo-Cooper

Artist of the Month: Lucilda Dassardo-Cooper

Come view her work in our lobby for the month of December.

More information:

YWCA Cambridge Stands with #BlackLivesMatter

YWCA Cambridge Stands with #BlackLivesMatter Protesters and Honors those Black Lives Lost to Police Violence.

2014 Thanksgiving Meal a Huge Success!

Our community Thanksgiving meal was a huge success! Thank you to all who made the event possible. Check out a write-up of the event at Cambridge Community TV.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Register for the MLK Day of Service 2015

We are proud to be a site for the 2015 MLK Day of Service once again! Thank you to Many Helping Hands for organizing such an important community event. You can now register at their website.

YWCA Cambridge Community Thanksgiving 2014

Please join us for our community Thanksgiving meal on 11/18! All are welcome and the meal is completely free.

Artist of the Month: Emma Kalff

Emma Kalff is our November artist of the month. Please join us in welcoming her to the YWCA Cambridge. You can view her breathtaking work in person during our regular business hours -- just drop by!

Tribute to Outstanding Women Photo Album

Thank you to all who attended Tribute to Oustanding Women! The night was successful and special due to our attendees, donors, board, staff, and sponsors. Check out our photo album on FB for more great shots.

Senator Warren's proclamation for Tribute 2014

Senator Warren commemorates the 22nd Tribute to Outstanding Women with this proclamation. Thank you, Senator Warren, for your support of our mission.

Cambridge Uncovered Episode Featuring YWCA Cambridge Board and Staff

CCTV recently featured us on an episode of "Cambridge Uncovered." Check out the video here, moderated by YWCA Cambridge staff member Anna Weick & featuring Board of Trustees members Andrea Spears Jackson and Beth Milkovits:

Cambridge Uncovered, Episode 3: "Women's Homelessness" from Cambridge Community Television on Vimeo.

Tribute to Outstanding Women 2014 is coming!

Tribute to Outstanding Women is approaching! Make sure to buy your ticket today! We can't wait to see you on the 22nd.

Congresswoman Katherine Clark recognizes the YWCA Cambridge

In recognition of the YWCA Cambridge receiving the Most Advanced Financial Structure Award at the J. Timothy Anderson Awards Ceremony for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation, Congresswoman Katherine Clark has presented us with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition!

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra partners with the YWCA Cambridge

The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra has selected the YWCA Cambridge to highlight as their Spotlight Partner for the first concert event of the season. Before the exciting show begins, representatives from the YWCA Housing Programs will be speaking in front of the audience, giving an overview of our work in the community on behalf of women and families. In celebration of the 40th anniversary season of the CSO, and in support of the YWCA Cambridge, we ask that everyone attend the concert, RESURRECTION: Mahler's Symphony No, 2, on Sunday, Novemeber 9th, in the Kresge Auditorium on the MIT Campus! Tickets are available at:

Artist of the Month: Janet Hobbs

The YWCA Cambridge welcomes a new artist, Janet Hobbs, for the month of October. Janet Hobbs, a Cambridge resident and community watercolor teacher, will be displaying her beautiful watercolor paintings in the lobby. To see more of her work, visit and visit the YWCA Cambridge!

YWCA Cambridge wins The Most Advanced Financial Structure Award

Exciting News! This afternoon, our Executive Director Eva Martin Blythe, Financial/HR Manager Carol Lyons, and Board of Trustees Chair Renae Gray attended the J. Timothy Anderson Awards to Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation Ceremony where the YWCA Cambridge received the Most Advanced Financial Structure Award!

YWCA Week Without Violence

The YWCA Cambridge is standing in solidarity with the YWCA USA to work against violence in our community for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and beyond. Please join us, Transition House, BARCC, and other local organizations committed to eliminating all forms of violence in our community.

YWCA Cambridge announcing the 2014 Honorary Committee

The YWCA Cambridge is proud to announce the 2014 Honorary Committee for the 22nd Tribute to Outstanding Women event that will take place on October 22nd at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. These committee members are outstanding leaders in the community who support the services and mission of the YWCA Cambridge and Marshfield locations.

Renovations and Constructions at the YWCA Cambridge

Construction is ongoing in the mezzanine and basement areas to repair damage from our burst pipe last January. The areas are now designated as restricted construction areas this week as the walls are being painted and the flooring laid in both the gym and on the mezzanine. We are excited about the progress and looking forward to welcoming everyone back into our newly renovated space soon.

Tribute Honorees Announcement 2014

Announcing the Honorees for the 2014 Tribute to Outstanding Women!

YWCA Cambridge Announces Tribute Honorees

Read our announcement on Cambridge Community TV's NeighborhoodMedia blog.

Artist of the Month: Semira E. Rose

Semira E. Rose is displaying her art at the YWCA Cambridge for the month of September! She describes her art as whimsical but with bold colors showing her creativity and honor of the divine feminine. Stop by to see all the work in person.

NOTE: Semira will be hosting an art event at the YWCA Cambridge, in our beautiful lobby space, on Thursday September 25, 5:00-6:30 PM. Come take a look at her the work on display and talk to the artist herself! We hope to see you there.

Councilor Simmons relaunches Girls Leadership Group

The YWCA Cambridge is partnering with City Councilor, E. Denise Simmons to re-launch the leadership group for eigth-grade girls that Councilor Simmons established during her tenure as mayor in 2008. The leadership group will train girls in navigating academic and professional environments, career paths, and leadership skills. The group has been covered by the Cambridge Chronicle and Cambridge Community TV and will kick off in October! Follow this link for applications.

Marshfield in the News July 2014

Our Marshfield branch summer camp has been featured in the Marshfield Mariner. Read all about our fantastically special camp and the folks who ensure that it's a safe, fun experience for everyone.

Michael Jordan and Jillian Goodwin are the camp directors. Jillian has been at the camp since she was in kindergarten.

Multi Housing News Update 7/9/14

Article in Multi-Housing News about Affordable Housing Project Replacing YWCA Cambridge Old Pool Building - "A Compromise in Cambridge: Public-Private Partnership Results in Affordable Homes"

Read more at MHN Online.

Estelle Disch Art

Local artist Estelle Disch has her art displayed in our lobby for the month of July. Please stop by and take a look at her incredible phototransformations. Pictures of the installation can be viewed here.

YWCA USA New Board of Directors 2014

YWCA USA Announces New Board Members

New Members Comprised of Leaders from Business, Media, and Nonprofit Sectors

Washington, D.C. – The YWCA USA, one of the oldest and largest non-profit multicultural women’s organizations in the world, dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women, announced today that after a nationwide recruiting process, six women joined the YWCA National Board of Directors, effective June 14, 2014. The appointment of the new board members was ratified at the YWCA’s National Business Meeting in Washington D.C. on Saturday, June 14, held at the organization’s 2014 Annual Conference. To view the full list of the YWCA National Board of Directors, click here.

YWCA USA Board Leadership:

YWCA USA Board Chair: Paula Penebaker, President & CEO, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

YWCA USA Vice Chair: Azuri Gonzalez, Director, Center for Civic Engagement, University of Texas at El Paso

YWCA USA Secretary: Paula Green Johnson, Community Volunteer & Advocate

YWCA USA Treasurer: Janet Marcotte, Southern Arizona Director, Fred DuVal for Governor Campaign

Newly-Elected YWCA USA Board Members:

Griselda Aldrete, Executive Director, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee

Stephanie Cuskley, CEO, NPower

Sylvia Fields, Executive Director, Eden Hall Foundation

Vicky Free, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, BET

Terri Pensock, Director, WW Sales Enablement for Systems & Technology Group, IBM

Emily Tynes, Communications Director, ACLU

“We are delighted to add these incredible leaders to the YWCA USA Board of Directors,” said YWCA USA CEO Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. “We are also deeply humbled and honored that these women have made a commitment to utilize their time, talents and resources to help us increase the visibility and impact of the YWCA and our National Movement. We are confident that in partnership with our current Board, our YWCA USA Team, Local Association Leadership, and other key supporters and stakeholders, we will achieve great success in advancing our iconic work."

About the New YWCA USA Board Members:

Griselda Aldrete, Executive Director, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee

Griselda Aldrete is the Executive Director of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee. Most recently she was the Executive Director at the Cream City Foundation, an organization she also serves on the Board of Directors. Aldrete was also the Director of Corporate Events at UMOS, a former criminal justice instructor at Bryant and Stratton College, and an investigative reporter and photographer for ¡Aquí! Milwaukee magazine.

Stephanie Cuskley, CEO, NPower

Stephanie Cuskley is the Chief Executive Officer of NPower, a national nonprofit mobilizing the tech community and providing individuals, nonprofits and schools access and opportunity to build tech skills and achieve their potential. Appointed in early 2009, Stephanie began her career as an investment banker, most recently with JPMorgan Chase, where she spent many years in leveraged finance. Stephanie also sits on the board of Aegion, Inc.

Sylvia Fields, Executive Director, Eden Hall Foundation

Sylvia Fields has served as manager and later executive director of the Eden Hall Foundation since May 1996. Mrs. Fields is responsible for the allocation of over $9 million annually. A veteran grant maker and administrator, she is the first and only African American woman to direct a major private foundation in the Pittsburgh region. Mrs. Fields is a member of the Council on Foundations and serves as a director of The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, the Ellis School, the Jewish Women's Foundation and Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation.

Vicky Free, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, BET

Vicky Free is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. A veteran with nearly two decades of brand marketing and media management experience, Free directs the consumer insights, brand management, consumer marketing, creative strategy and research for all businesses of BET Networks. Based in New York, she oversees brand strategy, on-air promotions, 360 off-channel marketing and media planning, affiliate and trade marketing and consumer insights and business analytics.

Terri Pensock, Director, WW Sales Enablement for Systems & Technology Group, IBM

Terri Pensock is an experienced corporate executive for IBM in Austin, Texas. She has served in a multitude of roles during her 32-year tenure at IBM including product planning, architecture, development, marketing and customer care and satisfaction. She is currently a global marketing executive in the Systems and Technology Group, helping sellers know how to have conversations with clients about IBM products throughout more than 130 countries.

Emily Tynes, Communications Director, ACLU

Emily Tynes is the Communications Director and one of the seven-person senior management team for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In this capacity, Emily oversees a staff of 33 communication professionals, and charts the strategic direction of media relations, marketing and other communications activities. In her capacity as a member of the organization’s management team, Emily shares responsibility for the programmatic and administrative direction of the ACLU. Emily has worked with advocacy-oriented non-governmental organizations in the U.S. and abroad for approximately 30 years.

More information can be found at the YWCA USA website.

Girls Leadership Program 2014

The Cambridge Girls Leadership Program, coordinated by City Councilor Denise Simmons and the YWCA Cambridge, is seeking applicants for its 2014-2015 program. We are seeking applications from girls who will be entering the 8th grade this September for a monthly program that will teach approximately 40 girls a variety of important skills to prepare them for high school and beyond. More information, including a brochure and the application, can be found here ( Applications will be accepted until September 5.

Not Your Average Joe's 2014

Not Your Average Cause Fundraiser!

Every Tuesday this month (June 10, 17, 24) and Wednesday, June 25, we will be participating in a fundraiser with the Arlington location of Not Your Average Joe's restaurant. Please print and bring this flyer with you to donate 15% of your total purchase to our Family Shelter. Learn more about our Family Shelter here.

Annual Meeting 2014

Our Annual Meeting will take place on June 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Please join us for this event, open to the public. More information about the meeting is located here.

A special thank you to H-Mart for providing us with refreshments!

Women & Incarceration Blog

YWCA Cambridge employee Anna J. Weick wrote a blog post about our recent event, "Women and Prison: A Cambridge Conversation," posted at Cambridge Community Television and YWCA USA. Check it out and learn more about this important advocacy topic.

Jessica Lander Book Announcement

Local author and YWCA supporter Jessica Lander has a new book out. Read her press release and then check out the information about her upcoming author event at the YWCA Cambridge.

Marshfield Branch Director Honored

Director of the Marshfield branch of YWCA Cambridge has been profiled in a local news story about her accomplishments. Please join us in congratulating Kim Nashawaty!

Read more here

Artist Opening

Two Women Artists are Holding an Art Opening at the YWCA Cambridge on May 24. Please join us for this exciting event!

Women & Prison Event

"Women and Prison: A Cambridge Conversation" will take place on 5/21/14. Please join us for this important event.

Preservation Award from the Cambridge Historical Commmission

We are pleased to announce that the Cambridge Historical Commission will be honoring us on 5/22/14 with a Preservation Award for the recent restoration of our main building at 7 Temple Street. Thank you, City of Cambridge and the Cambridge Historical Commission!

Grand Re-opening Program, June 17 2013

True Emotions Spring Sale

Mother's Day is fast approaching! True Emotions has a delightful array of holiday, springtime, and special event floral arrangements for purchase. 10% of the proceeds will benefit the YWCA Cambridge Tanner Residence. This company is very special to us. Maria, the entrepeneur behind True Emotions, is a former Tanner resident, long-time YWCA Cambridge volunteer, and coordinator of the beautiful arrangements you see at our events.

10% of each purchase will be donated directly to the YWCA Cambridge Tanner Residence.

Take a look at some of her work and order an arrangement today!

True Emotions also has your prom, graduation, and special event flowers covered!

Amazon Smile Donations

Now, AmazonSmile will make a donation to YWCA Cambridge when you shop there!


Register for Stand Against Racism Event

Register for Stand Against Racism 2014! Join us with the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School for a film and discussion event on April 17. The film "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" will be screened.

Attendees must register for the event beforehand. Register here.

More details in our calendar

Letter to the Cambridge Chronicle

Check out this letter our Board Member Laurie Forcier wrote to the Cambridge Chronicle on behalf of the YWCA Cambridge Board of Trustees! She discusses our burst pipe disaster in January and the fantastic community response we received.

"LETTER: YWCA thanks community for support during flood aftermath"

Call for Women Artists!

Call for local women artists! YWCA Cambridge is looking for art and photography to display in our recently renovated lobby. Please get in touch with Anna Weick, for more information.

NuVu Exhibit on Display at YWCA Cambridge

The NuVu Studio installed photos in our lobby as part of a photography art project. Come by and see their incredible work, from now until March 8, 2014.

Cambridge MLK Day of Service

Come honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

at the 4th Annual

Cambridge MLK Day of Service

Monday January 20 from 2 – 5 pm

Lend your hands and come work with friends and neighbors on hands on service projects that will touch the lives of thousands of people in need in Cambridge and Somerville.

• Make fleece scarves and blankets for homeless children, teens and adults,

• make Valentines for shut-in elders and veterans,

• make activity kits for kids waiting in hospital emergency rooms,

• make bookmarks for children and adults in literacy programs,

• sort donated food, children’s books, winter clothing and toiletries.

Welcome Gathering on City Hall steps at 2:00 pm.

with singers Valerie Stephens and Cambridge Childrens’ Chorus,

poet Toni Bee and Reverend Jonathon Walton, Memorial Church

All ages welcome! Come for an hour or the entire afternoon.

Don’t come empty handed!

Bring a can of food, a children’s book or a gently used item of winter clothing.

All projects take place in Central Square, Cambridge at City Hall, the Citywide Senior Center and the YWCA.

More info at

or email

Please pre-register to help us plan and make sure we have enough supplies. Register Here

We are expecting a large turnout at 2pm -- you can come any time during the afternoon (even if you have not pre-registered).