News

Semira E. Rose September!

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.

Not Your Average Joe's Fundraiser for the Family Shelter Sept 2014

Couldn't make it to Not Your Average Joe's last time to support our fund raiser? Great news! There is another round of opportunities to support our family shelter this September. Bring the attached flyer to Not Your Average Joe's in Arlington and fifteen percent of your purchase will be donated to the YWCA Cambridge family shelter. See flyer for dates!

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 (http://dsimmons8.wix.com/girlsleadership). 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!

Support us through Fashion Project!

Support us through Fashion Project, a designer clothing resale site. It's spring cleaning time - empty out your closets and select the YWCA Cambridge as your non-profit of choice. When you donate clothes to the Fashion Project and select us as your favorite non-profit, 55% of the net proceeds from resales will go directly to us. You may even be elgible to receive a $40.00 Nordstrom gift card for every 5 qualifying items, too!

Make Fashion a Force for Good: Fashion Project

Amazon Smile Donations

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

CAMBRIDGE YOUNG WOMENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

Equal Pay Day Discussion

Equal Pay Day 2014 is approaching! Join us on twitter for a community discussion about this important issue impacting women's economic empowerment.

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, Aweick@ywcacam.org 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.

Regina Caines Chosen for Cambridge NAACP Justice Award

Congratulations to our retired board member and previous board chair, Regina Caines, on the recent recognition of her service by the Cambridge NAACP. She is the recipient of the 2014 Cambridge NAACP Justice Award to commemorate her lifelong commitment to social justice. Thank you, Regina, for all you do.

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 http://manyhelpinghands365.org

or email manyhelpinghandsmlkday@gmail.com

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).