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.

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 ( 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!


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, 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

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).