New Director, Summer Programs Marshfield Branch

YWCA Cambridge Announces New Director, Summer Programs, Marshfield Branch

Eva Martin Blythe, YWCA Cambridge Executive Director, announced today that Amy Collins-Gordon has been hired to fill the newly created Director, Summer Programs position at the association’s Marshfield Branch on Ferry Hill Road.  Ms. Collins-Gordon will begin her duties on Monday, February 27, 2017. 

Ms. Collins-Gordon is a Marshfield native with extensive teaching experience in area public schools.  Most recently she has been Executive Director of Second Nature Social Skills, a Plymouth-based company that assists children, adolescents and adults to successfully apply functional, behavioral and social skills in their daily living.  A skilled administrator, Ms. Collins-Gordon has partnered with the YWCA Cambridge Marshfield Branch through Second Nature Social Skills to provide specialized services and inclusion opportunities for students that have social challenges.  She also has contributed significantly to the Marshfield Branch Summer Day Camp curriculum in areas such as: weekly theme offerings, and daily hands-on and Fun Friday activities. 

Ms. Collins-Gordon will be responsible for all aspects of Summer Day Camp operations including but not limited to: planning, program development, marketing and public relations, market analysis, budget oversight, hiring and camp enrollment.  She will work closely with the Marshfield Branch Summer Day Camp Director, Summer Day Camp Counselors and members of the YWCA Cambridge Management Team, especially the Development Manager. 

Enrollment for Marshfield Branch Summer Day is open now on the YWCA Cambridge website, Contact Carol Lyons,, with questions or for more information

The YWCA Cambridge was founded in 1891.  Today, 125 years later, the area association, like other YWCAs across the United States, is dedicated to “eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all”.  In addition to operating the Marshfield Branch, YWCA Cambridge’s services include housing for indigent single women and homeless families; Girls Only Leadership Development (GOLD), a leadership program for 8th grade girls; and wellness programs including Boston Classical Soo Bahk Do, a traditional Korean martial art.  The annual “Tribute to Outstanding Women” is a hallmark YWCA Cambridge program that recognizes women of exceptional accomplishment in both the Cambridge and Marshfield areas.

In 1944, the Ferry Hill Road property where the Marshfield Branch is located was loaned and subsequently deeded to the YWCA Cambridge for use as a welcoming place for Cambridge residents to have summer outings.  In more recent years the facility has been used for Summer Day Camp and adult programs.

For more information contact Eva Martin Blythe at 617-491-6050, or email


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YWCA Cambridge Welcomes Julie Murphy!

Julie Murphy is our January artist on display. We invite you to a reception on Friday, January 13, from 7-8:30pm, to celebrate Julie Murphy and her artwork currently adorning the walls of the YWCA Cambridge lobby. If you are unable to make it, her show will be up for the entire month of January. Visitors are welcome to drop by Monday - Thursday, 9am - 5pm, and Fridays 9am - 4:30pm.


A bit about Julie…

Julie Murphy is an artist and art educator living in Somerville and working in Beacon Hill. She teaches art, theater and cooking classes at Hill House Community Center and The Advent School. Julie attended Framingham State University where she majored in art, minored in education and earned her teaching license. Julie is a mixed media artist whose work is richly textured with metallic and fiber elements. Her work deals with themes of nature, cycles, rebirth and interconnection, as well as body positivity. Julie's work is characterized by organic lines, vibrant coloring, glass-like surfaces and echoing shapes, as well as the addition of found objects. Her primary color and motif inspiration is from the natural world, including flora and the colors of the sky and sea.


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