Have you picked up a copy of Megan Marshall’s biography “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life”? The book is now available in paperback! Available on kindle, amazon, and at your local library!

Let us know what you think of the book! Share your thoughts on our Facebook, Twitter, or stop by the house!

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Eventbrite - Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House's 9th Annual Sweet Soul Supper

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As Thanksgiving 2013 quickly approaches we still need 200 more turkeys! It’s the giving season– don’t miss out on supporting a truly great cause! Our emergency food pantry feeds over 3,000 people annually and gave away 400 turkey baskets last year! Help us reach that goal again this year by donating now! Use our PayPal on the right hand side of this page or mail a check to: 71 Cherry Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

Questions? Call us! (617) 547-4680 or email Director of Programs, Mark Stearns: mstearns@margaretfullerhouse.org

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Check out these photos our talented MFNH volunteer from Lesley University, Natalie Cohen, took at the 11th Annual Area IV Pride Day this past September! It was the most well-attended pride day ever (thanks in large part to MFNH’s Area IV Coordinator Roscoe Thomas!) and Columbia Park was just bursting with community, music, food, and fun. Make sure to join us next year, we are already looking forward to it!

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We are excited that in a little over a month it will be time, yet again, to celebrate our community and its members. This year’s Area 4 Community Pride Day promises to be a great time for the whole family. There will be plenty of delicious food and live entertainment, not to mention pony rides and bouncy houses to keep the kids occupied. Please join us to celebrate the pride and support we all have for the Area 4 community.


Date: Saturday September 7th, 2013

Time: 12:00-5:00 PM

Place: Clement Morgan Park (Columbia Park)


Here’s a look back at Community Pride Days of the past:


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Sweet Soul Supper: Thank You!

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We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came out to the 8th Annual Sweet Soul Supper in support of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House. Additionally, many thanks to all those who donated if they were unable to attend the event in person. The pictures from the event just arrived and they look amazing! Here is a sneak peak, but to see the full collection visit either our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MargaretFullerHouse?hc_location=stream) or view the photo-stream on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98912216@N05/)!


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Sweet Soul Supper 2013

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Join us at our 8th Annual Sweet Soul Super! 

 Our 8th Annual Sweet Soul Supper is Thursday, June 27, 2013 at MIT’s Walker Memorial!

Buy tickets now or contact us if you have questions at 617-547-4680.

By joining us for this fun event, you’ll support the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House and our Area IV Community. You will help us provide scholarships for youth, purchase food for our pantry, offer free computer access and classes, and build partnerships within the community.


The Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band

Nine Mile Radius

JG and the Megatones

A Soul Food Feast

Silent Auction with over 50 items

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On Sunday, May 5th, our team is walking together in Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger.

Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger brings thousands of people to our state’s capital each year to raise money for antihunger programs, and to promote awareness about the face of hunger in our communities.

At the 2012 Walk for Hunger, 43,000 people came together and raised $3.6 million!

By participating in the 2013 Walk for Hunger, we are pledging to make a difference in three important ways:

• To help spread the word about the need for hunger relief in our state
• To support and fund both short– and long-term solutions that make a real, lasting difference for those in need
• To show the world that hunger isn’t something to be ashamed of . . . it’s something we can alleviate, prevent, and END.

We are honored to be a part of The Walk for Hunger, and passionate about what we can do when we work together.

By sponsoring our team, you help change thousands of lives across our state.

Project Bread supports a wide variety of programs across Massachusetts, including community-based meal programs, early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, creating better access to fresh local food resources, and more.

Last year alone, Project Bread–funded organizations provided 61 million meals to hungry people.

From meeting immediate needs in our families, to providing healthy food for our children as they grow and learn, to making nutritious food more affordable and accessible for everyone in need, we’re making a big difference—and getting closer every day to our goal of ending hunger in our state.

Donate today!

Please consider giving to support our team, and the great work Project Bread is doing—or joining our team to walk and raise money yourself!

• Donate to our team now by clicking the “Sponsor the Team” button
• Register to walk or volunteer yourself on our team, by clicking the “Join Team” link below

http://www.projectbread.org click “Join my team”

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Cambridge, MA (February 22, 2013)- The Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House (MFNH) was thrilled to be recognized for its health programming and education efforts yesterday as the city of Cambridge received the Inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest national philanthropy devoted to health and health care, awarded this prestigious prize to only six communities across the country.  Cambridge was chosen for its innovative, collaborative approach in the areas of healthy eating and physical activity; strengthening families; progressive urban planning; and integrating local public health within various City departments, community agencies and the Cambridge Health Alliance.

Standing at the far right, Barbara Kibler, Executive Director of MFNH, poses with city officials after Cambridge receives the Robert Wood Johnson’s inaugural Roadmaps to Health Prize on Feb. 20.

“We were extremely proud to stand beside city officials yesterday and present to a national audience the work that we’ve done together to build a healthy and strong Area IV community,” said Barbara Kibler, Executive Director.

Over the past several years, the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House has worked closely with the Cambridge Public Health Department and with the guidance of the Men of Color Task Force to develop the Men’s Health League—a program addressing health disparities and access to Health care for over 500 men of color. We have also collaboratively designed and implemented diabetes support groups with the Cambridge Community Center and with the guidance of the Public Health Department.

“The Margaret Fuller House has been a core community partner for the Cambridge Public Health Department, as well as a next-door neighbor,” said Claude Alix Jacob, Chief Public Health Officer of Cambridge. “The partnership exemplifies how a community-based organization and local government can work together for health.”

At yesterday’s ceremony at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J., foundation officials praised such partnerships as critical to improving the overall health of the nation’s communities.

“These prize winners represent leadership at its finest—trailblazers creating a culture of health,” said Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF president and CEO. “The RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize shines a light on their accomplishments; we hope it will inspire others to take bold steps to improve health in their communities.”

MFNH has focused on building a stable and healthy Area IV community since its founding in 1902, when it first provided nutritious meals to young women who worked in local Cambridge factories.  Today, with the help of various city agencies and community non-profits, we work to strengthen the health of the community in several ways:

  • Our Street worker, funded through the Cambridge Human Services Department, provides outreach and support to at-risk young adults and our Area IV Coordinator liaisons with the City and the community.
  • Our new Keep it Kool Project encourages teens to say “no” to drinking and drugs.
  •  Our food pantry provides thousands of families with fresh vegetables and fruits every week, thanks to our partnership with organizations like Food for Free
  •  Our outreach to isolated seniors, supported by the Cambridge Community Foundation and Tufts Community Health Initiative, provides these elders with spaces to share their life-long experiences, and to encourage better physical, mental and social well-being.

We at the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House thank all of our partners—both inside city government, and within the non-profit community—who have helped us to address the serious health needs of our community. We know these partnerships will lay the foundation for even more good work to come.

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Dear Friends,

On a sunny Saturday last autumn, more than 200 volunteers came together to build a playground for the children of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House- and the entire Area IV community in Cambridge. Ten-year-old Marckenzy Destin called it a miracle. We tend to agree. Since it opened, the playground has served as a hub for neighbors of all ages.

In honor of its impact on our neighborhood, we’ve put together a Special Playground Report, which you can find online here. Produced in part by alumni of the Margaret Fuller House, this newsletter includes interviews, photographs, plus plenty of words of thanks.

We hope you enjoy!

If you’d like a printed copy, please stop by the house, at 71 Cherry Street, or email Barbara Kibler.

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