Dear Margaret Fuller House Friends,
As we head into 2016, we have some terrific news: the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House has a new Executive Director! Christina Alexis comes to us with more than a decade of experience in the non-profit world, and with a deep appreciation for the history of the House and its role in The Port.
Christina steps into the position following the retirement of Barbara Kibler, whose leadership brought the MFNH from troubled times to the flourishing organization it is today. The Board of Directors is indebted to Barbara for her years of hard work and dedication, and looks forward to building on her legacy, and strengthening the House even further, through Christina’s leadership.
In selecting Christina, the Board completed a rigorous three-month process involving a seven-person board committee, as well as input from staff and community members. With experience in both the non-profit world as well as the private sector, Christina stood out for her vision, her leadership skills, her creativity, and her commitment to making our historic settlement house the very best partner to The Port it can be.
Christina’s experience in both management and fundraising make her well suited to lead the MFNH. At Northeastern University, where she began her career, Christina opened a new Alumni Center, and built the foundation for a successful alumni program. Over the next decade, she served in increasingly senior level roles, contributing her expertise to community service and health and human service organizations, including City Year, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Year Up. At the Dimock Center, where she served as Director of Development, External Relations, and Government Relations, Christina launched a multi-million dollar capital campaign.
The Board looks forward to formally introducing Christina to you, our community, in an event sometime this winter. In the meantime, please stop by and say hello. Christina’s first day as Executive Director is January 4. And with that, a new era at the historic Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House begins.
With all of our best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year – and many thanks, as always, for your support.
President of the Board
Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House
The first STEAM in the Port night was a huge success! On February 12th, Margaret Fuller House collaborated with Tutoring Plus of Cambridge and The Community Art Center in the FMA gym to provide students and families with a night to learn about Science, Engineering, the Arts and Math! We want to give a special thanks to Sharlene Yang, who was instrumental in the success of this event! Thanks also to Danger!Awesome, Mmmmaven, Volpe Center, and the Fletcher Maynard Academy for participating in the event and offering activity tables. And thanks especially to MIT for sponsoring the event! We look forward to future collaboration with these wonderful organizations to provide this great neighborhood with more STEAM-based fun. Stay tuned for details of the next event!
This past Saturday, hundreds of people from Area 4 and across the city of Cambridge came to celebrate neighborhood strength at a block party in our backyard.
The half-day event featured musical performances and face painting, basketball playing and water dunking—all of it thanks to a new community group called the Kensley Project, and the many people who support it.
The Kensley Project formed earlier this summer to honor the memory of Kensley David, a 22-year-old father shot and killed on Windsor Street in July. In the aftermath of that tragedy, several of his friends committed to strengthening the quality of life for residents of Area 4/The Port—and they’ve been adding members to the group ever since.
We’ll bring you some of their voices in later posts, but for now, enjoy some photographs of the block party below. Thanks to all who organized it, supported it, attended it, and cleaned up after it—and see you next Saturday, Sept. 6, for Area 4 Pride Day!
To learn more about the Kensley Project, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are lots of great events that the MFNH is proud to support! Come spend some time with the Margaret Fuller Family before summer ends!
Friends of the Margaret Fuller House are welcome to join the staff and families of our Summer Explorations Program for an End-of-Summer Party! Just in time for our kids to get ready to go back to school, our friends from the Novartis Corporation, Draper, and Amgen will be providing back-packs full of supplies! This party is a cookout and potluck, will feature a youth talent show, a slideshow of all the fun events and moments shared over the summer, and will offer the chance for parents to learn more about our after-school program.
This party will take place in the Margaret Fuller House parking lot on Wednesday, 8/27, from 5:30 – 7 pm.
The Port Café is a new community meal right here in our neighborhood. This meal will offer delicious food and a space for fellowship and community-building with neighbors. Our friends who are organizing the Port Cafe need YOUR help, as neighbors, to give the Port Café flavor!
The first Port Café potluck dinner was on Monday July 28th the Margaret Fuller House, and it was a blast! The second Port Café will be a potluck dinner on Thursday, August 28th from 6:00-8:00 PM. Location is currently TBD but will be in the Port/Area 4 neighborhood!
Please take a moment to RSVP here. Feel free to invite a neighbor!
The Port/Area 4 Pride Day is a free public event featuring activities and resources for all ages.
This year, Pride Day will feature an exhibition of the Community Art Center’s “Change for Peace,” an ongoing art-making and music series. Local community based organizations will be in attendance to offer information about critical resources and services ranging from health to housing to education. Popular events such as the basketball tournament and live music will be back this year. Children’s activities will include arts & crafts, face-painting, pony rides, and more!
Port/Area 4 Pride Day is Saturday, September 6, from noon to 5 at Clement G. Morgan Park (at the corner of Columbia and Washington Street) and surrounding streets, Cambridge, MA 02139. Rain Date is the following Saturday.
Two weeks ago, our LITs (Leaders in Training) took a trip to the New England Aquarium. Last week, they went rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders of Somerville. Here are some of their reflections and pictures:
Adrianna: “I loved it–there was a variety of types of rock climbing to choose from. Auto-belay, manual and free-climbing.”
Mariysa: “I don’t have much to say–it was fun.”
Sage: “I loved the challenge. I was surprised when I completed the intermediate-advanced climb.”
Stephen (on left): “This trip was my first experience rock climbing. I wasn’t expecting anything, good or bad, when I came in but I was surprised.”
Check out these pictures from the trip to the New England Aquarium! It’s been a fun few weeks!
Stay tuned for more of the LIT adventures to come this summer!
Back for a second week of blogging action, the LIT’s (Leaders in Training) interviewed the kids and staff!
Downtime with games around the house!
LITS: What do you like about the house?
Isairee, age 8: Because the teachers interact with the kids.
LITS: What are you looking forward to?
Sayeeda, age 9: Going on more field trips!
LITs: What do you like about going to MFNH?
Darren, staff: Seeing the kids and having fun!
Check out this video interview with Thaila, age 7!
and this one with Charlotte from the staff!
What is the Taste of Cambridge?
When and where is the Taste of Cambridge?
Thanks to CLAB for choosing the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House!
Thanks to Cycle Kids, Inc and Cambridge City Councilor Marc McGovern, our kids got brand new bikes on Tuesday! Check out the pics below from our annual Welcome Summer party, a backyard festival with food, music, and plenty of fun.
Thanks to our great partnerships with MIT, Harvard, and the local science community of Cambridge, we here at the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House are now offering a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) enrichment education program for our youth. Our program takes full advantage of our facilities here at the house (including an art room, computer lab, and classroom space equipped with modern technology comparable to what is used in high schools and colleges), as well as the many opportunities afforded by the cities of Boston and Cambridge!
Learning is fun!
“We made a program for kids to play on the computer!” – Roodjina, 7
“We’re learning about energy and roller-coasters. It’s cool.” – Jean, 8
“We played with magnetic force.” – Lisa, 9
“We went to the MIT [Edgerton Center]…. I went up on stage!” – Daniel, 7
By attending this year’s 9th Annual Sweet Soul Supper at MIT, you are supporting our emerging S.T.E.A.M. Education program for our School Aged Program and Summer Explorations Program!
Buy your tickets to the 9th Annual Sweet Soul Supper today!