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Margaret Fuller House Recognized as City of Cambridge Wins National Health Award

i Feb 22nd No Comments by

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. (more…)

The Special Playground Report is Here!

i Feb 4th No Comments by

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.

The New Playground Is Here!

i Oct 18th No Comments by

About 200 volunteers gathered in our backyard last Saturday to build a playground for the kids of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House and the entire Area IV community. It was a tremendous day.

For seven straight hours, adults from far and wide worked outside, hammering, hauling and pouring concrete.

Indoors, the kids painted panels that spelled out the letters of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House.

So many people worked for months to make it happen, and they all deserve our thanks. But our kids would still be playing on a tired pair of monkey bars and a couple of raggedy slides if not for the generous support of Boston Properties, Gillette, and- of course- the national non-profit KaBOOM!

Thanks to you, and hundreds of volunteers, we now have what one of our kids described as “a miracle.”

For more pictures, check out our Facebook page.

Support the Margaret Fuller House while enjoying ice cream!

i Apr 27th No Comments by

 

$5 for $10 Worth of Ice Cream @ Toscanini’s Ice Cream

It excites us to announce a new way to support our mission while enjoying yourself!

 

Through our recent partnership with a new type of local deal site called LevelUp, we’ve arranged to receive 25% of all profits generated from the sale of this week’s featured deal: $5 for $10 of Toscanini’s Ice Cream!

You can show your support for the Margaret Fuller House AND enjoy some ice cream!
Take advantage of this opportunity before time runs out by clicking here to review and purchase this week’s deal in support of the Fuller House: Take me to LevelUp for the deal!

 

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Don’t forget, this Friday from 6:00 – 9:30pm is our after work social at the Phoenix Landing (512 Mass Ave) in Central Square. Come learn more about our programs and our annual fundraiser all while enjoying a post-work drink!
You can also enter for a chance to win 2 tickets to our event!

 

Bottle and Can Drive

i Mar 31st No Comments by

Las Mujeres is a group that aims to help girls nine and older become more confident and compassionate community members. We seek to encourage girls to be goal-oriented and well-rounded through hands-on activities, conflict-resolution skill building, career exploration, and organizing and planning field trips. We also provide a forum for discussion of a variety of topics pertaining to their lives.

This can and bottle drive will help provide necessary funding for Las Mujeres to attend a Celtics game in the coming year.

Any questions can be directed to Maida Alvarez or Megan Ryan at the MFNH School Age Program. Don’t forget to bring your cans!

Alternative Breaks

i Mar 21st No Comments by

aB
For most college students, Spring Break is a time to let loose and have some much needed rest. For seven dedicated students from Florida International University, Spring Break became a time devoted to social issues. As part of Alternative Breaks, theses students have foregone the beaches and parties in exchange for a week service projects. We at MFNH were fortunate enough to host these amazing spirits.

From day one, the entire group was ready to spring to action. Selma Blistein (Junior) expressed how much of an eye opening experience she’s had with Alternative Breaks. This being her second tour of duty, she was looking forward giving herself to service and being an active citizen. Laura Caceres (Junior) was looking for ways to get involved with the university when she came upon Alternative Breaks. Once enlisted, they choose Urban Poverty as the social issue they wanted to confront. As co-supervisors, they had little under a year to raise funds, organize their team and prepare themselves for a fresh take on spring break.

Projects included (but weren’t limited to) organizing the library, painting walls, building a new staircase and of course spending time with our young people. David and Jenelle dazzled with their athletic skills while Mimi and Ivan spent some time reading with youth. It was a week that won’t soon be forgotten by youth and staff alike. We hope to see more ambitious and socially aware college students who are cut from the same cloth.

For more information on our aB friends, visit their home page
Look forward to pictures and reflections from our transformative week together in coming weeks.

We’ve joined iGive!

i Feb 8th No Comments by

We’ve found a cool way to raise money, every time we shop online or search the web. Check it out:

iGive.com & iSearchiGive.com

If you register with igive you can raise money for the Margaret Fuller House every time you shop online at any of their 827 participating stores. And when you search the web through iSearchiGive.com (a search engined powered by iGive!), you are raising a penny or more for our programs

If you do happen to make a purchase through iGive within 45 days of joining, they’ll donate an EXTRA $5! With 827 stores in the iGive Mall and the new iSearchiGive.com search engine, it’s easy to find the things you need AND raise money for a good cause.

HOW IT WORKS:

1. Join iGive.com to support Margaret Fuller House. It’s free, safe, and easy to join. Click here

Don’t feel like registering? Take iSearchiGive.com out for a spin and raise a penny (or more!) per search. Just visit http://www.iSearchiGive.com and type “Margaret Fuller House” in the “Select Your Cause” area.

2. Shop through iGive.com‘s online mall
~ OR ~
Raise a penny search at iSearchiGive.com

The iGive Mall features over 700 trusted online retailers like Amazon.com, Staples, Nordstrom, JCPenney, eBay, Expedia.com, Barnes & Noble, QVC, & PETsMART to name just a few! You’ll NEVER pay more when you reach these stores through iGive.com. And if you take advantage of the coupons and free shipping deals posted at iGive, you might even save a few bucks! And with iSearchiGive.com, each qualified search earns a penny (or more!) for your cause.

3. Watch the $$ roll in for Margaret Fuller House!

Up to 26% of EACH purchase through iGive benefits your cause, along with a penny (or more!) per qualified search at iSearchiGive.com. Make that first purchase within 45 days and get a bonus $5 donation, too!

Use this link to JOIN iGIVE FOR FREE and begin supporting
Margaret Fuller House

Don’t feel like registering? Take iSearchiGive.com out for a spin and raise a penny (or more!) per search. Just visit http://www.iSearchiGive.com and type “Margaret Fuller House” in the “Select Your Cause” area.

Miles for Miracles

i Jan 26th No Comments by

Christos Couturier is a 12 year old boy who lives with Down Syndrome and has experienced mutliple medical problems and surgeries. Thanks to the dedicated and caring staff at Childrens Hospital Boston, Christos has been brought back from the brink of death several times. He possesses a strength and courage and a joy and optimism for life that shines forth. Tom McManus is going to run the Boston Marathon all 26.2 miles of it in honor of Christos. Come celebrate with us as we honor Christos and his amazing family on February 5th for an afternoon of a cappella music as Boston University Dear Abbeys Present: Music for Miracles featuring Ball In The House, The MIT Logs and The Tufts Jackson Jills. With only a $10 donation, you get a ticket to the hottest a cappella show in town. All proceeds benefit Childrens Hospital Boston where miracles like that of Christos Couturier happen every day! For more information and to make your donation visit: https://howtohelp.childrenshospital.org/bostonmarathon/pfp/?ID=MT0154

Computer Instructors/Teachers

i Jan 22nd No Comments by

The Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House is seeking computer instructors to teach basic and more advanced computer applications to community folks.   Classes are usually two evenings a week—each from 6 to 7:30 or 8 PM.

Our basic class is an introduction to how the computer works, email and basic Word.  Students attending this class are usually just learning about computers.

Our 2nd class is slightly more advanced and includes more in-depth Word, Excel, Power-point or Access.  Usually the class concentrates on one application per session of classes. A session might be 10 to 12 weeks. Students have experience with computers and want to move forward to advance their skills.

We offer a stipend to teachers and also welcome volunteers.  An instructor can teach one or both classes and the time and days/evenings can be negotiated. A Saturday morning class is also a possibility. We would prefer to have someone who can offer a year’s commitment.

This is a great opportunity to share your expertise and “give back to the community.”

Please contact Barbara Kibler at bkibler@margaretfullerhouse.org or at 617-547-4680.

12 Days of Giving

i Dec 15th No Comments by

BOLOCO’S
 TWELVE
 DAYS 
OF 
GIVING

Local 
chain 
of 
restaurants 
works 
with 
area 
non profits 
to 
raise 
dough


 Medford,
MA —Busy 
and
 bustling
 shoppers 
in 
Medford 
will 
be 
able 
to 
grab
 a 
tasty 
bite
 while 
giving 
back 
to 
their 
local 
community 
this 
year 
at 
Boloco. 
The 
Boloco 
location 
at 
Tufts
 University
 on
Boston 
Avenue
 has 
decided 
to 
show
 what 
they’re 
made 
of 
(besides 
tasty
 burritos 
and
 shakes)
 and 
give 
a 
little 
Boloco 
love 
to 
twelve
 local 
charities, 
hand picked 
based
 on 
their 
involvement 
with 
the Medford 
community.
 Beginning 
December 
12th
 and
 continuing
 through
 December 
23rd, 
Boloco
 will 
donate 
50 
cents
 from
 the 
sale 
of 
each 
burrito, 
bowl, 
and
 salad 
sold 
to 
the 
charity 
of 
the 
day. 
Information
 about 
the featured 
organizations 
will 
also 
be
 available 
at 
Boloco.

 


The
 schedule 
for 
the 
12
 Days 
of 
Giving 
is 
as 
follows:
 

December 
12: 
Franciscan
 Hospital 
for 
Children


December
 13: 
Outdoor 
Explorations

December 
14: 
AIDS 
Action 
Committee

December
 15: 
DARBI

December
 16: 
Cradles
to 
Crayons

December 
17: 
Shelter 
Me
I NC

December
 18: 
Groundwork 
Somerville

December 
19: 
icouldbe.org

December
 20: 
Margaret 
Fuller 
Neighborhood 
House

December 
21:
 The 
Giving 
Camp

December
 22:
 Eliot 
Community 
Human
 Services

December 
23: 
DREAM
 


This 
is 
the 
second
 year 
Boloco 
has 
featured
 12
 Days 
of 
Giving, 
an 
event 
that 
began 
during
 the
 2009 
holiday 
season 
at 
the 
Burlington, 
VT
 Boloco 
location. 
This 
year 
the 
event 
is
 featured 
at 
three more 
locations
– 
Concord 
and
 Hanover, 
New
Hampshire, 
and
 Medford,
 Massachusetts. 
‘Tis 
the 
season 
of 
giving, 
and 
the 
event 
is 
a 
holiday 
effort 
to 
give 
back 
to 
local
 communities, 
something 
Boloco 
strives 
to 
do 
year‐round; 
the 
company 
has 
given 
over
 $48,000 
through
 their 
philanthropic 
efforts 
so 
far 
this 
year.
 


Boloco 
is 
a 
Boston‐based 
chain
 of 
16 
restaurants 
located 
throughout 
New
England 
that
 serve 
traditional 
and 
inspired 
burritos, 
bowls, 
salads, 
smoothies, 
and 
shakes 
using 
a 
blend
 of 
bold, 
inspiring and
 often 
unexpected 
ingredients. 

Every 
order 
is 
made 
to 
the 
specific
 wishes 
of 
each 
guest. 
Boloco 
was 
the 
first 
chain 
of 
restaurants 
in 
New
 England 
to 
become
 Certified 
Green TM
 by 
the 
Green Restaurant 
Association
.
 
To
 join 
the 
conversation, visit twitter.com/boloco, facebook.com/boloco 
or 
visit
 www.boloco.com