Barbeque and ice cream and games oh my! On August 20th, over 500 people enjoyed a free community celebration at East End House's Annual Summer Block Party.
Thank you to everyone who made this event possible, including All-Brand New England, the Biogen Idec Blues Band, Cambridge Energy Alliance, Cambridge Fire Department, Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Public Health Department's Men's Health League, CambridgeSide Galleria, East Cambridge Business Association, East Cambridge Planning Team, J.P. Licks, and the Kennedy Neighborhood Council and Community School.
Two-thirds of the achievement gap between low income and higher income students is attributed to disparities in summer opportunities (Alexander, Entwistle, & Olsen, 2007). To combat the loss of learning when school is out, this summer East End House provided middle and high school youth with fun, hands-on service-learning projects about ecology and the science of food systems.
East End House works with national networks of human service organizations across the country to share best practices for tackling the toughest issues facing our communities.
We were recently part of the launch of the Alliance for Children and Families' Center for Engagement and Neighborhood Building. Learn more about this exciting initiative here!
East End House achieved an outstanding accomplishment earlier this year when it earned reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation. The agency's School Age and Middle School Programs are 2 out of only 3 programs in Massachusetts accredited for high quality Child and Youth Development Services. The final accreditation report sings high praises:
"Ethics, integrity, honesty and compassion are evident in every aspect of this organization's operation."
"The culture of the staff in this organization is one of respect, passion and cooperation."
This fall, East End House is providing more than 350 children with backpacks full of school supplies to start the new school year thanks to generous support from individuals and local organizations including Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Boston Properties, CambridgeSide Galleria, Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Monsanto, the Torstensson Family, and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.