It's Not Too Late to Make an Impact: Your Donation Will Help to Shape a Child's Future

As we start the New Year, there are many exciting things happening at East End House. From preschoolers learning to read, to school age and middle school youth discovering how exciting science can be to parents learning how to give their young children the best possible start in life, those who utilize programming at East End House grow closer to their goals every day. We need your help to continue to grow and sustain high quality programming for all age groups. Your donation makes an immediate impact on the lives of the children, families and individuals we serve.


First Powerful Parenting Class Graduates
A parent and child enjoying a meal together before the Powerful Parenting graduation
A parent and child enjoying a meal together before the Powerful Parenting graduation

On December 14, a group of 29 parents gathered for the ninth and final time. For nine weeks, these 29 people regularly attended Powerful Parenting, East End House's new workshop series for parents and guardians of children ages 0-4, loosely modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone Baby College. The series builds on cutting edge child brain research from 'Neurons to Neighborhoods' authored by Jack Shonkoff, Director of Harvard Center on the Developing Child, T. Berry Brazelton's 'Touch Points' approach, and other leaders in the field of early childhood development.

On graduation day, parents shared how, since attending class, they have become more patient and have noticed improved communication with their children. 100% of parents reported improved behavior in their children, and over 96% said they have more quality interactions with their children since the start of Powerful Parenting. Parents of older children remarked on how Powerful Parenting skills translate across all age groups. One parent, Jillian Clarke, reflected on the past few weeks, "I have accomplished a lot. The class was well-facilitated and I liked how everyone can participate and relate to each other."

All 29 parents earned graduation certificates. While proud, many of the parents were sad to see the series end. "Is there going to be another one of these?" a parent asked, "I'm sad that it's ending."

The next Powerful Parenting Series will begin in March. For more information call 617-876-4444 or e-mail

East End House Makes the Holidays a Little Brighter for Over 550 Children
Preschoolers amidst the holiday toys
Preschoolers amidst the holiday toys

The East End House annual Holiday Toy Drive was held December 16th and 17th. Over 650 toys were distributed to over 550 children ages 0-14. The Toy Drive gave children, whose families struggle to meet basic needs not only toys, but also warm hats, mittens, scarves and coats for the winter. Volunteers wrapped all the presents, adding to the general spirit of holiday cheer. There is also an Adopt-a-Family Program. Area businesses and individuals receive wish lists from local families. Through this program, a donor can ensure that one family has everything they need for a joyous holiday season. This year 36 families were adopted, consisting of 51 adults and 80 children. "I have been organizing the East End House Toy Drive for many years now and it still amazes me to see how thankful families are. For the children, it's about toys and stocking stuffers, but for the families it's about seeing their children's smiling faces," commented Camille Platt, East End House's Child Care Director.

Volunteers from Cambridge Savings Bank wrap presents at East End House's Toy Drive
Volunteers from Cambridge Savings Bank wrap presents at East End House's Toy Drive

East End House's holiday programs would not be possible without help from local donors and volunteers. Donors and volunteers came from various businesses and individuals in the community, including the Boston Celtics, Pilgrim Congregational Church Lexington, Biogen Idec, Beacon High School, Transatlantic Investment Management, Cell Press, Tier One Partners, Atlas Venture, BDO, Arrowstreet, Cambridge School Department, ACIS, Cleveland Design, New Track Media, Cambridge Savings Bank, Novartis, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, East Cambridge Savings Bank, New Confidence Group, Mirant, MIT Panhellenic Association, Cushman and Wakefield, Amgen, Cigna Health Care, Genzyme, Harvard University UCIO, Kennedy Longfellow School, Boston Properties, Appleton Partners, Residence Inn Boston Cambridge, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Weber Shandwick, Building Impact, Robert Half International, Hub Spot, and Mathematica Policy Research. Thank you to all who contributed.

Discovering a World of Science:
GENASAS in Action
Students watch pills being compressed in the Vertex Pharmaceutical laboratory
Students watch pills being compressed in the Vertex Pharmaceutical laboratory

In November, fifteen youth from the School Age and Middle School Programs visited the Vertex Pharmaceuticals pill laboratory. Upon arrival, students were shown a slide show demonstrating the uses of Vertex's different medications. The youth were led on a tour of the laboratory where they learned how pills are made, compressed, and colored. The students were amazed to see the complex technology used in the laboratory.

Trips to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) sites like Vertex are an important part of East End House's Generating and Evaluating New Adventures in Science After School (GENASAS) initiative. In today's technology-dependent world, there is a great demand for graduates trained in STEM fields. The GENASAS curriculum complements school day learning by teaching concepts in more interactive ways that get youth excited about science and math. Daily enrichment classes are complemented by field trips, guest speakers, and one-on-one mentors from the STEM sector. Currently, the School Age Program is teaching a unit on oceanography. For one activity, youth measured out the length of a blue whale, over 108 feet, using string. They were amazed when the string reached well across one floor of the building!

School Age children simulating the insulating power of whale blubber
School Age children simulating the insulating power of whale blubber

For more information on GENASAS and how you can get involved, please contact Caitlin McCormack at (617) 876-4444;

Celtics vs. Bulls: Mentoring Program
Hits the Court!
Mentors, mentees, and staff pose in their Celtics luxury box
Mentors, mentees, and staff pose in their Celtics luxury box

This December, mentees, mentors, and staff from East End House attended a Celtics vs. Bulls basketball game at the TD Bank Garden. The Mentoring Program won an entire luxury box of 21 seats through a raffle held by Shamrock Dreams. The box was beautiful with its own kitchen, living room, and even a waitress. Instead of regular seats, everyone sat in comfy leather armchairs. The box was placed right above center court.

The East End House Mentoring Program matches middle school youth with professionals, college students, and retirees in the community. Pairs take part in activities within the Middle School Program, work on special projects, like baking, and take field trips. Special events like this basketball game help mentors and mentees form bonds that can last a life time. Research stresses the importance of shared, leisure activities in mentoring relationships as a method of identity exploration, skill building, and social integration, particularly in adolescent mentoring programs.

Mentors and mentees shared popcorn and enjoyed cheering on their team. The youth were rewarded with the Celtics victory. For more information on becoming a mentor, contact Liz Looker at 617-876-4444 or You can also find information on Mentoring and other volunteer opportunities on our website.

East End House's Thanksgiving Turkey Basket Giveaway
This year, East End House distributed 846 baskets like the ones shown below. This constitutes the largest distribution in the agency's history
This year, East End House distributed 846 baskets like the ones shown below. This constitutes the largest distribution in the agency's history

The East End House annual Turkey Basket Giveaway was held on Tuesday, November 23rd. Over 845 families in Cambridge and surrounding communities received all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving feast. Families who would not otherwise have the means to create a hearty Thanksgiving meal were given turkeys, stuffing, cranberry sauce, canned pumpkin, fresh produce and much more. "We are grateful to all the companies and individuals who donate their time and resources to make the holidays a bit more festive for all in our community," said Michael Delia, President and CEO.

This year, East End House distributed 846 baskets like the ones shown below. This constitutes the largest distribution in the agency's history
A volunteer loads up on fresh produce to be sorted into Thanksgiving
Turkey Baskets

Donations and volunteers come from various businesses and individuals in the community, including Forrester Research, City Year, Building Impact, CustomMade Venture Corps, Beacon High School, Sanofi-Aventis, EC Boston, the First Baptist Church of Newton, Elsevier, East Cambridge Savings Bank, Cambridge Savings Bank, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge Technologies, Biogen Idec, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Genzyme, Watermark Cambridge, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Johnnie's Foodmaster, St. Paul AME Church, East Cambridge Planning Team, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Transatlantic Management, Harvard University, Pilgrim Congregational Church Lexington, and Mathematica Policy Research. Numerous individuals also gave their time and donations.
Thank you to all who contributed!

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Cooking for a Cause ad
Cooking for a Cause Annual Fundraising Gala

Plaza Ballroom at the Seaport Hotel
The 8th Annual Cooking for a Cause will take place in the Plaza Ballroom at Boston's Seaport Hotel. It will feature some of the area's finest chefs, bartenders, wineries, breweries and specialty vendors. There will also be music, along with a live and silent auction. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by calling 617-876-4444 or online at
Tony Maws Tony Maws of Craigie on Main will again be a featured chef at this year's Cooking for a Cause. Always a celebrated chef, some of Tony's recent honors include being named Boston Magazine's 2010 "Big-Name Chef" and recognized by Food and Wine Magazine and Bon Appettit Magazine for the "25 Best Burgers in the US" and "World's Best Burger," respectively. Tony Maws describes himself as an "idealist with a kitchen" and believes local, seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients are intrinsically better, and that those ingredients form the most significant part of what makes great food great. Joining Tony at this year's Cooking for a Cause will be Craigie on Main's Senior Bartender and talented mixologist, Carrie Cole. More information on Craigie on Main can be found at Stay tuned for more information about Tony, Carrie, and other 2011 Cooking for a Cause chefs, wine makers, mixologists, and specialty vendors.

Weekly Playgroups
Every Tuesday from

Bring your 0-5 year old for a fun morning of games, puzzles, and more. No need to sign-up, just drop by. Playgroups are a great way for parents and children to socialize. During the winter months, the group will take place in the community room. Snack is provided. For more information contact Camille Imbimbo-Platt at 617-876-4444 or

Ice Skating Party

Kendall Ice Rink
Join us at the Kendall Ice Rink for a fun-filled evening of ice skating, family and friends. Enjoy skating, chili, and hot cocoa! Skating and food are free of charge and all are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Christina Arcidy at 617-876-4444 or

Winter Breakfast
8:00 AM-10:00 AM

Join us for our Annual Winter Breakfast! East End House is partnering with Cambridge Walk Ride and Cambridge Energy Alliance to offer families some great green tips for making your homes more energy efficient. Enjoy breakfast, games and raffle prizes in the gym!. The last Friday of the month is also Cambridge Walk Ride Day, so walk, ride your bike or take public transportation and help Cambridge go green!

Spring Powerful Parenting
Workshop Series

3/15/2011 - 5/10/2011
Every Tuesday from

The next Powerful Parenting workshop series is scheduled to start Tuesday evening, March 15th and run nine consecutive weeks. The series will offer practical evidence-based practices for parents of children ages 0-4. Each class will include a healthy dinner, child care, take away gifts and weekly raffles. For more information call 617-876-4444 or
newsletter_19Volunteer &
Mentoring News

January is National Mentoring Month
Would you like to mentor a middle school student? The East End House Youth Mentoring Program is looking for volunteers to serve as mentors.
Contact Liz Looker at (617) 876-4444 or for more information.


East End House is looking for dedicated staff to fill a variety of positions. Check out the job descriptions below. If you possess the skills and the passion, send your resume and cover letter to

School Age
Program Openings
School Age Program children

Join the School Age Program for afternoons of learning and fun!
There are a number of openings in our School Age Program for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The schedule is designed to be choice-based, so youth can pick the classes and activities that most excite them. Classes include sports, art, science, literacy, field trips and more!

For more information about the program, click here, or contact Chrissy by phone (617) 876-4444 or by email at

New Staff Members Join the Leadership Team:
A Conversation with Christina Arcidy, Katie Gerard, and Sarah Miley
In order of left to right: Katie Gerard, Development Associate; Sarah Miley, Business Office Manager; and Christina Arcidy, Director of Community Programs
In order of left to right: Katie Gerard, Development Associate; Sarah Miley, Business Office Manager; and Christina Arcidy, Director of Community Programs

In the past three months, East End House has welcomed three additions to the staff: Christina Arcidy, Director of Community Programs; Sarah Miley, Business Office Manager; and Katie Gerard, Development Associate. The three recently sat down for a group interview.

What projects are you excited about working on in the coming year?

Sarah: I'm looking forward to getting to know East End House and making a positive impact on the community.
Christina: I'm looking forward to developing a continuation of services for the children and families in our community.
Katie: Cooking For a Cause! I'm excited to get to know our donors as we prepare for this event.

Why did you come to work at East End House?

Sarah:I've lived in Cambridge since 1997, so I was interested in giving back to the community. I was also very impressed by the staff here-they seem to really strive for continuous program improvements. They're always developing new strategies and seem very open-minded to change.
Christina: I also noticed the commitment of the staff. They really seem to work together as a team. I feel like my work is multiplied by their efforts. I like how family-focused and welcoming the organization is.
Katie: I was impressed by the spirit of innovation. I wanted to be part of a dynamic organization where I could make a difference.

The new Director of Community Programs, Christina Arcidy, has 10 years of community organizing experience. She combines this experience with a solid understanding of best practices to pursue her professional mission of helping all people achieve personal greatness. She earned her Master's degree in Public Administration from Seattle University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Boston University. Christina has successfully developed a variety of results-oriented youth- and community-serving programs in Out of School Time settings in Seattle, WA and Boston. Christina's commitment to youth and children is a professional pursuit as well as a personal passion; she has been a mentor for six years and served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Seattle/King County.

Business Office Manager Sarah Miley received a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Studio Art from Smith College in 1996. She worked for three years in the stock photography business followed by nine years in the Creative Marketing department of Boston-based travel company Grand Circle Corporation. As the photography director at Grand Circle, Sarah traveled extensively throughout Europe and Latin America, directing advertising photo shoots. She left her days of international travel behind in order to pursue her long-time goal of working in non-profit management. She graduated with an M.B.A. from Babson College in the Spring of 2010.

Katie Gerard, Development Associate, received a B.A. from Bard College in 2007 with concentrations in Film and Literature. She worked for Craftech Industries as a Marketing Assistant before returning to school. She has just completed her Master's thesis and will receive an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from New York University in January 2011. While a graduate student, she tutored in a Brooklyn public school Kindergarten class. Her background and skills in writing, marketing, and special events will help expand the resources available to support children, families and the community.

If you have general comments or questions about East End House, please e-mail your suggestions to Thank you in advance for your input and feedback.

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