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April 2013 Newsletter

National Volunteer Week: Thank You to all our Amazing Volunteers!

April 21-27, 2013 is National Volunteer Week, and East End House would like to extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers who make such a tremendous difference to our organization! In the last year, more than 500 volunteers have provided East End House with over 5,000 hours of service! Volunteering at East End House takes many forms: tutoring children, mentoring youth, distributing food in the food pantry, or supporting our events like Cooking for a Cause. We're always looking for more helping hands. Just contact Tim Severyn at 617-876-4444 or timothy@eastendhouse.org. One great way to get started is to come to our Community Clean Up Day this Saturday from 9:30am-2pm!

Tenth Annual Cooking for a Cause Gathers Hundreds

Thank you to all our contributors who made the 10th Anniversary of Cooking for a Cause a resounding success. The MIT Media Lab provided a beautiful new venue as over 600 guests enjoyed delicious food and drink from the best chefs, bartenders and vendors in the area. Live and silent auctions supported the vital programming at East End House, and Biogen Idec and the Biogen Idec Foundation received the Outstanding Community Partner Award in recognition of many years of exemplary leadership in sparking positive change in the lives of countless children, families and individuals. See pictures here.

Science Festival Highlights STEM at East End House

From April 12 to April 21, Cambridge gathered for the annual Cambridge Science Festival, a celebration and showcase of the many exciting scientific resources in our community. As a community center at the cutting edge of infusing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning into youth out of school time programming, East End House was well represented. Youth programs displayed STEM at the Science Carnival and a roundtable discussion addressed ways to encourage minority, low-income and female students in STEM. View Powerpoint slides from STEM expert Larry Suter. Read more

Register Now for Spring and Summer Programming

There are a lot of exciting programs coming up for children and youth. East End House has expanded the School Age Program to a new location at the Kennedy-Longfellow Elementary School. The program, which is a collaboration with the school, is open to all preK-2nd grade children enrolled at K-Lo. We are currently enrolling for this program, and it is also time to make plans for the summer. Summer Fun (for kindergarten-fifth graders) and YO! Summer (for rising 6th-8th graders) are now registering for full-day programming that includes swimming, sports, games, field trips, and engaging, hands-on projects to keep academic skills sharp all summer long. Read more

The Boston Globe Features East End House

In case you missed it, on Wednesday, April 3, The Boston Globe published a piece about the Catalyst Project, East End House’s partnership with Chef William Kovel of Catalyst Restaurant to teach farm-to-table cooking to school age youth. The article describes how the project is changing the way children are looking at—and cooking—food every day. It also highlights Chef Kovel’s role as Culinary Chair in Cooking for a Cause. Check out the article here.

Building Healthy Habits

East End House's Child Care Program provides children 12 months to 5 years with a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack every day, for a total of 25,854 meals each year (not including snacks). Meals are prepared by East End House's Food Specialist, who is dedicated to shaping healthy habits and exposing children to nutritious food at an early age. While initially many children are skeptical of new vegetables, after some time in the program children eagerly look forward to meals prepared with kale, butternut squash, and more.

Our Mission

East End House community center uses a holistic approach to promote the well-being, academic achievement, and successful transition to adulthood of children and youth from under-resourced families in Cambridge and surrounding communities. As part of the approach, East End House provides support services to a diverse population, from infants to seniors, to strengthen family and community.

Save the Date Calendar

Community Clean Up Day

Saturday, April 27th, 2013
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

For this year's National Volunteer Week and Earth Week, East End House is partnering with the East Cambridge Business Association, Kennedy-Longfellow Elementary School, and Putnam Avenue Upper School for the fourth annual East Cambridge Clean Up Day. Join us Saturday, April 27th, 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM (rain date: May 4th) for a morning spent beautifying the community followed by a lunch and family-friendly environmental fair. There will be flower planting, arts and crafts, solar cookers, and a raffle of items donated by local Cambridge businesses! Read more

Parenting and Grandparenting in the Age of Televised Terrorism, iPads, Facebook, and Reality TV

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us on Thursday May 2nd at East End House for a discussion on "Parenting and Grandparenting in the Age of Televised Terrorism, iPads, Facebook, and Reality TV" with Dr. Diane Levin & Barbara Boyle. Dr. Levin is an expert on children and media exposure. She teaches at Wheelock College and is a co-founder of the Center for Commercial-Free Childhood. Dr. Levin is the author of Teaching Young Children in Violent Times: Building a Peaceable Classroom.

School Age Summer Fun

Monday, June 24th, 2013 7:30 AM - Friday, August 30th, 2013 5:30 PM

East End House's Summer Fun Program provides unique and exciting summer experiences for children entering grades K-5. The camp includes swimming lessons, science projects, sports, games, computer classes, drama, art lessons, and weekly field trips. With free breakfast, lunch, and snack, and no additional cost for field trips or swimming, the Summer Fun Program is perfect for busy, working families. The summer 2013 session will run weekdays from June 24 to August 30, 7:30am to 5:30pm. Contact Catharine for more information at 617-876-4444 or catharine@eastendhouse.org

YO! Summer Camp

Monday, June 24th, 2013 8:00 AM - Friday, August 16th, 2013 5:30 PM

Youth Opportunities (YO!) Summer Camp is a comprehensive summer program for middle school youth. The program will meet 8:00am to 5:30pm at the Putnam Avenue Upper School from June 24 to August 16. Youth will enjoy structured activities in STEM, athletics, art and music, media creation, and other activities, including field trips and weekly swimming outings. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. For more information contact Zahra at 617-876-4444 or zahra@eastendhouse.org.

Sunrise Senior Program

Every Monday and Every Wednesday
Monday, April 29th, 2013 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Sunrise Senior Activities Program is a group of seniors who meet twice a week for games, guest speakers, presentations, luncheons and field trips. It is open to all seniors in the community. Read more

Family Playgroups

Every Tuesday
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Bring your 0-5 year old for games, snacks and a chance to socialize with other families. No need to sign up, just stop by and have fun! Read more

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