What's Happening at East End House
September 2013 Newsletter

Save the Date: Cooking for a Cause 2014

The date is set for next year, and we hope you will join us for the 11th annual Cooking for a Cause event.

Mark your calendars for April 4, 2014.

Will Gilson of Puritan & Co. will serve as the Culinary Chair for Cooking for a Cause 2014, working with a fantastic lineup of your favorite local chefs and vendors. We will once again enjoy the fabulous space at the MIT Media Lab, and your enjoyment of the evening will directly support East End House!

Describing East End House

What adjectives come to mind when you think of East End House?

This word cloud shows some of the top terms that our clients used when describing the organization and its programs on our recent consumer satisfaction surveys, collected at the end of the summer.

Read more of the wonderful feedback we got from the parents of children in our Child Care, School Age and Middle School Programs here: Read more

CambridgeSide Galleria Makes Spare Change into Lasting Change

Do you have spare change jingling in your pockets? The CambridgeSide Galleria knows that you do. When you park in the Galleria's garage, you can leave that heavy change behind at containers stationed by each payment station.

These seemingly small acts of kindness add up to hundreds of dollars that go to East End House every month. The money from this Penny Campaign supports all the East End House programs you love, building up our community and helping children and youth reach their full potentials. Thank you CambridgeSide Galleria!

Biogen Idec Volunteers Make Their Mark

On Friday, September 20th, twenty volunteers from Biogen Idec volunteered their time to bring smiles to East End House children's faces as part of the biotechnology company's Care Deeply Volunteer Day. The volunteers shared their infectious love of STEM by taking Preschool students to the Museum of Science, where they explored a model space ship, learned about dinosaur bones, and watched a live animal show. After the museum visit and a delicious lunch in the park, the Preschool students took their naps while the volunteers rolled up their sleeves. The Biogen Idec group painted the East End House computer lab and gave two classrooms a deep clean, making the building sparkle for all the children who come here every day.

We're always looking for volunteers! If you're interested in lending a hand, contact Tim Severyn at timothy@eastendhouse.org or 617-876-4444.

Join Genzyme in Giving this Season

This week, Genzyme dropped off a truck full of festive pumpkins: round pumpkins, tall pumpkins, sugar pumpkins, albino pumpkins, giant jack-o-lantern pumpkins and tiny baby pumpkins. East End House's Child Care and School Age Programs will use the pumpkins for hands-on activities, and each child will be able to claim one to take home and paint, carve, or eat, all thanks to the generosity of our friends at Genzyme!

The coming of fall means it's time to start thinking about our Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway and our Holiday Toy Drive. Whether you'd like to collect food, volunteer, or donate, you will help local families. Last year we served more than 850 families for Thanksgiving and over 500 families for the Toy Drive. We want this year to be even better! To get involved, contact Tim Severyn at timothy@eastendhouse.org or 617-876-4444.

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

East Cambridge Crime Prevention Meeting and Boat Cruise

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us for a cruise on the Charles River, including a discussion of crime in our community with local police officers and detectives. Pizza, salad and light refreshments will be served. This event is supported by East End House, the Cambridge Police Department and the CambridgeSide Galleria. To RSVP, contact Tim Severyn at timothy@eastendhouse.org or 617-876-4444.

Sunrise Senior Activities Program

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

The Sunrise Senior Activities Program is a group of seniors who meet twice a week for activities designed to foster social engagement and physical wellness. It is open to all seniors in the community. Participants enjoy activities and games, guest speakers, presentations, luncheons and field trips. For more information on senior programming, contact Tim Severyn at 617-876-4444 or timothy@eastendhouse.org.

Family Playgroups

Every Tuesday
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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. When weather permits, playgroups will take place in the East End House backyard garden. A healthy snack is provided. For more information, contact Camille Platt at 617-876-4444 or camille@eastendhouse.org.

Other News

Enroll Now for Fall

In the next few weeks, we will be launching the autumn sessions of the Kennedy-Longfellow School site of our School Age Program, and our Middle School Program, which is held at Putnam Avenue Upper School. These two opportunities offer engaging after school enrichment for grades K-5 and 6-8, respectively. Read more

Become an Academic Support Volunteer and Help a Child Succeed!

Interested in helping a child learn to read? Engaged in a STEM field and eager to share what you know? Become an Academic Support Volunteer at East End House! We are seeking volunteers who can make a commitment, weekly or monthly, to supporting the academic success of the youth we serve. Volunteers can work on literacy activities, tutor, assist with homework help in our learning centers, or do STEM projects with children of all ages. For more information on volunteering in this and other roles at East End House, contact Tim Severyn, Director of Community Programs, at 617-876-4444 or timothy@eastendhouse.org.

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