Community

A Home for All Women

On Thursday mornings, a cozy room on the third floor of 46 Pleasant St. is filled with sewing machines and the chatter of the regular attendees. On other days, furniture is pushed to the sides and yoga mats line the floors. And sometimes, it’s home to a trauma support group. Across the hall is a […]


Participatory Budgeting Projects Chosen with Record-Breaking Number of Votes

Close to 6,900 residents cast ballots in this year’s participatory budget voting, directing $925,000 to six projects: Trees, Please!; Water Fountains in Every Park; Protect the Health and Safety of our Firefighters; Smoother Cycling; Clean Up Cambridge; and Rain Gardens for Resiliency. Trees, Please! will plant 100 trees in the city’s heat islands—”spaces that have high […]


Cambridge Community Foundation Doles Out Grants to Over 50 Nonprofits

Fifty-six local nonprofits received grants from the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) this fall, injecting the organizations with a total sum of $367,000 to help with “a wide range of social and educational needs,” the foundation said in a statement. In addition, the foundation says it allocated $100,000 to CCF initiatives: to support Central Square as […]


Participatory Budgeting Voting Starts Dec. 1

The city has released its list of 20 finalists for Participatory Budgeting, the annual process where residents vote directly on how to spend city funds. Participatory Budget projects are one-time capital projects that community members select to improve the city. Examples of past projects include bilingual books to help children learn English, solar panels for the […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Wildcards

Date Night Spot: Cambridge School of Culinary Arts 2020 Massachusetts Ave. (617) 354-2020 cambridgeculinary.com Read more here. Eco-Friendly Business: Life Alive 765 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 354-5433 lifealive.com It’s easy to see why Life Alive won the “Best Eco-friendly Business” category. The menu—packed with vegan options, superfoods, and shots of wheatgrass, ginger, and tumeric—makes clear the cafe’s […]


Monthly Meet-ups Aim to Connect Local Women

Women In Cambridge was started four years ago when a group of female entrepreneurs joined forces to help each other navigate owning a small business. After about a year the group got connected with the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women, and it’s now evolved into monthly networking meet-ups open to all women who […]


The Evolution of CrimsonBikes

How a dorm-room project blossomed into a harbinger of accessibility By Eddie Samuels and Reena Karasin When Charles T. James and Daisy Chiu wanted to make biking more accessible, they turned to cell phone plans. Cell phone companies know that people can’t or won’t shell out $800 on a phone up front, so they turn […]


Jayms Battaglia Helps Students Run Local Homeless Shelter

Community Coordinator for the University Lutheran Church Every winter, Jayms Battaglia oversees a new group of about 24 to 28 students who join the staff of the Harvard Square Homeless shelter. The shelter, which opened in 1983, was the first student-run shelter in the country. Many of the students who work there will go on […]


Emily Raymond’s Valentines Aim to Show That People Care

Emily Raymond vividly remembers the day three years ago when she first thought of making Valentine’s gifts for local men and women experiencing homelessness. It was a snowy January evening, and she was pushing her youngest son’s stroller down a busy street, stopping every block because of the piles of snow in her way. “At […]


A Year of Racial Reckoning at CRLS

If history teacher Kevin Dua could go back to any point in time, he would go to the room where our country’s forefathers were finalizing the Declaration of Independence. “I would challenge everything. I would say, ‘Do not leave this room until you change it from “all men are created equal” to “all humans are […]


Are Microgrids the Key to Energy Democracy?

What if your individual neighborhood could choose how it gets its energy? Climable, a small, local nonprofit run by women, offers microgrids as the solution to two major issues surrounding energy use: energy democracy and environmental justice. Microgrids are small, neighborhood-sized grids that can be detached from the larger grid. Climable’s clean energy microgrid plan […]


Cambridge Community Foundation Raises Funds For Local Immigrants

As the United States becomes increasingly unfriendly to immigrants at the federal level, the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) is working to support immigrants within the bounds of the city. The CCF supports projects that help Cambridge residents from all backgrounds. The nonprofit, founded in 1916, has provided help to immigrants in the community for years—by […]