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Let’s start the new year strong together: Support the MLBCC Annual Fund today

Submitted by on November 27, 2023 – 10:25 amNo Comment

In our 53-year history, we’ve had multiple names and configurations, co-created and celebrated countless neighborhood traditions, and welcomed generations of families to 20 Sacramento Street. Throughout it all, one thing remains consistent: Change centers our work.

We adjust our approach to community work every year and each season. We respond to you – the families and individuals we serve. With the skills, talents, and awareness of our staff and volunteers, we strive to meet your needs with intention, integrity, and a healthy helping of humor.

2023 was a year of many important changes for us. In January, we added a full time Social Worker to our staff, Silvia Cote, to ensure a consistent, high-quality standard of care across all of our programs. In just 11 months, Silvia’s accomplishments have included:

  • Preventing 6 evictions
  • Providing rental assistance to 12 families
  • Supporting 20+ social service applications
  • Making 30+ mental health referrals
  • Supporting 15 families with intensive, individualized case management and mental health counseling on a regular basis

This spring, we also announced a new leadership model: Co-Executive Directors. This approach builds on fourteen years of close collaboration between our former executive director and our former community liaison. It also mirrors a decades-long partnership with program families, artists, civically engaged residents, Cambridge non-profits, and the City of Cambridge.

Our most public change reflects our anti-racist values. We removed “Agassiz” from our organization’s name. In May, our Board of Directors voted to rename us the Maria L. Baldwin Community Center (MLBCC). Her longstanding commitment to education and civic activism strongly aligns with our mission and values.

For nonprofits, one thing that never changes is our gratitude for your continued support. Please consider making a donation of personal significance to help us move boldly ahead, providing vital services so we can continue our journey as a place for learning and growth.

DONATE ONLINE NOW

OR write a check to
Agassiz Baldwin Community
20 Sacramento Street, Cambridge MA 02138

With gratitude,

Phoebe Sinclair, Co-Executive Director
Taylor Mortell, Director of Development & Impact

(Co-Executive Director Maria LaPage is away on parental leave, returning in the new year)

PS – Did you know that Silvia’s position as Social Worker is 100% funded by grants and donations? When you invest in The Maria L. Baldwin Community Center, you are providing families with vital services and a place to belong. Please donate by 12/31/23 to help us start the new year strong together!

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