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August 2023 Newsletter

Special giving opportunity for supporters with Donor Advised Funds!

The Eppall Family encourages folks to support Cambridge HEART by sending funds from a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) and filling out the HalfMyDAF form that could potentially double your gift!

There is a movement called HalfMyDAF that encourages donors to spend down funds in their DAF. They offer the chance to double donations up to $5,000. Their campaign ends 9/29 at 5pm.

We are so grateful to the Eppall Family for their support and the encouraging gift.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please feel free to contact Corinne at Cambridge HEART is fiscally sponsored by Community Service Care, Inc.

Youth End-of-Summer Party Outreach Event

On August 31, 2023, Cambridge HEART held an outreach event in Riverside Press Park. Joseph Beiber, our HEART youth collaborator, visioned and planned this event to celebrate the end of summer and engage more young people about different forms of justice and alternatives to policing. There was music, food, free hygiene products, safe sex supplies, literature about Cambridge HEART and abolition, and a raffle to fill out a survey that Joseph designed. There were also water balloons and other water activities to cool off in the hot sun. It was truly an intergenerational event! Many families stopped by and got to learn more about HEART and enjoy some good food and music!

Cambridge HEART’s Backpack Event

On August 15, 2023, we held Cambridge HEART’s first Backpack Event. We are proud to say

that we gave over 500 backpacks, toiletries and school supplies away to Our Community. This is the best feeling for us to be able to help our community. We would love to send a special Thank You to The SPOT Cambridge, The Mayor’s office, Anthony Galluccio, Marc McGovern, and Quinton Zondervan—without your help this wouldn’t have been possible. We also want to thank the volunteers that came out and helped us. We at Cambridge HEART are the community giving back to the community.

Funder Education Event

On August 17th, Borealis Philanthropy's Communities Transforming Policing Fund hosted an educational event for current and potential funding partners, Funder Education Briefing: The Landscape of Alternatives. Speakers from The Black Response Cambridge, Boston University’s Center for Anti-Racist Research, Karaya LLC, and Urban Strategies Council discussed alternative models such as the HUB model, the mobile crisis response model, and the violence interruption model. Several Cambridge HEART responders also shared about their work. Thanks to everyone who attended and especially to Stephanie Guirand from The Black Response Cambridge for her work in organizing the event.

Film screening and panel discussion on 9/14

You are invited to join Cambridge HEART for dinner and a screening of short films about abolition on 9/14 from 7-9 pm in Cambridge's Starlight Square. We'll have a conversation with the audience after the screening.

Please feel free to share the invitation with anyone who you think would be interested in learning more about abolition or about Cambridge HEART. If folks want to sign up for free tickets, they can follow this link.

Director of Wellness - Updated job description

HEART is still looking to hire a Director of Wellness and have expanded our search! We seek to hire a full time (40 hour / week) mental health practitioner who possesses an LICSW, LCSW or LMHC to join our team. This position will work with HEART responders one on one and collectively to address the vicarious trauma they may experience in their work, as well as develop systems to support wellness within the organization as a whole. This position is required to be in-person a great majority of the time, no less than 3 days per week, with some flexibility for remote work, 2 days per week. The salary is up to $75,000. Visit here for the complete job description and application instructions. Rolling application due date, however we are reviewing candidates as they come in and are hoping to hire for this position by the end of September.

Learning Corner: Let This Radicalize You workbook by Kelly Hayes and Mariame Kaba

Mariame Kaba is a longtime abolitionist organizer and educator, has led numerous organizations to battle the prison-industrial complex and empower young activists, including Project NIA, the Chicago Freedom School, and Interrupting Criminalization. Kelly Hayes is an organizer and journalist. Together, they wrote the book Let This Radicalize You, which is available for purchase, along with a free workbook, also called Let This Radicalize You. Download the workbook here. According to an interview with The Nation, the workbook “combines decades of scholarship, countless interviews with activists, and insights from movements across the globe to deliver a utilitarian and practical guide for youth organizers coming into their own.” It is meant for folks at all points on their organizing journeys, whether that is deep in movement work or just beginning in your learning.


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