Official Charities

West End House

West End House

Founded in 1906, West End House is an independent Boys & Girls Club and the largest youth development agency in the Allston-Brighton community, serving more than 1,600 youth between the ages of 7 and 24 annually throughout the city of Boston. More than half of the youth we serve are ages 13 or older, placing West End House in the top 2% of Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide serving teens. Our high-impact, structured programs, delivered by a dynamic team of professional staff and volunteers, ensure that our young people are succeeding academically, exploring and mastering the arts, developing career readiness skills, and adopting healthy lifestyles. Among our successes in the past year:

*98% high school graduation and college enrollment rate
*115 teens employed, including 65 year-round jobs—making us one of the largest year-round teen employers in Boston
*101,000 healthy meals prepared from scratch and served to our youth;

*75% of targeted youth improved their fitness level

For more information, visit www.westendhouse.org or call (617) 682-1009

Cambridge Community Foundation

Founded in 1916, the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) strives to meet the most vital human service needs of the Cambridge (MA) community. The Foundation’s focus is primarily the funding of direct social service programs in the following areas: children and adolescent services, educational services (including the arts), elderly services, family and neighborhood services, housing services, health and mental well-being services, and advocacy and mediation services.

Like other community foundations, CCF exists to provide an effective and versatile vehicle for philanthropy by combining and managing charitable donations, and by channeling them to worthy Cambridge-based organizations that respond to community needs. In this way, CCF is a permanent source of financial support and innovative leadership dedicated to the well-being of the people of Cambridge. For more information visit their website  www.cambridgecf.org or call 617-576-9966

Community Rowing, Inc. Para Rowing Programs

Community Rowing

Community Rowing’s para-rowing program makes the sport of rowing available to people with intellectual and physical disabilities of all kinds. Military veterans returning from the Middle East, students in the Boston Public Schools, and individuals from every walk of life come to Community Rowing to experience the freedom of being out on the water, to be treated as an athlete, and to be a part of a vibrant, inclusive and caring community. Para-athletes from CRI can be found launching off the docks of CRI daily, and competing around the country, from US National Team Selection events to the Head Of The Charles. Para-rowing at CRI is a critical and growing part of the rowing community. Support from the Head Of The Charles Regatta plays a critical role in making this sport available to everyone. For more information, call 617-964-2455 or 617-782-9091 or visit our web site at www.communityrowing.org.