Local students explore street art and community
Though students in the Harvard Ed Portal’s Mural Club: Street Art & Community began the semester in person, they quickly transitioned to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and were still able to create their own personal works of art.
27 Allston-Brighton nonprofits awarded emergency response grants from Harvard
Harvard University recently announced that 27 Allston-Brighton nonprofit organizations and community groups have been awarded emergency response grants for their continuing efforts in responding to COVID-19 related community needs.
Profiles in Community Support
Allston Brighton CDC
It was not unique for businesses to overhaul their work structure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; but while the experience was stressful for all, John Woods, executive director of the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation, points to the positives that came out of the sudden change.
Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force
Since 2004, the Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force has been marshalling community resources and working closely with neighborhood residents to help bring evidence-based education to the fight to prevent substance abuse.
Allston-Brighton Neighborhood Opportunity Center
Put simply, the Allston-Brighton Neighborhood Opportunity Center (ABNOC) is a place where people can go and get help. But more than the help they receive, it’s where they can go to see a friendly face, someone they know is there to look out for them and help them during difficult times.
Allston Village Main Streets & Brighton Main Streets
As Allston-Brighton small business owners navigate day-to-day operations, a web of complex policies and opportunities grow daily. These businesses and their employees often turn to two organizations for guidance: Allston Village and Brighton Main Streets.
Brazilian Women's Group
The Brazilian Women's Group is committed to promoting political and cultural awareness throughout the Brazilian community in Boston. Since COVID-19 hit, the group’s commitment to its work has only been amplified.
Brighton Allston Congregational Church
Houses of worship often offer more than just weekly services. They are community centers, a place to see friends, learn something new, and increasingly, a place where you can get a healthy meal. The Brighton Allston Congregational Church knows this well.
Gardner Pilot Academy Adult Education Program
Over the course of 32 weeks, the GPA Adult Education Program provides 62 lessons to English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners from Allston-Brighton to help improve their English language skills.
The Presentation School Foundation Community Center
When the Our Lady of the Presentation School closed over 15 years ago, the community rallied to maintain the neighborhood institution and created the Presentation School Foundation Community Center, a hub for organizations and individuals committed to the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods.
St. Anthony's Parish Food Pantry
Located in Allston, just around the corner from the Harvard Business School Campus, the parish of St. Anthony’s Church looks like the neighborhood in which it exits.
West End House
The West End House is an organization rooted in history and community. For over a century it has been committed to helping young people achieve their full potential in academics and the arts while maintaining a healthy life and preparing for a career.
An Asylum in Allston
Harvard University welcomed Artisan’s Asylum, a local nonprofit arts collaborative, to Allston, where it will make medical gowns used as personal protective equipment (PPE).
COVID-19 Dispatch: Karen Mills
Harvard Business School Professors Bill Kerr and Joe Fuller talk with HBS senior fellow and former Small Business Administration director Karen Mills, about the effects of COVID-19 on the future of work.
A Joyful Sorrow
Rev. Erica Rose Long, MDiv ’16, and Sarah Byrne-Martelli, MDiv ’02, discuss being on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, partnering with doctors and nurses, and providing comfort and support both to Coronavirus patients and those who care for them.
A time of need and a desire to help
The COVID-19 crisis has brought disruption, loss, and jarring change, but it has also fired in many students the desire to help and inspired creative ways to make a difference. New initiatives include Feed the Frontlines NYC, CovEducation, and Bike Harvard.
Research & Impact
7 million face shields and counting
The Wyss Institute produces face shields at a pace of up to 400,000 per day, and over 7 million face shields have been shipped both locally and nationally for use in the health care, food service, manufacturing, and academic research communities.
$16.5 million awarded to projects to fight COVID
A scientific consortium formed to fight COVID-19 has awarded $16.5 million to 62 research projects focused on aspects of the pandemic ranging from vaccines and treatments to explorations of immunity to divining its still-unknown reach across society.
Volunteers juice COVID testing at Beth Israel
An outpouring of volunteers and equipment from the Harvard medical community have helped a Harvard hospital testing lab meet COVID-19’s challenge.
How MBAs are bringing PPE to Boston Hospitals
PPEople First—a group of Harvard Business School students who are bringing critically needed PPE to Massachusetts healthcare workers—has successfully connected the PPE supply in China with the demand in Massachusetts.
GSD begins PIH design & fabrication alongside ongoing PPE efforts
As of May 7, the Harvard Graduate School of Design's Fabrication Lab was able to produce 2,200 face visors via 3-D printing, and 3,194 shields via laser-cutting for Mass General Hospital.
Pilot Project for COVID-19 Testing in Nursing Homes
The City of Cambridge announced a partnership with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard on a pilot project to test for COVID-19 in nursing facilities.
Alumni Making a Difference
In the trenches
Harvard alumni Judy Salerno, S.M. ’76, M.D. ’85, S.P.H. ’85, Tony Dajer ’78, and Mallika Marshall ’92 are among the thousands of medical professionals working nonstop to care for patients as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the nation.
From a care of souls to the care of bodies
Kevin Cranston, M.Div. ’86, and his team of epidemiologists and lab scientists are working hard tracking cases of COVID-19 and helping advise local and state officials on policies to best mitigate its spread.
University Community Rallies to Deal with COVID-19 Crisis
Harvard faculty, students, researchers, and staff are working alongside hospitals, first responders, state and city leaders, and many more across Greater Boston to support the response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Gazette recently spoke with some professors and administrators about the research, projects, and collaborations the University has undertaken amid the unprecedented global health crisis.
Harvard and MIT donate $500,000 to Cambridge
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have made matching donations of $250,000 each to the city of Cambridge to cover costs associated with the creation of a temporary emergency shelter at the War Memorial Recreation Center, Field House, and garage.
How Can Law Students Help in the Midst of COVID-19?
Harvard School of Dental Medicine: Faculty Q&As
Mobile Clinics Finding Their Place in Pandemic