Stories of Impact

Harvard values its longtime partnership with the Cities of Cambridge and Boston, particularly our shared history, our efforts to strengthen our communities, our shared achievements, and our commitment to education and creating opportunities that encourage lifelong learning. Harvard is proud to be part of this region, and to contribute in ways that make the communities we call home more vibrant as a result of
the work we do together.

The following stories highlight some of the impactful and exciting collaborations and programs taking place across the community every single day.

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Allston-Brighton street sign

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.

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Students on virtual field trip

Exploring from home

Virtual field trips through the Harvard Ed Portal have taken youngsters to five of the 10 wonders of the world—all without leaving their home.

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Canned food

Helping to feed the community

Harvard continues to donate food for distribution in Cambridge and beyond.

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Artwork by student

Local students explore street art and community

When Allston-Brighton students joined the Harvard Ed Portal’s Mural Club: Street Art & Community earlier this spring, they hoped to create a public mural to represent them and their community. Though students 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.

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Artisan Asylum

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).

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Students at Harvard Center for Astrophysics

From hands-on to virtual

A group of area high school students spent the past year learning how to be scientists through the Harvard-MIT Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP).

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Profiles in Community Support

Allston Brighton Main Streets Light Project

Allston Village Main Streets & Brighton Main Streets

As small business owners in the neighborhoods navigate their day-to-day operations, a web of complex policies and opportunities grow daily. To help navigate this, those businesses and the people they employ often turn to two organizations for guidance: Allston Village Main Streets and Brighton Main Streets.

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Exterior of Oak Square YMCA

Oak Square YMCA

At its heart, the YMCA is a microcosm of the community in which it exists. The Oak Square Y in Brighton is no exception.

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West End House Food Delivery

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.

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St Anthony Parish Food Pantry

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.

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Allston Brighton CDC

It was not unique for businesses or organizations to shift and overhaul the way they worked as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. And while the experience was stressful for everyone, John Woods, executive director of the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (ABCDC), points to the positives that came out of the sudden change.

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PSF Rose Garden

The Presentation School Foundation Community Center

When the Our Lady of the Presentation School was closed over 15 years ago, the community rallied to maintain the building as a neighborhood institution. The result: the Presentation School Foundation (PSF) Community Center, a hub for organizations and individuals committed to the neighborhoods of Allston and Brighton.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Harvard Gazette: In the Community

Explore more stories in The Harvard Gazette about lifelong learning, shared achievements, and opportunities on Harvard's campus and surrounding communities.

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