Agassiz Baldwin Community (ABC) is a private, non-profit organization with a forty-year history of quality programs and services for residents from the Cambridge Agassiz community and beyond. The Agassiz Baldwin Living Well Network (LWN), is based on a grassroots, community development model, links seniors with people of all ages in a neighborhood-based social network. Network members participate in programs and volunteer activities that celebrate their community as an exciting urban environment in which to age. LWN was created as a way to apply the nation-wide “Aging in Place” social movement to the Agassiz community. This movement focuses on creating and sustaining a community in which the members can remain at home safely and comfortably through their retirement years.
The Agassiz Neighborhood Council provides community members with the opportunity to have their voices heard as well as take action on a variety of issues and initiatives. It meets monthly (except for July and August). The Whistler, the community newsletter, includes the minutes from each month’s Council meeting as well as information about ABC’s programs, events, and other items of interest in Cambridge. Agassiz Baldwin Children’s Programs include preschool, afterschool, summer program, parent/child playgroups, and opportunities for middle school students to get work experience through our Counselors-in-Training and Teachers-in-Training programs. Arts programming includes Maud Morgan Arts (studios and classes for adults and children),Chandler Gallery, Introducing Art performance series, and specialized arts instruction in our children’s programs. Community events and services include an annual Thanksgiving Potluck Feast, the Kids Only Holiday Sale, and an annual Family and Community Barbecue Potluck. ABC also offers technical support for community initiatives, resources and referrals on neighborhood issues, and neighborhood archives. Newest the suite of programming is the Living Well Network, a grassroots, volunteer-supported initiative to help older residents stay in their homes as they age. This network will include contiguous neighborhoods, Porter Square, Neighborhood 9, Mid-Cambridge, and abutting sections of Somerville.