Who We Are
The Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association (CNA) was founded in November 2004 and is a 501(c)3 non-profit. We are located in Cambridge, MA with borders on River St, Mass Ave, the Grand Junction train tracks, and the Charles River.
All residents of Cambridgeport, families of children who attend Cambridgeport schools, and people who work in Cambridgeport are part of the CNA and are encouraged to sign up for one of our listservs, follow us on social media, and join us at events.
We strive to strengthen community, facilitate advocacy, and share information. Our activities include informational meetings, social events, and neighborhood improvement projects.
The CNA is represented by a board which is elected annually by community members.
2023 Board Members:
Rebecca Bowie, President
Brittany Butler, Clerk
Tien-Tien Chan, Clerk
Cathie Zusy, Treasurer
Valerie Bonds, DEI Committee Chair
Our events are always free, open to the public, and no prior participation is necessary.
We encourage new faces to join us!
Thursday, October 19
In preparation for the City of Cambridge's Municipal Elections on November 7th, the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association will host Candidate Night featuring both City Council and School Committee candidates. Please join us on Thursday, October 19 at 7pm to learn more about the candidates.
In terms of format, we will kick off with a brief welcome and then hear short, 2:30 minute speeches from each candidate. All candidates will be asked to answer the same questions, which will be announced publicly in the coming weeks.
We have confirmed 100% City Council candidates and 100% of the School Committee candidates. We look forward to hearing from them, and hope that you'll join us on the 19th!
Saturday, November 4 (new date!)
10am - 2pm
(Brookline & Chestnut St)
We're collecting all your used textiles and books!
Textiles go to Helpsy.
- Clean, odorless, in a bag
- ANY quality (they'll sort to different destinations for you)
- Includes things that might surprise you (like shoes, stuffed animals, throw rugs)
Books go to More Than Words
- Resale quality, please
- Includes things that might surprise you (like CDs, DVDs, video games)
Year of the Block Party
Check out our page.
Upcoming Block Parties:
- Sept 30:
Laurel St. 4-7 pm
- Oct 28 (Rain date 10/29)
Tufts St, 3:00-9:00pm
The CNA Board is working to make 2023 the "Year of the Block Party." Want to help?
We are looking for:
Block party hosts (your neighbors and the CNA will help with everything! We even have some grant money available. If you're unsure but potentially interested, reach out!)
Block party volunteers (can't host on your street but want to help somehow?)
People with skills to share - especially musicians! (Or other block party skills. Grilling? Face painting? Whatever you can think of.) Can be volunteer or paid.
If you are at all interested, please email email@example.com.
Need convincing? It's for a good cause! Not only is it fun to know your neighbors, but the need is real: Resilient Cambridge is the City's plan to make the city more prepared for and resilient to the impacts of climate change while improving the quality of life and enhancing the city. One of the four components of the plan is Closer Neighborhoods: “Success will depend on the strength and resilience of our social networks: family, friends, and neighbors….”
Last Monday of the month
Cambridge Neighborhood Association Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Sub-Committee facilitated by Co- Chairs Valerie Bonds and Brian Aull.
Join a group of Cambridge residents concerned about the racism in our culture, who are looking for an opportunity to discuss the issues with others, with a goal to understand better, and work towards equal justice for all. We do this through sharing readings, personal experiences and discussing current issues in town and beyond. We discuss topical readings to increase our awareness and understanding of how racism manifests in our society and community, and we work to address inequities and amplify marginalized voices in Cambridge. Repeat participants help to move the conversation forward, andbrand-new participants are welcome and encouraged each month.
Shop secondhand with us
Be good to the environment and help raise money for the CNA! We get a portion of sales when you shop secondhand with Helpsy (our textile drive partner) using this link:
Past Events since 2020
The CNA Board meets monthly.
June 2023: Bike Meetup & Showcase
May 2023: Textile & Book Drive, Universal Pre-K Info Session
March 2023: First hybrid community meeting
February 2023: Annual Meeting
January 2023: Community gatherings
November 2022: Community Meeting
October 2022: Textile & Book Drive, Community meeting
September 2022: Meet Your Neighbor Day
May 2022: Community Meeting
April 2022: Textile Drive, Clean Up & Seedling Swap, Community meeting
February 2022: Virtual Meeting/Board Elections
December 2021: Special election candidate forum
November 2021: Fall Gathering in Dana Park
October 2021: Municipal Candidate Night
September 2021: Cambridgeport Play Day
May 2021: Neighborhood Plant Swap
April 2021: Community Clean Up
April 2021: Virtual Community Meeting
March 2021: Virtual Community Meeting
February 2021: Virtual Community Meeting & Annual Elections
November 2020: Virtual Community Meeting
September 2020: Virtual Community Meeting
May 2020: Plant Swap
April 2020: Virtual Trivia Night
April 2020: Teddy Bear in the Window - Bear Hunt
April 2020: Support Local Businesses Media Campaign
March 2020: Neighbors Helping Neighbors Match Service
January 2020: Public meeting and annual election
Connect With Us!
Join Our Neighborhood Conversation Listserv!
You're invited if you live or work in Cambridgeport, or if you have a child in a Cambridgeport school.
The CNA neighborhood conversation listserv is a forum for issues and information related to Cambridgeport. Opinions expressed by individuals do not reflect the opinions of the organization. Rules for participation are here.