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Port Family Advocate

Port Arise Institute is a multi-year training and community building program that honors the cultural, neighborhood and individual assets of families living in and around Cambridge’s Port neighborhood. The Institute uses an innovative combination of placemaking/keeping and 2-Generation strategies to provide opportunities, leverage neighborhood assets and address ongoing needs. The overall goals of Port Arise are to:

  • To provide opportunities for growth to people living in and around the Port

  • Address ongoing basic needs of vulnerable families

  • Give community members mechanisms to drive the development of future neighborhood services

  • Leverage neighborhood assets by streamlining and connecting current resources available to families

Port Arise Institute is led by three historic community organizations: Community Art Center, Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House and Tutoring Plus of Cambridge. As Lead Partner for Port Arise, Community Art Center will provide supervision for the Port Family Advocate.

The Port Family Advocate reports to the Executive Director of the Community Art Center and will work closely with the leadership teams of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House and Tutoring Plus of Cambridge. They will provide coordination and leadership of the Port Arise Institute, which recently entered its second year of a three year grant from the Cambridge Community Benefits Fund. Throughout the duration of the project, we will continue to seek funding to continue this role beyond the three year grant. In this second year of the project, the Port Family Advocate will focus their time on: 1) stabilizing vulnerable families through case management, 2) building community leadership and 3) building community skills. During this time, much of the work of Port Arise will focus on COVID-19 recovery.


Reporting to the School Age Program Manager, the cook works as part of the School Aged Child Care team. Responsibilities include, preparing daily meals and snacks for students ages 5-19 following guidelines as set out by the Department of Education Child and Adult Food Program. The Cook will be directly responsible for creating menus, preparing shopping lists, following safe food guidelines, maintaining the kitchen, and tracking food and expenses for reporting and billing. The right candidate will have experience in a childcare program, and may already be ServSafe certified.