About

The Chesterbrook Community Foundation (CCF) empowers the children and teens who live in the Chesterbrook Gardens and Dana Court public housing communities in Waltham, Massachusetts by providing them with mentoring, academic support, and enrichment in structured after-school and evening programs.

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Chesterbrook Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2008. The Foundation operates two community centers. The Chesterbrook Community Center is located in the 100-unit Chesterbrook Gardens public housing complex in North Waltham. The Dana Court Community Center is located in the 35-unit Dana Court public housing complex in downtown Waltham. The community centers operate free after-school and teen programs for students in the communities. The community centers are vibrant, nurturing places where the children not only benefit from academic tutoring, but also engage in mentoring relationships with college students. In this environment, the children are motivated to do well in school, and they are given an opportunity to develop both their academic skills and their social skills.

The centers are unique because they allow the children to come home to their own neighborhoods, rather than attend an after-school program at school or a third site. As a result, the program not only supports the children of Chesterbrook Gardens and Dana Court, but also the parents, guardians, educators, and entire community. The centers are collaborative workplaces where students learn and grow with their Bentley University mentors.

Our Volunteers

Bentley University students provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for our participants. Students change each semester based on classes and service placements, though many stay in touch for the duration of their undergrad time and beyond. In fact, several former college volunteers now serve on our board of directors!

Staff

Maureen Kuper, Program Director

Chesterbrook Community Center

Lauren Falco, Development Director

Chesterbrook Community Center

Board of Directors

John Casassa, President

AAFCPAs, Inc

Mike Boyd, Vice President

National Grid

Doug Petersen, Treasurer

Cambridge Savings Bank

Matt Glynn, Clerk

Raytheon Companies

Isabel Small

Retired

Leah Lubert

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Valerie Labrecoque

Sunlife Financial

Brian Shea

Bentley University

Nick Possi-Moses

Deloitte LLP