Making Lots of Valentines for isolated elders

Many Helping Hands 365 grew out of Many Helping Hands MLK Day of Service in Cambridge. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., volunteers of all ages join together for an afternoon of service to Cambridge residents in need.

Come lend your hands and make a difference again next year on

Monday January 20, 2014 from 2- 5 pm

Visit  MHH MLK Day of Service on Facebook for pictures and stories from previous events.

Thanks to many helping hands, Cambridge held its 3rd Many Helping Hands / Cambridge MLK Day of Service on January 21, 2013 in Central Square, Cambridge at City Hall and the Cambridge Senior Center.

More than 1500 volunteers came together in Central Square to make a difference in the lives of others.

The volunteers spanned in age from 2 to 92 years old. They came from different backgrounds, different neighborhoods, different faiths, different ethnicities.  They came to work together following Dr. Martin Luther King’s exhortation: “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” The fruits of their labors benefited thousands people in need all over Cambridge helped by 69 different organizations and city departments.

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In just 3 hours on MLK Day of Service 2013 . . .

More than 1500 hundred volunteers MADE
178 Polar fleece blankets for homeless children at Cambridge family shelters run by the YWCA, Transition House and Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center.
318 Polar fleece scarves for the homeless men and women who are found sleeping on the street the night of the Cambridge Homeless Census in late January and homeless teens who visit the Bridge Over Troubled Waters medical van in Harvard Square and other homeless men, women and children in shelters in Cambridge.
1056 Activity kits for children waiting in the Emergency Rooms at Cambridge Hospital and Mt. Auburn Hospital.
545 Toiletry kits for homeless men and women at Cambridge family shelters run by the YWCA, Transition House and Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, On The Rise and Caspar.
1512 Bookmarks for literacy programs at Cambridge Community Learning Center, the Literacy Project at Cambridge Public Library, Tutoring Plus, Breakthrough and Cambridge School Volunteers.
2231 Valentines cards for homebound elders served by Meals on Wheels or living alone, homebound Cambridge residents who receive grocery deliveries from Food for Free, Cambridge veterans and servicemen and women overseas.
1540 lbs of donated children’s winter clothes for Children’s Clothing Exchange and  adult winter clothes for On the Rise, CASPAR and Harvard Square Homeless Shelter.
101 grocery bags of donated food given to all twelve Cambridge food pantries (Cambridgeport Baptist Church Pantry, CEOC Food Pantry, East End House Food Pantry, Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House Food Pantry, Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church Project Manna Pantry, St. Paul AME Church Pantry, St. James Helping Hand Church Pantry, St. Peter’s Church Common Care Pantry, Salvation Army Food Pantry, Senior Center pantry, Western Avenue Baptist Church Food Pantry, Zinberg Clinic Pantry).
45 bags of donated children’s books  for all the Cambridge Youth Centers (Area IV, Frisoli, Gately, Russell and Willis D. Moore), Cambridge Community Center, the Reach Out and Read programs at East Cambridge Health Center, Windsor Street Health Center, Cambridge Family Health, Porter Square and Cambridge Family Health Inman Square, the YWCA Family Shelter, Cambridge Community Center, East End House and Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House and Cambridge School Volunteers.
In addition, the MLK Day of Service VOLUNTEER EXPO – Many Helping Hands 365 – provided information about the many Cambridge organizations that can use volunteer help through-out the year and rolled out this website.

Thank you to the many people and organizations that are making  Many Helping Hands – MLK Day of Service 2013 possible.Special thanks for financial support from Cambridge Community Foundation and Mass Service Alliance.

We are also grateful for donations from many Cambridge businesses including Artist and Craftsman Supply,  Cambridge Trust Bank, Charles Hotel, Classic GrapicX, Freddy Farkel’s Fabric Showplace, Fresh Pond Market, Hotel Marlowe, Hyatt Regency Camb., Inn at Harvard, Le Meridien Hotel, Marriott Cambridge, Marriott Courtyard, Marriott Residence Inn, Peterson Party Rental, Royal Sonesta Hotel, Sew Low Discount Fabrics, Shaws Supermarket, Sheraton Commander Hotel, Staples, Starbucks, Stop&Shop, TAGS Hardward, Trader Joes, Whole Foods Market  and from many individuals.

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