Monday, January 17 – Thursday, January 20

Many Helping Hands 365, MY BROTHERS KEEPER CAMBRIDGE,​

AND YWCA PRESENT...

THE 2022 CAMBRIDGE MLK DAY

OF SERVICE & LEARNING

THis Year's Program

Although the Covid pandemic continues to limit our ability to offer public gatherings, we can all still come together and serve and commemorate on MLK Day.

 

This year’s program includes a Community Walk, Zoom conversations on racial justice, and MHH365’s traditional hands-on and self-led volunteer service projects.

 

Join us in our call for just and equitable access to the ballot!  We will continue to provide  postcards for you to write your elected officials demanding that they pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act!

 

A Community Walk Celebrating Cambridge' Black and Brown History

THANK YOU to everyone who came out on MLK Day to honor Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life to walk through Cambridge’s Port neighborhood. Learn more about the special event here.

Please consider making a donation to support MLK Day of Service Partners MHH365, MBK Cambridge and YWCA Cambridge.

Sign up for CONVERSATIONS ON RACIAL JUSTICE

Jan 18th 7:00-8:00 PM Reimagine Reparations ‘Reimagining Reparations’ continues MLK Jr.’s legacy on the intersection of classism and racial justice with an imaginative conversation on actions that everyone can participate in solidarity for reparations from slavery. Collaboration between MRCC & YWCA Cambridge featuring Saskia VannJames.

Jan 19th 8:00-9:30 AM—Aspiration to Results Community Breakfast Zoom- Why has Cambridge fallen short of Reverend Martin Luther King’s Dream? How can we make the City’s mission and vision factual not just aspirational? ZOOM LINK HERE

Jan 20th 7:00-8:30 PM–The Unraveling of MLK’s Dream My Brothers Keeper Community Conversation Zoom -From the January 6th insurrection, Critical Race Theory, the stalemate of the John Lewis Bill and the redistricting and violence in our schools -The conversation will be led by Tony Clark with local community leaders and thinkers. 

We will send you a zoom link closer to the event!

Hands-on service Projects

Some of our most popular MLK Day service projects will not be stopped by Covid 19. Stay safe while engaging in creative acts of service for our neighbors. Click on the activities below for details.

Whether you are an individual or a Group Leader, please register below!

You will collect 25 bags of food for local pantries in Cambridge, Somerville and Chelsea. We will get back to with your assignment within 24 hours!

Sign up Here

Lead a Clothing Drive for local nonprofits and collect new and gently used winter clothing for neighbors in need.

Leaders commit to collecting donations to fill 25 bags.

Sign up here.

We will get back to with your assignment within 24 hours!

Lead a Book Drive to collect books for our partner for non profits in our community and share your love of reading!

Leaders will collect donations to fill 25 bags with books and deliver them.

Sign up here.

We will get back to with your assignment within 24 hours!

 

Lead a Neighborhood Diaper Drive in Cambridge, Somerville and Chelsea. Collect disposable diapers for nonprofits.

Leaders will collect donations to fill 25 bags with diapers of all sizes and deliver them to a designated pantry. 

Sign up here.

We will get back to with your assignment within 24 hours!

We are making Valentines for people in our community who can use a bit more love in this fraught time, including elders, homeless adults and veterans in our community and local troops overseas.

Click on valentine making instructions below if you are a individual, family or Group Leader! You will see where you can pick up a packet of supplies and drop them off, along with instructions for making them at home.

ON MLK DAY – you can also join a community drop-in ZOOM with other people making Valentines to share ideas and results. Sign up on our website! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Open to everyone. Led by Many Helping Hands 365.

Click here for Valentine Instructions!

We are making hundreds of fleece scarves and blankets for homeless children, teens and adults in our community.

Click on Instructions below. We will tell you where you can pick up a packet with fleece, pins and instructions to design a blanket or scarf and where you can drop off your designed blanket/scarf when you register.

You can also join our community drop-in ZOOM information  to share ideas and results.  Just sign up on our website! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Open to everyone. Led by Many Helping Hands 36

MLK Day of Service volunteer sewers will stitch your design and we will deliver the blankets and scarves. You can sign up to design a blanket/scarf or to be a stitcher after MLK Day. 

Click here for Blanket and Scarf Instructions

After you register , we’ll send you an email with a zoom link or more information in advance of each event.

OUR PARTNERS

Many Helping Hands 365 is proud to partner with My Brothers Keeper and Cambridge YWCA Cambridge to produce this year’s events. We encourage you to get to know and support these local organizations.”

For the Community Walk in The Port neighborhood, we are also partnering with Cambridge Arts, Central Square BID, The Community Art Center, Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, The Robert and Janet Moses Youth Center, St. Paul AME Church, Cambridge NAACP and History Cambridge.

YWCA Cambridge is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Learn more.

My Brother’s Keeper Cambridge is a consortium of concerned community leaders committed to the empowerment and success of young people residing in the City of Cambridge. Learn more.

ADDITIONAL MLK WEEK EVENTS

Explore these other offerings at national and local institutions and make it a full week of service and learning. All events are free and open to the public. You must register in advance with these organizations to receive links. Space for these events may be limited.

WEEK OF JAN 17

 
THE URGENCY OF CREATING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY! A National observance

Each year, The King Center in Atlanta leads the nationwide observance of the national holiday commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Register for events on their website.

MON JAN 18

10:00PM

 

Greater Boston residents are invited to join Essential Partners and filmmaker James Rutenbeck for a virtual dialogue about his new documentary film, A Reckoning in Boston.


  1. Watch A Reckoning in Boston’s national broadcast premier on January 17 at 10:00 PM Eastern Time on PBS Independent Lens
  2. Join Essential Partners for a free virtual dialogue on January 18 at 6:30 PM Eastern Time. Click here to register free online.