East End House


Since 1875 East End House has offered innovative programming to the community and continues to strive for excellence as we look to the future. Our programs have received numerous accolades and distinctions. In 2010 East End House became the first in the country to be accredited as an overall agency and to earn separate accreditation for the School Age and Middle School Programs through the Council on Accreditation (COA). In both 2009 and 2010 the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the United Neighborhood Centers of America recognized excellence in family engagement programming through the national Families Count: Family Strengthening Award. East End House was also awarded the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s Management Award in 2010. The agency continues to create innovative and essential programs for the children, youth, families, and seniors in our community.East End House community center uses a holistic approach to promote the well-being, academic achievement, and successful transition to adulthood of children and youth from under-resourced families in Cambridge and surrounding communities. As part of this approach, East End House provides support services to a diverse population, from infants to seniors, to strengthen family and community.Today, as a dynamic community center, we continue to meet community needs through innovative programs that support families and individuals of every age and ability. Our innovative and outcome-driven programs support families and individuals through evidence-based curriculum that prepares preschoolers for Kindergarten and gives school age and middle school youth the skills to become successful adults. Programming supports the whole family with comprehensive services like the Food Pantry, Community Workshops, Parent Education and Senior Programming. Our goals are to:

  • Serve families and individuals of all ages with exceptional programming that meets the evolving needs of the community
  • Create opportunities for those who have been traditionally denied access due to social and economic barriers
  • Engage volunteers to strengthen the capacity of the agency and build a sense of community
  • Maintain a highly motivated and well-trained staff
  • Continually assess community needs and respond with innovative, evidence-based programming.
  • Rigorously document and evaluate programs to ensure high-quality and impact



We rely on volunteers to help us provide the highest quality services and create the most innovative and relevant programming we can. There are opportunities for individuals, families and groups with varied interests and skills. Currently we are looking for volunteers to help in the following capacities:Administration

  • Relieve receptionist
  • Answer phones
  • Data entry
  • Assist with mass mailings

Child Care

  • Read to a group of preschoolers
  • Sing or play an instrument
  • Assist teachers with classroom activities

Community Programs

  • Run a workshop in an area of expertise; ie. dance, yoga, etc.
  • Teach or assist in adults’ computer classes
  • Run tax workshops for community members
  • Help out at special events

Emergency Food Program

  • Help organize and stock groceries
  • Assist with Greater Boston Food Bank deliveries
  • Hand out groceries in the Food Pantry
  • Help out at the Farmer’s Market

Mentor a Youth

  • Spend at least 4 hours a month with a middle school student
  • Check out the Mentoring Fact Sheet

Middle School Program

  • Help in the homework room
  • Assist with science and math activities
  • Run special classes and workshops

School Age Program

  • Run special workshops such as dance, crafts, computers, etc.
  • Assist the group leaders with activities
  • Help in the homework room

Special Projects

  • Participate in Community Clean-Up days
  • Assist at special events
  • Sort and distribute food in the Thanksgiving Turkey Basket Giveaway
  • Help organize toys for Holiday Toy Drive
  • Holiday Volunteering
Education, Elder Services, Food Insecurity
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