For 14 years, the generous efforts of volunteers on MLK Day have supported dozens of Cambridge organizations that deliver critical services to our neighbors in need, provide an important social safety net, and make our city a better, healthier and more just community.

Your many helping hands help to power the efforts of these organization and increase their abiliy to serve and their impact on our community. Each year we talk with  leaders in our community about their needs. and we talked to volunteers about enhancing their experience.

Many Helping Hands 365 continues to focus two goals— 1) supporting and amplifying the work of local nonprofit organizations and 2) increasing our focus on social justice and inspiring conversation and action on racial equity in our community.

Last year, we organized a week of learning and serving for a deeper commitment to racial justice.


Food Pantries

You collected and donated 584 bags of donated groceries along with $7755 of grocery gift cards. These were given to 14 area food pantries and programs.

  • Cambridge Community Center Pantry
  • East End House Food Pantry
  • La Colaborativa in Chelsea
  • Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House Food Pantry
  • Massachusetts Ave. Baptist Church
  • Project Manna Food Pantry
  • Pentecostal Tabernacle Food Pantry
  • Somerville Food Pantry
  • St. Paul AME Church Pantry
  • St. Paul’s Catholic Parish Food Pantry
  • St. James Helping Hand Church Pantry
  • Salvation Army Food Pantry

BLANKETS and Scarves

We delivered 582 handmade fleece blankets and scarves made on MLK Day to organizations sheltering and helping homeless individuals & families, and at-risk children, teens and adults.

  • Albany Street Emergency Shelter (CASPAR)
  • Bridges Homeward
  • Bridge over troubled Waters
  • Cambridge Center for Families, Baby University & Early Childhood
  • Cambridge Multi Service Center for the Homeless
  • Casa Nueva Vida
  • Chapel Street Shelter
  • First Church Shelter
  • First Step Outreach (CASPAR)
  • Friday Cafe at First Church
  • Harvard Square Shelter
  • Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center
  • New Day (CASPAR)
  • On the Rise
  • Our Place at Salvation Army
  • Salvation Army Shelter
  • The Warming Center (CASPAR)
  • Transition House
  • Woman Place (CASPAR)
  • Women’s Center
  • Youth on Fire
  • Y2Y
  • YWCA Family Shelter



At least 2,874 Valentine Cards were given through more than 20 organizations helping elders, veterans, the ill and homeless and hand delivered to hundreds of elders living alone. Thousands more went from you to individuals in gratitude for their work in the community.

  • Cadbury Commons Memory Unit
  • Cambridge Homes
  • Cambridge Hospital Health Workers
  • Cambridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
  • Cambridge Veterans Services
  • CASPAR Albany Street Emergency Shelter
  • Community Servings (Cambridge residents)
  • Food for Free
  • GROW House 
  • Isolated elders identified by Cambridge Housing Authority and Cambridge Police Department
  • HAGAN Manor (CASPAR)
  • Meals-on-Wheels (Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services)
  • Mens’ Residences 1 and 2 (CASPAR)
  • Mt. Auburn Hospital Health Workers
  • New Day (CASPAR)
  • On the Rise
  • Operation American Soldier
  • Rogers Veterans Hospital, Bedford
  • Sancta Maria Nursing Facility
  • Warming Center (CASPAR)
  • Woman Place 
  • Y2Y
  • YWCA Cambridge –Tanner Residence and The Family Shelter


Volunteers collected and donated 33 bags of gently used winter clothing and delivered them to organizations that shared them with other local organizations assisting people in need.


We worked with More than Words—an amazing local organization run by and to benefit at-risk youth) to collect, organize and deliver  148 bags of books.

MLK graphic

Community Walks

More than 300 of us walked together for a MLK Day Community Walk to learn about the rich history and present of the Black and Brown community in The Coast, Riverside and Cambridgeport neighborhoods. 

We partnered with wonderful organizations for the Community Walk including Abundant Life Church, Black History in Action for Cambridgeport (BHAC), Cambridge Arts, Central Square BID, Cambridge Community Center, Cambridge health Department, Central Square Church, Cambridge NAACP, Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association, Community Conversations: Sister to Sister, History Cambridge and Pentecostal Tabernacle. We had amazing teen volunteers from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and Community Charter School of Cambridge.

MLK in Cambridge


We held a public ZOOM conversation about Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., his work, his legacy and his call that all of us work to create a more just and racially equal society.


Hundreds of toiletry kits donated by the Intercontinental Hotel and The Porter Square Hotel were delivered to 14 local organizations serving homeless teens and adults.

  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters 
  • Cambridge Community Center
  • Albany Street Emergency Shelter (CASPAR)
  • Chapel Street Shelter
  • First Church Shelter
  • Friday Cafe
  • Hildebrand Family Self Help
  • On the Rise
  • Salvation Army 
  • St. Paul AME Church Pantry
  • The Warming Center (CASPAR)
  • Woman Place (CASPAR)
  • YWCA
  • Y2Y

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Creative Commons and MHH356 Volunteers