Many Helping Hands 365 (MHH365) mobilizes volunteers to build and sustain an equitable community for all in Cambridge. We want to make it easy for you to find ways to volunteer and make a difference—alone, with friends, family or co-workers, once or weekly.
Cambridge, MA Phone: (617) 329-5141  Web: manyhelpinghands365.org

The Cambridge MLK Day of Service

Join us on January 18th, 2021 for the

11th Cambridge MLK Day of Service
(Pandemic Edition)

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Each year since 2010, Many Helping Hands 365 has organized the Martin Luther King Jr. Cambridge Day of Service. On MLK’s birthday, thousands of volunteers come together for an afternoon of service projects at Central Square locations.

This event is now one of the largest community service events in New England. In 2020, in celebration of our ten-year anniversary, the Day of Service expanded to include a variety of workshops, performances and opportunities for community activism. And in  just three short hours, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds work on projects ranging from making Valentines to sorting food for city food pantries.

The Day of Service is a unique opportunity for neighbors to work side by side to accomplish something for those in need. You could be sharing markers and making valentines with another family or sorting winter clothing with a state representative. 

Everyone learns a little more about our community, makes new friends and does something incredibly valuable our city on this day.

But in the spring of 2020, the world changed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into relief the inequality and injustice in our society. It has increased the need for support and the demand on all our human service agencies. And it now prohibits the kind of in-person gathering that has been the hallmark of our traditional day of service in Cambridge.

We will adapt. When the need is this great, we must still find a way to reach out to our neighbors. Sometime around Thanksgiving, we will announce plans for this year’s Cambridge MLK Day of Service. We will need your many (washed!) hands more than ever.

Stay safe!

“What a great day of service! Thank you @MHH365 for letting us serve the Cambridge community today in honor of hope and peace.”

Mass Mentoring

“The values Dr. King advocated and marched for were on full display yesterday at City Hall and at communities across the country. Thanks to those who participated in the Day of Service. Let’s continue to live out these values each and every day.”

Marc McGovern, Former Mayor of Cambridge

“Happy to be a part of a great cause on this MLK Day of Service! We helped make emergency kits, valentines, and scarves for Many Helping Hands 365 in Cambridge.”

Jennifer Williams, Cambridge Resident
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Can we bring kids?

YES! We’ve designed the projects to encourage even the littlest hands to be able to participate. We have had children as young as 2 and elders 90+ lend their generous hands in service. Children do need to be accompanied by an adult who can work alongside them.

Who does this event serve?

Your work on MLK Day helps more than 80 different organizations serving our neighbors in need. Learn more here.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The best way to come is by MBTA. We’re in Central Square on the Red Line. The #1 Mass Ave bus stops across from City Hall. There are public parking lots nearby as well.

Where can I contact the organizer with questions?

You can email us at info@manyhelpinghands365.org and we’ll be in touch soon!

Can I make a monetary donation?

Yes! All donations go to help pay for the supplies we use at MLK Day of Service. You can make a donation in the “Supporter” category on the Registration page. Thank you for your generosity!

I have ideas for you!

We’d love to hear from you! Email us at info@manyhelpinghands365.org

Can I help before or after MLK Day?

We can always use more helping hands. Some examples of how you can help (1) help with planning before MLK Day, (2) help with cutting fleece, putting up posters, delivering collection boxes, (3) help manage projects on MLK Day, (4) help finish up sewing blankets and scarves after MLK Day, and (5) help deliver all the wonderful things that volunteers make and sort on MLK Day. We also need social media help and graphic design. Email us at info@manyhelpinghands365.org.

Is it true we can register to vote at MLK Day?

Yes! If you are not registered, we can help you do that. We have a table and volunteers at City Hall who can get you registered. Voting is one of the best way to serve your community and participate in our democracy.

MLK DAY Partners

Many thanks to the Friends of the Cambridge MLK Day of Service for making this valuable community tradition possible.

Special thanks to our photographers Anna HajiyevSusan Lapides-Wilson, Eric Lander, and Randy H. Goodman

Please note that photographs are copyrighted and protected under the United States copyright law.

Also, a very special thanks to our musical  guests Jacob and Jason Sibi-Okumo and Sweet Wednesday, and to our wonderful Volunteer Crew including students from Community Charter School of Cambridge, Enroot and Harvard Kennedy School.


Cambridge Arts Council
Cambridge City Council and Mayor Marc McGovern
Cambridge City Manager
Cambridge Community Foundation
Cambridge Youth Council
Cambridge Department of Human Services
Cambridge Department of Public Works
Cambridge Peace Commission
Cambridge Police Department
Cambridge Senior Center
Cambridge Volunteer Clearinghouse
Cambridge YWCA
Central Square Business Association
Community Charter School of Cambridge
East End House
EnRoot Education
Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House
Mass Mentoring Partnership
Mass Service Alliance
The Possible Project
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church


Artist & Craftsman Supply
Beacon XV Hotel
Blick Art Materials
Bright Horizons
Broad Institute
Cambridge Community Foundation
Cambridge Trust Bank
Charles Hotel
Christ Church
Classic GraphX
Colonnade Hotel
David’s Tea
Domino’s Pizza
DownTown Printing
Freepoint Hotel
Fresh Pond Market
Gentle Giant Moving Co.
Hampton Inn
Healthworks Cambridge
Holiday Inn Express
Hotel Marlowe
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
Kendall Square Hotel
KIND Healthy Snacks
Marriott Boston
Mass Service Alliance
PEAK Event Services
Polartec, LLC
Porter Square Hotel
Sheraton Commander
Whole Foods Market
Youville House

And many generous individual supporters. Thank you!