The Cambridge MLK Day of Service

"“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The MLK Day of Service

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 just three short hours, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds work on projects ranging from making Valentines to sorting food for city food pantries. It’s 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’s needs, makes new friends and does something incredibly valuable our city on this day.

See all the organizations we help here!

COME BACK IN SEPTEMBER!

Registration for the 2020 Cambridge MLK Day of Service starts then. Join us for our 10th anniversary!.

What can you accomplish in just three hours? A lot! Look what volunteers did in 2019.

10,000
Children, teens and adults served by 84 agencies in Cambridge, Somerville and beyond
2,321
Activity kits for children waiting in emergency rooms
76
Bags of books for children's literacy and reading programs
1151
Pounds of winter clothing donated, sorted and delivered
377
Bags of food for Cambridge food pantries and meal programs
562
Fleece blankets and scarves created for homeless and at-risk children and adults
1,677
Personal care kits for homeless teens and adults donated, sorted and delivered
3,320
Valentines cards for homebound elders, veterans and homeless
2,400
Happy Cambridge volunteers

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can we bring kids?
 Elders?

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.

OUR SERVICE PARTNERS

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

OUR GENEROUS BUSINESS, INSTITUTIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTERS

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
Staples
Starbucks
Whole Foods Market
Youville House

And many generous individual supporters. Thank you!

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