Volunteer with Senior Citizens! - East End House


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


105 Spring StreetCambridge, MA 02141


East End House

East End House has served under-resourced members of the East Cambridge community for over 140 years. We use a holistic approach to provide a variety of resources to support local families such as childcare, senior citizen programming, an emergency food pantry, and parenting education. Senior and elderly citizens are an essential part of the East Cambridge community and East End House is committed to creating a space for them and supporting their needs. In that vein, the Sunrise Club was created as a venue for senior members of the community can come together to decrease social isolation, foster healthy lifestyles, and enrich their lives with fun programming.

Volunteer Role:

The Sunrise Clubs meets every Monday and Wednesdays from 10am-12pm. A volunteer’s main role is to be an engaging presence in the room, hang out with seniors, talk and listening to them, and generally be a positive presence in the room. Volunteers arrive at 9:30am to help set up the community room for the seniors, putting out padded chairs, brewing coffee, and preparing any needed materials for the day’s activities. Each month the seniors have a calendar of activities, which include an outing to lunch or a field trip, a birthday celebration, bingo, in addition to other creative and engaging programming!


  • Identify and adhere to a consistent schedule
  • Establish caring and respectful relationships with seniors
  • Adhere to the East End House Staff Ground Rules for Working Together as outlined in the East End House Personnel Policy Handbook


  • Volunteer orientation and training from experienced staff
  • Have a positive impact in the lives of elderly members of the community
  • Engage in fun activities and make friends with people from a different generation
  • Become a master bingo player
  • If interested, you can be part of the activity planning process!


Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours once a week (or twice if interested)

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