The primary goal of Many Helping Hands 365 is to serve the City’s underserved, disadvantaged and disenfranchised children, teens and adults through hands on community service and by increasing active engagement and local volunteerism to help those in need in Cambridge.
Many Helping Hands meets both immediate and ongoing long-term needs in the community. For example, to meet immediate needs we collect and distribute food, winter clothing and toiletries to every food pantry and homeless shelter in Cambridge. Scarves made at MLK Day of Service are distributed to every homeless person found sleeping on the street during the late night January homeless census. To meet long-term needs, we make and distribute blankets for children in Cambridge and Somerville homeless shelters, bookmarks for children and adults in local literacy programs, and collect and distribute books for low-income children. We also reach out to provide Valentine cards to isolated elderly and veterans.
The volunteer website, ManyHelpingHands365.org, makes it easier for people to find local volunteer needs throughout the year.
In 2014, MLK Day of Service reached more than 7000 people in need through more thna 70 local organizations and agencies.