Many Helping Hands 365 is a volunteer created and run organization whose purpose is to help make Cambridge a better place to love for all of its residents by increasing local volunteerism. When many hands come together to make a difference in their community all of us benefit.
Many Helping Hands 365 makes it easy for you to find ways to lend a hand. Whether you want to volunteer for a day or every week, whether as an individual or a family, there are a myriad of ways you can support the vibrant Cambridge community. Identify a longer-term commitment via our agency directory or browse the categories below. Find a diverse sampling of current volunteer needs here.
Interested in more personalized assistance to find the best opportunities for you? Learn more about Cambridge Volunteer Clearinghouse. They offer monthly workshops and services for volunteers of all ages, and a continuously updated Needed Now list.
How Volunteers Make a Difference in Cambridge, MA
Arts & Culture
Cambridge’s rich arts offerings rely on volunteer musicians, scene painters, ushers and costume makers. Get creative, make new friends, and find your place bringing the arts to the wider community. View Current Needs
Children, Youth & Families
Cambridge is home to enormous human and economic resources, but is also home to much need. 15% of Cambridge residents have incomes below the federal poverty level. almost 50% of Cambridge students qualify for free or reduced lunch. There are many ways that volunteers can support Cambridge children & families. View Current Needs
Help Cambridge’s community centers and organizations deliver a wide range of services—from tax prep to health education. If you like to make a difference in the life of your community, your skills and passion have a place. View Current Needs
To fully support the city’s vibrant and diverse student population there are a wide range of organizations that can use your help. In addition to young students, there are many older learners in the Cambridge community. There are students working to succeed in 2 and 4 year colleges. There are newcomers learning English and there are adults working to get their GED. View Current Needs
Cambridge is a thriving and populous city, the 5th densest city in the nation, with over 105,000 residents in 7 square miles. Cambridge is also home to diverse environmental ecosystem that includes both Fresh Pond and the Charles River. Our city government works hard to protect our environment, and they are joined by many non-profit groups who work to preserve and grow a healthy natural environment. View Current Needs
Food & Hunger
1 in 10 people in Cambridge visited a food pantry in 2013. There are many ways you can help provide food assistance to families and individuals in need. Support local food panties by donating food and your time, help with food rescue programs or serve a meal at many of the programs in the city. View Current Needs
In Cambridge there were 540 homeless men, women, and children on a given night in 2013. Most are able to find room in emergency shelters or transitional housing, but approximately 70 individuals were found to be living outside in the middle of the night in January 2013. There is much needed to support these individuals and families get back on their feet. View Current Needs
Immigrants & Refugees
30% of Cambridge residents were born abroad and our public school children come from over 80 countries. There are many ways to help newcomers including: teaching ESL, mentoring a newly-settled family, organizing a clothing drive, or taking a new family to a cultural event. Volunteers play a vital role in helping to welcome our new neighbors. View Current Needs
Law, Policy & Advocacy
Cambridge organizations offer a wealth of opportunities to engage with law, policy and advocacy. From lending your legal or counseling skills to help low-income families and individuals to advocating for a nuclear-free future your skills and time are valued by these organizations. View Current Needs
Cambridge has more than 15,000 residents over 65 years old. There are many ways to make a difference in the life of Cambridge seniors from helping with practical skills and needs or giving the gift of companionship and friendship. View Current Needs
Cambridge is home to multiple organizations that support women in our community. Lend a hand to help these groups serve women. View Current Needs
Would you like to talk to someone about volunteering in Cambridge? Cambridge Senior Volunteer Clearinghouse helps people of all ages find the right volunteering opportunity.