Published On: January 26th, 2024

Small acts of service add up to a great community.

Last week, nearly 2,000 neighbors participated in hands-on service projects at four locations in Central Square during Cambridge MLK Day of Service and Learning, organized by Many Helping Hands 365 and many partners. Together, volunteers made 500 fleece scarves and blankets for unhoused neighbors; 2,700 valentines for elders, veterans and unhoused neighbors; and sorted 500 bags of donated groceries for food pantries and 1,000 pounds of donated winter clothing for local shelters—among other work! All items are being delivered now to 69 nonprofits and programs in Cambridge and nearby communities. The Cambridge MLK Day of Service and Learning, which CCF has supported since its inception 14 years ago, is an incredible expression of social cohesion in our community.

At the event’s kick off in Central Square Church, where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in January 1960, and My Brother’s Keeper Cambridge‘s Niko Emack encouraged the crowd of more than 1,000 to consider how they can make a difference in Cambridge, beyond MLK Day.

“Sometimes it’s about pulling the smallest possible lever,” Niko said. “In those moments we pass on some of the greatest things about this community. So, think about the smallest lever you could pull. It might the most powerful way of contributing to your community today and every day.”

Looking for ways you can make an impact in the community this year? We recommend starting with the (virtual) Cambridge Volunteer Fair on Thursday, February 8 at noon. Thirty fantastic, local nonprofits will be presenting, and you can choose who to connect with to find the volunteer opportunity that’s right for you. Be sure to register today to save your spot!