Community Programs

East End House offers a number of programs to the community including workshops, health screenings, benefit eligibility screenings, an infant necessity program, and holiday programs.

East End House offers a variety of programs that are open to the community. As a community center, an important part of our mission is to strengthen the social networks, family connections, and access to knowledge that help communities thrive.

Infant Necessities Program

We provide baby goods, including diapers, formula, cereal, and toys to families in need. We also provide resources and referrals to services in Cambridge and the greater Boston area for expecting and new parents.

Benefit Eligibility Program

The Community Programs Office offers information and assistance, as well as eligibility screenings, regarding government benefits such as:

    Mass Health   Food Stamps   TAFDC
    EAEDC   Fuel Assistance   SSDI

Family Playgroups

Playgroups are a way for families with children ages 0-5 to get together, play games, and share ideas and stories. They are held every Tuesday from 10am - 11:30am at East End House. You do not need to sign-up, just drop by and enjoy the activities and a light snack. Groups are open to anyone with a child under 5 years old. When the weather is nice, we play in the backyard and on cold and rainy days we stay in the community room. Please contact Camille Platt for more information.

Powerful Parenting

This workshop series is designed to help parents of children ages 0-4 learn about their child’s development, skills for managing difficult behavior, how to keep children safe and healthy, and the strategies to ensure all children reach their full potential. Curriculum is based on the most current research in child development and presented by experts in the field. For information on the next Powerful Parenting workshop cycle, check out the Events Page for Upcoming Events.

Community Computer Classes

The Community Programs Office offers free computer classes to community members at varying skill levels. Please check Upcoming Events for information on current class offerings. 


The Community Programs Office holds several workshops throughout the year on a variety of topics. Past workshops have included tax assistance, W.I.C. information and enrollment, flu clinics, health screenings, and yoga classes. Please check Upcoming Events for information on current workshops.

Crime Prevention and Community Policing

East End House, in collaboration with the Cambridge Police Department, creates a forum for local police officers and community citizens to become allies in identifying and solving community problems related to crime, fear of crime, social disorder, and quality of life. East Cambridge Community Policing and Crime Prevention meetings serve as a venue for discussion about current crime trends and ways to solve community problems. Check Upcoming Events for meeting dates and topics.

Home to Grassroots and Community Groups

East End House collaborates with and offers space to numerous community groups who empower members to make our city a better place to live and work. The East Cambridge Planning Team holds open meetings at East End House twice a month to discuss issues that affect the neighborhood. In addition, many other groups utilize our space for community meetings and activities.

For more information on Community Programs, please contact us at 617-876-4444.

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