Family Support and Engagement Activities

The following activities are all open to the community.

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 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. Powerful Parenting is a 9 week series that meets Tuesday evenings from 6-8:15pm. 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 the Upcoming Events page or contact Camille Platt for more information.

Infant Necessities Program

Diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, bottles, and many other items for new and expecting parents and struggling families are available in the Community Programs Office.

Educational Workshops

Workshops for families are held on a periodic basis. Check the Upcoming Events page for dates and more information. Past workshops included:

  • Flu Shot Clinic
  • Financial Planning Workshop
  • Cancer Screenings
  • Beginner Computer Classes
  • Tax Assistance Workshop
  • Early Childhood Nutrition for Parents
  • Behavior Management for Parents of Young Children

Referrals and Information

The Community Programs Office offers case management services, assistance obtaining government benefits, benefit eligibility screenings, information on available services in the area, and referrals if needed.

Emergency Food Services

The Emergency Food Pantry provides nutritious food to families twice a month. Learn More

Crime Prevention Meetings

In collaboration with the Cambridge Police Department, the Crime Prevention Meeting regularly at East End House. Childcare is offered at no cost to families. This is an opportunity for neighbors and families to come together to discuss recent crime trends. There is generally a specific topic and speaker at each meeting. Check the Upcoming Events page for information on upcoming meetings and topics.

Volunteer Opportunities

Families volunteer in numerous capacities at East End House. There are ongoing and one-time opportunities available. Go to the Volunteer page for more detailed information. 

Community Events

East End House holds neighborhood events open to the entire community at least four times a year. They provide ways for families to have fun together and with their neighbors. Check the Upcoming Events page for more information. Events that will be held this year include:

  • Summer Block Party
  • Family Ice Skating Party
  • Family Fun Nights
  • Winter Breakfast

Community Groups

East End House hosts a variety of community meetings and events. Check the Upcoming Events page or call 617-876-4444 for more information. These include:

  • East Cambridge Planning Team
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings
  • Karate Classes
  • Do It Yourself (DIY) Workshops

Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway

This annual event provides families struggling to make ends meet with all the food they need for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. For information on donating or filling out an application to receive a basket, please call 617-876-4444.

Toy Drive and Adopt-a-Family

The Toy Drive provides toys for children from families who would otherwise have a difficult time purchasing toys for the holidays. The Adopt-a-Family program gives donors a wish list from each family member so the entire family can have a good holiday. For information on donating or filling out an application to receive holiday assistance, please contact Camille Platt at

Back to School Drive

Backpacks and school supplies are collected for children whose families would otherwise struggle to purchase them. For information on donating or filling out an application to receive assistance, please contact Camille Platt at

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