CCAE in the Community

Cambridge Center for Adult Education is a community anchor that brings the principles of inclusion, community, and generosity to our neighborhood.

Giving Back

Centered in Harvard Square for 150 years, CCAE provides a safe and welcoming space to learn, celebrate, create art, read poetry, and gather together to nurture talent and pursue personal growth. We are proud to be a community center where people engage in important conversations and civil discourse on the events of the day.

CCAE is active in our charitable outreach to our community. We host cooking classes for underserved local youths, a summer theater intensive for Cambridge students, a Boston Marathon fundraiser, and discounted classes for our elderly neighbors. Embracing our neighbors and fellow nonprofits is essential to our mission.

We plan to continue and expand our community charitable giving and make our excellent classes available to those who might not otherwise be able to enjoy them.

Perkins School Pasta Class Selfie Cooking Class Cambridge

Perkins School for the Blind students in a pasta making class with Senior Program Manager and Instructor Ploy Khunisorn

CCAE partners with local organizations, including:

Culinary Job Training Program students sharpen their skills and promote their joy of cooking with international cooking classes at CCAE.

Homeless or formerly homeless women in Cambridge build entrepreneurial skills in CCAE classes including “Build an Online Crafts Store with Etsy” or “How to Start A Housecleaning Business.”

Students from Perkins School for the Blind build skills and partake in the CCAE community as they take a variety of CCAE classes tailored especially for them--from cooking homemade pasta to iPhone Photography.

Parents of Prospect Hill Academy students take an English as a Second Language class which focuses on communication skills and assists them in integrating in the United States. These ESL classes run twice per year.

Women experiencing trauma, poverty, and homeless, supported by the Carolyn Connors Women's Center at the St. Francis House, take classes at CCAE to build both community and skills.

"The trainees raved about their class with Ploy yesterday - a first time tasting Thai food for many of them."

Allison Sequiera, Teaching Kitchen Program Manager for Community Servings Job Training Program