The Philanthropy section was the helping hand for several noble causes.
The Cantabrigia Free Bed in the Cambridge Hospital
, gifts to the Avon Home
, the Relief Fund
for Unemployed Women, and the East End Mission
were among the benefactions of the club.
Individual members also arranged pleasant outings for the children and mothers connected with the college settlement in Boston
, and many another similar work has had its origin in the Cantabrigia Club
In the three years the membership of the club has steadily increased, and at the close of its third year it numbers more than six hundred.
Its activities have not only concerned themselves with class work and open meetings, but have provided also delightful social occasions at which friends have been invited to share its hospitalities.
“Over the teacups,” or the lemonade glasses, its members become acquainted, and the outer circumference of the social circle comes to know its sisters near the centre, while the latter realize how helpful for both is the interchange of varied ideas and experiences.
Though the large and increasing membership of the club has its disadvantages, making it difficult to have that sociability possible among smaller numbers, it is hoped that this may be remedied soon by better clubhouse accommodations, and that a freer intermingling of those who only need to know in order to esteem one another may make of even large numbers a compact social unit.
Certainly no other means has ever succeeded in bringing closely together so many of our Cambridge
women and in breaking down the imaginary and yet very real barriers of locality and convention which had before separated them.
Already its influence is felt in the community, and it is safe to predict that for the