“Inherent in our mission to bring knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges is a commitment to helping those in need.”

—President Reif

Events and Fundraisers

Community Giving at MIT hosts a series of activities throughout the year in partnership with local agencies.

Get involved now by taking part in our current fundraisers and collections:

Spring Book Sale

Wednesday, March 20 to March 22, 2019
Vannevar Bush Room, 10-105

Stop by our Book Fair in March, and bring all of your friends and colleagues as well! Download our event poster and help us get the word out. We hope that you'll find something exciting in our stacks of books. We always have unique and interesting offerings, at an excellent price!

We would love to collect reading materials that you've finished enjoying and share them with the rest of the MIT Community in support of a good cause. You can also help us out by donating your gently used books at any one of the collection totes located around campus! Download our donation poster here and encourage your friends to stop by!

  • 600 Memorial Drive, lobby: Bldg. W98
  • 600 Technology Square, lobby: Bldg. NE49
  • Community Services Office: Bldg. E19-711
  • CopyTech: Bldg. 11-004
  • MITAC Ticket Office, Stata Center, Bldg. 32 (open Tues-Fri, 11-4)
  • Sloan School of Management, inside 100 Main Marketplace Cafeteria: Bldg. E62
  • Atlas Service Center, Bldg. E17-106

In September, we finished up yet another pop-up book sale and cleared out all the wonderful donations we receive year round. Our first sale in the Stata center was fantastic, raising $734.75 for the MIT Community Giving Fund. Leftover book donations were donated to the Massachusetts Prison Book Program, More than Words, and the Kendall Square Book Kiosks. Your enthusiasm for our charitable book sales is refreshing, and keeps us working hard!

Warm Hearts for Warm Feet Sock Drive

Feb. 1, 2019 to Feb. 14, 2019

This February, the Cambridge Police Department (CPD) and the Cambridge City Council engaged in a friendly and important competition to donate NEW wool socks to CASPAR this February. The CPD asked us to team up with them to collect more socks than the City Council. The competition was a fun one, and we brought in two heaping donation boxes to add to the CPD's totals.

Even after this wonderful drive, CASPAR always has a need for new socks, and wool socks are especially helpful in the winter. If you would like to join us in helping CASPAR with the good work that they do during these cold months, you can still start a collection in your department. We have collection boxes available if you need us to bring a few along and, as always, we will pick up donations from your office and bring them directly over to CASPAR to support the work that they do year round.

Cambridge Family and Children's Service Drive

Nov. 1, 2018 to Dec. 3, 2018

A few department ambassadors recently tackled a local fundraising initiative with one of MIT's community partners – Cambridge Family and Children's Service (CFCS) which invited us to participate in a special holiday gift drive. Traci and I were especially moved by this request because it provided a meaningful and personal way to bring joy to children who may need a little extra love and attention. CFCS provides adoption planning and case management services for children and teens in the custody of the Dept. of Children and Families. CFCS works with foster children and children who face the greatest challenges to adoption: older children and teens, sibling groups, and children with medical, developmental, emotional and/or behavioral special needs.

Together, we were able to provide $2,585 in gift cards for youths, aged 16-21, an age-group that typically struggles to find much-needed support. We blasted past our commitment to raise $750, and we couldn't be prouder!

CASPAR Winter Collection Drive

Nov. 13, 2018 to Dec. 4, 2018

Items collected during this drive were donated to the CASPAR Emergency Services Center, an MIT community partner that provides services to homeless individuals affected by substance abuse disorders in Cambridge and Somerville. It is always a great pleasure for us to be able to help support the important work that CASPAR does all year round!

Secret Santa for Seniors gift collection

Nov. 15, 2018 to Dec. 17, 2018

The holiday season can be a lonely time for senior citizens who may not have family or friends with whom to celebrate. Each year, our office is excited to partner with the Cambridge police as they surprise members of our community with holiday gift bags on Christmas eve!

This year's Secret Santa for Seniors collection was a huge success, and we look forward to make it a success once more next year! We thank those departments who hosted collection boxes this past year:

  • Research Lab of Electronics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • McGovern Institute
  • Center for International Studies
  • Environment, Health, and Safety
  • CSAIL Headquarters
  • Career Advising and Professional Development
  • Chemistry
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Registrar's Office
  • Political Science
  • Sloan School of Management
  • Nuclear Reactor Laboratory
  • Koch Institute
  • Human Resources
  • MIT Medical
  • Lincoln Laboratories
  • Plasma Science and Fusion Center
  • Global Studies and Languages
  • Libraries
  • Office of Sponsored Programs

Take a look at the fantastic work putting together gift bags for seniors that the Cambridge Police Department was able to do this year!

The CPD sent us thanks; you can read their letter here:
Cambridge Thank You Letter.

A sincere thank you as well to all the departments who participated with their donations. We couldn't have done it without you!

2018 Walk to End Alzheimer's Greater Boston

Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018
North Point Park

Community Giving at MIT teamed up once again with Lincoln Laboratory's Alzheimer's Support Community for the 2018 Greater Boston Walk to End Alzheimer's! Team POGO, honoring MIT President Paul Gray, raised $34,330.62 for the Alzheimer's Association to support the many services they provide for affected families and research for a cure. We are glad that we welcomed so many walkers this year! Thank you for supporting the great work of the Alzheimer's Association.

Alzheimer's Walkers from 2018

The walk is the first step to a world without Alzheimer's, supporting the Alzheimer's Association and a cause so many of us hold dear. The Alzheimer's Association is one of MIT's currently supported charities, and together, we can help achieve the dream of a world without Alzheimer's disease.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you'd like to volunteer with United Way or one of the many United Way supported nonprofits, visit the United Way Volunteeer HQ for a schedule of upcoming opportunities in your area!

Volunteer HQ Participants

Cell phone donation: Ongoing collection

Drop off or send your used cell phone to the Community Services Office, Room E19-711. Proceeds from the donations help support the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), which provides free, comprehensive services to survivors of sexual violence. To date, MIT has donated over 300 cell phones.