“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:

50/50 Raffle for the Margaret Fuller House Van

Winning prize will consist of 50% of total sales.
Drawing takes place on Nov. 14, 2017
1 Ticket: $5
3 Tickets: $10

We are now running our first ever 50/50 Raffle in support of the Margaret Fuller House Van campaign!

You can pick up tickets now at our office in E19-711, you can find them at the Used Book Fair starting on Wednesday, Nov. 8th, or you can ask your department ambassador if they are participating in the sale!

Interested Department Ambassadors can contact our office at community-giving@mit.edu to get a pack of tickets to sell!

Used book fair for the Margaret Fuller House Van

Wednesday, November 8 (3pm to 6pm)
Thursday, November 9 (9am to 5pm)
Monday, November 13 (9am to 4pm)
Bush Room (Bldg. 10-105) and Memorial Lobby (Bldg. 10)

We hope you'll stop by our Book Fair in November, and bring all of your friends and colleagues as well! Download our event poster and help us get the word out. Book sales will fund a passenger van for the Margaret Fuller House. If you'd like to make a financial donation, support the Margaret Fuller House Van project on our Atlas Charitable Giving application (certificates required).

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 and colleagues to donate to support the Margaret Fuller House Van Campaign!

  • 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
  • Whittaker Lobby, next to mailboxes: Bldg. E25

Last year's Used Book Fair was a fantastic success! We were able to raise $3,800 and bring the community a bunch of new and interesting books to read over the winter! We hope you will join us for this year's fair!

Pitch in for a Passenger Van for the Margaret Fuller House

The Margaret Fuller House is a multi-service center located in the Port neighborhood of Cambridge, just a few blocks from MIT. With a food pantry, after school programs, youth summer camps, a breakfast club for seniors, elder care services, and job training, the Margaret Fuller House helps to enrich the lives of Cambridge residents who benefit most from reliable support.

Transportation will enable the Margaret Fuller House to provide essential services and expand its reach in the neighborhood. Here’s the impact that a passenger van will make.

Child and Teen Services

  • Increase capacity to serve new schools in the city that are currently out of our reach due to lack of transportation.
  • Increase average attendance to reach capacity of 48 children per day from current average of 35 children. There are children throughout Cambridge that could benefit from our service approach of addressing social emotional development and behavior difficulty. The MFNH currently does not have the capacity to serve all of the children who could benefit from our program due to lack of transportation.
  • Increase potential revenue of up to $80,000 due to the larger number of parent fees and voucher slots.
  • Provide additional field trips that become too costly or logistically difficult because of lack of transportation.

Elder Services

  • Pick up the elders who attend a weekly breakfast on Tuesday mornings. Many elders have mobility issues and getting to the MFNH can be extremely challenging. The ability to transport elders would be a far safer solution.
  • Deliver meals and do regular check-in visits with the elders to ensure that they are well taken care of.

Food Services

  • Deliver food to individuals with disabilities or with mobility issues that make it difficult to access the on-site food pantry.

Community Advancement Services

  • Transport clients to interviews, job training, or other meetings. Currently transportation is one of the biggest barriers for clients seeking employment.
  • Currently, the MFNH staff use their own vehicles to transport clients. A van would alleviate the liability.

Our gift will help the Port continue to thrive and will strengthen the work that this pillar of Cambridge life has been doing since 1902.

Click here and join us by donating to "Van for Margaret Fuller House" on Atlas. Certificates, Duo Authentication, and SSN confirmation are required.

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 280 cell phones.