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“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:

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

Tote locations:

  • 600 Memorial Drive, lobby: Bldg. W98
  • 600 Technology Square, lobby: Bldg. NE49
  • Atlas Center: Bldg. E17-134
  • Building 68 Lobby
  • CopyTech: Bldg. 11-004
  • Community Services Office: Bldg. E19-711
  • Environmental Programs Office: Bldg. N52-496
  • Media Lab: Bldg. E14-245
  • MIT Investment Management Company: One Broadway - 10th Floor
  • 1 Rogers St., 3rd Floor Lobby: Bldg. EE19-362
  • Whitaker Lobby: Bldg. E25
  • Sloan School of Management, inside 100 Main Marketplace Cafeteria: Bldg. E62
  • Z Center/Johnson Lobby: Bldg. W35

Print out our poster- click here!

Landscape poster here!

Items collected during this drive will be 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!

Donations needed:

  • Men's and women's winter clothing and coats (Sizes L, XL, XXL)
  • Hoodies (Sizes L, XL, XXL)
  • Men's and Women's new socks (Wool socks especially!)
  • Blue Jeans (Men's waist sizes 32 - 38, Women's waist sizes 8 - 16)
  • Men's Boxers (Sizes M, L, XL)

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 parner with the Cambridge police as they surprise members of our community with holiday gift bags on Christmas eve!

Collection Box locations:

  • Community Services Office, E19-711
  • Research Lab for Electronics, 36-413
  • Chemical Engineering, 66-465
  • McGovern Institute, 46-3160
  • Center for International Studies, E40-457
  • Environment, Health, and Safety, N52-496
  • CSAIL Headquarters, Bldg. 32, 3rd Floor
  • Career Advising and Professional Development, E17-294
  • Chemistry, 18-393
  • Chemistry, 6-205
  • Urban Studies and Planning, 9-412
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics, 33-207
  • Registrar's Office, 5-115
  • Political Science, E53-470
  • Sloan School of Management, Outside 100 Marketplace, near the elevators
  • Nuclear Reactor Laboratory, NW12 Reception Area
  • Koch Institute, Reception Area
  • Human Resources, NE49-5000
  • MIT Medical, E23, 3rd Floor
  • Lincoln Laboratory, Cafe Entrance
  • Plasma Science and Fusion Center, NW16-210
  • Plasma Science and Fusion Center, NW21
  • Global Studies and Languages, 14N-310
  • Contact our office to get a box in your department!

Donations needed (new, and unwrapped):

  • Winter clothing (Socks, hats, gloves, slippers, sweaters)
  • Festive home items (Blankets, bath robes, dish towels, large print books)
  • Tasty treats (Chocolates, crackers, candy canes, jams, hard candy)
  • Warm winter drinks (Ground coffee, tea, hot cocoa)
  • Winter care supplies (Lip balm, cough drops)

Print out our poster- click here!

Last year's Secret Santa for Seniors collection was a huge success, and we look forward to make it a success once more this year!

Spring Book Sale

Tuesday, 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! 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'll be collecting your gently used books a few weeks in advance of the sale, so keep an eye out for the list of drop-off spots coming soon.

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!

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 280 cell phones.