“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:

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.

50/50 Raffle for the Margaret Fuller House Van

Winning prize consisted of 50% of total sales: a whopping $680!
Drawing took place on Nov. 14, 2017

Thank you for your support and interest in our first ever 50/50 Community Giving Raffle! We are so happy to announce the winner of our first ever 50/50 Raffle, Associate Chief Nurse Jan Puibello of MIT Medical! Jan purchased the winning ticket from MIT Medical Department Ambassador Nadia Ounis-Skali. Many thanks to Nadia, and all the other department ambassadors who helped us sell 392 tickets; together, we gathered $1,360 in total ticket sales, bringing the winning individual prize to a whopping $680!

Our winner, Jan, was kind enough to join us in supporting the good work of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, and chose to donate her prize to the MFNH Passenger Van Drive. With her generous donation, our raffle was able to raise a total of $1,360 for the MFNH Van! We would like to send our sincere thanks to everyone who participated, and we hope to see you again next year.

Used book fair for the Margaret Fuller House Van

November 8, 9, 13, 2017
Bush Room (Bldg. 10-105) and Memorial Lobby (Bldg. 10)

Thank you for such a wonderful book fair this year. We sold over $3,000 worth of your donated books to your friends and colleagues! We always look forward to this event, and it was such a joy bringing this entertaining giving opportunity to campus once again. We hope to see you at next year's fair!

CASPAR Winter Collection Drive

November 13 to December 1, 2017

Items collected during this drive were donated to the CASPAR Emergency Services Center, an MIT community partner that provides services to those affected by substance abuse disorders in Cambridge and Somerville. It was 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

November 29 to December 15, 2017

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!

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

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

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.