“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:

Secret Santa for Seniors gift collection

Holiday Season 2020

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! Last year, we are moved the collection online to help keep the tradition of connecting with seniors during the holidays going strong!

In cooperation with Adam Patten from the Cambridge Police Department, we put together an Amazon wish list of gifts to help stuff the gift bags with! We sincerely appreciate everyone who helped us keep the holiday cheer flowing through the pandemic!

Cambridge Family and Children's Service Holiday Drive

Holiday Season 2020

CFCS is a wonderful Cambridge charity that provides adoption planning and case management services for children and teens in the custody of the Dept. of Children and Families. They work 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. For three years now, we have supported their holiday collection drive, which provides funds for CFCS case workers to purchase holiday gifts for the teens and young adults in their care. We hope you will join our drive next holiday season!

CASPAR Winter Collection Drive

Holiday Season 2020

The CASPAR Emergency Services Shelter on Albany Street has been a vital Cambridge institution and MIT partner since its inception. Each year, we are eager to support their mission helping for homeless Cambridge residents prepare for the winter with our Winter Clothing Drive.

This past year, because so many of us were far from campus, we crafted an Amazon Wish List for this drive with the items that CASPAR is most in need of for the wintry months. Our wish list came right from CASPAR's dedicated staff based on the needs of the shelter, and we were so pleased to be able to offer impactful assistance in this time of need.

Thank you for supporting our CASPAR Winter Collection Drive for another year!

Items that were 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!

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.