“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 donation of a van will help the Margaret Fuller House expand their reach in the neighborhood, welcoming neighbors in need of transportation. Our gift will help the community to continue thriving 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/Community Giving supported nonprofits in the area, you can visit the United Way Volunteeer HQ for a schedule of upcoming opportunities in your area!

Volunteer HQ Participants

Fall Collection Drives!

Collection Drive for Cambridge Community Center

Now through September 30, 2017

Organize a department collection drive for Cambridge Community Center.
5 Callender St., Cambridge

Cambridge Community Center: The Cambridge Community Center has been serving the Cambridge Riverside community for over 88 years. Today, their mission is to promote community cooperation and unity and empower youth, individuals, and families by offering social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities.

Wish List: Legos, puzzles, markers, pencils, sharpeners, construction paper, crayons, color pencils, erasers, glue sticks, bottled glue, gimp plastic lacing, paint sets, paint brushes, stickers, beads, and colorful yarn.

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Organize a Collection Drive for InnerCity Weightlifting

Now through September 30, 2017

Organize a department collection drive for InnerCity Weightlifting.

InnerCity Weightlifting: InnerCity Weightlifting reduces youth violence by connecting proven-risk young people with new networks and opportunities, including meaningful career tracks in and beyond personal fitness. We use the gym to replace segregation and isolation with economic mobility and social inclusion, disrupting the system that leads to urban street violence.

Wish List: 30 T-shirts (various sizes), 30 shorts (various sizes), 30 sweatpants (various sizes), 30 socks (various sizes).

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Organize a Collection Drive for Science Club for Girls

Now through September 30, 2017

Organize a department collection drive for Science Club for Girls.
136 Magazine St., Cambridge

Science Club for Girls: Science Club for Girls (SCFG) has provided the very best in girls-specific programming by connecting girls in K-12 grades, especially those from underrepresented groups, with female mentor-scientists through free science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in a fun, nurturing, interactive environment. Their club-based model fosters both scientific thinking and sisterhood for our youngest participants. Their teen leadership programs give girls the opportunity to be role models, teach young children science, learn life skills, conduct science research in applied settings, and explore careers in science and technology.

Wish List: Amazon gift cards, nitrile exam gloves (medium and small), Scotch Multi-purpose steel scissors, Oxford 3"x 5" Index Cards. See wish list for more specifics (coming soon)!

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Organize a Collection Drive for East End House

Now through September 30, 2017

Organize a department collection drive for East End House.

East End House: East End House community center uses a holistic approach to promote the well-being, academic achievement, and successful transition to adulthood of children and youth from under-resourced families in Cambridge and surrounding communities. As part of this approach, East End House provides support services to a diverse population, from infants to seniors, to strengthen family and community.

Wish List: Diapers, formula, baby food, bath supplies, comic books, Pokemon and Lego books, Magic School Bus, Spanish and Portuguese books, expo markers, washable paint, brushes, markers, construction paper, white paper, glue, sharpies, glitter, crayons, stickets, college-ruled notebooks, board games, Adobe software, Polaroid cameras and film, bubbles, chalk, sand-box bucket and shovels, laminator sleeves, folders, pens, 3" 3 ring binders, and college-ruled loose-leaf paper!

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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.