“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.

Together in Service 2017

Last year, MIT held a campus-wide collection effort and a Day of Service to support the Cambridge local non-profits that make our city such a wonderful place to live, work, and learn! We loved it so much, that we're starting a new annual service event!

If you would like to volunteer on Tuesday, April 18, please visit the Together in Service website. If you would like to organize a collection drive, please read about the nonprofits below and register by clicking here.

Volunteer Locally with CityDays

Join your MIT peers in a one-day volunteering opportunity as part of MIT’s Together in Service Initiative. CityDays is a great way for living groups, lab partners, athletic teams, other student groups, and individual volunteers to give back to our local community by engaging with our neighbors and volunteering together. We secure service placements and provide logistical support for all participants. Open to students, faculty, alumni, and staff.

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Showcase your Expertise with Ask Me About...

Join the Cambridge Science Festival to engage the public with MIT’s fascinating research, student activities, and people. Help Cambridge get to know MIT better by volunteering at an Ask Me About station in one of Cambridge’s busy squares. Maybe you are an expert in biology, chemistry, or computer science. Field questions about your work from passersby in this unique outreach opportunity. Propose one or more topics, and sign up as an individual volunteer or with a group.

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Help Purchase a Van for the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood 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.

Our donation of a van will help the Margaret Fuller House expand their reach in the neighborhood, welcoming children and elders who don't have their own ride to the Margaret Fuller House. 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.

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Organize a Collection Drive for EnRoot

Now through May 1, 2017

Organize a department collection drive for EnRoot.
99 Bishop Allen Dr., Cambridge

EnRoot: EnRoot bridges the gap between education and a life full of possibilities. EnRoot works with immigrant children, providing social connections, academic tutoring, college application mentoring, internships, leadership training, and community service opportunities. EnRoot strives to provide immigrant youth with a strong foundation for college life and thier career beyond!

Wish List: Calculators / Graphing Calculators; Books for young adult readers (ages 13-18); SAT test prep books; ACT test prep books; TOEFL test prep books; Pencils; Pens; Erasers; Rulers; Graph paper.

Download Wish List (pdf) | Register | Contact Our Office

Organize a Collection Drive for Tutoring Plus

Now through May 1, 2017

Organize a department collection drive for Tutoring Plus.
225 Windsor St., Cambridge

Tutoring Plus: Tutoring Plus' mission is to support and encourage the academic, personal, and social growth of children and youth in Cambridge, MA with the help of volunteers and community partners.

Wish List: Pens; Pencils (mechanical or wooden); Pencil sharpeners (handheld); Colored pencils; Markers; Erasers; Tape (Scotch or painter's); 2-pocket folders; Origami paper; Printer paper (reams); Flashcards - Multiplication, division, 50 states, etc.; Clorox/Lysol cleaning wipes, Magazine Subscriptions to Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic for Kids, Time for Kids

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Organize a Collection Drive for Community Art Center

Now through May 1, 2017

Organize a department collection drive for Community Art Center.
119 Windsor St., Cambridge

Community Art Center: The Community Art Center works to cultivate an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods, and their worlds. The CAC achieves this mission through intensive, year-round activities for youth ages 5-19 and through youth-led Community Programming that engages local and national audiences in quality artistic experiences.

Wish List: Pens and Pencils; Staplers; Printer paper (white and bright colors); Construction paper; Origami paper; Markers; Crayons; Pastels; Colored pencils; Children's scissors; Electric Pencil Sharpeners; Artist's acrylic paint tubes (approx. 5 oz., any brand); Paint brushes - flat, 1/8" to 1" width; Books for chilren ages 5-12 (especially with characters of color); Musical instruments and music tapes; Sporting equipment; Board games and educational games; Kitchen supplies, large pots, pans, serving platters, etc.

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ARCTAN Blood Drive

April 19-20 and April 24-26; 1pm - 6pm
April 21, 8am - 1pm
La Sala de Puerto Rico
Bldg. W20 (Stratton Student Center)
Hosted by the American Red Cross Team and Network of MIT

ARCTAN is hosting a series of blood donation drives on MIT's campus! If you would like to donate, you can make an appointment with ARCTAN at web.mit.edu/blood-drive/www. To sign up for ARCTAN's mailing lists to hear about future drives, please visit , web.mit.edu/blood-drive/www/email. We hope you will take this opportunity, if you are able, to support the life-saving work of the American Red Cross!

Download the flyer here!

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.

2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's Greater Boston

Sunday, Sept. 24th, 2017
North Point Park

Community Giving at MIT is at it again! We are teaming up with Lincoln Laboratory's Alzheimer's Support Community for this year's Greater Boston Walk to End Alzheimer's! We hope to make our impact even greater than last year!

Visit the Lincoln Lab Team Page to kick-start your support, and keep an eye out for the campus team, starting soon!

You can help us take the first step to a world without Alzheimer's by donating to the Alzheimer's Association and supporting 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.