“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

Nov. 21 to Dec. 17, 2019

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! This year, we had twenty-four departments join forces for this collection, and we are inspired by the success.

Take a look at the fantastic work putting together gift bags for seniors that the Cambridge Police Department was able to do this year!

It was a joy to work hand in hand with the Cambridge Police Department once again. The CPD and a gift recipient sent us thanks; you can read their letters here:
Cambridge Police Department Thank You Letter
Thank You Card

Lastly, we encourage you to check out the WBZ piece about the Secret Santa for Seniors Collection and the Pine Street Inn! You can see our volunteers on distribution day bringing smiles to Cambridge seniors. WBZ - Mike LaCrosse: Boston-Area Volunteers Bring Christmas Cheer to Those In Need

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

Fall Book Sale 2019

Our Fall Book fair was held in October 2019, and we couldn't be happier about the results. Getting to see the smiles on our colleagues faces as they stocked up on reading material for the winter was exciting and fulfilling.

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!

Thank you for such a wonderful book fair. 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 our next book fair!

CASPAR Winter Collection Drive

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.