“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:

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.

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 doing it again this year!

If you would like to get your department involved in the collection and/or volunteering efforts, please get in touch with our office at community-giving@mit.edu, and we will keep you in the loop as we plan this year's events. Feel free to look back on last year's events by clicking here!

Together in Service Day of Action

TBD

Departments across MIT came together to get involved in the "Together in Service" day in April 2016. Watch for new details on this year's Together In Service day, which has become a new annual tradition!

Last Year's Events

Summer book sale

Tuesday, August 16
Bush Room (Bldg. 10-105) and Memorial Lobby (Bldg. 10)

The Community Services Office set up shop in the Bush Room and Memorial Lobby on August 16, for a one day only flash sale! We cleared out over half of our stock of books in preparation for our upcoming move across campus, and raised $745.20 for the MIT Community Service Fund, the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, and the United Way of Mass. Bay and Merrimack Valley! We had a great variety of books from our year-round collection efforts, and it was fantastic to so many interested visitors during the off-season!

Greater Boston Walk to End Alzheimer's

Sunday, Sept. 25th
North Point Park

Community Giving at MIT teamed up with Lincoln Laboratory's Alzheimer's Support Community for this year's Greater Boston Walk to End Alzheimer's! Team Captain Patrick Walsh of CAC led the Cambridge Campus group as we participated.

You can still 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.

Used book fair

Thursday, November 3; Friday, November 4; and Monday, November 7
Bush Room (Bldg. 10-105) and Memorial Lobby (Bldg. 10)

Our Used Book Fair was a fantastic success once again! We were able to raise $3,800 and bring the community a bunch of new and interesting books to read over the winter! We hope you enjoyed it, and we hope to see you at next year's fair!

CASPAR Winter Collection Drive

Friday, November 4 to Monday, November 21

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

Wednesday, November 23 to Wednesday, December 14

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 next year! We thank those departments who hosted collection boxes this past year: Sloan School of Management, Music and Theater Arts, Global Studies and Languages, Nuclear Reactor Lab, Research Lab for Electronics, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, Center for International Studies, Human Resources, Biological Engineering, Koch Institute, MIT Innovation Initiative, Center for Real Estate, Chemical Engineering, and IDSS.

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

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.