“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:

Summer Book Sale

Wednesday, July 26
9am to 5pm
Memorial Lobby (Bldg. 10)

Join us in Lobby 10 for our special Summer Used Book Sale on July 26! We'll be in the lobby all day with an excellent selection of gently used books at unbelievable prices, and all the proceeds of the sale will go to support our mini-campaign to help purchase a new van for the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House!

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.

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.