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2014 events and fundraisers

Secret Santa for Seniors gift collection
Monday, November 24 - Wednesday, December 17

We've partnered with the MIT Office of Government and Community Relations and the Cambridge Police Department to organize a Secret Santa for Seniors who live in Cambridge. The holiday season which can be a lonely time for senior citizens who may not have family or friends with whom to celebrate. We hope to brighten up the season by helping the Cambridge Police provide surprise holiday gift bags to senior citizens on Christmas Eve. If your department like to participate in this collection, we can provide a tote for your department and we'll pick up the items from your department.

Donation suggestions: socks, slippers, hats and gloves, sweaters, Red Sox/Patriots/Celtics items, blankets, bathrobes, dish towels, large print books, gift cards, chocolate, tea, jams, crackers, hard candy, lip balm, cough drops, candy canes. All NEW items, please. Gifts do not need to be gift wrapped.

Collection box locations:

  • Lemelson/MIT: 10-110
  • Human Resources: E19-215
  • Registrar's Office: 5-119
  • Facilities: NE49, 2nd Floor
  • MIT-SUTD Collaboration: 35-216
  • Chemistry: Headquarters, 18-300
  • MIT Press: Bldg. EE19, 3rd Floor
  • Office of Faculty Support: 35-433
  • Community Services Office: E38-234
  • Chemistry: Education Office, 6-205
  • Lincoln Laboratory: Main Cafeteria
  • Lincoln Laboratory: Cafeteria at Forbes
  • Plasma Science Fusion Center: NW21-104
  • Office of Digital Learning: NE35-1100
  • Office of Digital Learning: NE48-308 (Lobby)
  • Mathematics Department: Bldg. E17, 3rd Floor
  • Sloan School of Management: Lobby, Bldg. E62
  • Center for Transportation and Logistics: E40-291
  • International Design Center: Bldg. N52, 3rd Floor
  • McGovern Institute for Brain Research: Lobby, 46-3160
  • Office for the Dean for Undergraduate Education: 7-133
  • Research Lab of Electronics: Bldg. 36, 4th Floor (near elevators)
  • CSAIL: Look for it at the Holiday Party!

Cell phone donation: Ongoing collection
Drop off or send your used cell phone to the Community Services Office, Room E38-234. 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.

Used book fair (9th Annual)
Friday, October 17 and
Monday, October 20
Bush Room and Memorial Lobby

We collected books all year long, and the fair was a whopping success! Over $3,800 in books were purchased at this year's fair, and we couldn't be happier. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the MIT Community Service Fund and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. We simply can't wait for next year, when we hope to see you at our 10th Anniversary Book Fair! Thank you for your support, and happy reading!

Collection to benefit CASPAR:
Monday, November 3 - Monday, November 17
Men's and women's winter clothing, boots, towels, and bedding; NEW undergarments, socks, and packaged disposable razors.

Items collected during this drive were donated to CASPAR Emergency Services Center. CASPAR is an MIT community partner and provides services to those affected by substance abuse disorders in Cambridge and Somerville.

Local Organizations that accept clothing donations

All year long, people reach out to our office with questions about where to send clothing donations. For your convenience, we've compiled this handy list of charitable organizations that accept in-kind gifts all year long.

Organizations that pick up donations

Epilepsy Foundation New England
The Epilepsy Foundation of New England uses donations to help fund their many services that help those living with epilepsy.
Donation pickup available by phone or online.

Vietnam Veterans of America
Donations made to the VVA support programs that address the concerns and needs of all veterans.
Clothing donation pickups by phone or online.

Big Brother Big Sister Foundation
Donations to BBBS are sold at Big B thrift stores, and the profits suport youth mentoring organizations.
Donation pickup available online.

Bring your donations to these organizations

520 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge
Donations to Goodwill are sold to help with a variety of services run by the organization.

563 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge (and other locations)
Donations Monday-Saturday 12pm-7pm
Boomerangs is a family of thrift stores that helps to provide funding for the AIDS Action network.

240 Albany Street in Cambridge
Please call before dropping off donations. (617-661-0600)
Men's casual clothing especially needed.
CASPAR's Emergency Services Center is one of two in MA that provide shelter and care for people who are homeless and using drugs or alcohol. Donations of clothing and toiletries go to clients in need.

On the Rise
341 Broadway in Cambridge
Please call before dropping off donations. (617-497-7968 x36)
Donations accepted Mondays and Thursdays, 3-5pm
On the Rise is a program for homeless women that focuses on reaching a long-term solution to their chronic homelessness. Donations are kept on hand to provide supplies to women as they transition from surviving on the streets to living in the community.

Please check the above link for accepted donations- most clothing and household articles cannot be accepted.
66 Union Square, #70 in Somerville
Please call before dropping off donations. (617-625-5996)
RESPOND, Inc. is the second oldest domestic violence agency in the nation, and has been providing a number of services for over 40 years. Donations support the emergency shelter.

Solutions at Work (Children's Clothing Exchange)
391 Evereteze Way in Cambridge
Please visit the above site for hours of operation.
Solutions at Work is an organization that helps homeless and low-income people achieve self-sufficiency by providing children's items, moving services, professional clothing, and computers. A current list of urgently needed Children's items for the Clothing Exchange is kept on their website.

Solutions at Work also accepts donations of computers and professional clothing. Computer donations are accepted at 1151 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge.

2012 Used Book Fair to support the Community Services Fund and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack ValleyBooks were priced right at our annual book fair. All proceeds went to the MIT Community Service Fund and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. Thank you once again for donating books and coming out to the fair!

2014 Used Book Fair to support the Community Services Fund and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack ValleyThe odds (and terrible puns) were stacked in our favor at this year's sale!

The VPFun Committee organized its canned food collection for the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in Cambridge.The VPFun Committee organized its canned food collection for the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in Cambridge. Here committee member Doris Drake delivered the donated items to the organization.

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