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Secret Santa for Seniors

In 2014, we saw our biggest group of departments ever participating in the Secret Santa for Seniors gift collection drive! We join the Cambridge Police Department in thanking all of the donors and departments who hosted collection boxes:
  • Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Office of Faculty Support
  • Chemistry
  • Human Resources
  • Lemelson/MIT
  • Mathematics
  • Facilities, OPEC
  • Center for Environmental Health Sciences
  • Office for the Dean for Undergraduate Education
  • Gordon Engineering Leadership
  • McGovern Institute for Brain Research
  • Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming
  • Global Studies and Languages
  • Plasma Science and Fusion Center
  • Registrar
  • Research Laboratory of Electronics
  • Sloan School of Management
  • MIT-SUTD Collaboration
  • International Design Center
  • MIT Press
  • Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
  • Lincoln Laboratory
  • Center for Transportation and Logistics

2015 Community Giving events and fundraisers

Current Collections

Northeast District Young People's Union Collection Drive
The Northeast District Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World is collecting items for their annual Youth Conference this September 4th, 5th, and 6th. The conference focuses on ways to encourage youth of all ages to stay in school. Donations will be used to put together registration packets and supply backpacks for conference attendees (adults, teens, and children). All donations are greatly appreciated! Requested items include:

  • Gift Cards
  • Sunblock
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Calculators
  • Mugs/Cups
  • Post-Its
  • Note Pads
  • Water Bottles
  • Flash Drives
  • Backpacks
  • T-Shirts
  • Calendars
  • Bookmarks
  • Candy
  • Candles
  • Power Bars
  • Binders
  • Whatever else you can imagine!
Donations should be new or gently used. If you are interested in making a donation or organizing a miniature drive in your department, please contact Anthony Farrell or Natasha Josephs for more information, drop-off locations, or donation pick-up service!

Natasha Josephs (for questions, information, or drop-off locations)
Phone: 617-253-8962

Anthony Farrell (for donation pick-up service)
Phone: 617-253-3588

Cradles to Crayons Hygiene Items Collection Drive
The Graduate Student Council is holding a collection drive for Cradles to Crayons in preparation for their Volunteer Day Event! All listed donations are welcome, and would go far to help out a local charity that is doing good work to support children in need in the Boston area. Cradles to Crayons is looking to collect the following items (brand new only):

  • Baby Wipes (individual, unopened packages)
  • Brushes/Combs
  • Unscented Baby Lotion (specifically for babies)
  • Baby Wash (specifically for babies)
  • Kids Shampoo
All donations can be dropped off at the GSC Office in Walker Memorial, Room 50-220. The deadline for donations is September 10th. Other items which can be accepted are listed here, and include new or gently-used clothes, books, baby supplies, and more! Please visit their accepted items page to make sure that your donation can be accepted.

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.

Other 2015 Collections

MIT Comedy Show featuring Jimmy Tingle
MIT hosted a Charity Comedy Night on Thursday, May 21st for the MIT Community and local friends! Four comedians, including Paul Gilligan, Orlando Baxter, Patty Ross, and the incomparable Jimmy Tingle brought their humor to La Sala de Puerto Rico in the student center, and attendees were treated to free refreshments after the performance!

All proceeds from ticket sales went to the MIT Community Service Fund to support non-profit community service organizations in the Cambridge area!
This night of fun, food, and philanthropy was an absolute blast! We hope you'll join us for our next community-wide fundraising event.

Used book fair (10th Annual)
Friday, November 13 and Monday, November 16
Bush Room and Memorial Lobby

Last year's book fair was a huge success, bringing in $3,800 in sales for the United Way and the Community Service Fund! Look for more information about this year's fair in October!

Collection to benefit CASPAR:
December (TBD)
Men's and women's winter clothing, boots, towels, and bedding; NEW undergarments, socks, and packaged disposable razors.

Items collected during this drive will be 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.

Secret Santa for Seniors gift collection

Last year's Secret Santa for Seniors collection was also a huge success, and we hope to participate again when the winter holiday season rolls back around! Look for more information about this year's collection in November!

2014 Collection Drives and Activities!

Last year was a great year for community involvement, from the departments that run collection drives each year to those that started something new with help from our office! We extend our sincerest thanks for departments' support of local non-profits, and for such brilliant examples of the impact we can have in our community when we give together. Take a look at some of the giving opportunities that ambassadors organized!

Division of Comparative Medicine (CASPAR Drive)
For over 20 years, DCM has held a socks collection drive to support CASPAR in honor of a former colleague whose passion for the organization helped make CASPAR the vital cornerstone of the local community that it is today. Donations of socks and warm clothing help care for those in the greatest need in our community, and strengthen CASPAR's ties with the MIT community.

Media Lab (CASPAR and Respond Drive)
The Media Lab held a collection drive to provide new, white socks to CASPAR and a wide variety of toiletries to RESPOND, Inc., New England's first domestic violence agency.

Human Resources (Used Books)
A great part of our book fair's success comes from year-round donations that are sent to us from the Human Resources department. Their year-round collections helps us to build our stock of books well in advance of the Used Book Sale.

Media Lab (Matching Gift Fundraiser)
The Media Lab featured the Community Giving at MIT campaign at its holiday party, collecting $1,095 for important agencies in our community. Thanks to support from Media Lab administration, employee contributions made at the party were matched dollar for dollar!

Office of the Vice President for Finance (Margaret Fuller House Canned Goods Drive)
The Office of the VPF held its yearly canned goods drive supporting the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House! Boxes and boxes of cans were collected for the MFNH food pantry, and VPF colleagues also made financial donations. Together, they were able to collect $225 to help the Margaret Fuller House continue to provide its valuable services to Cambridge neighbors year round! The Office of the VPF also partnered with us for our yearly CASPAR drive!

Physics Department (Science Club for Girls School Supply Drive)
This year, the Physics department was looking for a way to strengthen their support of local science initiatives, especially community initiatives involving physics education. We were lucky to be able to connect them with the Science Club for Girls, and employees and faculty donated items from the Science Club's shopping list for the winter semester!

Technology Licensing Office (CASPAR Drive)
The Technology Licensing Office joined with our campus-wide effort to collect warm winter clothes for our most vulnerable neighbors that come to CASPAR for shelter and other services. We send our hearty thanks!

Office of Sponsored Programs (CASPAR Drive)
The Office of Sponsored Programs did a great job this year collecting during our collection to benefit CASPAR, and worked together with our office to quantify their donations! All told, the OSP was able to collect 4 winter coats, 2 sweatshirts, 2 sweaters, one warm shawl, 6 pairs of pants, 5 flannel shirts, 2 jackets, 5 pillow cases, 6 scarves, 4 hats, 2 belts, 19 pairs of socks, 10 boxers/briefs, and 281 various toiletries. Their donations went to help over 100 community members!

CMS/W, GSL, and Literature (Children's Services of Roxbury Drive)
This winter, Global Studies and Languages, Literature, and Comparative Media Studies/Writing came together for a donation drive to help homeless children keep warm. They collected 160 pieces of warm winter clothing to send to Children Services of Roxbury, which serves over 171 homeless families and over 500 children. Their donations came at just the right time to bring warmth and cheer to children in need, and Children's Services of Roxbury sends their hearty thanks!

Biological Engineering (Cambridge Community Center Art/School Supply Drive)
The Biological Engineering faculty and staff collected a great deal of art supplies and school supplies for our local Cambridge Community Center. Their contributions help provide neighborhood children with engaging afterschool activities, and support a wonderful organization right here in our city.

Center for Real Estate (New England Center for Homeless Veterans)
Following on the heels of last year's collection drive for Heading Home, Inc.- a fixture of the struggle to provide emergency, transitional, and permanent housing (as well as support services) to homeless families in the Greater Boston area- the Center for Real Estate held a collection drive during the 2014 holiday party to support the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. The New England Center is "one of the Nation's largest private resource providers to homeless Veterans of every era who face challenges and are at-risk of homelessness." The Center for Real Estate partnered with alumni to provide gift cards to support the mission of NECHV. In total, they collected $750 in gift cards.

Political Science (Cambridge Community Center Drive)
The Political Science Department collected an impressive amount of school supplies for the children at the Cambridge Community Center in the Riverside neighborhood of Cambridge. The donations were much appreciated, and will help the CCC with their mission of empowering youth, individuals, and families through social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities!

Sloan School of Management (Secret Santa Collection)
Our ambassadors at Sloan featured Community Giving at their holiday party, and brought in a great deal of donations for the Secret Santa for Seniors Collection, run in partnership with the Cambridge Police Department. Their donation of clothes, candies, and Target gift cards helped make sure every gift bag had something for every senior to enjoy!

Sloan department ambassadors Anita Horn and Therese Henderson featured Community Giving at the Sloan holiday party.Sloan department ambassadors Anita Horn and Therese Henderson featured Community Giving at the Sloan holiday party.

Children Services of Roxbury.Global Studies and Languages, Literature, and Comparative Media Studies/Writing came together for a donation drive to help homeless children keep warm. Their donations came at just the right time to bring warmth and cheer to children in need, and Children's Services of Roxbury sends their hearty thanks!

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, and collected $225 to support the House's efforts to provide food and other services to the neighborhood. Here, Doris Drake, Emily Diamond, and Joe Siniscalchi of VPF join the coordinator of Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House's food pantry.

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 last year's sale!

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