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 (10th Annual)
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:
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!
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! Our office extends 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 we saw last year across the institute!
CASPAR Drive (Division of Comparative Medicine)
For over 20 years, DCM has held a 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.
CASPAR and Respond Drive (Media Lab)
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.
Used Books (Human Resources)
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.
Matching Gift Fundraiser (Media Lab)
The Media Lab featured the Community Giving at MIT campaign at its holiday party, collecting over $1,000 for important agencies in our community. Thanks to support from Media Lab administration, employee contributions made at the party were matched dollar for dollar!
CASPAR Drive (Office of the Vice President for Finance)
Margaret Fuller House Canned Goods Drive (Office of the Vice President for Finance)
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!
Science Club for Girls School Supply Drive (Physics)
CASPAR Drive (Technology Licensing Office)
CASPAR Drive (Office of Sponsored Programs)
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!
Children's Services of Roxbury Drive (CMS/W, GSL, and Literature)
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!
Cambridge Community Center Art/School Supply Drive (Biological Engineering)
New England Center for Homeless Veterans (Center for Real Estate)
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.
Cambridge Community Center Drive (Political Science)
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!
Secret Santa Collection (Sloan School of Management)
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!
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
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.