News from Community Giving

Summer Book Sale raises hundreds

This summer, Community Giving at MIT held a surprise Summer Book Sale, raising $663 for the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House Van Campaign! While the busy season for students, faculty, and staff might have been far off, we set up shop in Lobby 10, showed crowds of prospective students and tourists the friendly face of MIT, and shared the joys of reading a good book all while raising money for a good cause!

Sloan School collects for refugees

The Sloan School of Management recently held a donation drive in support of the International Institute of New England in support of their programs assisting refugees with resettlement. The proceeds from this drive have gone to purchasing small value grocery cards for refugees. Individuals helped by the IINE go to the supermarket with their case workers and get the chance to bond while learning how to shop at local supermarkets! We are proud of the Sloan community for showing their support and welcoming refugees finding a new life in the New England area!

2016 campaign raises over $290K

The 2016 campaign raised $296,109 in total! The MIT Community Service Fund received $67,781 in donations; the United Way of Massachusetts Bay $92,008; and Your favorite local charity program $134,758. Watch these numbers go up throughout the year; our Atlas app makes it easy to donate at any time!

Collection Drive for Community Art Center

The Community Art Center works to cultivate an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods, and their worlds. The CAC achieves this mission through intensive, year-round activities for youth ages 5-19 and through youth-led Community Programming that engages local and national audiences in quality artistic experiences. We were more than happy to be able to organize a collection drive for the Community Art Center as a part of Together in Service 2017! Thanks go out to GE|CD and the Plasma Science and Fusion Center for their participation in this collection effort!

Collection Drive for Tutoring Plus

Tutoring Plus' mission is to support and encourage the academic, personal, and social growth of children and youth in Cambridge, MA with the help of volunteers and community partners. The chance to engage our department ambassadors in a collection effort for Tutoring Plus as a part of Together in Service 2017 was too good to pass up! We are grateful to the wonderful folks at IDSS and the Office of Sponsored Programs for their enthusiastic help collecting for Tutoring Plus.

Collection Drive for EnRoot

EnRoot bridges the gap between education and a life full of possibilities. EnRoot works with immigrant children, providing social connections, academic tutoring, college application mentoring, internships, leadership training, and community service opportunities. EnRoot strives to provide immigrant youth with a strong foundation for college life and thier career beyond! In 2017, the Research Lab for Electronics, EAPS, and the MIT Libraries chose EnRoot as their supported charity during the Together in Service Collection Drives. We thank them for their support!

Fall 2016 Book Sale raises thousands

Community Giving at MIT held our annual Book Sale, raising $3,796 for the Community Service Fund, the United Way of Mass Bay, and the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House! In total, our book sales in 2016 brought in $4,541 for these worthwhile organizations. We always love supporting out community partners with these excellent fundraising events, and we hope that you'll join us for next year's sale!

MIT takes part in Walk to End Alzheimer's 2016

Patrick Walsh led the first team from MIT's Cambridge Campus in the Walk to End Alzheimer's this year, joining MIT Lincoln Lab's team on their eighth walk! Lincoln Lab's team raised over $42,500; along with the $4,200 from the Cambridge team, MIT's official total is over $46,700 raised to support research for a cure and support for families struggling with the disease. We look forward to next year's walk, when we can gather once more to support the great work that researchers at MIT and elsewhere are doing to cure Alzheimer's once and for all!

IS&T Dunk Tank raises hundreds for Margaret Fuller House

The IS&T BBQ on Sept. 22, 2016 was a fun time for colleagues and coworkers to gather and have fun, and Department Ambassador Alice Kimball gave the IS&T staff the chance to use that energy for a good cause! With the support of senior staff, her department had a "Dunk-A-Thon" event, and raised $320 for the Margaret Fuller House from participants. Our favorite quotes:

  • "The food was exceptional, and the good sportsmanship and fun for the Charity Dunk-A-Thon made it a family fun type of memory that will last."
  • "The Dunk was my favorite because of the good natured back and forth between the dunkees and the unruly mob cheering and attempting to soak them..."
  • "The Dunk Tank was AWESOME!"

Departments collect for Together in Service Celebration

Departments across MIT came together to get involved in the "Together in Service" day in April 2016. The day's activities included delivery of donated goods from our March campus-wide collection drive! Over 40 departments, centers, laboratories, eployee groups, and student groups took part to fulfill the wish lists of a wide range of charitiable organizations throughout our city. Together, we lent a huge helping hand to our neighbors right here in Cambridge.