News from Community Giving

Financial Collections kick off the Holiday Giving Season

The holidays are always a great time for generosity, and this year was no different. Our great thanks to all of the motivated departments who supported worthy causes this December. Center for Real Estate: $373 to New England Center for Homeless Veterans; Office of the Provost: $215 for the MFNH Van Project; Research Lab of Electronics: $270 for MFNH Van Project

Departments band together for Secret Santa for Seniors Collection

Nineteen MIT departments helped by hosting Secret Santa for Senior collections, and allowed us to bring many smiles to our neighbors in Cambridge this holiday season. It was a joy to work hand in hand with the Cambridge Police Department once again, and we send our sincerest thanks to our department leaders for their invaluable assistance!

Fall 2017 Book Sale raises thousands

Community Giving at MIT held our annual Book Sale, raising $2,446 for the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House project! In total, our book sales in 2017 brought in $3,109 for our focused campaign, and it goes far to help us to meet our goal! We always love supporting out community with these excellent fundraising events, and we hope that you'll join us for next year's sale!

MIT's Haystack Observatory collects a truckful of essential items for Puerto Rico Recovery

Many departments and individuals reached out to our office in the wake of the devastating storms that have hit the southern United States. Haystack Observatory, located in Westford, MA hosted a quick collection drive that went above and beyond and Haystack staff made the trek into Cambridge to deliver a truckload of essential items to the on-campus donation drive led by the MIT Association of Puerto Rican Students. Special thanks go to our Deparment Ambassador, Alex Burns, for coordinating the Haystack collection!

MIT VPF Challenge raises $1,000+ for Margaret Fuller House Van

MIT's Office of the Vice President for Finance led the Institute by launching a $1,000 challenge for financial donations to the Margaret Fuller House Van Mini-Campaign. Thanks to their exceptional support of Community Giving, other donations from across the Institute, and a generous grant from the Peabody Foundation, we have almost reached our funding goal of $40,000!

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 $3,640 for grocery gift cards 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. 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!

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!"