News from Community Giving

Spring Book Sale raises $630

Our Spring Used Book Sale was an absolute blast, as usual! We set up shop in Lobby 10 and the Bush Room with an excellent selection of gently used books at unbelievable prices. All the proceeds of the sale went to help cover expenses for the new Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House passenger van, including insurance, driver's salary, gas, maintenance, and painting costs. Thank you to everybody from the MIT community who helped to make the van a reality and to make each Book Sale a success!

IS&T raise money for Margaret Fuller House Van Expenses

IS&T raised money from a Chili Cook Off to help support expenses for the Margaret Fuller Houses’ new Van! It was a fantastically delicious event with 13 chilis, 8 Meat chilis and 5 Meatless chilis! They offered a trophy along with an Amazon Gift Card to the Grand Prize Winner (chili with the most votes). Prizes were also given out to the 1st Place Meatless Chili, the 2nd Place Meat and Meatless Chili and anyone who bought a ticket to eat Chili at the event. The goal was to raise $150, and we are pleased to announce that we raised a total of $310.00.

Mini-Campaign to Fund Passenger Van Successful!

In 2017, Community Giving at MIT launched our first ever mini-campaign to fund a large project, hoping to support the purchase of a passenger van for the Margaret Fuller House. With help a ton of help and enthusiasm from all of our donors and supporters, MIT’s fundraising efforts collected $14,000 toward the van, and assisted the Margaret Fuller House in securing a $30,000 grant from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund!

Christina Alexis, the Executive Director of the Margaret Fuller House extends her sincerest thanks on behalf of the MFNH staff and community members.

Holiday Season Collection Drives

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 Senior Citizens

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. Cambridge PD Officer Susan Kale sends her thanks to all who helped this year (read here). We thank those departments who hosted collection boxes this past year:

  • Lincoln Laboratory
  • Global Education and Career Development
  • Research Lab of Electronics
  • Nuclear Research Lab
  • Global Studies and Languages
  • Office of Digital Learning
  • McGovern Institute
  • Chemistry
  • Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
  • Human Resources
  • Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Urban Studies and Planning
  • Sloan School of Management
  • Biological Engineering
  • Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
  • Registrar's Office
  • Alumni/ae Association
  • International Students Office

A sincere thank you as well to all the departments who participated with their donations. We couldn't have done it without you!

Our First Community Giving 50/50 Raffle raises $1,360

Thank you for your support and interest in our first ever 50/50 Community Giving Raffle! We are so happy to announce the winner of our first ever 50/50 Raffle, Associate Chief Nurse Jan Puibello of MIT Medical! Jan purchased the winning ticket from MIT Medical Department Ambassador Nadia Ounis-Skali. Many thanks to Nadia, and all the other department ambassadors who helped us sell 392 tickets; together, we gathered $1,360 in total ticket sales, bringing the winning individual prize to a whopping $680!

Our winner, Jan, was kind enough to join us in supporting the good work of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, and chose to donate her prize to the MFNH Passenger Van Drive. With her generous donation, our raffle raised a total of $1,360 for the MFNH Van! We would like to send our sincere thanks to everyone who participated, and we hope to see you again next year.

Summer and Fall Book Sales raise thousands

Community Giving at MIT held our annual Book Sale, raising $2,446 for the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House Van project. In total, our 2017 book sales brought in $3,109 for the van, 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 hurricanes that have hit Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, and other communities. 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, individual and department donations from across the Institute, and a generous grant from the Peabody Foundation, the MFNH purchased a passenger van in March 2018!

Sloan School collects $3,640 for grocery gift cards for refugees

The Sloan School of Management held a donation drive in support of the International Institute of New England's programs assisting refugees with resettlement. The proceeds from this drive were allocated to the purchase of 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.

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 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!