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Volunteer Programs

Get involved in one of theses Public Service Center-sponsored volunteer activities or look below for more information about how to find your own volunteer opportunity.

CityDays are daylong events held throughout the year. Each event offers the MIT community an opportunity to participate in a single day of service at various local organizations.

Freshman Urban Program is a freshman pre-orientation program that introduces students to MIT and the surrounding community through service activities and discussion of urban issues.

The Community Service Challenge provides an opportunity for MIT students to rally around their fraternities, sororities, independent living groups, and residence halls to participate in community service and compete for the Service Cup.

ReachOut: Help Teach a Child to Read is a literacy tutoring program that matches MIT students with children at a local after school center.

Giving Tree is a holiday gift drive that provides over 700 local children with gifts from MIT community members.

CityWeek is an alternative spring break in Cambridge where students participate in intensive community service for one week.

Get involved!

If you can’t find what you’re looking for through PSC programs or student service groups, there are a number of ways to volunteer in the community. Come in to the PSC to discover a wide variety service opportunities at nearby community agencies. Stop by room 4-104 to pick up some "Volunteer Resource Guides" about these opportunities or download them here.

Attend a Service Fair to meet representatives from local community organizations face-to-face and find out more about volunteer opportunities with their organizations.

We are also happy to meet with you to help you figure out what you’d like to do. Whether you want help sorting out your ideas, narrowing your focus, or planning a service project of your own, we’d love to sit down and talk with you! Email volunteering@mit.edu to set up a time to meet.

Sign up for the weekly email bulletin that announces upcoming community service activities. Included in the bulletin are both one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities along with various funded public service activities.

If it’s 3 o’clock in the morning and you want to get started, take a look at these sites:

Volunteer Match has opportunities near MIT and around the nation.
Volunteer Solutions has many local opportunities.
Idealist has local and international opportunities.
People Making a Difference has excellent one-time projects for individuals.