volunteer programs

Community Service Challenge


Award Criteria

Teams will be judged based on their ability to contribute to the following goals of this Service Challenge:

  1. Encourage engagement in service with varying degrees of depth and intention.
  2. Bring their living group together around one or more common social causes.
  3. Promote best practices in volunteer services and philanthropic efforts.
  4. Reflect upon and celebrate service activities of the living group.
BOTH community service and philanthropic activities of competing teams will be taken into consideration for scoring. 75% of a groups score will be based on their community service efforts, and 25% philanthropic efforts. Groups will be scored by a separate panel of judges, and the team with the highest score in all four areas will be announced the winner. If you have any questions about the scoring guidelines please contact servicechallenge@mit.edu.

Some tips from past winners!

  • Community service that is engaged in as a group will be given higher preference than individual contributions, because it reinforces the bonding goals of the Service Challenge.

  • Community service that has a long-term impact in the community is preferred to activities with a temporary impact.

  • Time volunteered in the external community will be given preference over volunteering at MIT. For example, tutoring a child at the Margaret Fuller House is preferred over tutoring an MIT classmate.

  • We encourage teams to be thoughtful and deliberate about their service. Teams who select and carryout activities around a central social issue theme will be given higher preference to those engaging in a random assortment of community service causes.

  • Teams who take the time to submit a thorough, thoughtful, and well-written team submission will be given a slight advantage.

  • Hands-on engagement with an external community organization will be given preference over indirect philanthropy or fundraising efforts.