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Community Service Bulletin

January 15, 2014


One Community, Together in Community Service!

We invite all members of the MIT community to join us for the third annual IAP community service day, CityDay IAP! This event is part of a yearlong CityDays Campaign, to build community service activities that are easily accessible for the MIT Community. The IAP event will take place Wednesday, January 29. There are four locations and several times during the day in which you may volunteer. We hope these flexible options will allow you to schedule some volunteer time during your busy January!

1) The Greater Boston Food Bank, between the South End and Dorchester in Boston, works to end hunger in Eastern Massachusetts. Volunteers will be inspecting, sorting, and repacking donated grocery products to be distributed to hunger relief agencies (Half day service starting at noon and ending at 3:30pm).

2) Cradles to Crayons, in Brighton, provides poor and homeless children with supplies. Volunteers will be sorting and packaging donations into "C2C KidPacks," which are individualized packages of essential children's items ordered for specific in-need kids (Half Day service, noon to 3pm).

3) The Charles River Conservancy supports the stewardship and conservation of the urban parklands surrounding the Charles River. Volunteers will be working on a tree pruning activity, which is done in winter months so that trees are not harmed during their growing season. (Half Day service - meet on campus at 915am, with service from 10am-1pm).

4) CASPAR, the organization works to support the homeless population in both Somerville and Cambridge. Volunteers will work either in the organization's shelter, or in some of the residential homes the organization manages in Cambridge/Somerville (Service times TBD - Morning Shift and Afternoon Shift Available).

Public transportation fees to/from the service placement will be provided on the service date.

Please see the registration page (http://bit.ly/citydayIAP) for more details and service locations, and email Kelsey Boivin (boivink@mit.edu) with any questions.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding/Employment Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Jan 20: Cook & Share MLK Day Lunch with Lonely Elderly People

Monday, January 20, 9:30am to 2:30pm
Boston's South End

Cook and serve lunch, then share lunch and visit with lonely elders. We will play excerpts from Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. No cooking experience is necessary, but all volunteers must be healthy and able to follow simple recipes and to clean up while standing. This low-key project is geared for healthy participants age 14+ who can fully participate reliably for the entire five hours.

All adult volunteers must comply with state criminal record check requirement through PMD unless they have already done so with PMD. The official authorization document must be completed, signed, and returned WITH A SCAN of the front and back of government-issued photo ID received by Lori at pmd.org no later than 1/16. The official form is available online at http://www.pmd.org/CORI_172c_2012.pdf. PMD requests that volunteers contribute $10 or more to help us offset the cost of groceries. (If this is a financial hardship, waiver available as part of online registration.) No partial participation can be accommodated for this or any other PMD projects, i.e., we cannot accommodate late arrivals or early departures. After you register online (and see a confirmation screen), PMD will email specifics a few days before this project, including directions to the project site (by public transportation and by car), a checklist on how to prepare, background information and tips, and a waiver form.

Sign up here: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd012014

Contact: Lori Tsuruda ’89, Lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373

Jan 22: Assemble Print-Braille Children's Books

Wednesday, January 22, 6:15-9:00pm
National Braille Press, Boston (behind Symphony Hall)

Carefully collate and check Braille-embossed plastic and printed pages of FREEDOM SUMMER while walking around tables. This is the February selection for the Children's Braille Book Club in contracted braille for ages 4-10. These special print-Braille books enable sighted and blind parents and children to enjoy reading together, an important part of building literacy, even among pre-school-age children. Volunteer labor (and donations) allow these special books to be sold at the same price as the print-only version.

This project requires repetitive hand motions, good fine motor skills, standing for most tasks, careful attention to detail and, like all PMD projects, participation for the entire project time span.

Sign up here: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd012214

Contact: Lori Tsuruda ’89, Lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373

Jan 25: Face Paint and/or Assist Children with Art Activities

Saturday, January 25, 9:15 AM to 2:15 PM
Peabody School Gymnasium, Cambridge (between Porter Square & Alewife T Stations)

This Winter Family Fun Day brings together families in Cambridge for family-friendly activities and ways to connect with each other and the Center for Families, a Dept. of Human Services program that offers families with children (birth to age 8) parenting education and support programs.

We need reliable and mature volunteers age 14+ who will enjoy interacting with 500 children and their parents via crafts and face painting. No experience required--We'll show you what to do. Individuals may only sign up themselves (and may not register others or reserve spaces). Participation is required for the entire project time span. Incomplete submissions cannot be honored.

Sign up here: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd012514

Contact: Lori Tsuruda ’89, Lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373

Feb 8: MIT Scaling Development Ventures

The MIT Scaling Development Ventures conference is back for a second year! SDV brings together exciting perspectives from the international development and business communities to examine the best way to bring poverty-alleviating solutions to market at scale.

SDV 2014 features Paul Polak as keynote speaker, who is widely regarded as the father of market-centered approaches to development. Paul is the author of Out of Poverty (2008) and The Business Solution to Poverty (2013, with Mel Warwick), described recently by Bill Clinton as "one of the most hopeful propositions to come along in a long time...original, ambitious, and practical."

Panel Sessions include:

  • Appropriate Solutions for Real Needs
  • Partnering for Scale
  • MIT Alumni Driving Impact

Also at SDV 2014:

  • Poster session featuring poverty-alleviating projects by MIT students
  • Affinity Group Networking Lunch

Attendance is free, but registration is required as seats are limited! Register to join us on Saturday, February 8.

Feb 10: Community Service Work-Study Information Session

Monday, February 10, noon
PDR 1&2

Get paid to do something you love through Community Service Work-Study. Attend an information session to learn about finding a community service job off-campus. Students who qualify for Federal work-study are able to add to their work experience while assisting nonprofit organizations with finding creative solutions to the problems they face. Learn about working at Tutors for All, Science Club for Girls, ReachOut, Girls’ Angle and many other organizations.

Contact: Linden McEntire, 617-253-8065, studentworker@mit.edu
For more information, visit http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/work-study/

Ongoing Opportunities

Webmaster needed!

We are TeKnowledgey - a new program aimed at fostering interest in technology and research to K-12 students through mini-research projects. We currently have two programs in action and really need help with getting a website up and running. We currently have a GoDaddy account and webhosting through Wordpress is set up - but we need everything else. Volunteers experienced with web design would be greatly appreciated

Contact: Bridget Navarro, bgisabela@gmail.com

Volunteer at Higg-Lew Leaders

The Higginson-Lewis School. 131 Walnut Ave, Boston, MA 02119.
Volunteer opportunities available Monday-Thursday from 3:30-6pm.

Higg-Lew Leaders is an after school program founded by an MIT Urban Planning grad student and two Northeastern Law Students. Volunteers provide academic support and lead enrichment classes. We recently hired two high school students to tutor and work on a newspaper. We are interested in partnering with MIT student volunteers who can teach enrichment classes, work with students on the newspaper, and general volunteering. The program meets from 3:30-6pm Monday through Thursday. Enrichment is from 5-6pm Monday through Wednesday. Thursday afternoon we conduct a career series. www.facebook.com/higglewleaders

Contact: Michael Castagnola, 662-588-4537, mfc209@gmail.com

Volunteer Tutor: MCAS Math Prep Program

Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00pm inside the Fletcher Maynard Academy (225 Windsor Street, Cambridge, MA 02139)

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is looking for volunteer tutors for our MCAS Math Prep enrichment program! This programs runs on Mondays and Wednesdays in March and April from 5:30-7:00pm and is open to students in 4-5th grades. This program follows a set curriculum every week as we help our students prepare for the statewide MCAS exam in May.

Contact: Kathryn Fenneman, 617.349.6588 x422, fenneman@tutoringplus.org

English as a 2nd Language Tutor

Tuesday and Thursday nights, 11 pm - midnight, Feb. 18 - May 10, 2014
Tutoring sessions are held in MIT classrooms

The MIT English as a Second Language Program for Service Employees is looking for volunteers to tutor night shift employees for 1 hr/wk or to serve as substitutes as needed. No experience is required, just a good command of English and an interest in helping individuals whose first language is not English. The goals of the program are to build student’s confidence, to help them become more productive in their jobs, and to perhaps open up further opportunities for advancement.

For details contact: esl-admins@mit.edu

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

IDEAS Global Challenge Deadline - Submit a Scope Statement and apply for a Development Grant! (Due 1/22)

SUBMIT BY Wednesday, January 22; 11:59PM

Working on an innovative project that makes a positive change in the world?

Start a team and enter the IDEAS Global Challenge for a chance to win up to $10k per team to make your idea a reality. Submit today and apply for a Development Grant. All teams must submit a Scope Statement to be considered for the final round of proposals; the last two chances to submit are Jan 22 and February 25. Teams who are eligible will be invited to submit a Final Proposal on April 4. Teams must be led by a full-time MIT student and must demonstrate that MIT students have made a significant contribution to the project.

Enter online. Details at http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/competition/how-to-enter

Questions? Email globalchallenge@mit.edu

Vecna Cares Global Health Corps Fellowship (due 1/26)

There are only 2 weeks left to apply for a Global Health Corps 2014-2015 fellowship. GHC is looking for driven, passionate, young leaders with diverse skill sets and experiences to join the movement for health equity. One-year paid fellowship positions are available with high impact NGOs and government organizations in East Africa, Southern Africa and the US. Vecna Cares has two available program management opportunities available through the GHC.

Vecna Cares has two available opportunities through the GHC:

US15-USA: Program Manager, Vecna Cares Charitable Trust, Massachusetts, United States
US15-Int: Program Manager, Vecna Cares Charitable Trust, Massachusetts, United States

The Program Manager will work at the Vecna Cares headquarters in Boston and will act as the intermediary between the technical team designing the technology applications and product users of the technology in the field. He/she will be responsible for helping to ensure that the product is functional, useful and effective for the users and help to set and achieve program and solution goals within budget and schedule. The manager will assess the efficacy and capacity of theproducts, demonstrate the impact of the product on healthcare challenges and identify new market opportunities.

The Program Manager will also have the opportunity to work with a variety of web-based technologies, create and develop features on evolving medical technology products, manage software-hardware integrations, which will then be turned around and used by patients and healthcare workers in the field within a matter of weeks.

Apply at: http://ghcorps.org/fellows/apply by January 26th, 2014!

Contact: Debbie Theobald, Debbie@vecna.com

International Development and Innovation Network (IDIN) Graduate Student Researcher

Rate: 10-15 dollar per hour range, depending on qualifications

The International Development and Innovation Network (IDIN) seeks Graduate Student for survey design, management and data analysis

Tasks: Join D-Lab and help us survey IDIN's global network of 350 innovators that are using technology to address issues facing people living in poverty. You will help finalize survey question design, identify appropriate survey instruments, run pretest with a small sample size of network members, administer the IDIN survey and manage data collection. Depending on availability and interest, you may conduct analysis of survey data, including some network mapping and analysis.

Qualifications: Experience with survey methodology and design (crafting open-ended and close-ended questions), quantitative and qualitative analysis, previous experience with software such as Excel, Survey Monkey, Qualtrics, KeyPoint, and Nvivo; Experience with survey design and analysis of communities of practice, social networks, etc.

Availability: 10 hours a week for at least six weeks
Start date: As soon as possible

Contact: Shivi Chandra, idin-survey@mit.edu, (617) 324-4742

Cartier Women's Initiative Awards

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award is a business plan competition aimed at supporting creative, financially sustainable and responsible women-led companies, in all countries and industries. Created in 2006 by Cartier in partnership with the Women’s Forum, INSEAD business school and McKinsey & Co., the Awards will be given this year to six Laureates in the following categories: Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, North America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2014. Entrepreneurs are invited to submit a short business plan using the online application form. The projects must be between one and three years old.

Learn more at http://www.cartierwomensinitiative.com/

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