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Community Service Bulletin

January 29, 2014


Feb 4: MIT Community Service Fair

February 4, noon to 3pm in Memorial Lobby (Lobby 10)

Come learn about ways to be involved in service during your time on campus and after! All members of the MIT community are invited to attend our biannual Community Service Fair. This event allows MIT students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to speak with representatives from various community organizations around the Greater Boston Area. It’s a great opportunity to find out about community service that matches your interests, and about various ways to be involved in service.

Check out the PKG Center website for more information on the organizations participating!


One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding/Employment Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Feb 2: Super Sunday road race

Where: 2nd, 50 Linksey Way, Cambridge MA

Volunteers will help with race set up, checking in runners, directing runners along the course, managing the post race party, and clean up. The race benefits the RACE Cancer Foundation, TargetCancer and the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation.


Contact: Kathleen McGonagle, kathleen@runagainstcancer.org

Feb 4: Bicycles Battling Cancer information session

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Time: 12 p.m.
Place: W35-199 (the Zesiger Center, Media Room)
Belmont Wheelworks will also be there sharing a discount on parts and accessories in their shops

The American Cancer Society is putting on their sixth annual Bicycles Battling Cancer event, an outdoor cycling event that offers 3 route options (30, 70, and 100 miles) on a fully supported course. The event begins and ends in Marlborough, MA and will take place this year on Sunday, June 8. They will be on campus Tuesday, February 4, from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Zesiger Center sharing information on the event, as well as hosting an informational presentation at 12 p.m. in the Zesiger Center, Media Room. The American Cancer Society will be discussing their event and how you can sign-up as well as discussing opportunities to volunteer.

For more information, visit www.bicyclesbattlingcancer.org or email bicyclesbattlingcancer@cancer.org.

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 8: Ashoka YV's Be A Changemaker Bootcamp Boston

WHAT: Boston Be A Changemaker Challenge, an event that brings together students from across Boston to learn about social venture creation that can make a positive impact on the world.
WHEN: Saturday February 8, 2014 10am-4pm
WHERE: Boston University School of Mgt, 595 Commonwealth Avenue Boston MA
WHY: The skills needed to become a “changemaker” are seldom imparted in traditional education. This bootcamp will focus on building key skills around social venture creation and idea generation that will give participants an edge in pursuing a career. Participants will gain experience and skills that will allow for a greater range of personally meaningful and globally impactful career opportunities.

The Youth Venture Be A Changemaker Bootcamp will bring together college students and young adults ages 17-21 from across Boston to participate in a day-long bootcamp focused on a) designing social ventures that address issues of importance to them and b) developing changemaker skills that can be applied toward civic contributions and a career that impacts the lives of others in meaningful ways. At the end of the day, bootcamp participants will be invited to present their venture ideas at a Community Panel comprised of judges from participating employer partners. Students will also have opportunities to discuss their ventures informally with industry experts and to connect with potential mentors that can help connect them to professionally and personally fulfilling career opportunities.

To register and for more information, visit http://bostonbeachangemaker.eventbrite.com

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/

Feb 13: IDEAS Global Challenge Spring Generator Dinner

Thursday, February 13 @ 7 p.m.
La Sala de Puerto Rico (W20-202)

Working on a project to help underserved communities? Need funding?
Want to recruit new members for your IDEAS Global Challenge team? Want to get involved, but don't yet have an idea?

Then join us for the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Spring Generator Dinner, taking place from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb 13, in La Sala de Puerto Rico.

Come hear tips from past winners of the IDEAS Global Challenge and learn about current social impact projects that teams are getting started on. This is also the chance to pitch your idea and recruit teammates or pitch your skills to get hired onto a team. Teams that enter the competition have an opportunity to win up to $10,000 to launch their project.

Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/UPOCTN, where you can also sign-up for a 60-second pitch opportunity!

The final opportunity to submit a Scope Statement and enter the 2014 competition is coming up on February 25th, so be sure to register on the IDEAS platform soon!

Questions? Contact us at globalchallenge@mit.edu or 617.715.5474

Feb 22: Make Cozy, No-Sew Fleece Blankets for Needy Children

Saturday, February 22, 12:30-3:30pm
Sign up by 2/14 at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd022214

Learn/make beautiful, cozy, no-sew fleece (easy-to-launder) blankets to be distributed by GiftsToGive, which gives new and gently used essentials to children (from birth to age 17) who need them. While no sewing experience is required, this project does require fine motor skills and attention to detail. We seek responsible and reliable volunteers age 16 and older to use sharp rotary cutters and perform repetitive hand motions to cut and hand-knot fleece. PMD requests that volunteers contribute $10 or more to help us offset the cost of the fleece for these blankets. (Waiver available as part of registration process if this is a financial hardship.)

Learn more at http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=710

Mar 1: Officiate for Blue Lobster Bowl regional ocean science quiz bowl for high school students

Saturday, March 1 with snow postponement date Sunday, March 2, beginning at 9:30am. Ending time varies: 3:30, 4:30, or 6:30pm.
Training session required in advance on 2/22am, or 2/26 or 27 evening.

Support high school students interested in and knowledgeable about the natural world by staffing the National Ocean Sciences Bowl "Blue Lobster Bowl" regional competition, a fast-paced, one-day competition among 24 high school teams from MA. Topics include the biology, chemistry, geology, physics, history, and economics of the ocean as well as ocean-related current events. The winning team will compete in the nationals in Seattle. For more background, visit http://www.nosb.org.

We need ~30 more volunteers (as of 1/21) since it takes 80+ volunteers to staff all 12 competition rooms, keeping time, keeping score, and judging rules, plus grading team challenge responses. We also need experienced Science Judges and a Science Room Graders for scientific challenge resolution and grading Team Challenge questions, respectively.

Please sign up only when you can definitely commit to both the competition and a training session. Sign up ASAP, no later than 2/13 at https://s.zoomerang.com/s/BLB030114. Each volunteer will receive a free t-shirt, lunch, swag, and parking if needed.

For brief descriptions of volunteer roles, see section between questions 7 & 8 at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/BLB030114. More details at http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=706

Ongoing Opportunities

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

Volunteer Tutors/Work Study Students for Grades 6-8

After-school Learning Centers need tutors on Tues, Wed or Thurs, from 3 to 4:15 pm. There are also opportunities before-school, from 8-8:50 am. For work/study positions, CSV is flexible, preferring some after-school hours in order to assist in the five Learning Centers. Several schools located near MIT." All volunteers/work-study students must attend a required orientation, submit paperwork for a CORI check and two references. Online registration via CSV website. All schools easily accessible by public transportation.

2/12/14 Cambridge School Volunteers csv@cpsd.us www.csvinc.org
Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) is looking for MIT students who can (1) tutor middle school students in one of five after-school Learning Centers; Tues, Wed or Thurs, from 3 to 4:15 pm; and (2) work-study students who can do tutoring, general program assisting, etc, for CSV. Martha Osler 617-349-6794

Tutoring with WriteBoston

Boston International High School, 100 Maxwell Street, Dorchester
Tuesday or Wednesday from 8 AM- 4 PM
Most tutors commit to a 2-4 hour weekly shift.

WriteBoston is currently recruiting writing tutors to volunteer for 2-4 hours per week on Tuesdays and Wednesday between 8 AM and 4 PM at Boston International High School in Dorchester. Boston International serves high school students who are recent immigrants with limited English language proficiency. This is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers who are passionate about education and writing to help English Language Learners

Contact: Allison Fisher, allison.fisher@boston.gov

Volunteer Tutor Opportunity with Upward Bound

The MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program is looking for individuals who are able to commit to at least one day per week, with a minimum commitment of 2 hours per day. Volunteers are needed to provide academic assistance in the areas of Math, English, Science, Social Science and World Language, to disadvantaged high school students in our after school tutorial program. High school level tutoring experience is preferred.

Tutors re needed now for the 2014 Spring semester on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00 - 6:00pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 - 7:00pm at the MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program, located at 265 Massachusetts Ave., Bldg. N52-130, Cambridge, MA 02139 For consideration, please forward a letter of interest and a resume to: upwardbound@mit.edu. For more information, contact Ms. Evette M. Layne at enthomas@mit.edu or call 617-253-5124.

ReachOut: Bring your love of reading to a child

Do you like working with children?
ReachOut was created to provide MIT students as reading partners for children in the after school program at Cambridge Community Center. We will train you to work one-on-one with a young student. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the community, meet other MIT students, and make a difference in a child’s life! Participate as a volunteer or through Community Service Work-Study.

All new tutors must attend the ReachOut Tutor Orientation:
Friday, February 7th
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: 4-231

Apply online by February 7th:

email reachout-staff@mit.edu

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

$10,000 Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship for an MIT undergrad

Deadline: Tuesday, February 4, at noon

Davis Projects for Peace typically offers a $10,000 fellowship for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer. The aim is to "help young people launch some immediate initiatives that could bring new thinking to the prospects for peace in the world." MIT will select several compelling proposals to send forward, and at least one is almost guaranteed to be funded! Think creatively, innovatively, and entrepreneurially — this is a chance to formulate and test ideas for peace.

The award will be made to an MIT undergraduate, but the undergraduate may use the funds to also support team members as appropriate.

Learn more: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/davis/index.html

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/.

Community Service Fund grants

GRANTS FOR FACULTY, STAFF, and STUDENTS: The MIT Community Service Fund gives grants to support the public service initiatives of MIT faculty, staff, students, and retirees. Apply by January 31 for the winter cycle! Information is available at http://csf.mit.edu

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