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Community Service Bulletin

February 5, 2014


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

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding, Employment & Longer-Term Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Feb. 8: Optics Science on Saturday on MIT campus

Our upcoming February 8 Science on Saturday at the MIT campus in Cambridge will be on Optics. How can you bend light? What can you do with polarized light? How can waves interfere with each other to produce images? How might improved 3D televisions work in the future? Come volunteer to help with our demonstrations and find out!

There will be two identical shows, 9:15-10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-noon, in the MIT EG&G Education Center, Room 34-101, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139. MIT has agreed to let attendees at our upcoming Feb. 8 Science on Saturday park in either the Albany Garage (very close to the event) or West Garage (a ~5-10-minute walk from the event) provided they can pay the $5 flat fee with a credit card at either parking garage. Alternatively, attendees can take the T to the Kendall Square stop (a ~5-10-minute walk from the event). For maps of the event and parking garage locations, please see our web page: edgerton.mit.edu/scienceonsaturday

Each Science on Saturday is a free 60-minute presentation filled with fun demonstrations in which K-12 students from the audience can volunteer. It is free and open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers. Seating is limited, so we recommend that you arrive early. No RSVP required.
Contact: Todd Rider, thor@mit.edu, 617-258-1821

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/

Feb. 13: IDEAS Global Challenge Spring Generator Dinner

Thursday, Feb. 13
7-9 p.m.
La Sala de Puerto Rico (W20-202)

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.


Ongoing Opportunities

Arts Event Volunteers Needed on Campus! (sign up by Feb. 12)

Do you like artmaking? Working with children? Exploring the arts on campus? The List Visual Arts Center (MIT's contemporary art museum) is looking for volunteers to help facilitate projects for Family Week. Each day of programming offers art making, exhibition tours, and thinking about contemporary art for young visitors.

MIT List Visual Arts Center, E15
Shifts are available 2/18-2/21, 12 to 4 pm
Flexible scheduling!
Volunteers get free lunch for participating

Contact: Courtney Klemens, cklemens@mit.edu, 617-324-4565

Somerville Public Schools Volunteer Program: Math Tutors Wanted! (sign up by Feb. 12)

Do you have an hour a week to share with a student? Help us close the achievement gap! Somerville Public Schools seeks math and science tutors to work one-on-one with students during the school day, after school or choose one Saturday afternoon per month. The SPS Volunteer Program will hold a free training for new and returning volunteers on Thursday, February 13, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross Street. Here’s your opportunity to get connected with a public school student in your area.

Expanding community engagement at every school has been an important goal of the Somerville Public Schools. The Somerville Family and Learning Collaborative--the District’s Community Outreach Program—works with community partners and volunteers to leverage valuable community skills to support student achievement. To sign up to volunteer with Somerville Public Schools visit: www.somerville.k12.ma.us/volunteer. Hope to see you in the classroom!

Contact: Jen Capuano, jcapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us, 617-629-5475


ESL Tutoring

The MIT English as a Second Language Program for Service Employees is looking for volunteers to tutor night shift employees for 1-2 hrs/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.

Tutoring takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 pm - midnight beginning February 18.
This is an opportunity to make a real and positive difference. Please contact esl-admins@mit.edu for details.

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

Funding, Employment & Longer-Term Opportunities

City Year Next Application (apply by Feb. 15)

Looking for a high-impact, meaningful post-graduate opportunity? Apply to City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. At our 25 urban locations across the United States, teams of highly trained corps members serve full-time in schools as tutors, mentors and role models. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, which identify students who are at risk of dropping out, corps members are uniquely able to help students and schools succeed.

Visit www.cityyear.org/joincorps for more information and to apply. Next application deadline: February 15th.

Benefits include living stipend, loan forbearance, education award, extensive training and professional networking opportunities. Applicants must be between 17-24 years old and a U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Want to meet us in person? Come to our upcoming Open House on Wednesday, February 12th at 5:30pm at our headquarters and Boston site located at 287 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 (located next to Back Bay Station). RSVP to Thuy at tle@cityyear.org today!

City Year provides real world experiences of incomparable value in terms of personal and professional development. With over 340 hours of training, corps members develop skills that employers seek and have the opportunity to interact with a variety of corporate sponsors and a network of over 18,000 City Year alumni. City Year also partners with graduate schools across the country to provide tuition scholarships exclusively for corps members. Don't miss out on a life-changing opportunity and apply today.

Apply to be a Coop Director (apply by Feb. 19)

Apply online at www.thecoop.com between January 29 and February 19, 2014, to be nominated as a candidate. There are usually 5-6 scheduled meetings per year and are generally on Thursdays at 3:30 at the Coop in Harvard Square. Attendance policy states that Directors must attend 3/4 of scheduled meetings to be eligible for the $1800 stipend.

Committee meetings are scheduled by the committee chair on an as needed basis. The current standing committees are: Executive, Audit, Finance, University Relations, Real Estate, Nominating and Governance, and Internet. A description of the standing committees is available. Directors are expected to serve on a minimum of 2 committees. Directors receive $100 for each committee attended.


  • Work with Coop president and other board members to formulate policy and develop strategic objectives and goals
  • Attend and actively participate in regular board meetings and other official functions
  • Serve on assigned committees
  • Maintain confidentiality of all Coop business
  • Review board information packets prior to meetings
  • Disclose possible conflicts of interest and refrain from votes on issues related to the conflict
  • Serve as voice to communicate the needs and concerns of Coop members
  • Attend board and standing committee meetings

Contact: Allan Powell, aepowell@thecoop.com, 617-499-2025

Volunteer Summer Camp Counselor Opportunity! (summer 2014)

Camp AmeriKids, a summer camp for children living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease, is looking for caring, responsible, energetic and fun counselors for our 2014 season. A volunteer counselor team is responsible for the 24-hour supervision of a cabin and maintains a camper to counselor ratio of about 2 to 1. Counselors spend each day of the one-week camp session with their cabin group as they rotate through a schedule of activities and participate in new and exciting workshops provided by the program staff. The cabin counselor's enthusiastic participation in all aspects of camp, from meals and activities to nightly special events and cabin chats, is crucial in creating a memorable camp experience for our campers. Counselors are expected to be role models, sources of energy and ideas, and are a key part of the Camp AmeriKids community. Room & board at our site in Warwick, NY is provided.

Volunteers can apply for one or both of the following sessions:
Session One: July 28th-August 4th
Session Two: August 9th-August 16th

Applications are available on our website www.campamerikids.org. Please contact us if you are interested in more information.

Contact: Isabel Kaufman, ikaufman@campamerikids.org

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center is not responsible for the quality or safety of outside service agencies, and does not screen volunteer placements or projects. The Community Service Opportunities bulletin is published once a week by the staff of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center. If you have questions, feel free to call us at 617-253-0742, or stop by 4-104.

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