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Community Service Bulletin

February 19, 2014

Spotlight

Register your living group for the MIT Community Service Challenge! (register by Feb. 21)

The Community Service Challenge encourages teams of fraternity, sorority, independent living group, and dorm participants to compete over a two-month period from February to April to win $2,000 towards public service, bragging rights, campus-wide recognition, meaningful bonding opportunities and more!

Register online by February 21st!

Please email servicechallenge@mit.edu with any questions!

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding/Employment Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Feb. 20: Volunteer for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (sign up by Feb. 15)

February 20, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116, Johnson Room 2 & 3 (located in the main branch)

In the spirit of National Girl Day, SHINE will be hosting the Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event! SHINE is a student-run organization that cultivates a passion for math in young girls through mentorship and dance. We need volunteers to help run activity booths, including laser-chasing and illusions.

No prior experience needed! Just come for a day of fun. For any questions or to RSVP, please contact Kirin Sinha at kirinsinha@gmail.com.

March 29-30: Volunteer for MIT's Cycling Race (sign up by March 23)

Sat/Sun, March 29/30, 7am-6pm either/both days

MIT's Cycling Team is hosting Xpot 2014, a collegiate cycling race. We're looking for volunteers to help fill 1 of the over 100 volunteer slots! We need marshalls, movers, and car parkers. Everyone gets a free Xpot T-shirt, and a great way to watch MIT's National Champs!

We can transport people to the race site - in Winchester and Sutton, MA.

Contact: MIT Cycling Club, racevolunteer@mit.edu, http://cycling.mit.edu

March 31: Lobby Day at the State House with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (sign up by March 28)

Monday, March 31, 2014
Massachusetts State House, Room 437
Registration: 10 AM
Program : 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Meet your Legislators : 11:30 AM - 3 PM

Refreshments available.

Are you interested in helping fight cancer? Join American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteers and staff at our annual Lobby Day at the State House.

Registration at 10 AM, speaking program form 10:30-11:30 AM, with meetings with your legislators to follow (ACS CAN will schedule meetings for everyone who RSVP's). Never met with your Legislators? No problem - we will train you and prepare you for the day!

Follow this link to RSVP to the event today! http://bit.ly/1kerei4

Questions? Contact Patricia.Mallios@cancer.org or 508-270-4683

Training will be provided on March 18, 20, and 27. Contact us for details or sign up for a training using the link above.

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

Funding, Employment, and Longer-term Opportunities

IDEAS Global Challenge - last chance to submit a Scope Statement and apply for a Development Grant! (apply by Feb. 25)

SUBMIT BY Tuesday, February 25, 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. 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 innovation of the project.

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

Questions? Email globalchallenge@mit.edu

Math Program Site Coordinator (apply by Feb. 26)

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is looking for a Site Coordinator for our MCAS Math Prep program! The Site Coordinator will be responsible for supporting both the logistical and programmatic aspects of the program. Strong candidates will have experience working with kids, have a passion for math education and be creative.

Our MCAS Math Prep program helps students in 4-5th grade prepare for and gain confidence in taking the statewide math exam. The program follows a curriculum book and will be supplemented by activities and games that bring math to life."

Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00pm from March 3-April 30

Programming will take place at the Fletcher Maynard Academy (225 Windsor Street, Cambridge, MA 02139). This position may be eligible for work-study funding.

Contact: Minh Nguyen: nguyen@tutoringplus.org, www.tutoringplus.org

GSC-PSC Joint Service Fund (apply by March 2)

The Graduate Student Council and the MIT Public Service Center have partnered to create this fund out of a mutual recognition that graduate students, often consumed with academic and life responsibilities, may want support in engaging in public service and community outreach. The purpose of this fund is to encourage graduate students to innovate their own public service opportunities that fit their aims and requirements.

We believe that MIT graduate students and communities in the Greater Boston region can offer remarkable benefits to each other.

Learn more and apply at http://gsc.mit.edu/service by March 2.

Volunteer in Otavalo, Ecuador (apply by March 15)

The Village Education Project Summer Volunteer Program is seeking motivated college students to teach in rural Ecuador this summer. Volunteers teach underprivileged students who cannot afford to pay for high school. Using a curriculum designed by Ecuadorian teachers and previous American volunteers, teachers are tasked with preparing their students for their upcoming school year. Ecuadorian students who excel in our Summer Program will receive a full academic scholarship from The Village Education Project.

Prior to the trip, each volunteer is required to fundraise $500, which will be used to fund these scholarships. The Village Education Project will offer guidance on how to find this funding. Volunteers in the past have used a variety of funding sources, including online fundraising accounts, college funding, and scholarships.

The Summer 2014 program lasts from June 15 to August 1, and applications are due by March 15. We have three arrival dates (June 15, 22, and 29) to accommodate any schedule conflicts that you might have. To find more information and the online application, please visit the Volunteer section of our website: http://www.villageeducation.org/?page_id=40. Applications are due by March 15, but admission is rolling.

We are also searching for a program coordinator, who will be in charge of the volunteers. It will be his or her responsibility to aid volunteers in curriculum construction, while also working with our coordinators in Ecuador. All of the director's expenses will be paid, including air fare, food, and housing. The director would need to be in Ecuador from June 12 to August 3. The application for program director can be found here:  http://www.villageeducation.org/?page_id=520

If you have any questions, please email us at villageeducationvolunteer@gmail.com

Apply for a funded Public Service Fellowship or Internship for summer! (apply by March 20)

Deadline: Thursday, March 20, at noon
The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects. Students work with community-focused organizations including non-profits and social enterprises. These can include a student's own social enterprise.

You can create your own project, continue work on an enterprise you already started, or find project ideas on our website.

We welcome a wide range of community service projects and support work in the US and abroad.

Applications for Summer Fellowships and Internships projects must be submitted by noon on Thursday, March 20.

Find more information about both programs at bit.ly/fi_psc

Need help with the proposal process for the Fellowship and Internship Program?
Then attend a proposal-writing workshop! We will answer questions, provide helpful tips, and give a crash course on how on proposal writing! Plus, we can explain the fellowship and internship process and program in more detail!

The Spring dates are:
2/26 @ 1pm in W20-555
3/10 @ 2pm in W20-555
3/11 @ 3pm in W20-555

If you are interested in attending please email Elizabeth Parolski - parolski@mit.edu

Apply for a summer 2014 PSC Expedition Grant (apply by March 20)

The PSC is now accepting Expedition Grant applications for summer 2014! Since Expedition Grants are sponsored by the Underclassmen Giving Campaign, we are putting the final choices in the hands of underclassmen, who can vote for their favorite finalist during the Campaign!

Expedition Grants, open to all continuing MIT freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, enable students to serve someplace that they have never been before. The purpose of an Expedition Grant is to help you travel to an unfamiliar region to do work on a project of potential continuing interest. These grants are intended for service projects that are exploratory in nature, and we hope that this service work might even set the groundwork for future projects that have the prospect of sustainable benefit for the community.

Applications are due Wednesday, March 20, by 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/grants/apply/expedapp.html.

Summer Fellowship Program in Tamale, Ghana (apply by March 21)

May 29 - June 19
For more information and to apply online visit: http://communitywatersolutions.org/fellowship-program

The Community Water Solutions Fellowship Program is a water education and leadership training experience in Northern Region Ghana. The purpose of the fellowship is to teach individuals about the global water crisis, and inspire them to become leaders in the field of international development.

Fellows are grouped in teams of four and paired with a rural community in Northern Region Ghana. Before traveling to Africa, each Fellow works to raise the $2,950 fellowship fee, which covers all of their in-country expenses, including the capital and monitoring cost of a new CWS water business. On the ground, teams are first trained in water quality testing, and the CWS water treatment methods. They then spend two weeks in the field implementing and monitoring a CWS water business in their village.

Since the start of the Fellowship Program in June 2010, CWS has hosted 198 students and young professionals in Ghana who have implemented 55 of our 60 water businesses, providing permanent sources of safe drinking water almost 35,000 people!

Contact: Kate Clopeck, kclopeck@communitywatersolutions.org

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