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Community Service Bulletin

April 2, 2014


April 4: Nominate students for the Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service (deadline extended to this Friday!)

New! Now for graduate and undergraduate students. Nominations are now open.
The graduate PKG Center Award is co-sponsored by the GSC and PKG Center; the undergraduate PKG Center Award is co-sponsored by the UA and PKG Center.


One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding, Employment & Longer-Term Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

April 7: Community Service Work-Study summer information session

Monday, April 7, 12-1pm, W11-155

Attend an information session to learn about finding a job locally or anywhere around the country during the summer. Community Service Work-Study is an opportunity for students with Federal work-study to give back to the community and earn a paycheck.  Lunch will be served! 


Contact: Linden McEntire, studentworker@mit.edu, 617-253-8065

April 9: Make book folders that improve reading for children (sign up by April 7)

Wednesday, April 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
HEARTH in Boston’s South End (1 Bus accessible)

Make reading fun and engaging for kindergarteners. Join PMD in supporting GiftsToGive's early literacy initiative, which provides books and reading comprehension tools for parents.

Team up with an elderly person at Hearth to help compile and design colorful, informational folders about books. The folders will contain information about the author, summary, introduction, challenging words, conversation starters, etc. No special art skills are required, but the project does require fine motor skills and attention to detail.

When you are sure you can commit to the entire session, sign up at:
https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd040914 (More info: http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=717)

People Making a Difference (PMD): Lori Tsuruda '89, lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373

April 12: East Cambridge Clean Up Day (sign up by April 11)

Saturday April 12, 9:30-1pm, volunteers will meet at Kennedy-Longfellow/Putname Avenue Upper School (158 Spring Street, Cambridge)

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we invite you to join us for a morning spent beautifying our community, followed by lunch and a fun, family environmental fair at Kennedy-Longellow/Putnam Avenue Upper School!


Contact: Timothy Severyn, timothy@eastendhouse.org, 617-876-4444

April 17: Amphibious Achievement Erg-A-Thon

Thursday, April 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Kresge Oval

Amphibious Achievement is holding their annual Erg-A-Thon April 17th!! We are a service group dedicated to athletic and academic mentorship of inner-city Boston youth. Our goal is to "promote success in and out of the water" through athletic instruction in swimming or crew, as well as tutoring in college preparatory material.

Come out and support Amphibious Achievement!! The Erg-A-Thon is a unique fundraiser that challenges volunteers to see how long they can endure the infamous ergometer (rowing machine) for charity!

Sign up a team of friends and hop on an ergometer together! Row your hearts out on Kresge Patio anytime from 11am to 6pm.

Get the most donations possible for your team from friends, fellow students, and family members.

The top 10 teams to raise the most donations before the event will be displayed on the big screen!  AND Prizes will be awarded for each of the following: the best team spirit, the most time spent on the erg, and greatest number of pledges. Team Spirit Costumes are encouraged!

Check us out at our website to learn more, or email aa-exec@mit.edu.

April 20: Visit lonely elders on Easter (sign up by April 11)

Sunday, April 20, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Locations vary (Northeastern, Dorchester, and Mattapan)

Join PMD and Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly this Easter and visit elderly people who have limited family involvement and who are often confined to their homes due to disabilities and/or inclement weather. Little Brothers is a non-profit, nonsectarian charity dedicated to relieving isolation and loneliness of the elders (http://www.littlebrothers.org/).

Volunteers will be divided into pairs to visit to three elders in their homes. Volunteers will also deliver an Easter meal and flowers. Afterwards, we will conclude with a late, dim sum lunch and share experiences. Given the nature of this project, people with cars are especially needed (those who do not own a car can still sign up).

When you are sure you can commit to the entire volunteering period (subsidized lunch participation is required) sign up at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd042014

Note: Submission of a state criminal record check form is required. The form is online at http://www.pmd.org/LBFE_cori_form_2014.pdf and can be signed, scanned, then e-mailed to Lori Tsuruda (lori@pmd.org).

More info: http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=718

People Making a Difference (PMD): Lori Tsuruda '89, lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373

April 26: Volunteer for Beer Science @ the Cambridge Science Festival (sign up by April 10)

Saturday, April 26
Aeronaut Brewery, 12 Tyler Street, Somerville

During the SciFest Block Party (noon-4pm), Aeronaut Brewery will be producing some special beers for the occasion and giving tours of their production facility -- but they would also like to host a series of "Teaching Stations" where chemists, biologists, physicists, etc. could hold demonstrations and explain more about the science behind not only beer but healthy food in general. Volunteer to engage public audiences in the science behind their food & drink!


Ongoing Opportunities

March 31-April 5: Cradles to Crayons Drive

When: March 31-April 5, 2014
Where: The donation drop-off bin is located in the front lobby of McCormick Hall

Donate to the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory! Cradles to Crayons (C2C) provides children ages 0-12 living in low-income situations with items they need to thrive at home, at school, and at play.

McCormick Hall is hosting a drive in the lobby of McCormick from March 31-April 5. We are looking for new or gently used children's clothing, books, toys, and other items. See the link for more information about what items you can donate!


Contact: mcc-communityservice@mit.edu

Volunteering to rebuild homes and lives

WHO we are: Friends of Rockaway is a community-based non-profit organization, helping families rebuild their homes following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. We are working in partnership with St. Bernard Project, founded in 2006, who emerged as a leader in disaster recovery following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

WHAT we do: We provide a clear, prompt, and efficient path to recovery for families displaced by Hurricane Sandy. We focus our work on the critical infrastructure that keeps families safe, secure and healthy. We will see the recovery of Rockaway, NY, through to its conclusion.

Who we HELP: We look to help primary residents who are: at risk of losing their home, low- to middle-income, displaced, and/or have medical issues. We constantly strive to ensure that the families who need our help most receive it as soon as possible.

What YOU can do: Volunteers can help us with most stages of construction, including hanging insulation and drywall, painting, taping, and mudding. We welcome individuals and groups of all sizes to help us rebuild Rockaway with a day of service. Friends of Rockaway has provided services to more than 400 homeowners. Over a year after the storm, nearly 150 families are still waiting to return home with our help. These numbers can change...with YOUR help!

To get involved, contact Megan Corley at megan@friendsofrockaway.org or (240) 428-4531.


Funding, Employment, and Longer-term Opportunities

MIT Museum seeking summer educator

The MIT Museum is seeking two high-school or middle-school educators who, in collaboration with the Education & Public Programs team, will teach and develop science and technology workshops in an informal education environment. This is an excellent opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes perspective of the Museum, explore current science and technology research at MIT, share your classroom expertise with our staff, and serve as a liaison between the Museum and your school. The successful applicants will be current middle or high school teachers specializing in science, math, and/or engineering. They will be interested in collaborating with the Museum’s Education & Public Programs team to evaluate existing workshops, expand the Museum’s educational offerings, and learn about informal education pedagogy.

Must be flexible, detail-oriented and a team player. Summer educator positions are temporary full-time (35 hours/week, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:00pm) for six weeks starting June 30, with 2-3 days in late June for orientation and training. Compensation of $20/hour will be provided, based on experience. To apply, please send resume and cover letter to edsearch@mit.edu.

Contact: Faith Dukes, edsearch@mit.edu, http://web.mit.edu/museum/index.html

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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