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Community Service Bulletin

January 16, 2013

Winter break bulletin schedule

Due to semester break, this is the only bulletin in January. We will resume our weekly schedule on 2/6/13.

Spotlight

CityDays IAP: One community, together in community service

We invite all members of the MIT Community to join us for the second annual community service day, CityDays IAP!

Friday, January 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

First, have a free lunch at Twenty Chimneys. Then, head out into the Cambridge and Boston communities to volunteer with two local organizations:

1) The Greater Boston Food Bank works to end hunger in Eastern Massachusetts. Volunteers will be inspecting, sorting, and repacking donated grocery products to be distributed to hunger relief agencies.
2) Cradles to Crayons provides poor and homeless children with supplies. Volunteers will be sorting and packaging donations into "C2C KidPacks," individualized packages of essential children's items ordered for specific in-need kids.

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

To participate, staff members need to gain permission from their supervisors to be released during normal work hours.

Please register by January 22nd!

Contact with questions or comments: Amy Fan and Kristi Gundrum Kebinger, MIT Public Service Center, W20-549, (617) 253-8968, serviceday@mit.edu

This event is sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center through generous donations from the MIT Coop & MIT Community Service Fund.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Jan 19: National Day of Service

On the weekend of January 19th, citizens across the country are encouraged to find service opportunities organized through the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s National Day of Service and the MLK Day of Service.

This year, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day coincides with the Presidential Inauguration, so the President has asked that citizens participate in a National Day of Service on Saturday, January 19. The President started the tradition of a National Day of Service four years ago to encourage volunteerism on the community, state, and national level. Organized service categories include health, education, economic development, and more.

Visit the National Day of Service website to find or host a service event in your community. To continue your weekend of volunteerism, find a local project on Monday, January 21, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The event is part of United We Serve, and it is an annual tradition intended to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy by strengthening communities and empowering individuals across the country. Citizens of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to participate.

To find an MLK Day of Service opportunity near you, simply enter your zip code on the event’s website.

Jan 23: Careers in NonProfits

Laura Perrigo, Career Assistant, Linden McEntire, Public Service Center
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 5-6:30 p.m., 4-145

Enrollment: Sign up on CareerBridge
If you are wondering what a career in the non-profit sector might be like or what opportunities are available in your field in the non-profit world, this is the workshop for you. This session will discuss the many reasons that people are drawn to the non-profit sector and help you assess what might draw you to this type of career. You will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of a panel comprised of individuals in various fields and job functions at local non-profit organizations.
Sponsor(s): Global Education and Career Development, Public Service Center
Contact: Laura Perrigo, 12-170, (617) 253-4733, lperrigo@mit.edu

Jan 26: Seeking Volunteer Science Project Judges

Saturday, January 26, 2013, 11:30 – 3 PM (Light lunch provided by the parents)

TTT Mentor Program 14th Annual Project Day.
Stella Conference Room (7-338)

Students will display and present their science project for competition.

This will be a rewarding opportunity to see and hear students display and present their project.

Please contact Kathleen Jones at 617-441-8133.

Feb 1: Volunteer at a hands-on Weatherization Training

Friday, February 1, 12:30-5:30pm

Buildings account for 80% of energy used in Cambridge. Maximizing the energy efficiency of building through weatherization is a top priority. The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) is partnering with the Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) to offer students an opportunity to weatherize a Cambridge-based building, the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Boston. At this training session, you will learn and apply a wide-range of weatherization skills and also learn how to do a thorough energy-use audit. Limited to MIT students only. Register now: http://mitei.mit.edu/calendar/hands-weatherization-training

Questions? Contact Ethan Feuer, Student Activities Coordinator, MITEI at efeuer@mit.edu

Feb 4: Find a great volunteer opportunity at the MIT Community Service Fair!

Looking to give back to your community? Build your resume? Acquire new skills? Broaden your horizons? Then come to the Spring 2013 MIT Community Service Fair! Don't miss your chance to meet over 30 local nonprofit organizations and find a great service opportunity!

Monday, February 4, 2013, 1-3 p.m.
Lobby 10 and the Bush Room (10-105)

This event is open to the entire MIT Community, will have free food, and is sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center. For more information, contact servicefair@mit.edu.

Feb 9: Blue Lobster Bowl Competition

Coming up soon on our beloved MIT campus will be none other than the 2013 Blue Lobster Bowl! This huge event is a regional science-themed competition, also known as the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, which invites 24 high school teams from the state of Massachusetts to compete for the gold! (Just kidding, but some do get trophies!)

With an event as big as this we're gonna need as much help as we can get, and that's where you come in: we need spirited volunteers who would be willing to help! No prior knowledge in any of the science topics is necessary, but we do however require every volunteer to attend at least one training session.

Competition:
Saturday, February 9
8:00 AM to 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM, OR 5:30 PM

Required Training:
Saturday, February 2, 9:30 - 11:30 AM, OR
Tuesday, February 5, 6 - 8 PM., OR
Wednesday, February 6, 6 - 8 PM

Feb 9-10: 14th Annual Social Enterprise Conference

Please join us for the 14th annual Social Enterprise Conference! A joint initiative of the students of Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, the conference will take place over February 9 and 10, 2013. The Social Enterprise Conference is one of the world’s leading forums to explore the intersection of business and social impact. Click here to buy your ticket!

The Social Enterprise Conference features 30 panels on subjects including social finance, healthcare, sustainable energy, technology, food systems, and education reform and 10 skill-focused workshops focusing on design-thinking, financing start-up social enterprises, measuring social impact, and more. Compete for $12,500 in cash prizes at the Pitch for Change contest, and connect with over 40 employers at the Social Enterprise Career Fair, as well as fellow entrepreneurs through countless targeted networking sessions.

The conference will also feature keynotes from leading social entrepreneurs, including:

  • Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen Fund
  • Ben Rattray, Founder and CEO, Change.org
  • Tracy Palandjian, Co-Founder and CEO, Social Finance

The conference sells out weeks in advance every year - buy your tickets here today.

For more information, visit www.socialenterpriseconference.org or contact info@socialenterpriseconference.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

Feb 11: Get paid to do something you love through Community Service Work-Study

Monday, February 11, 7-8 p.m., PDR1
Attend a student employment information session to learn about finding a job through Community Service Work-Study: an opportunity for students with Federal work-study to give back to the community and earn a paycheck. 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 the Science Club for Girls, ReachOut, Girls’ Angle, Tutors for All and many other organizations.

Contact Information:
Linden McEntire, mcentire@mit.edu, 617-253-8065
http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/work-study/

Ongoing Opportunities

Volunteer with Science Club for Girls

Looking to get back involved with Science Club for Girls this semester but not sure if you can commit to the full semester as a Mentor-Scientist? We have a few great opportunities like being a mentor during Vacation Week in February 19th-22nd- it involves volunteering in the mornings 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and running one of our new curricula like Green Chemistry. Interested in volunteering or learning more? Fill out the Vacation Week Application and we'll be in touch with you shortly.

We are also looking for a few eager volunteers to join our Everybody LOVES Science Planning committee. It is a great opportunity to hone your event coordination and marketing skills as well as being able to see the clubs in action. If you are interested feel free to email volunteer@scienceclubforgirls.org with "Everybody LOVES Science" in the subject line.

Science Club for Girls is also in need of volunteers to help with our volunteer training by teaching our new mentors their curricula. If you want to know more about helping out email volunteer@scienceclubforgirls.org with "CRT Training" in the subject line.

Apply Now

Teach classes to adult immigrants with BEST Corp

Boston Education, Skills & Training (BEST) Corp. Hotel Training Center is looking for volunteer tutors, teachers, and tech center assistants to help our students improve their English and computer skills and prepare to take the US Citizenship Exam. BEST Corp. is an independent non-profit 501C3 organization providing classes in English for Hospitality, literacy, citizenship, computers, and pre-GED preparation, as well as certification skills training. The majority of our students are adult immigrants who work in the hospitality industry.

All volunteers will be provided with training, a guided curriculum, staff mentors, and access to our resource library. Volunteers are asked to dedicate at least two hours of time per week for a minimum of three months to the students with whom they are working.

Volunteering at BEST Corp. is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is passionate about helping people, interested in education, and loves learning about different cultures. For more information, please contact Kelly: Kmorgan@hoteltrainingcenter.org 617-542-1177 (x202).

Volunteer with Ministries of Aids International, Inc.

Ministries of Aides International, Inc. (MAII) is a humanitarian, charitable, non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide:
-Food to the malnourished and the needy
-Healthcare to the people who need urgent medical treatment
-Education, where it is lacking
-Shelter, clothing, and other necessities to the families that lack these essentials due to famine, poverty or natural disaster

We are currently looking for volunteers at our main office in Chelsea, MA.

Volunteer positions open include: Director of Development, grant researchers, International Liaison, IT Assistant, Marketing Director/Advertising, Office Administrator, Office Assistant Administrator, Office Manager, Office Assistant Manager, Office Secretary, Operations Manager, Special Event Planner, Volunteer Coordinator

For full job descriptions and more information, please contact Wladimir Lahens at volunteers@ministriesofaidesinternational.org or 617.250.8516.
http://ministriesofaidesinternational.org/

Become a Writing Tutor!

Volunteer with WriteBoston as a writing tutor at one of three Writing Centers located within Boston Public high schools. As a tutor, you will help students build confidence and develop as writers. Work one-on-one with students in the Center and in classrooms to support students' brainstorming, researching, drafting, and revision. As part of an innovative, energetic place where students gain power through writing, you can help students gain the skills they need to succeed in college and the workplace.

1. Boston International High School in Mattapan:
Work with English Language Learners in a diverse school serving Boston's most recent immigrants. Accessible via car and bus. This program is new, so tutors interested in working with ELL students are vitally needed!
Thursdays, 8 AM - 2:30 PM

2. Community Academy of Science and Health in Dorchester:
Fields Corner - Red Line
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:15 AM - 3:35 PM

3. English High School in Jamaica Plain (Green Street - Orange Line or #42 bus)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Qualifications: Tutors should enjoy working with teenagers and have strong writing skills. We write in all subject areas, so individuals with a background in science, engineering, computer science, etc. are encouraged to apply, as well as those with creative writing, journalism, or communications/marketing experience. We strive to create a diverse staff. Experience teaching or tutoring is preferred but not required; the Writing Center Coordinator will provide training and support.

Anne Shackleford, anne.shackleford.jcs@cityofboston.gov, 617-541-2663

Math Tutoring at JK-8 Amigos/Cambridge

We are looking for math tutoring volunteers to come and work with our students during/before/after school. We are a JK-8 dual language school. Math classes are alternated weekly between Spanish and English.

If you are interested, please contact the Amigos School Math Instructional Coach.

Information:
Johanny Canada-Hlatshwayo
jhlatshwayo@cpsd.us
jcanada@cpsd.us
www3.cpsd.us/Math/Math_coaches
(617) 349-6567 X220

Help Middle School Students Compete in the Junior Solar Sprint

Citizen Schools is looking for community members who are passionate about engineering, the environment, or alternative energy to ignite catalyst moments in local middle school students by teaching a ten-week solar cars class! Teams of students will collaborate to design, build, and test their solar car. At the end of the semester, each team will enter its car into the Junior Solar Sprint held at MIT!

Our spots are filling up fast, but we still have a few spaces left at the following schools:
-Dever McCormack K-8 School (315 Mount Vernon Street, Boston): 2:50-4:10 on Tuesdays or Thursdays
-Edwards Middle School (28 Walker Street, Charlestown): 2:55-4:15 on Tuesdays or Thursdays
-Irving Middle School (105 Cummins Highway, Roslindale): 2:45-4:15 on Tuesdays or Thursdays

Citizen Teachers are volunteers who teach middle-school students in low-income communities new skills and expose them to new futures. For ten weeks, volunteers work with a group of 15 students for 90 minutes each week. Volunteers receive up-front training, weekly lesson-plan assistance, and are paired with a trained staff member for on-going in-class support.

Check out the solar car apprenticeship lesson plans: http://www.citizenschools.org/curriculum/solar-cars/

Sign up TODAY! www.citizenschools.org/volunteer/sign-up/

Please contact Carolyn Roscoe at carolynroscoe@citizenschools.org or 617.695.2300 ext. 1174.

Resolve in the New Year and become an Academic Mentor!

Boston Partners in Education is looking for volunteers to tutor and mentor students in the Boston Public Schools.

Volunteers work one-on-one or with a small group of students for an hour a week during the school day. Opportunities are available in all grades (K-12) in either English Language Arts or math.

Boston Partners in Education provides training in subject matter as well as mentoring that will help to ensure a happy and successful match. We are required by the Boston Public Schools to run a CORI/SORI background check on each potential volunteer; this background check is run at no cost to you.

To apply for this opportunity, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/bpevolapp

Student/Volunteer matches are made based on your preferences:

  • Location
  • Time of day
  • Day of the week
  • Subject matter
  • Grade level
  • One-on-one vs. small group work

For more information about opportunities to make a difference in the lives of students in the Boston Public Schools, please contact Eunice Brady, School Volunteer Placement Coordinator, at ebrady@bostonpartners.org or 617-451-6145.

Middle School Homework Help

Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays from 3-4:15 p.m. Or, mornings from 8-8:15 a.m.

Locations include: East Cambridge, West Cambridge, Kendall Square areas. Some within walking distance of MIT. All accessible via public transportation.

Cambridge School Volunteers has been staffing after-school Learning Centers for many years. Each provides a quiet place to get homework help. Cambridge opened four new Upper Schools (grades 6-8) this year, each with a Learning Center. On-going tutoring is always needed.

Join the team of homework support tutors at any of four public middle schools in Cambridge. Provide 1:1 support to 6th-8th graders in a variety of subjects: math, writing, literacy, science. Opportunities available early morning and/or mid-afternoon.

Contact Martha Osler at 617-349-6794 or csv@cpsd.us for more information.

Apply for the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award (Deadline 1/18)

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend to a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

Students are encouraged to develop their own proposals for public service in the U.S. or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by yourself alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations.

Applications must be submitted by January 18, 2013. For application instructions, FAQs, and summaries of prior award winners, visit http://www.nationalgridus.com/huntington.asp.

$300,000+ in Funding Available for Clinton Global Initiative University Students (Deadline 1/30)

We are excited to announce that more than $300,000 is now available for CGI U 2013 student attendees to turn their ideas into action. To be eligible for either of these funding opportunities, students must first apply online to attend CGI U 2013. The final application deadline is January 30, 2013.

The Resolution Social Venture Challenge
This year, CGI U is proud to work in conjunction with The Resolution Project, an organization dedicated to youth leadership development through social entrepreneurship. The Resolution Project will provide $100,000 in seed funding to CGI U 2013 students through the Social Venture Challenge, a competition which will identify and support undergraduate students from around the world who offer innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. CGI U student attendees may apply for up to $5,000 in seed funding for their Commitments to Action. Social Venture Challenge finalists will pitch their ideas at CGI U 2013 and the winners will be announced in St. Louis on Saturday, April 6. Students must first apply and be accepted to CGI U 2013 in order to apply for the Social Venture Challenge.

The CGI University Network
The CGI University Network is a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to leading student innovators and entrepreneurs on their respective campuses. Thus far, 21 colleges and universities have joined the University Network and agreed to provide more than $200,000 in funding to CGI U 2013 commitment-makers from their respective campuses. Any CGI U student from a University Network school is eligible for funding, and may receive seed funding for commitments and/or travel assistance to attend the CGI U meeting.

Students, take advantage of these opportunities byapplying online for CGI U 2013. Apply by 1/30/13

For more information, contact us at cgiu@clintonglobalinitiative.org or (212) 710-4492.

The NBCU Rev Up Change Challenge - $25k to US-based Change-makers (Deadline 1/31)

Due January 31

This year The Feast on Good is proud to partner with NBCUniversal to present The NBCU Rev Up Change Challenge. The prize provides a platform for American entrepreneurs to scale the impact of their social venture. Offering a $25,000 cash prize and a speaking opportunity at The Feast Conference 2013, the winner will be able to gain visibility for their project, network with potential investors and mentors, and connect with a vibrant community of like-minded entrepreneurs.

http://www.feastongood.com/revupchange/

Register your team for the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge (Deadline 2/5)

The FSILG&D Service Challenge encourages teams of fraternity, sorority, independent living group, and dorm participants to compete for the Service Cup over a two-month period February through April. Teams are encouraged to serve the community as a community.

In addition to helping community organizations and the populations they serve, participation in the Service Challenge certainly has its benefits for participants. Registered teams have the chance to win Service Cup winner bragging rights, publicity of team service undertakings, access to exclusive alternative spring break funding, $2,000 in service implementation funding for the upcoming academic year, meaningful opportunities for team bonding, and an acquisition of knowledge about the local community.

Register your team for the 2013 Service Challenge by February 5 at 5pm (More information about the Service Challenge can be found on the PSC’s website or by emailing servicechallenge@mit.edu.

Apply to be a Camp Kesem Counselor! (Deadline 2/7)

Camp Kesem is a weeklong summer camp for kids whose parents have or have had cancer. It is free of charge for the families and is also run completely by MIT students. Apply to CK MIT now and help make the magic! Counselor applications can be filled out at http://tinyurl.com/ckmitcounselor. In addition, please email a RECENT PHOTOGRAPH to ckstudents@mit.edu with the subject line: "CK MIT Counselor - (your name)". All applications are due on February 7th, 2013. Any questions can be directed to ckstudents@mit.edu. You can also learn more about Camp Kesem by visiting our facebook page and website!

Apply to be a FUP counselor! (deadline 2/15)

We need YOU to lead the 2013 Freshman Urban Program (FUP)! FUP is a pre-orientation program that introduces pre-freshman to MIT and Boston/Cambridge through public service activities and discussion of urban issues. Counselors have an amazing opportunity to develop leadership skills, perform public service, mentor pre-freshman, and build strong friendships.

Apply today to be a counselor! Deadline: Friday, February 15. No prior FUP experience is required.

For more information and to apply: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fup/counselor.html Questions? fup-staff@mit.edu

Apply for a Legatum Fellowship at MIT (deadline: 2/15)

The application deadline is now approaching for the Legatum Fellowship at MIT. The program prepares students to launch innovative and inclusive enterprises in low-income countries. Since its inception in 2008, the Legatum Fellowship program has provided mentoring, seminars, financial assistance, and business plan coaching to students starting businesses in the rapidly expanding markets of Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Application deadline is February 15, 2013. Benefits include tuition assistance, business plan coaching, strategic guidance, and networking opportunities.

Learn more about this opportunity at legatum.mit.edu/fellowship

Apply for Alternative Spring Break funding for your Service Challenge team (Deadline: 3/1)

Teams registered to compete in the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge (register here by 2/5: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fsilgd/registration.html) may apply to subsidize one alternative spring break (ASB) project for their FSILG or dorm members.

It takes time to coordinate projects with agencies, raise needed funds, and plan travel logistics, so start searching for ASB opportunities now. Don’t let this great chance to engage in community service slip away from you! Full application guidelines can be found at http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fsilgd/break.html

Submit your project proposal to servicechallenge@mit.edu by March 1. Email servicehallenge@mit.edu with questions.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Work with Native Grow Massachusetts to revamp their annual fundraiser!

Native Grow Massachusetts is seeking a talented intern to take a leadership role in the redesign of our annual Festival Floralia. This gala event promotes native plants and is also an important fundraiser. It offers local residents the opportunity to purchase a diverse array of native plant species with the guidance of landscape professionals for appropriate species selection. It has included educational workshops and fostered a sense of community among our members as we celebrate the importance of native plants to biodiversity. Festivities have been enhanced with music, food, and a silent auction. Critically important to our budget, after expenses it netted $5,000 in its first year and $7,500 last year.

This intern will work closely with our president, other board members, and volunteers, to “reinvent” and plan this year’s event, to be held in May 2013. The three main goals of the reinvention are to:

-Ensure that the event continues as a fun and mission oriented program that results in people purchasing and planting more native plants, as well as understanding their importance to local ecosystems;

-Design an event that is more effective from a fundraising perspective, i.e. that generates enough revenue to make the time investment required to plan and staff the event worthwhile and cost-effective; and

-To net at least $7,500 after expenses, needed revenue for our 2013 budget.
Interested? Contact Claudia Thompson, Cthompson@grownativemass.org

Develop a proposal for a Davis Projects for Peace $10,000 fellowship!

Davis Projects for Peace is offering a $10,000 fellowship for an MIT undergraduatestudent project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer of 2013. 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 guaranteed to be funded! Think creatively, innovatively, and entrepreneurially -- this is a chance to formulate and test ideas for peace.

See http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/davis/index.htmlfor more details.

Proposals should be emailed to davis-peace@mit.edu by 9:00am on Friday, February 4.

Proposals will be judged using these criteria:
-strong and clearly articulated relevance to peace
-creativity and innovation
-potential for impact
-feasibility (showing that the team can accomplish the work within the required time frame, using the available funding)
-well thought-through and presented budget: detailed, realistic, and practical

If your proposal is selected, we will help you refine it. You should be available to make final revisions before February 8, 2013.
Questions? Email Alison at hynd@mit.edu

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