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Community Service Bulletin

January 18, 2012

Spotlight

IAP MIT Community Service Day (1/27, register by 1/23)

On Friday, January 27 from 11am-4pm, we invite all members of the MIT Community to join us for the IAP Community Service Day! First, have a delicious Indian lunch with us in the Mezzanine Lounge. Then, head out into the Cambridge and Boston communities to volunteer with one of three local organizations:

  1. The Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston, 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. The Salvation Army, Harbor Light Center, Boston, is a shelter for individuals struggling with addiction. It offers a residency program, two sober graduate houses, transitional housing assistance for women, a community feeding program and worship services. Volunteers will be painting the Center.
  3. People Making a Difference, MIT, is founded by one of MIT’s own, Lori Tsuruda ’89. PMD promotes volunteerism in one-time projects that meet local needs. Volunteers will be at MIT, assembling Lego kits into DNA models that will be used by schools in the Boston area and across the country.

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

Please register by January 23! Contact Amy Fan at (617) 253-0742 or serviceday@mit.edu if you have any questions.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Find out what staff across the Institute do for community service beyond their work at MIT! Come to Pahoehoe: Do-Gooders Behind the Desk (1/19)

Join us to hear from five MIT staff members who are making a difference in communities near and far. You’ll hear about a rowing program for cancer survivors, cell phone technology for detecting hearing loss in Brazil, athletes who are running to end cancer, a program to teach high schoolers everything and anything, and more.

Learn what the amazing people behind the desks at MIT are doing, how you can get involved, and get inspired to act on the issues you care about. The five-minute presentations are informal, informative, and infectious (in a good way!).

The event will be held on Thursday, January 19, from noon-1pm in 1-135. There is no enrollment limit, but advance sign-up is required by emailing Alison at hynd@mit.edu. More information at: http://student.mit.edu/iap/nspsc.html

AltruHelp Impact Networking (1/26)

AltruHelp Impact-NetworkingTM brings together hundreds of professionals, college students, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders for a FUN night of speed-volunteering, networking, silent charity auction, food, drinks, and more.

On January 26th, attendees will kick off 2012 as a new year of social IMPACT!! Inspire altruism & expand your network at some of our speed-volunteer stations:

  • Support 10,000 children at low-income schools by painting portable murals that encourage safe play & healthy activity w/ Boston Playworks.
  • Keep shelter cats & dogs warm this winter by helping make blankets for the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
  • Support the military troops & families by writing a quick note of appreciation via American Red Cross & Post Cards From Farr Away.
  • Create an online Social Impact ProfileTM to highlight your volunteer IMPACT this evening & other philanthropic milestones at the AltruHelp IPAD station!

The event will be held on Thursday, January 26 from 6:30-9:30PM at One Marina Park Drive, 14th Floor. Email info@altruhelp.com or visit www.altruhelp.com for more information. Register at http://ain2012.eventbrite.com

Come sample programs and food at the Public Service Center's Smorgasbord: Eats and Opportunities! (1/31)

What type of service do you want to do? Maybe you want to tutor high school students in Cambridge, be paid for public service work with a great organization that needs your help, work with a community partner somewhere else in the world, or develop a new solution to deliver impact.

Come meet the staff of the Public Service Center who will introduce you to their programs. We'll have an open conversation over a smorgasbord of food to share with you the best way to get started in public service or to try something new. Faculty, staff, alumni, and students are all welcome to attend and learn more about the opportunities available.

The event will be held on Tuesday, January 31, from noon-1:30pm in W20-491. RSVP required: http://bit.ly/ti9Bhx

Public Service Center’s 2012 IAP course offerings

Check out the MIT Public Service Center’s IAP offerings. Full descriptions and registration information can be found here: http://student.mit.edu/iap/nspsc.html

  • Pahoehoe: Do-Gooders Behind the Desk - Thursday, January 19, 12-1:30pm, 1-135
  • Writing recommendations that rock (without sacrificing all your weekends) - Tuesday, January 24, 12-1:15pm, 2-105
  • Answers to Your Intellectual Property Questions - Wednesday, January 25, 2-3:30pm, 4-145
  • Starting Up Your Startup - Thursday, January 26, 3-4:00pm, 3-270
  • IAP MIT Community Service Day - Friday, January 27, 11am-4:00pm, Mezzanine Lounge-W20, Lunch @ MIT followed by volunteering on-site
  • Careers in Non-Profits: Learn about this exciting field from non-profit professionals! - Monday, January 30, 5-6:30pm, 4-270
  • (Public) Service Smorgasbord: Eats and Opportunities - Tuesday, January 31, 12-1:30pm, W20-491
  • How to Make Your Service Serve You: how public service can help you get into medical school, win a major scholarship, or secure a big grant! - Tuesday, January 31, 12-1:15pm, 2-105
  • Design to Scale: Developing Technologies for Global Impact - Thursday, February 2, 3:30-5pm, 56-114

MIT Community Service Fair (2/8)

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 2012 MIT Community Service Fair! Don't miss your chance to meet over 30 local nonprofit organizations and find a great service opportunity.

The Service Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 8, from 1-3pm in Lobby 10 and the Bush Room (10-105). This event is open to the entire MIT community and is sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center. For more information, contact: Amy Fan at servicefair@mit.edu.

Apply to be a FUP counselor! (2/16)

The Freshman Urban Program (FUP) is a pre-orientation program that introduces pre-freshman to MIT and Boston/Cambridge through public service activities and discussion of urban issues.

FUP provides an amazing opportunity for upperclassmen counselors to develop leadership skills, perform public service, mentor pre-freshman, and build strong friendships.

We need you to plan and lead next year’s FUP. No prior FUP experience is required. Apply today to be a counselor! Deadline: Thursday, February 16.For more information and to apply: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fup/ Questions? fup-staff@mit.edu

FSILG&D Service Challenge – Alternative Spring Break grant application deadline (2/17)

Teams registered to compete in the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge (register here by Feb 6: 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 noon on February 17. Email servicehallenge@mit.edu with questions.

Spin for Hope at MIT benefiting the American Cancer Society (3/4)

Calling all cyclists!MIT Recreational Sports is a host site for the American Cancer Society’s Spin for Hope http://community.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=41595&pg=entry event on March 4th from 9am-noon.

Start a team or come spin for three hours at the Alumni/Wang spin studio (57). Heart pumping music and motivational instructors will be on hand to keep you mashing those pedals! To register, click here http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?company_id=174253&fr_id=41595&pg=company. There is only room for 16 teams or individuals, so sign up now to reserve your bike. Each bike (either a team or just you) is asked to raise a minimum of $300 for the American Cancer Society. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Other incentives from ACS include jerseys, beach mats, grocery bags, etc when you meet specific fundraising goals.

For more information or to learn other ways to get involved, please contact Stephanie Kloos at skloos@mit.edu

Need Volunteer Science Project Judges (1/28)

If you are a student in science, technology, engineering or math, we need your help. We are a small non-profit volunteer-run organization seeking volunteers to judge our students' science projects on Saturday, January 28, on the MIT campus. About 10 students will display and present their science projects for this competition. A Certificate of Appreciation will be given to all participants. If interested please respond ASAP for more details.

The event will be held on Saturday, January 28, from noon-3 p.m. in the Stella Conference Room on campus (7-338). Email Kathleen Jones at tttmentorprogram@yahoo.com or visit http://tttmentorprogram.mysite.com for more information.

Ongoing Opportunities

Register your team for the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge (deadline 2/6)

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 2012 Service Challenge by February 6 at 5pm. More information about the Service Challenge can be found on the PSC’s website or email servicechallenge@mit.edu.

Help grow food for hunger relief in Dorchester!

Come to The Food Project's farms in Dorchester or Lincoln, MA to help us grow food for hunger relief organizations, farmers' markets, and farm shares. Volunteers help with preparing beds, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and washing vegetables.

Please wear close-toe shoes and clothing that can get dirty. Bring work gloves if desired. Also, bring a water bottle and wear plenty of layers. We do work in the rain - wear a raincoat, rain boots, and waterproof pants if you join us in the rain.

No experience needed! Come out and help us grow vegetables for hunger relief in your community! Opportunities are available Monday-Thursday and Saturdays in April, May, and June from 9:30-12:30pm at two locations in Boston and Lincoln.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Elena Martinez at emartinez@thefoodproject.org or 781-259-8621 x26 one week prior to your volunteer date. Please see our website for more information: http://thefoodproject.org

Volunteer with the Boston Scholar Athlete Program!

Boston Scholar Athletes is thrilled to be up and running in all 19 Boston Public High Schools for our third straight school year! Thanks to our strong partnerships with you, our local higher ed partners, we are making a positive impact and experience tremendous growth in membership. We have compiled an official impact report for the Mayor and will be glad to share the results with you as well!

As always, our need for support in the form of tutors and mentors is great. At present, our Zones, or school based learning centers, are experiencing a high volume of scholar-athletes. They come to the Zone seeking support in a wide variety of academics, college resources and guidance, access to technology, and general mentoring. We could use 25-40 additional tutors from now until the end of the school year to assist in our busiest ten Zones.

We are able to compensate work-study students and provide the structure for internship credit, whenever possible. Thank you for your continued support. For more information or to get involved, please contact Shannon McLeod at SMcLeod@suffolkconstruction.com or 617-517-5290. www.BostonScholarAthlete.org

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Develop a proposal for a Davis Projects for Peace $10,000 fellowship! (deadline 2/2)

Davis Projects for Peace 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 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.

Find the details at: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/davis/index.html. Deadline to apply: noon, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Have questions? Need help planning or writing? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu.

Study the Impact of Clean Lighting on Health

We're looking for a student or recent graduate to help us run a field study in Uganda examining the health effects of clean lighting in rural, off-grid parts of the world.

The field study will take place this spring (2012) in Mbarara, Uganda, in collaboration with the Mbarara University of Science and Technology. We anticipate you would spend 4-6 weeks in the US in preparation for the study, which might include a trip to Boulder, CO, to meet with our collaborators there. You would then travel to Mbarara and participate in the execution of the field study for 8-10 weeks. We can tweak the schedule as needed to accommodate various other scheduling factors.

Paid (full-time) and unpaid (part-time) positions available! For more information or to get involved please contact Aviva Presser Aiden at aviva_presser@hms.harvard.edu

The MIT 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 MIT 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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