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Community Service Bulletin

October 3, 2012


Apply for a PKG Center Expedition Grant for IAP 2013

We have an exciting new process for PKG Center Expedition Grants for IAP 2013! Since Expedition Grants are sponsored by the Underclassman Giving Campaign, we are putting the final choices in the hands of underclassmen, who can vote for their favorite finalist during the Campaign!

We’ve also changed the requirements. Service Expeditions can be done anywhere in the U.S. or abroad – with appropriate concern for safety, of course. We can’t send students to places on the MIT Advisory list that are “High” or “Highest” level. And we have to be convinced that students have appropriate safety precautions in place for any site.

The application deadline is on Thursday, October 11 at 4 p.m. Interviews will be held on Friday, October 12, and finalists will be notified on Monday, October 15. Finalists will showcase their plans in Lobby 10 with pitches and posters the week of October 22 (exact date and time TBA).

For application information, visit http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/expedition. Contact psc-grants@mit.edu with any questions.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Clean up the parks! (10/13)

Join the Charles River Conservancy for a day of cleaning up the parks on Saturday, 10/13 from 9am-noon. RSVP to dms@thecharles.org if interested.

Support STEM education - Assemble Lego kits (10/13)

Manipulating Legos representing DNA, RNA, and proteins helps high school students learn about the molecular processes for DNA replication and gene expression, from introductory to advanced placement levels. Help us check, label, and permanently glue Lego subunits very carefully to prepare science kits for students.

Two volunteer shifts are available on Saturday, 10/13 in rom 16-220 at MIT: (9:30am-12:30pm) and (1:30-4:30pm). Register yourself by 10/3 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22GNJLHSSZ4/

Contact Lori Tsuruda '89 with questions: lori@pmd.org or (781) 963-0373.

Cook and share lunch with the elders at Anna Bissonnette House (10/20)

Prepare and share a delicious homemade lunch and provide good company to 40 friendly, frail elders permanently housed in the South End. We'll be baking our most popular entree to date, individual turkey meatloaves (recipe from Cook Yourself Thin). If enough people sign up, we'll be able to offer appetizers & dessert.

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, October 20 from 9:30-2:30pm. Sign up to participate by 10/10 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22GQJFBZS9R/. For more information, contact Lori Tsuruda '89: lori@pmd.org or 781-963-0373.

The Ringer Park Annual Fall Clean Up (10/20)

Join in the fun by helping to clean up 12.38 acres of Ringer Park on October 20! Volunteers can work all or any part of 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Breakfast, lunch, work gloves and tools are provided. Community Service letters are available upon request.

Ringer Park is in Allston and is MBTA accessible. To volunteer, contact Joan Pasquale at pcbginc@mail.com. You are also invited to visit the sponsor’s website at www.parentsandcommunitybuildgroup.org.

Charity Wedding Gown Sale: Assistants Needed! (11/10, 11/11)

Brides Against Breast Cancer is hosting a Charity Wedding Gown Sale at the Le Meridien hotel in Cambridge. The event kicks off at 9am on Saturday, 11/10 and concludes at 10pm on Sunday, 11/11. Multiple shifts are available for volunteers!

Volunteer roles include greeting or registering the bride, personal shopping, and managing inventory. Volunteers are also needed for set-up and clean-up. Please register to volunteer at: http://babcvolunteercambridgema2012.eventbrite.com/#

For more information about the event, visit: http://bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/index.php/upcoming-events/november-10th-11th-cambridge-ma/. You may also contact Joe Marra at jmarra@bridesabc.org or (877) 721-HOPE (4673).

Ongoing Opportunities

Join the Underclassmen Giving Campaign as a committee member

The primary purpose of the committee member is to solicit gifts from underclassmen in support of the Underclassmen Giving Campaign and Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center Expedition Grants. The committee member is also expected to be present at the Lobby 10 Booth during UGC Week, help out at events, and support recruitment in the fall and spring.

Term on Committee: MIT Fiscal Year 2013 (September 2012 – June 2013).

  • Fall UGC Week: October 22-26
  • Spring UGC Week: March 11-15


  • Strong communication skills
  • Comfortable soliciting donations
  • Belief in giving back to the Institute, both financially and as a volunteer.
  • Enthusiasm for MIT.
  • The ability to make time for committee activities.

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per semester (most of which is during UGC Week)

Interested? Contact Danielle Auriemma, Assistant Director of Student Philanthropy Programs, at auriemma@mit.edu or 617-253-5234.

Take the Four Weeks for America Challenge during IAP (deadline: 10/12)

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center and Teach For America have teamed up to offer MIT students an exciting challenge for IAP 2013. Work with current Teach For America teachers and help them develop more innovative and exciting ways to teach science and math. Gain first hand experience of what it's like to Teach For America. Spend four weeks solving problems that matter, driving educational change and making a difference for kids, all expenses paid! (Some restrictions apply.)

Apply to participate in the Four Weeks for America Challenge! Applications are due Friday, October 12, 2012, at 5pm. Invitations to interview will be sent out in late October. Participants must be available for a training session on Tuesday, November 28, 7:00pm.

More information and application materials can be found at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/fourweeks/index.html. Questions? Email 4foramerica@mit.edu

IDEAS Global Challenge: Fall Generator Dinner (10/16)

Working on an idea to help underserved communities? Need funding? Want to recruit new members for your IDEAS Global Challenge team? Want to get involved, but don't yet have an idea? Come to our Fall Generator Dinner! The dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 16 from 7-8:30pm in Walker Memorial, Morss Hall.

Learn about how to enter IDEAS Global Challenge. Hear what other teams are working on. Pitch your idea to woo and recruit teammates. Or pitch your skills to get hired onto a team. With the first chance to submit an Initial Scope Statement two weeks away (10/23), here’s your chance to share your idea, meet teammates and form a team. The Generator will include other activities to help everyone get connected with the right teammates (you don't have to give a pitch).

There are two types of pitches: Recruit The IDEAS Dream Team and Get Yourself "Hired". Pitches must be professional, practiced, and to the point. Participants will each have 60 seconds to pitch their projects to the audience. Feel free to bring along small prototypes and presentation materials that help describe your project. RSVP to Pitch here: http://bit.ly/UPOCTN.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. RSVP at http://bit.ly/UPOCTN Or email globalchallenge-rsvp@mit.edu.

Implement curriculum through the Middle School Science Initiative (Info session: 9/27)

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center is looking for a dozen MIT students interested in learning hands-on science curriculum this fall and traveling over IAP to deliver that curriculum to middle school teachers and classes. So far, the sites we have are in Virginia and Florida. Email susnowit@mit.edu if interested.

Work with communities in Colombia or Chile

Do you want to put your time and energy into resolving quality-of-life issues in one of these countries? We have funds that could make that possible. (Keep in mind that there are some travel restrictions for Colombia – we want you to work safely.) We’re looking for enterprising students who have public service initiatives or projects in mind that are focused on Colombia or Chile. If that’s you, email the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, psc@mit.edu.

Opportunities in DC over IAP

We have connections with an array of possible internships, work-study positions, jobs, and volunteer opportunities in the DC area over IAP. We also know some great people in the MIT Club of DC. Besides connections, we can help with arrangements and funding. Why not experience DC this IAP? If interested, email the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, psc@mit.edu.

STEM role models needed for area high school students

A high school in a neighboring town wants MIT students to show their students just how cool science, engineering, and math can be. Transportation will be provided. This is a low-key, creative chance to make a real difference for high school students who haven’t yet been inspired by science. If interested, email the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, psc@mit.edu.

Volunteer at the MIT Soup Kitchen (Wednesdays)

The MIT Soup Kitchen is looking for students to fill one-hour volunteer shifts on Wednesdays. This soup kitchen - run jointly by students and members of the St. Bartholomew's Church - provides free meals to the homeless of Cambridge. The soup kitchen is located at 239 Harvard St in Central Square. Every Wednesday, meals are prepared from 3:00-6:00 and served from 6:00-7:00pm. Cleanup proceeds from 7:00-8:00pm.

If you are interested, contact Sharone Small at sharone@mit.edu.

Help Close the Achievement Gap at a Nearby Cambridge School!

Prospect Hill Academy is looking for tutors who are ready to volunteer their time to help students succeed! This is a great opportunity for students who are passionate about mentoring and helping students achieve academic success and college readiness. We’re also very easy to get to from MIT (one stop on the Red Line to Central Square, a ten minute bike ride, or a twenty minute walk).

Our ideal tutor volunteers have predictable schedules, creativity, flexibility, persistence, dedication to building relationships with students, and a strong understanding of their subject area. Math, Science, Spanish, Writing, and Study Skills/Organization tutors are needed for students in grades 7-12. Volunteers with any number of hours available for tutoring are encouraged to apply!

Tutoring opportunities are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:30-5pm. If you’re interested, contact Paul Lerner at plerner@prospecthillacademy.org or (617) 284-7942. Tutors are desired as soon as possible!

Volunteer FileMaker Database Developer needed

Do you like designing databases? Do you want to get more practice in a real-world setting, working with a client? Do you like helping local schools?

Prospect Hill Academy's Academic Pursuits of Excellence program is looking for someone to help design and develop a FileMaker database to manage scheduling and contact information for tutoring students, tutors, Teaching Assistants, and volunteers. As a volunteer, you will meet with staff during business hours at Prospect Hill Academy at times determined by your schedule. You can do the actual work from home.

Volunteer Tutoring with Tutoring Plus

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge seeks Tutors and Mentors for Cambridge students grades 4 through 12. Volunteers spend one evening per week working one-on-one with a child to provide homework assistance and subject specific help. By working with the same student for a minimum of 4 months, tutors often become trusted role models and continue meeting with their student for years to come.

Opportunities are available Monday through Thursday 6:00pm – 7:00(30) pm at six sites conveniently located near the Red-line in Cambridge. Please visit our website www.tutoringplus.org to learn more about how you can help a student or to fill out an application online.

Note, programs started this week, but you can still apply! For more information, contact Kevin Wetmore at wetmore@tutoringplus.org or 617-349-6588 ext. 407.

10th Annual P3 Awards (Deadline: 12/11)

You are invited to partake in the P3 competition - a national student design competition for sustainability focusing on people, prosperity, and the planet.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Award program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the planet, and improved quality of life for its people-- people, prosperity, and the planet – the three pillars of sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of sustainability.

Please see the P3 website (http://www.epa.gov/P3) for more details about this program. The competition closes on December 12, 2012.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Proposal writing workshops for PKG Center Fellowships and Internships (10/11, 10/15)

Do you need help writing a proposal for the PKG Center Fellowships and Internships Program?! If so come to a Proposal Writing Workshop!! We will answer questions, provide helpful tips, give insight into what information is most important, and MORE!!!

There are 2 more workshop dates:

October 11th from 1-2pm in W20-555
October 15th from 2-3pm in 4-146

If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Elizabeth Parolski (Parolski@mit.edu)

Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center Funded Fellowship and Internship Opportunities for IAP

The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects. Students work with community-focused organizations such as non-profits, schools, and social enterprises.

In both programs, you can:

  • Work by yourself, or as part of a small team
  • Create a project from scratch, or find project ideas and community partners on our website
  • Work locally, nationally, or internationally. For IAP, we particularly encourage projects in the Americas (including the US)

Applications for IAP projects must be submitted by noon on OCTOBER 18th.

Find more information about both programs at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/internshipsandfellowships/

Looking for project ideas? Check out the PKG Center's opportunities page http://web.mit.edu/opps Questions? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

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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