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Community Service Bulletin

October 12, 2011


Take the Four Weeks for America Challenge

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center and Teach For America have teamed up to offer MIT students an exciting challenge for IAP 2012. 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 by October 14. More information and application materials can be found at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/fourweeks/index.html.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Pahoehoe: 6 People x 10 Slides on Innovation and Public Service (10/13)

What is it? Literally, its a type of lava flow with a multitude of active, spreading, toes. Figuratively, its a forum for the MIT community to share their work and spread their ideas. Join us to hear from six people working on and working to inspire innovative service projects around the world. You'll hear about healthcare in Nepal, waste in Nicaragua, the potential for civic media, energy in Sierra Leone and much more. Come hear what's happening at MIT!

Oh, and there's free beer and snacks... Bring your ID.

The Event will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011, from 5:00-6:30PM in the Venture Café, 1 Broadway, 4th Floor, Cambridge.Space is limited - RSVP at http://bit.ly/pAEDuJ Brought to you by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, IDEAS Global Challenge, VentureCafe and Eastern Bank – One Broadway Branch.

Volunteers Needed for Annual Fun Fall Clean-Up of Ringer Park in Allston (10/15)

The Parents & Community Build Group, Inc. (501c3) and The Ringer Park Partnership Group are seeking Volunteers for our Annual Fun Fall Clean-Up of the 12.38 acres of Ringer Park on Saturday, October 15th from 9:00 - 1:00p.m.

Volunteer and Join the Fun - Breakfast, Lunch, Refreshments, Work Gloves, Tools, etc. provided. Volunteers can work any time that they choose. Ringer Park is MBTA accessible by Bus #57 from Kenmore Station, #66 from Harvard and Dudley Stations to the Cambridge St./Union Square Stop, and the Boston College Green Line Trolley to the Allston Street Stop.

Please Contact: JOAN PASQUALE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR at pcbginc@verizon.net or visit www.parentsandcommunitybuildgroup.org for more information.

IDEAS Global Challenge (Generator Dinner 10/19)

The world has problems. You have ideas. Come to the Generator Dinner on 10/19 at 7pm in Morss Hall – share your ideas, meet others with ideas, find teammates, and learn how to enter the IDEAS Global Challenge. RSVP to globalchallenge@mit.edu

Help the Boys & Girls Club host a family-friendly Halloween event (10/27)

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cambridge, Somerville, Medford and Everett are hosting a pumpkin carving and illumination challenge and fundraising event in Kendall Square, with food and festivities for youth and their families. Volunteers are needed to help set up and run activities such as face painting, coloring tables, and caramel apple making. The event will be held on Thursday October 27 from 3:30-7:30PM at the Kendall Square North Plaza. For more information or to get involved, please contact Tricia Beretz at TBeretz@kidsclubs.org or (617) 628-4665, or visit kidsclubs.org

KaBOOM! Playground Build (10/27-10/29)

Costa Park is the main playground on Shirley Avenue in Revere, MA (located at the corner of Shirley and Walnut avenues). Fifteen years old and well-used, the playground equipment needs to be replaced, and the entire park needs to be renovated for safety purposes. For these reasons, the City of Revere and Chelsea Neighborhood Developers have partnered with KaBOOM! and JetBlue Airlines for funding and construction support to completely rebuild the park.

We need your help to do it! From 8 AM to 3 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 27th – 29th , our KaBOOM! Project Manager will lead volunteers in the actual building of the park! Food, t-shirts, music, and prizes provided!!! Join us!

We’re seeking volunteers with a variety of skills and abilities. Tasks include handling tools and putting together the pieces of the playground, building picnic tables and benches, serving food, running youth activities, landscaping and registration. Activities for children will run throughout the day.

To sign up, give your name and contact information to Rachel Meketon, Community Engagement Associate at Revere Neighborhood Developers, at (617) 889-1375 ext. 11 or RMeketon@ChelseaND.org For more information please see chelseand.org

Growing Green, a Lecture by Majora Carter (11/2)

Health Hero. Prophet of Local. Eco-Industrial Strategist. Economic Pioneer. Intrepid Boundary Breaker. These all apply to one person—Peabody Award-winning radio broadcaster and MacArthur “genius” fellow Majora Carter.

In 2001, Carter redefined environmental-equality through one of the nation’s first green-collar job training and placement systems, coining the term “green the ghetto.” She began this decade as one of Fast Company magazine’s “100 Most Creative in Business” with her groundbreaking consulting company that offers analysis and advice on climate-adaptation, urban micro-agribusiness, and development strategies for business, government, foundations, universities, and economically under-performing communities.

Her firm specializes in advanced urban agriculture job creation and food distribution systems that transcend the limits of good-nutrition educational efforts by building economic imperatives for all people to do better. Join us as Carter shares inspirational lessons of how we can bring out the best in our communities and ourselves—and move forward, together.

Tickets on sale beginning Thursday, September 1 (Tuesday, August 30 for Museum members). Purchase tickets in advance at mos.org/events. Tickets are $15. The event will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00PM <http://www.mos.org/events_activities/events&d=5137>

Lecture: Cambodian Dream – Rebuilding Cambodia by Empowering its Women (11/3)

Professor Alan Lightman will present his work over the past 6 years to empower a new generation of women leaders in Cambodia. The lecture will include slides and videos around their education.

The talk will be held on November 3rd at 7PM in Room 32-123, with a reception to follow in the R&D Commons.

Ongoing Opportunities

Volunteer in Latin America with AMIGOS (deadline 10/25)

Founded in 1965, Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) is an international, non-profit organization that empowers students to develop leadership skills and increase multi-cultural understanding through training and community service in Latin America.

AMIGOS Volunteers immerse themselves in the lives of their host communities and truly experience collaborative development work. During its 46-year history, more than 24,000 AMIGOS Volunteers have gained a life-long commitment to community service, while strengthening multicultural understanding and friendships in the Americas.

Volunteer opportunities will be throughout Latin America, and final country announcements will be made in the fall. Three to four hour training sessions will be held in Boston every two to three weeks from November until May. There will also be two to three overnight training retreats. To serve as an AMIGOS Volunteer in Latin America, you must have completed at least two years of high school Spanish or the equivalent (i.e. 1 year college level), adhere to the AMIGOS Standards of Personal Conduct and Community Behavior, fulfill training and fundraising requirements, and receive the required immunizations.

For more information or to get involved, please visit www.amigosboston.org or contact Josh Strauss at bostonchapteramigos@gmail.com or 617.651.1965

Develop a high-profile blog to profile local universities’ community service

A coalition of local universities is seeking an MIT student to set up a blog template on which the schools can have students post information about their public service projects. The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center is coordinating with Harvard, Northeastern, BU, BC, and Wellesley a Greater Boston Universities’ Week of Service for October 18-21, and we’d like to launch this new collaborative blog by the end of that week, but to do so, we need your help with researching the best existing templates to use, designing an interface that works well and giving us easy to use instructions for moderating and posting information. If interested, let us know ASAP! Contact Kristi Gundrum Kebinger, Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, at kristig@mit.edu.

Volunteer as a Medical Advocate for Somerville-Cambridge Seniors!

Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services is seeking volunteer medical advocates to help seniors in doctors’ appointments, so their concerns are addressed, and to make sure they understand their doctors prescriptions and instructions. This is an excellent opportunity to gain real-world experience from social services, healthcare, counseling and humanitarian perspectives. You will be helping seniors in need. There are various locations in Cambridge and Somerville. Appointments are scheduled around volunteers' free time. To volunteer or for further information, contact John Dooley, Medical Advocate Program coordinator, at jdooley@eldercare.org or 617 628 2601, or visit eldercare.org

STEMCap2 Mentoring Project

The program consists of an opening meeting at MIT that includes a tour, 4 to 5 mentoring meetings of one hour per meeting via the internet/SKYPE, and a closing meeting at MIT. All of the meetings will be scheduled at times convenient to MIT Graduate Students. We are looking for an immediate mentoring commitment from 8 MIT Graduate Students, as we would like to have the program commitments and a kick-off meeting by November 3, 2011. Thank you for getting in action so swiftly! This volunteer project provides the opportunity for MIT Graduate Students to mentor Concord-Carlisle High School students who are interested in building the future through a STEM education and career.

For more information, please contact Valerie Lane at valerie@valiantlane.com or 978-254-5691

Volunteer G.E.D. Tutors Needed!

Lend a hand in the community! Help motivate justice system involved young adult males who are studying to obtain their G.E.D. (High School Diploma Equivalent). Volunteers are needed Mondays through Thursdays at 9,10,11,1:30 and 4:30 daily(may vary). Classes take place at the Suffolk County Male Center. Fax Letter of interest with potential schedule to Lynette Russell, 617-541-2711. No phone calls please. For more information please see www.adcare.com

Online micro-volunteering for busy students

Here’s quick and effective online micro-volunteering for busy students. Help 56 million K-12 students get better classrooms in less than 56 seconds a day. Simply ‘Like’ our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/56U.56U, then receive daily missions as easy as: email one teacher to let her know that ClassWish.org can help her get classroom supplies, without spending her own money. For more information contact Pia Nielsen at pianielsen.classwish@gmail.com. Join us now at www.facebook.com/56U.56U

Phoenix Charter Academy Mentoring Program

The mentoring program at Phoenix Charter Academy connects juniors and seniors with college students. The goal of this program is to create a Big Brother/Big Sister like relationship between high school students and college students.

Many of the students at our school are the first in their family to attend college and have faced significant obstacles on the path to higher education. This relationship will introduce the collegee experience to students and create positive role models. Mentors will host students at their college campus for two hours a month and take the student to a variety of college events, including a tour and visit to classes etc.

Training and volunteering will begin in October and continue until the end of the school year. Students will travel to your college campus. Please email lbonell@phoenixcharteracademy.org for more information, or see http://phoenixcharteracademy.org/

Volunteer at Vineyard Community Offerings’ Homework Club!

The Homework Club is an after-school homework assistance program, sponsored by Vineyard Community Offerings. We are seeking dedicated volunteers to provide homework help to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Duties may include helping students interpret assignments, providing an explanation for students to better understand academic concepts, pointing students to the necessary resources to complete assignments, and reviewing completed assignments.

The program will run for 10 weeks from October 4th through December 8th. Volunteers are needed from 5:30-7PM on Tuesdays or Thursdays each week.

If you are interested to volunteer, please email homeworkclub@bostonvineyard.org. You can find our online volunteer application at https://docs.google.com/a/bostonvineyard.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHFtNHk2dDdNaUNfQUFJaUU4eDhQZUE6MQ&theme=0AX42CRMsmRFbUy1lZDQ5MzdmZC03OTA5LTQyNTEtOTAyNS1lYjJiMThlYmVlZjM&ifq For more information, visit http://www.vineyardcommunityofferings.org/homework-club.html

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center funded Fellowship and Internship opportunities for the fall and IAP. (IAP deadline October 21)

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 Friday, October 21st. Applications for fall are accepted on a rolling basis.

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

Public Service Fellows Program (deadline 10/21)

Great news! The Public Service Fellows Program application is now open. Please share this exciting opportunity with your students.

The Partnership for Public Service is seeking current students or recent graduates to join our team and contribute to our mission.

  • Are your students passionate about public service?
  • Are they looking for an opportunity to develop their skills and gain valuable experience?
  • Are they looking for a paid position in the heart of Washington, D.C.?

If so, please encourage them to apply for the Partnership's Public Service Fellows Program!

We anticipate the Spring Fellows term will begin in mid-January, but start dates are flexible based on teams. Full-time fellows with undergraduate or graduate degrees will receive a $1000 per month stipend. Full-time fellows who are currently undergraduate students will receive an $800 per month stipend. Volunteer applications will also be accepted.

Fellowship positions are available in nine different focus areas. Recent graduates and students are eligible for the program, and they should apply for a particular position(s) based on their skills and interests. They may apply for multiple fellow positions, but must fill out an application for each position individually. Click hereto learn more about the positions and how to apply!

If you have questions, please feel free to email us at fellows@ourpublicservice.org or call us at (202)775-9111. Thank you in advance for spreading the word about this great opportunity. The application deadline is October 28, 2011 so please apply today!

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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