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Community Service Bulletin

October 24, 2012


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 undergraduate student 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.

Proposals should be emailed to davis-peace@mit.edu by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

If your proposal is selected, we will help you refine it. You should be available to make final revisions before February 8, 2013.

See http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/ for more details of the program, examples of past winners

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

SausageFest (10/26/12)

Friday, October 26 from 1-5 p.m. on the Student Center steps.

SausageFest is a fundraiser organized by the MIT Chapter of Sigma Nu every semester in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The brothers of Sigma Nu will be selling delicious hot dogs and refreshing drinks the entire afternoon! The money raised will be donated to the Jimmy Fund Clinic which focuses on testicular cancer research. More information about the cancer institute and the fund can be found here: http://www.jimmyfund.org/

Two iPod Nanos will be raffled! Make sure to come support a great cause and have a chance of winning an awesome prize.

Contact Billy Ndengeyingoma from Sigma Nu at billyn@mit.edu or 4049333399. http://sigmanu.mit.edu

Dress up, set up, face paint, help carve pumpkins & run other activities for annual children's community Halloween Party (10/27/12)

Saturday, October 27 1:30-6 p.m.
Marcella Park, Roxbury; In case of rain, party indoors at Center

To help out, please register online by 10/20 at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/PMD102712.

BreakThrough Greater Boston: Pumpkin Design Challenge (10/29/12)

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Individuals and groups (we need 15 volunteers, total) are invited to connect with our students through a fun design challenge utilizing pumpkins. Bring the after school snack as well, and you'll be our students' heroes!

Please contact Laurie Rothstein, lrothstein@breakthroughcambridge.org, 617-349-6647

PMD Community Service Opportunity: Help with Literacy Family Fun Day (11/3/12)

Assist kids with literacy games, crafts, book giveaways, and event cleanup

Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cambridge City Hall, Central Square

Family Fun Day is a free event that educates the community about familyliteracy and promotes city-wide commitment to family literacy. Family literacy is aneducational model that focuses on the strengths and needs of the family. ("Family" is understood to include notonly parents, but also grandparents, older siblings, and other family members."Literacy" includes not only reading and writing, but also math, speaking, and listening skills.) This project will be led by PMD volunteer project manager Martha again.

We need reliable and mature volunteers age 14+ who like interacting with children and their parents.

Sign up by 10/27 at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/PMD110312

Breathe Deep Boston 5K Walk (11/5/12)

Breathe Deep Boston is seeking motivated and friendly individuals to assist in the day-of-event activities of our 5K Walk at Boston’s Castle Island on Saturday, November 5th. This is an amazing opportunity to learn more about the LUNGevity Foundation, meet other dedicated individuals, and be a part of a truly rewarding event.

Volunteer tasks include setting up, directing walkers, cheering on participants, and cleaning up. Contact the Volunteer Chair, Kimberly Summa, at kim.summa@gmail.com or (617) 335-1792. For more information about the walk, visit: http://events.lungevity.org/site/TR?fr_id=2980&pg=entry

Apply for the 2013 Lemelson- MIT Prize and Win $30,000! (11/30/12)

  • Individual inventors and/or key contributors to a team project, or who have otherwise demonstrated a portfolio of inventiveness are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants become a part of a cohort, benefitting from events, networking, and other opportunities
  • In addition to monetary support, Winners (and up to 2 Finalists) gain national media attention, enabling them to further develop their ideas and/ or entrepreneurial ventures

Deadline: Friday, November 30th, 2012
Eligibility: http://web.mit.edu/invent/a-student-2.html
For more information, contact: Shannon O’Brien (shannon1@mit.edu) - 617.258.5798

Ongoing Opportunities

Cambridge School Volunteers: After-School Homework Help for 6-8th Graders

Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) is currently recruiting for after-school Learning Center mentors/tutors in a middle school (gr. 6-8) near the MIT campus. A current need is for one-to-one and small group tutors/mentors in an after-school (gr. 6-8). Learning Center at a school near the MIT campus. Tuesdays or Thursdays, from 3:00 - 4:15 pm. CSV requires that all volunteers attend an orientation, submit references and have a CORI check. We also ask that you volunteer for at least one hour per week, for at least one semester.

Contact: Martha Osler, Dir of Recruitment, csv@cpsd.us, 617-349-6794, www.csvinc.org

Tutor Writing with WriteBoston

WriteBoston is recruiting volunteer writing tutors for its Writing Center at Community Academy for Science and Health (CASH), a public high school in Dorchester. Tutors work with students one-on-one in the center and in classrooms on their writing in all subject areas. The Center is seeking tutors able to work on Tuesday and/or Wednesday during the school day (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), for between two and four hours a week. Experience teaching or tutoring is not required; the Writing Center Coordinator will provide training and support.

Community Academy of Science and Health, located at 11 Charles Street in Dorchester. The school is located right across the street from the MBTA Red Line stop at Fields Corner.

Contact: Charlotte North, charlotte.writeboston@gmail.com, www.writeboston.org

Be an All-Star Tutor at Cathedral High School

Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:45-4:00 p.m.
Program Runs: Now - December 14, 2012
Where: 74 Union Park Street, Boston
Contact: Christopher Baginski, cbaginski@tutorsforall.org

Special requirements:

  • Passion for working with urban youth.
  • Adherence to strict professional standards as regards to conduct, dress, timeliness, etc.
  • Eagerness to reflect on and improve performance.

Tutors for All

Kylee Johnston, kjohnston@tutorsforall.org, 6175063930, http://tutorsforall.org

Join an award-winning team to bridge the achievement gap in Boston schools by tutoring a 7th, 8th, or 9th grade student at Cathedral School in either basic math or literacy during the 2012-2013 academic year.


  • Create lesson plan for student in preparation for each tutorial session
  • Execute lesson plan in either basic math or literacy (please provide preference in correspondence)
  • Proctor student assessments and tailor tutorial to fit student’s growing skill knowledge
  • Use creativity to engage student in difficult lessons
  • Serve as an example of college success for your student
  • Grade your student daily on participation, effort, and respect
  • Work as a member of a team of tutors who reflect, plan, and problem solve together with the help of two supervisors
  • Prepare progress reports for students
  • Periodic clerical work: filing curriculum, calling parents, etc
  • Hold students accountable for code of conduct
  • Attend mandatory training before start of tutorial program

Mentor Middle School Students at East End House

Mentoring Sessions are held at Putnam Avenue Upper School (158 Spring Street, Cambridge, MA 02141). Additional trainings and activities for mentors are held at East End House (105 Spring Street, Cambridge, MA, 02141).

The Mentoring Program at East End House (EEH) matches adult mentors with middle school youth who have been selected by EEH staff. Mentoring takes place as an extension of the Middle School After-school Program. Evening meetings with fun activities for mentors and mentees will be held a few times per month at our Program site, with additional opportunities for engagement in the community, the workplace, or other appropriate locations. Mentors work closely with EEH staff to provide youth with caring and supportive relationships in order to decrease negative behaviors and to encourage engagement, improved social skills, and growth of self-esteem.

Mentors must commit to the program for a year and be available to meet at least twice a month in the evening, for two or more hours per meeting.

Please contact Nikki Leon at Nikki@eastendhouse.org or (617) 876-4444. http://www.eastendhouse.org

Volunteer at the MIT Soup Kitchen

The soup kitchen is located at 239 Harvard St in Central Square. Every Wednesday, meals are prepared from 3-6 p.m. and served from 6-7 p.m. Cleanup proceeds from 7-8 p.m.. 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.

Contact Sharone Small at sharone@mit.edu, 860-218-0921

Treasurer Position in Engineers Without Borders – MIT Club

The deadline to apply is October 29 at http://tinyurl.com/ewbapplication. Contact us at ewb-exec@mit.edu to apply or get more information.

Engineers Without Borders-MIT is a student lead organization that partners with communities in developing countries to improve their quality of life. The focus is on implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while getting the community involved. Because we are interested in working with the community and implementing with the projects that we have in Kenya, Uganda and Malawi, we need someone who can help us keep track of our funds. If you have experience with handling money, that would be great. Besides the treasurer position, we are also looking for people who can help with communications/publicity for the club.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities


You could be on the cutting edge of building a mobile ready site that allows for simple easy donations to education and for learners who need funding for education dreams to join. We are to education funding what kickstarter.com is to creative projects. Knowledge Strong is building an online community of people working to help individuals (members) fund their learning dream or repay their daunting student loans - all with donations!

Knowledge Strong will launch in November 2012. We need a scalable website in 30 days that is mobile ready. We will provide monthly monetary scholarships to members from membership dues, a one stop shop for information on financing education or paying off debt, and work hard to connect community donors to individual members. Donors will show their belief in the power of education and their community by giving to a member's education costs.

Tracy L. Henderson Esq
VP Marketing and Business Development

Vecna Public Service Internships in Kenya

Vecna and the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center are collaborating to offer you the opportunity to build your expertise as you help people in need. Put your ingenuity to work for a great cause while working with people from a great company!

Vecna promotes primary care in emerging and under-served areas worldwide by providing resources and technology for sustainable and scalable healthcare delivery. Vecna’s software engineers donate intellectual property and up to 10% of their time to the Vecna Cares Charitable Trust. The engineering team is developing and improving low-cost and easy-to-use technologies that connect patients with care and medication. These solutions are making an impact on families and medical clinics around the world. Vecna’s CliniPAK™, the Clinical Patient Administration Kit, plays a key role in forwarding our global health and primary care initiatives. These units include rugged touchscreen tablets, cell phones, solar panels, and biometric devices to capture patient data for better reporting and better care. The CliniPAK is deployed in clinics and hospitals throughout Kenya and Zanzibar.

Internship opportunity

Fall 2012
-Learn about CliniPAK and contribute your ideas to the technology or project management challenges of delivery to developing areas

IAP 2013
-Travel to Kenya to help the Vecna team deploy the technology in two clinics

Spring 2013
-Assist the Vecna team with technology redesign or deployment and workflow improvements

Summer 2013
-Return to Kenya and help the team deploy CliniPAK in 10-15 clinics

Contact: psc-internships-staff@mit.edu

Become a Legatum Fellow at MIT

Applications are now being accepted for the Legatum Fellowship at MIT. The program prepares students for entrepreneurial careers in low-income countries. While earning a degree at MIT, the Legatum Fellowsdevelop business concepts that can be translated into viable and scalable enterprises in the rapidly expanding markets of Asia, Latin America and Africa.


  • Tuition assistance
  • Business plan coaching
  • Strategic guidance
  • Networking opportunities

Application Deadlines

December 15, 2012:
Deadline for Sloan Round 1 applicants

February 15, 2013:
Deadline for all other applicants

Learn more about this opportunity atlegatum.mit.edu/fellowship

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