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Community Service Bulletin

November 7, 2012


Inspirational Teacher Award Nominations

Nominate your favorite high school teachers for the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award! Help them gain recognition in their communities and access to great MIT resources. It will also mean a lot to them to know that you still remember them. Submit your nomination by November 30.


One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Nov 8: FSILG&D Community Service Challenge Photo Contest

Do you have photos or video footage showcasing your fraternity, sorority or independent living group doing service or supporting philanthropy? Send servicechallenge@mit.edu any relevant media with a short caption. If your submission is selected as the winner, you will be able to choose the nonprofit recipient of a $50 donation to be made in your group’s honor.

All media is due by 5pm on November 8th. Submissions will be posted online and judged based on Facebook “likes”. Photos and videos can date back to 2011, but not earlier. Participation in this photo contest will be factored into the judging of the 3rd annual FSILG&D Service Challenge to be held in the Spring. Note that all media submissions become the property of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center and may be used for publicity purposes.

Questions? Contact Amanda David at acdavid@mit.edu.

Nov 8: Technologies for Wellness Networking-Workshop

Thursday, Nov. 8th, 7-9 PM
Walker Memorial, Bldg. 50, Morss Hall

*Register here for a limited number of tickets*

Starting with demonstrations, the event will showcase a diversity of programs, platforms, and emerging technologies that serve to alleviate depression. Next, participants will brainstorm over dinner, with the goal of sharing feedback with our guests, and identifying platforms and opportunities for the future. Based on what we discover, we plan to follow-up in the spring of 2013, with a Hackathon devoted to improving mental health and facilitating a more collaborative and supportive environment at MIT.

Guest Speakers
Brian Dear – CEO, iCouch
David Dickinson – CEO, Zeo Sleep Manager
Rob Morris – MIT Media Lab Affective Computing Group
Maia Szalavitz – TIME Neuroscience Journalist
Albert Yeung – Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
David Mischoulon – Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Anjali Thakkar – TIMTalks

Nov 15: Telluride Foundation Accelerator

The Telluride Venture Accelerator is the only program that incubates new and expanding companies focused on outdoor recreation, tourism, natural products, health, energy, water, and education.

We provide hands-on support from experienced and successful business mentors to ensure the best ideas break into the high-growth marketplace. The Telluride Venture Accelerator awards entrepreneurs with $30,000, access to an exclusive investors circle, $100,000 in perks, and the opportunity to work in our intensive accelerator in Telluride for six months with other innovators.

Apply here by November 15, 2012.

Nov 18: Prepare and share a tasty and nutritious Thanksgiving meal for formerly homeless elders

Nourish and entertain 40 frail and lonely elders with a Thanksgiving meal featuring traditional, homemade dishes in a casual and relaxed home. Although cooking can be demanding, aspiring chefs and home entertainers enjoy this popular project a great deal. OR make this event festive by playing the piano or other musical instrument

Cooking: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Music: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM shifts with breaks
Where: HEARTH Anna Bissonnette House, South End

Sign up by 11/11 at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/PMD111812/WEB22DML2MLGX8/

Contact: Lori Tsuruda '89, lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373

Nov 19 & 20: Volunteer at MIT American Red Cross Blood Drive

Student Center (W-20) on November 19th and 20th

With the devastation that Superstorm Sandy caused, blood banks in the Northeast are in short supply of blood. It is more important now than ever that we replenish those supplies. On November 19th and 20th, MIT's American Red Cross Team and Network will be hosting a blood drive on campus to help support the American Red Cross throughout the Northeast.

Volunteers are needed to help with setting up the blood drive, registration of donors, processing of donors, and assisting the donor during and after the blood donation. Volunteers can sign up for 1 hour or two hour shifts, based on their own preference.

For more information about volunteering and to sign up, please contact Cheng Dai at chengdai@mit.edu. Your support can help save lives!

Nov 30: Apply for the 2013 Lemelson- MIT Prize and Win $30,000!

  • 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

Nov 30: Apply for CGI U at Washington University in St. Louis

Apply now to attend CGI U 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis, which will take place from Friday, April 5 - Sunday, April 7, 2013. CGI U is President Clinton’s initiative to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each CGI U student must make a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on campus, in the community, or in a different part of the world.

The early decision and travel assistance application deadline is Friday, November 30, 2012.

The final application deadline is Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

Clinton Global Initiative University www.cgiu.org | 212-710-4492

Jan 18: Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

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.

Ongoing Opportunities

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

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. Work locally or anywhere around the country over IAP!

Attend an info session on Tuesday, November 13, 7-8 p.m., W11-155.

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

Boston Partners in Education

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 on location, time of day, day of the week, subject matter, grade level, and one-on-one vs. small group work

Website: http://bostonpartners.org

Chinatown Reading Room Seeks Volunteers

The Chinatown Lantern reading room provides intergenerational space for library and informational services, and art, cultural, and educational programming. We are looking for volunteers to help with our youth programs: tutoring in homework and test-prep, as well as arts and crafts. You can make a difference in someone’s life by committing an hour a week!

Location: 888 Washington St. #102, Boston, MA 02111

Time commitment: from one hour per week during afternoon hours (3:30-6pm Tuesdays thru Thursdays)

Please contact Joan Chen at joan.chen@bcnc.net or 857-250-2080. www.chinatownlantern.org.

Tutoring Plus Volunteers Needed

We are currently seeking volunteers to work with 4th and 5th grades students on Thursday nights! If you or anyone you know might be interested, please give us a call at 617-349-6588 ext. 422, or apply online. By dedicating only a few hours of your time each week, you can make a lasting impact on the life of a Cambridge student.

Graduation Pledge Alliance

The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility: "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."

2012 marks a Graduation Pledge Alliance milestone. To celebrate, we are:

  • Challenging campus organizers to submit their best “Pledgucation” events held as part of their Pledge programming during the Spring of 2013,
  • Asking for your best creative ideas on how you are planning to “Spread the Pledge” to involve more schools in your region.

Graduation Pledge Alliance has a web site for campus organizers and Pledge signers: www.graduationpledge.org

Contact GPA@Bentley.edu for further information, questions, or comments.

Esplanade Association Drop In Saturdays

We recently introduced a new volunteer opportunity for individuals called Drop In Saturdays. Every Saturday, from 9:00am to 12:30pm, volunteers can just show up, no registration needed, and get their hands dirty on the Esplanade. For more information about Drop-in Saturdays, including requirements and directions, click here.

Contact Jessica B. Pederson at jpederson@esplanadeassociation.org.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Davis Projects for Peace

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

Have questions? Need help planning or writing? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

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 Fellows develop 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 at legatum.mit.edu/fellowship

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