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Community Service Bulletin

November 28, 2012


The 2012 MIT Giving Tree is here!

Brighten the holidays for a local child! Please join your fellow MIT community members in supporting this great MIT holiday tradition. Through the Giving Tree, you can donate gifts to children in the Boston and Cambridge area. Each year, over 300 MIT faculty, staff, students, and partners provide gifts to over 550 children affiliated with 11 local service agencies. Co-sponsored by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, the Panhellenic Association, and the Interfraternity Council and currently in its 21st year, the Giving Tree allows participants to choose specific gifts for specific children, making the gift-giving process a more personalized one for all.

Here's how to participate:

  1. Stop by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (PKG Center) at 4-104 between November 19 and December 13 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).
  2. Pick up a gift label for a child--or choose more than one!
  3. Purchase, wrap, and place the gift label on your gift, and return it to the PKG Center’s Student Centerl location at W20-549f NO LATER than 10AM on Friday, December 14.

We will also gladly accept your monetary donation if you are unable to purchase a gift, but want to participate.

Questions? Email mitgivingtree@mit.edu. More info can be found at: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/programs/givingtree/

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Nov 28: Holiday Impact-Networking for Charity

Wednesday November, 28th 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
111 Huntington Ave 25th Floor Boston, MA 02116

Kick off your Holiday Season on November 28th with AltruHelp's Impact-Networking for charity! This event brings together local professionals, University students, nonprofit leaders and entrepreneurs for a FUN night of speed-volunteering, networking, silent charity auction, food, drinks & more. Come support nonprofits including United Way, Cradles to Crayons, Big Sister, New England Wildlife Center and Homes for Families. Over the course of a few hours, participants rotate through 5 nonprofit volunteer stations, creating community impact and forming meaningful relationships!

Buy tickets at: http://ainholiday12.eventbrite.com/

Nov 28/29: Volunteer for Bone Marrow Drive!

MIT Hillel in conjunction with Gift of Life is organizing a Bone Marrow drive on Wednesday and Thursday November 28th and 29th, but we need your help! We'll be in the student center and lobby ten trying to get people to briefly stop by and register. Registration is super simple. You just fill out a brief form and swab your cheek. And just like that you're added to a registry which helps match people in need to donors and save lives. The national registry has often lacked representation from Jewish registrants and so while we will be targeting all students, we as Hillel wanted to help with this cause.

If you'd like to volunteer to help us at our booth we'd really appreciate it. Please sign up by emailing Chengzhen Dai at chengdai@mit.edu

Also please stop by November 28th and 29th to register! http://web.mit.edu/hillel/www/

Nov 30: 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.


Dec 7: Proposals for 2013 Cambridge Science Festival Due!

A reminder that proposals for the 2013 Cambridge Science Festival are due Friday, December 7! The Cambridge Science Festival is a 10-day festival April 12-21, 2013 celebrating the great science, technology, engineering, and math happening all throughout the Cambridge area.

We are looking for fun, interactive workshops, talks, exhibits, performances, and great ideas only you can think up. Also, we are looking more particularly for collaborators to participate in:

  • A Robot Zoo - showcase your robotics projects
  • Science of Sports - come demonstrate just how much STEM is in sports!
  • Rocket Day - Saturday 4/20 is National Astronomy Day, showcase your astronomy-related research, engineering projects, and more
  • Science of Food - food science is all the rage, show off your skills in explaining and having fun with chemistry, biology, nutrition, materials science with FOOD.
  • A more specific request: we need a physicist who has a passion for billiards

Contact Sung Kim at sungmi@mit.edu for details on any of the above. Please forward along to other groups or organizations that may be interested in getting involved.

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.

Apr 26: Apply for the International Impact Investing Challenge Competition!

The International Impact Investing Challenge is a pitch competition that asks students to propose and defend a sustainable impact investment strategy that uses finance and investment tools to create an innovative solution to an environmental or societal challenge.

The 2013 International Impact Investing Challenge (I3C) will take place at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., April 26, 2013, with the Calvert Foundation serving as host partner, and INSEAD serving as the European partner.

To participate in I3C, teams of students will submit a two-page prospectus outlining their investment strategy and the issue they want to address by March 14, 2013. Ten teams will be chosen and flown to Washington for the finals April 26, 2013, where they will pitch their idea to a panel of judges comprised of recognized leaders in the impact investing arena. Prizes will be awarded. Check out this site for more information: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/newsatmitsloan/2012/11/19/international-impact-investing-challenge-competition/

Ongoing Opportunities

Help Concord Carlisle High School’s FIRST Robotics Team: CNC Mill Set-up and Training

Our FIRST robotics team recently acquired a gently-used Supra CNC milling machine. Because our FIRST season begins during the first week of January 2013, we have a pressing need to learn how to set up, operate, and maintain this equipment. The mill can be operated manually or via computer. We have purchased the required software and hardware upgrades, and have a critical need for assistance with the initial set-up and subsequent training.

Please contact Michael Vela at mvela@colonial.net or 978-318-1400 x7175.

Science Olympiad Advisors/Mentors for Cambridge Rindge & Latin School Team

Attend the kick-off on Thursday, November 29, from 2:30 to 4:30 at the high school's Library fiction room. Refreshments will be served. Subsequent event meetings take place on your preferred days. You must register via: www.scienceolympiad.eventbrite.com

Serve as a Science Olympiad Mentor Advisor to Cambridge Rindge and Latin HS students. Cambridge School Volunteers is seeking volunteers to help students prepare for the March 23rd MA State Science Olympiad competition which involves 25 events ranging from build-ahead to content area tests.

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

Global Health Corps

The Global Health Corps application for the 2013-2014 fellow class is open from December 3rd to February 3rd, 2013, available at http://ghcorps.org/apply! We are looking for intelligent, ambitious, emerging leaders with an interest in global health to apply.

The mission of Global Health Corps is to mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. We offer yearlong fellowships with established non-profit or government agencies in Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, and the United States. Applicants apply for specific jobs that match their interests and skills, from project management positions to monitoring and evaluation, engineering, communications, and beyond.

Global Health Corps is an amazing opportunity to get a year of field experience with an established non-profit or government agency. Fellows are provided housing, medical insurance, a livable wage, and transportation to and from the host country.

GHC is looking for candidates from all different backgrounds and skill sets, no prior health experience necessary! The applicants must:
-be 30 years old or younger
-hold a university degree
- be proficient in English

The Urban Prep Fellows Program: A Unique Year of Service Opportunity in Urban Education

Urban Prep Fellows augment and support regular classroom learning by building bonds with students through academic and personal advising, managing after-school activities, communicating with families, and leading a small-group seminar course. Our experience has shown that these relationships are critical in providing students with the support, academic enrichment and social-emotional development necessary for college readiness. Fellows are supported through the year by our veteran teaching staff and an ongoing Professional Development series which gives Fellows the opportunity to learn firsthand about the people, ideas, and policies shaping change in urban America. During their service year, Fellows are provided with housing, transportation, health and dental insurance, and a monthly living stipend.

Urban Prep Academies operates 3 all-boys public high schools in low-income, predominantly African-American communities in Chicago

Learn more about Urban Prep with this short video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZnvFNBgFNA), and check out the Urban Prep Fellows website at http://www.UrbanPrep.org/fellowsfor more information and to apply.

If you have questions, contact the Fellows Program Director, Jacob Wertz, at jwertz@urbanprep.orgor 312-276-0259 x1109.

Apply by Feb 1, 2013

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