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Community Service Bulletin

December 7, 2011


The 2011 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 600 children affiliated with 12 local service agencies. Co-sponsored by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center and the Panhellenic Association and currently in its 20th 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 21 and December 12 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm).
  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 in 4-104 NO LATER than 10AM on Tuesday, December 13.

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

Thank a high school teacher who inspired you! (deadline 12/16)

Nominate your favorite high school teacher for the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award. Help your teacher get recognition as an inspiration — and get access to some great MIT resources.

Submit your nomination now! The opportunity closes on December 16.

http://web.mit.edu/inspire/nomination.html Questions? Ask us at inspire@mit.edu

National Ocean Sciences Bowl Volunteers Needed (2/4, deadline 12/16)

On Saturday, February 4th, 2012, MIT Sea Grant will host the 15th annual Massachusetts Regional Competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Through this exciting academic competition, MIT helps spark the next generation of aspiring marine scientists. But, the Blue Lobster Bowl literally can't happen without your participation. We need around 80 volunteers to help run the competition. So mark your calendars and join us! Please, forward this to your friends, classmates and co-workers.

To volunteer, email vancott@mit.edu by December 16th with the following information: Name, Phone Number, Preferred email address, List any BLB or NOSB Experience, Training Availability (1/27/12 6pm-7:30pm OR 1/29/12 9:30am-11am), Preferred volunteer role (if you have one.)
Learn more about volunteer roles here: http://seagrant.mit.edu/blb_volunteer.php

Ongoing Opportunities

Mentor Needed for Robotics Team (1/2012)

The Rivers School robotics team is looking for a mentor to help them prepare for their first First Tech Challenge in early January. The mentor should be willing to work with high school students and guide them through a design and programming process. They have a prototype design but never entered a competition before. Previous experience in robotics competition is a plus. The mentor is needed on Saturdays from 2-5PM, at the Rivers School, which is located at 333 Winter Street, Weston, MA. The Rivers School will compensate financially and also provide a ride if needed.

If interested, please contact Helen Kim at 732 539 1449 or helenkim@ll.mit.edu For more information, please visit www.rivers.org

D-Lab: Biodiversity (Spring 2012)

Are you a nature lover? Interested in exploring the intersection of environmental sustainability & international development?

D-Lab: Biodiversity will examine the dynamic nexus of global biodiversity, community development, technology and venture design through case studies, guest presentations, and experiential activities. In this class, we'll consider what kinds of projects and programs create opportunities to generate income and while promoting ecological conservation, discussing both direct efforts, such as reforestation and sustainable agriculture, and indirect efforts, such as development of livelihoods that offer alternatives to habitat-reducing activities like poaching, monoculture, over fishing, and deforestation. Students and community partners will explore ways to collaborate, jointly identifying community concerns and co-designing potential solutions to address them sustainably. There may be some opportunities for optional travel to work with partner communities.

Please contact d-lab-biodiversity@mit.edu or visit http://d-lab.mit.edu/courses/biodiversity

Time to Invent Club: Volunteers Needed (2/2012)

Innovation and invention are cornerstones of American society, but not all young people have role models to open doors in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). To help meet this need, WGBH (Boston’s PBS station) and the Lemelson Foundation launched an exciting invention-based mentoring program called the Time to Invent Club in 2009. The program places STEM professionals and college students in afterschool sites once a week to co-lead an hour-long program. Working with a group of fifth graders, the mentors use a stepped-out curriculum that inspires underserved youth to explore invention.

We are currently looking for volunteers to serve as mentors for an 8-10 week program beginning in February 2012 at afterschool sites in Massachusetts, Oregon, and Indiana. For more information, visit www.timetoinvent.org. If interested, please contact Liza Goldstein: liza_goldstein@wgbh.org or (617)-300-3642.

MIT Camp Kesem Counselors Needed! (deadline 2/10)

Camp Kesem is a college-student run summer camp for kids with a parent who has (or has had) cancer. Our one week sleep-away camps are a chance for kids 6-18 to have a fun-filled week and just be kids. Everything we do at Camp Kesem focuses on our goal of giving campers the most fun week possible, while providing the extra support and attention that they need. Applications to be a counselor are available at www.campkesem.org/mit .

Camp Kesem MIT will be from August 19 to the 24th at Camp Merrowvista.For more information, please see www.campkesem.org/mit or contact ckstudents@mit.edu

MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program

Volunteers are needed to provide academic assistance in the areas of Math, English, Science, Social Science, and World Language, to disadvantaged high school students in our after school tutorial program. High school level tutoring experience is preferred.

Tutors are needed on Mondays/Thursdays from 3-6PM, and Tuesdays/Wednesdays from 3-8PM. We are looking for individuals who are able to commit to at least one day per week, with a minimum commitment of 2 hours per day. For consideration, please forward a letter of interest and a resume to upwardbound@mit.edu. For more information please contact Evette Layne at upwardbound@mit.edu or 617-253-5124

Tutor High School Students

We are looking for volunteer tutors for our dormitory of international students who attend Pope John XXIII High School. We have approximately 12 students that are need of tutoring concerning the subjects of English, Science, Social Studies, Theology and World Language!

Tutors are needed Monday-Thursday late afternoons or early evenings, and scheduling is flexible. Tutoring will occur at Pope John XXIII High School classrooms at 888 Broadway Everett, MA. Transportation and dinner will be provided!

For more information, please contact Victor Antolini – Housemaster at antolinivictor@gmail.com or 617-780-7758, or visit www.unitedschoolsassociation.org/

Share Your Love of Science at Pioneer Charter School

Pioneer Charter School of Science in Everett is a science/engineering focused school with the goal of creating scientists and engineers out of our students. With that goal in mind, the school hosts several different types of activities with hopes of providing extensive science exposure to our students. We looking for volunteers to come to our school to help with the following programs. Transportation will be provided!

1. Speaker Series- The speaker can speak on the topic of their choice, to their preferred age group (7th-12th grade) The goal is show the students how diverse the field of science is, so you can speak on any topic. You can speak to the students for as long as you want. We will organize the event around your schedule. Traditionally, speakers talk about their research areas.

2. Science Fair- We need 20 judges for our annual science fair. The task is to judge student's science fair projects. Judging usually takes 3-4 hours. This year the science fair will be held on January 13th. We need judges from all fields.

3. Mad Science Day- A day of really cool demos. The main goal of this event is spark interest in our students in the field of science. We can schedule it any day you want, if we can get 3-4 students to agree on a day to come in. This should take no more than 2 hours. There are 4 of these events held a year.

For more information, please visit the school's website at pioneercss.org Contact Sonia at shasan@pioneercss.org for more information of to get involved!

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Develop a proposal for a Davis Projects for Peace $10,000 fellowship! (deadline 2/2)

Davis Projects for Peace offers a $10,000 fellowship for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer. 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.

The award will be made to an MIT undergraduate, but the undergraduate may use the funds to also support team members as appropriate.

Find the details at: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/davis/index.html Deadline to apply: noon, Thursday, Feb 2, 2012

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

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