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Community Service Bulletin

December 19, 2012

Winter break bulletin schedule

Due to semester break, this is the last bulletin until 1/16/13. We will resume our weekly schedule on 2/6/13.

Spotlight

CityDays IAP: One community together in community service

We invite all members of the MIT Community to join us for the second annual community service day, CityDays IAP!

Friday, January 25, 11am-5pm

First, have a free lunch at Twenty Chimneys. Then, head out into the Cambridge and Boston communities to volunteer with two local organizations:

1) The Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston, works to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts. Volunteers will be inspecting, sorting, and repacking donated grocery products to be distributed to hunger relief agencies.

2) Cradles to Crayons provides poor and homeless children with supplies. Volunteers will be sorting and packaging donations into "C2C KidPacks," individualized packages of essential children's items ordered for specific in-need kids.

Public transportation to/from the service placement will be provided.

To participate, staff members need to gain permission from their supervisors to be released during normal work hours.

Please register by January 22nd!

Contact with questions or comments: Amy Fan and Kristi Gundrum Kebinger, MIT Public Service Center, W20-549, (617) 253-8968, serviceday@mit.edu

This event is sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center through generous donations from the MIT Coop & MIT Community Service Fund.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Ring in the New Year helping the women of Rosie’s Place (12/31, 1/1)

Group volunteers help out in our dining room either catering (donating, preparing, cooking and serving) or serving a meal. They also assist in our food pantry and by organizing toiletry or food drives on our behalf. During the holidays, they also wrap gifts at the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall and assist with mailings.

Holidays are a special time at Rosie’s Place. Organize a group of friends and family to help prepare, serve and clean-up lunch (10:30 to 1:30) or dinner (4pm to 7:30pm) on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Volunteers 12 or older are welcome.

For more information please email volunteer@rosiesplace.org.

Volunteer with the Charles River Conservancy (1/12)

Join us on Saturday, January 12th 9:00am-12pm, for a tree pruning event on the Parklands. Please make sure to wear warm clothes and bring a hat and gloves.

To RSVP, email Danielle at dms@thecharles.org.

Attend the MIT Scaling Development Ventures Conference (2/9)

There are many daunting challenges to scaling up an idea and its positive impact in low-income countries. The Scaling Development Ventures conference seeks to explore the complexities of scale and for teams, it is an opportunity to access resources that will help them as they grow to reach new clients and geographic regions. The conference will share successful models of scale, explore some of the most pressing challenges and help teams to broaden their network so that they can connect with programs that complement the resources available at MIT. Attendees will hear from speakers who have forged a path in this space and who can share success stories to inspire and lessons learned to help teams avoid making the same mistakes. A core group of teams will be invited for focused mentoring time where they can work with mentors to develop solutions to their most pressing questions.

Saturday, February 9, 2012, 9:00am - 3:30pm @ MIT Media Lab

Audience MIT-led teams that are working to scale their social impact endeavor and professionals working in the field interested in broadening their knowledge and meeting other people working on the same efforts.

RSVPs required:

http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/about/scalingdevventures/RSVP

Sponsored by MIT's D-Lab, Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, International Development Initiative, and Public Service Center

Apply for Alternative Spring Break funding for your Service Challenge team (Deadline: 3/1)

Teams registered to compete in the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge (register here by 2/5: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fsilgd/registration.html) may apply to subsidize one alternative spring break (ASB) project for their FSILG or dorm members.

It takes time to coordinate projects with agencies, raise needed funds, and plan travel logistics, so start searching for ASB opportunities now. Don’t let this great chance to engage in community service slip away from you! Full application guidelines can be found at http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fsilgd/break.html

Submit your project proposal to servicechallenge@mit.edu by March 1. Email servicehallenge@mit.edu with questions.

Ongoing Opportunities

Be a Partners in Health Engage MIT Community Coordinator

Partners in Health in Boston has started a new volunteer advocacy program called PIH Engage. We are looking for people who are interested in PIH's mission, which is at once medical and moral, to bring decent healthcare to the poor wherever they are. The goal of PIH Engage is to spread the word about the work that PIH does all around the world and to advocate for health as a human right. The goals of the community would be to educate, advocate, and raise funds at a grassroots level for PIH's work on maternal and child health in the Neno District of Malawi.

We would love to have a community group here on the MIT campus consisting of students, faculty, and staff. We can provide lots of ideas to get you started, and support as you create your group and move forward.

If you would like to know more about what we are trying to do, please contact Nancye Mims, Regional Organizer, New England, PIH Engage at nmims@rcn.com or at 617-775-3162.

For more information, check out these websites: http://www.pih.org/ and http://act.pih.org/page/s/pih-engage-volunteer-signup

Tutor at Cathedral High School

Bridge the achievement gap in Boston by tutoring a middle or high school student at Cathedral High School in basic math or literacy during the Spring 2013 semester. Tutor a 7th, 8th, or 9th grade student in basic math or literacy on Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:45pm - 4:00pm.

Training is January 21 -24. Program runs January 28, 2013 - April 12, 2013 at 74 Union Park Street, Boston. Accessible by the Orange Line to Back Bay; Silver Line to Union Park; 8 and 43 buses

As a volunteer, you’ll be asked to 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 and attend mandatory training before start of tutorial program. Special requirements include a passion for working with Boston youth, adherence to strict professional standards as regards to conduct, dress, timeliness, etc., and eagerness to reflect on and improve performance.

Contact Tutors for All, Nicole Davis, apply@tutorsforall.org, 6179421323, ww.tutorsforall.org/apply

Apply for the Carroll L. Wilson Award (deadline: 1/7)

Get Funding For Your International Project! The Carroll L. Wilson Award is a grant for up to $7,000 awarded to graduate students, in any MIT department, who wish to pursue exciting and challenging opportunities abroad. We would like to invite all MIT grad students to apply for this fellowship to travel abroad. The deadline is Monday, January 7th, 2013, so students should start putting their proposals together as soon as possible.

To download the 2013 Application, go to: http://web.mit.edu/idi/carroll_wilson_award.htm

Process: Any MIT graduate student is eligible to apply for the award. Every year, about four to five students receive $7,000 each, after a competitive evaluation of proposals and interviews by the Award Selection Committee.

If you have any questions, please contact: Laura Sampath at lsampath@mit.edu

Apply for the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award (deadline: 1/18)

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.

Find a great volunteer opportunity at the MIT Community Service Fair! (2/4)

Looking to give back to your community? Build your resume? Acquire new skills? Broaden your horizons? Then come to the Spring 2013 MIT Community Service Fair! Don't miss your chance to meet over 30 local nonprofit organizations and find a great service opportunity!

Monday, February 4, 2013, 1:00-3:00pm
Lobby 10 and the Bush Room (10-105)

This event is open to the entire MIT Community, will have free food, and is sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center. For more information, contact servicefair@mit.edu.

Register your team for the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge (Deadline: 2/5)

The FSILG&D Service Challenge encourages teams of fraternity, sorority, independent living group, and dorm participants to compete for the Service Cup over a two-month period February through April. Teams are encouraged to serve the community as a community.

In addition to helping community organizations and the populations they serve, participation in the Service Challenge certainly has its benefits for participants. Registered teams have the chance to win Service Cup winner bragging rights, publicity of team service undertakings, access to exclusive alternative spring break funding, $2,000 in service implementation funding for the upcoming academic year, meaningful opportunities for team bonding, and an acquisition of knowledge about the local community.

Register your team for the 2013 Service Challenge by February 6 at 5pm (More information about the Service Challenge can be found on the PSC’s website or by emailing servicechallenge@mit.edu.

Apply for the International Impact Investing Challenge Competition! (deadline 3/14)

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/

Marketing Internship with Mosaic HUB

Looking for a Marketing Intern to promote our brand and website (www.mosaicHUB.com) and assist with outreach and lead generation through social media networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google plus). Our founder is interested in helping out would-be female entrepreneurs/business students as they are underrepresented in the startup community. Opportunity to network and connect with entrepreneurs and startups from around the world. Position allows intern to work remotely, approximately 10 hours of work per week. Candidate should be proficient with social media (including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Pinterest), have strong written communication skills, and have great people and time-management skills.

If interested, contact Stephen Fiedler, sfiedler@mosaicHUB.com, 617.233.3324, www.mosaicHUB.com

Engineering, renovation, and materials sought for home for disabled individuals

A disabled MIT affiliate is seeking assistance with rebuilding a home that is currently unoccupiable and has structural issues. He does not have the funding for renovation materials and cannot access financing. He seeks a student group to help him turn the building into housing for students or people with disabilities. If interested, pleae contact Jordan Ross in East Boston at 617 981 2451 or jordanross.eb@gmail.com

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Apply for a Legatum Fellowship at MIT (deadline: 2/15)

The application deadline is now approaching for the Legatum Fellowship at MIT. The program prepares students to launch innovative and inclusive enterprises in low-income countries. Since its inception in 2008, the Legatum Fellowship program has provided mentoring, seminars, financial assistance, and business plan coaching to students starting businesses in the rapidly expanding markets of Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Application deadline is February 15, 2013. Benefits include tuition assistance, business plan coaching, strategic guidance, and networking opportunities.

Learn more about this opportunity at legatum.mit.edu/fellowship

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

Apply to be a Global Cycle Solutions Product Development Fellow

Global Cycle Solutions (http://gcstz.com) seeks exceptional, analytical, and entrepreneurial Product Development Fellows with technical expertise to serve in a 6-12 month Fellowship role. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's or graduate degree in mechanical engineering, and at least 2 years of full-time work experience with product design/development or a related field. The Product Development Fellow will be responsible for improving our current bicycle maize-sheller product and developing one new bicycle peripheral. The fellow would receive support from the GCS team but would be responsible for leading the R&D and product testing.

To learn more information about the fellowships GCS offers online, potential applicants should browse our website <http://gcstz.com> and/or just go here <http://gcstz.com/get-involved> and click on the "Join Our Efforts" tab.

Global Cycle Solutions’ CEO Jodie Wu is an MIT graduate and D-Lab alumna who was recently featured in Forbes’ “Rising Stars of Science: 30 under 30.”

Apply with Resume and Cover Letter at: http://www.jobscore.com/jobs/globalcyclesolutions/gcs-product-development-fellowship/cVP7lm5r8r4zoAiGakhP3Q

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