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Community Service Bulletin

December 4, 2013


MIT Giving Tree

The MIT Giving Tree allows students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends to provide gifts to children in need in the Cambridge and Boston area each holiday season. The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center works with 11 local agencies to collect gift requests from hundreds of children.

Gift requests can be picked up at the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center in 4-104, and all gifts are due back to 4-104 by 5 p.m. on Monday, December 16. Be part of this annual MIT tradition of service!

Learn more: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/givingtree/

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding/Employment Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Dec 11: Learn/Make Cozy "No Sew" Fleece Blankets for Needy Children

Apperian, Wednesday, 12/11/13, 6:30pm-9:00pm

Since there are more than 600,000 children who live in poor or low-income families in Massachusetts, we are making beautiful, cozy, no-sew fleece (easy-to-launder) blankets to be distributed by Cradles to Crayons, which gives new and gently used essentials to children who need them the most.

While no sewing experience is required, this project does require fine motor skills and attention to detail. We seek volunteers age 16 and older to use sharp rotary cutters and perform repetitive hand motions to cut and hand-knot fleece. PMD requests that volunteers contribute $10 or more to help us offset the cost of the fleece for a blanket. (If this is a financial hardship, waiver available as part of online registration.) No partial participation can be accommodated for this or any other PMD projects, i.e., we cannot accommodate late arrivals or early departures.

After you register online (and see a confirmation screen), PMD will email specifics the week before this project, including directions to the project site (by public transportation and by car), instructions and cutting diagram for making blankets, a checklist on how to prepare, and a waiver form.

Contact: Lori Tsuruda, Lori@pmd.org

Ongoing Opportunities

Nominate your favorite high-school teacher for the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award! (Due 12/16

Thank a high-school teacher who inspired you. Nominate that inspiring teacher for the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award!

Show that you remember and help your favorite high-school teacher gain recognition and access to great MIT resources. Most of us have had a high-school teacher, counselor, or coach who stands out in our hearts and memories as a significant influence in our lives. The lessons such outstanding educators teach often go far beyond the subject matter of their fields. They may instill values and a love of learning that shape our educational and career choices, and guide us well throughout our adult lives.

MIT wishes to recognize a few of the exceptional high school educators who have influenced the lives of our students. Selections will be made on the basis of information and insights presented on this nomination.

Submit your nomination by December 16 at: web.mit.edu/inspire/nomination.html
Have questions about the award, process or application? Please contact us: info-inspire@mit.edu

Share an hour a week with a Somerville Public School Student

Share your love of science or math with a Somerville Public School student. SPS Volunteer Program seeks volunteer math and science support for one:one tutoring, hands-on classroom workshops, science fair mentoring and more. Several volunteer openings during and after school hours, including Saturdays. Somerville schools are located within 3 mi of MIT main campus, or within short walking distance of Porter and Davis Sq. T stops. Visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/volunteer to learn more.

Contact: Jen Capuano, jcapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us, 617.629.5475

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Multimedia Promotional Graphics & Marketing Intern

Cambridge Community Television is seeking an intern with strong background and skills in Final Cut Pro X and Motion to create promotional videos and graphics to advertise and market Cambridge Community Television channels, services, opportunities, classes, and events.

-A free full CCTV Access Membership which includes the opportunity to: take CCTV classes, sign out equipment, book studio time, use the computer labs, and host and/or produce pre-recorded and Live program
-CCTV will work with academic institutions to provide interns college or course credit Responsibilities:
-A commitment of a minimum of 4 hours a week
-Working directly with the Programming Coordinator to develop marketing and promotional strategies which will include creating promotional graphics, materials, and videos

Contact: Chris Lawn, chris@cctvcambridge.org

Scaling Development Ventures Conference committee seeking posters from MIT students (Due 12/9)

The Scaling Development Ventures conference committee is seeking posters from MIT students (undergraduate and graduate) developing products and services intended for poverty alleviation in the developing world. Poster applications preferred by Dec. 9.

The conference, taking place on Saturday, February 8, will feature keynote speaker Paul Polak, co-author of The Business Solution to Poverty. Sessions focusing on needs assessment, partnering for scale, and MIT alumni will follow.

Posters will be on display beginning with registration through the end of the day. A formal poster session will take place over the lunch period for one hour, during which the students will represent their project in person.

To represent your project at the poster session, please fill out this short application. Accepted applicants will be notified by December 9. SDV will cover all poster printing costs.

The poster session will be a great opportunity for students to network with international development practitioners and industry professionals, and to receive valuable feedback on their projects!

Please contact Sydney Beasley at sbeasley@mit.edu if you have any questions or concerns!

P.S. New to poster sessions? Here are tips on poster designing with examples: http://colinpurrington.com/tips/academic/posterdesign.

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center is not responsible for the quality or safety of outside service agencies, and does not screen volunteer placements or projects. The Community Service Opportunities bulletin is published once a week by the staff of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center. If you have questions, feel free to call us at 617-253-0742, or stop by 4-104.

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