where to look

Community Service Bulletin

February 1, 2012

Spotlight

MIT Community Service Fair (2/8)

Find a great volunteer opportunity at the MIT Community Service Fair!

Looking to give back to your community? Build your resume? Acquire new skills? Broaden your horizons? Then come to the Spring 2012 MIT Community Service Fair! Don't miss your chance to meet over 30 local nonprofit organizations and find a great service opportunity!

The Service Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 from 1:00-3:00pm in Lobby 10 and the Bush Room (10-105). This event is open to the entire MIT Community and is sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center. For more information, contact: Amy Fan at servicefair@mit.edu.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Design to Scale – Developing Technologies for Global Impact (2/2)

Working to scale a technology designed for the bottom of the pyramid? Come join for the first of a series of events as we lay the foundation for what to consider when designing for global impact. You'll hear from a handful of entrepreneurs working on development technologies as we explore questions like – how to select the right problem to solve, design for dissemination, to test your technology in the field, finance growth, manage operations and scale working models.

Speakers will be Peter Haas, AIDG (http://www.aidg.org), Zubaida Bai, Ayzh (http://www.ayzh.com), and more speakers to be confirmed. Moderated by: Joost Bonsen, Lecturer at the Media Lab

The event will be held on Thursday, February 2 from 3:30-5:00pm in room 56-114. RSVP to http://bit.ly/vth7Id

This is the first of a monthly series on Design to Scale brought to you by MIT's D-Lab, International Development Initiative, Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, Public Service Center, and SEID.

Apply to be a FUP counselor! (deadline 2/16)

We need YOU to lead the 2012 Freshman Urban Program (FUP)! FUP is a pre-orientation program that introduces pre-freshman to MIT and Boston/Cambridge through public service activities and discussion of urban issues. Counselors have an amazing opportunity to develop leadership skills, perform public service, mentor pre-freshman, and build strong friendships.

Apply today to be a counselor! Deadline: Thursday, February 16. No prior FUP experience is required.

For more information and to apply: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fup/counselor.html Questions? fup-staff@mit.edu

FSILG&D Service Challenge – Alternative Spring Break grant application deadline (2/17)

Teams registered to compete in the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge (register here by Feb 6: 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 noon on February 17. Email servicehallenge@mit.edu with questions.

Ongoing Opportunities

New Class: ES.S71 Making a Difference: Humanitarian Successes

Are you interested in humanitarian initiatives and what makes them successes — or failures? Here’s an opportunity to refine your thinking, broaden your perspectives, and enhance your planning abilities for humanitarian work. Guest speakers, videos, readings, discussion, presentations, and interviews will provide an interesting mix of learning experiences for this six-unit, P/F course. Questions? Contact Sally at susnowit@mit.edu

Let's Get Ready Coach (training 2/4)

Let's Get Ready aims to expand college access by providing free SAT prep and college guidance to students from under resourced backgrounds. Our model is that of "students helping students", where college students volunteer 3 hours a week to tutor a class of 5-6 high school students in either the Math or Verbal portion of the SAT. We are looking for dedicated college students, with an interest in education and/ or social justice to serve as LGR coaches this spring.

Tutoring Opportunities are available on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 6-9PM at the Boston Higher Education Resource Center at 62 Northampton Street in Boston. There will be a mandatory training for all coaches on 2/4 from 10AM-4PM at the NonProfit Center at 89 South Street. For more information, please Alysha Banerji at abanerji@letsgetready.org or 617-345-0085, or visit www.letsgetready.org

Register your team for the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge (deadline 2/6)

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 2012 Service Challenge by February 6 at 5pm (More information about the Service Challenge can be found on the PSC’s website or email servicechallenge@mit.edu.

Become a Basic Literacy or ESOL Tutor (information session 2/7)

Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts invites prospective volunteers to our informational orientations held February 7, 2012 from 6-8 pm in downtown Boston. Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with students for 2-hours per week for a minimum of 9 to 12 months at mutually convenient times in public places. LVM trains volunteers to tutor adult learners in either Basic Literacy or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Our next ESOL training will start from third week of February.

LVM volunteers help adults acquire the literacy and English language skills that empower them to realize their goals. Right now, more than 40 students are waiting to be paired with a volunteer tutor. For more information, visit www.lvm.org or call 617-367-1313.

ReachOut: Help Teach a Child to Read Tutor (Orientation Session 2/10)

ReachOut is a literacy program that matches MIT students with children at a local after school center for tutoring twice a week. This America Reads program was created to provide MIT students as reading partners for children in after-school programs at Cambridge Community Center. We will train you to work one on one with a young student. This is a great opportunity to work in the community, meet other MIT students, and make a difference in a child's life! Students can participate as volunteers or through the Community Service Work-Study program.

Apply Online at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/reachout/index.html For more information, please contact Linden McEntire or Andy Stuntz at reachout-staff@mit.edu or 617-253-8065. An orientation will be held on Friday, February 10 from 4:00-5:00pm in room 4-231.

Olympiad Advisors/Mentors for Cambridge Rindge & Latin School Team

Participate with an enthusiastic group of high school students who are preparing for the statewide Science Olympiad competition in Framingham MA this March. The team has done well over the years, earning many top honors. Advisors still needed for: Robot Arm, Chem Lab, Remote Sensing, Thermodynamics, Optics, Forensics, Water Quality, and Anatomy & Physiology.

Pick an afternoon (after 2:30 pm) of your choice and meet with your students once/week or more until the March competition. CRLS is located at 459 Broadway, between Central and Harvard Squares.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Laura Margosian at lmargosian@cpsd.us or 617-349-6794, or visit www.csvinc.org

Volunteer Interpreters Program (VIP) at the Boston Housing Authority

Lend your voice to low-income families who are seeking housing assistance through the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) and need language support. Our Volunteer Interpreters Program (VIP) offers a flexible, on call volunteer opportunity which solicits no more than 10 hours a month of your time.

Upon training, volunteer interpreters may assist at hearings, eligibility interviews, resident meetings, walk-ins and phone inquiries. Volunteers may also help translate housing documents or review translations for accuracy.

We are looking for volunteers who are fluent in Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer, Somali, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Cape Verdean, Spanish, Albanian, Russian, Arabic, or French, and have a demonstrated competence and sensitivity working with low income, culturally diverse individuals.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Johane Alexis-Phanor at 617-988-4032 or LanguageAccessTeam@bostonhousing.org.

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 toupwardbound@mit.edu. For more information please contact Evette Layne at617-253-5124

Volunteer with the Boston Scholar Athlete Program!

Boston Scholar Athletes is thrilled to be up and running in all 19 Boston Public High Schools for our third straight school year! Thanks to our strong partnerships with you, our local higher ed partners, we are making a positive impact and experience tremendous growth in membership. We have compiled an official impact report for the Mayor and will be glad to share the results with you as well!

As always, our need for support in the form of tutors and mentors is great. At present, our Zones, or school based learning centers, are experiencing a high volume of scholar-athletes. They come to the Zone seeking support in a wide variety of academics, college resources and guidance, access to technology, and general mentoring. We could use 25-40 additional tutors from now until the end of the school year to assist in our busiest ten Zones.

We are able to compensate work study students and provide the structure for internship credit, whenever possible. Thank you for your continued support. For more information or to get involved, please contact Shannon McLeod at SMcLeod@suffolkconstruction.com or 617-517-5290. www.BostonScholarAthlete.org

Tutoring Opportunities with Tutoring for All!

There are many tutoring opportunities available for the semester with Tutoring for All throughout the Boston and Cambridge area. All positions are available for either volunteer or Federal Work Studies, and run from Later January-Mid April. Details for each site are below:

  • Prospect Hill Academy - VERY CLOSE TO MIT
    What: Tutor an 8th or 9th grader in basic math
    Where: 50 Essex Street, Cambridge
    When: M/F and/or T/Th 2:45pm - 5:00pm
    Contact: Luisa Baginski, lbaginski@tutorsforall.org
  • Codman Academy Charter School
    What: Tutor a 9th or 10th grader in individualized instruction in math or literacy
    Where: 637 Washington Street, Dorchester
    When: Saturdays 8:30am - 12:30pm and/or 1:30pm - 5:30pm
    Contact: Mark Destler, mdestler@tutorsforall.org
  • Maurice Tobin Elementary School
    What: Tutor a 6th grader in individualized math instruction
    Where: 40 Smith Street, Mission Hill
    When: W/F 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Contact: Aimee Mott, amott@tutorsforall.org
  • Smith Leadership Academy (morning)
    What: Tutor 6th graders in basic math
    Where: 23 Leonard Street, Dorchester
    When: M/W or T/Th 10:00am - 12noon
    Contact: Chris Baginski, cbaginski@tutorsforall.org
  • Smith Leadership Academy (afternoon)
    What: Tutor 8th graders in basic math
    Where: 23 Leonard Street, Dorchester
    When: Fridays 12 pm - 3 pm
    Contact: Chris Baginski, cbaginski@tutorsforall.org
  • Young Achievers Pilot School
    What: Tutor a 6th, 7th, or 8th grader in basic math
    Where: 20 Outlook Street, Mattapan, MA
    When: T/Th afternoons 3:45 pm - 6:00 pm
    Contact: Kate Gannon, kgannon@tutorsforall.org
  • Mass General Hospital CCHI
    What: Tutor 9th graders in math and/or literacy
    Where: 101 Merrimac Street, Boston
    When: Monday and/or Wednesday from 3:00pm-6:30pm
    Contact: Kate Gannon, kgannon@tutorsforall.org
  • Academy of the Pacific Rim
    What: Individualized instruction in literacy
    Who: 7th, 8th, and 9th graders
    Where: 1 Westinghouse Plaza, Hyde Park
    When: T/Th from 2:45pm to 4:45pm
    Contact: Chris Baginski, cbaginski@tutorsforall.org

Create a Database for the Christiana Volunteer Fire Department

The Christiana Volunteer Fire Department <http://christianafire.org/> is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) non profit organization providing fire prevention and suppression services in Southeastern Rutherford County, Tennessee. We rely fully on the local government <http://www.rutherfordcountytn.gov/> and the Christiana community <http://www.city-data.com/city/Christiana-Tennessee.html> for donations and fundraisers.

We are in need of a database to manage our department and are reaching out to technical schools for help. I can supply details and specific requirements, as well as some simple access databases we have created that perform some of these tasks. The goal is to host a php/MySQL database on a LAMP stack and have it scalable so multiple districts and/or stations can have rights to their information while the countywide administrator can manipulate the aggregate data. I can also the forms and spreadsheets we currently have in place to use as templates for this system.

For more information or if you are interested, please contact Brian Bell at 3112@christianafire.org

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.

Health Career Connection Summer Internship Program (deadline 2/13)

Health Career Connection (HCC) provides paid internship opportunities to undergraduate students interested in careers in public health and healthcare, with a priority emphasis on Health Management and Policy, Health Education, Community Health, Environmental Health, other areas of Public Health, Health Information Technology, Health Finance, Healthcare Consulting and Nursing Administration.

Internships in all HCC regions will begin as soon as late May and will end as late as mid-August, completing the ten-week internship period, and will be full time. Internships are located in various states throughout the US. HCC does not cover relocation costs, housing, or transportation. Payments to interns average $3,000 – $4,000 per internship.

The deadline for applications is Monday, February 13, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Please apply online at www.healthcareers.org. If you have any questions, you may contact Trisha Garcia, National Program Coordinator, at tlgarcia@healthcareers.org. For more information, visit www.healthcareers.org

The MIT 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 MIT Public Service Center. If you have questions, feel free to call us at 617-253-0742, or stop by 4-104.

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from the email list, please visit mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/psc-volunteers.