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Community Service Bulletin

February 7, 2012

Spotlight

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

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

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.

Engaging Volunteers in Critical Times: Modernizing Nonprofit Organizations (3/15, register by 2/29)

DOVA and the MIT Public Service Center are pleased to host Australian volunteer engagement expert Martin J. Cowling from People First-Total Solutions for interactive workshops for volunteer leaders on "Creating a Pro-Volunteer Culture" and "Fundamentals-The Essentials of a Volunteer Program" in MIT's Bush Room (10-105) on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

To increase overall organizational support for volunteerism, the morning session (9am-12noon) on "Creating a Pro-Volunteer Culture" is for broad audiences (volunteer leaders and organizers, executive directors, managers, board members) including leaders at college associations, clubs, and living groups who will learn about and discuss The impact and value of a pro-volunteer culture, Why culture is important to an agency/group, The elements of an agency/group culture, What an ideal pro-volunteer is, Specific actions everyone working with volunteers can take to strengthen pro-volunteer culture at his/her agency/group.

So that our volunteer programs function most effectively, "Fundamentals-The Essentials of a Volunteer Program" will be the afternoon session (1-5pm) . Participants take inventory of the specific strengths and weaknesses of their volunteer programs in the context of key characteristics of an effective service enterprise that focuses volunteers on performing critical work, and then they will identify and plan what is needed to improve their situations.

We are pleased to offer a heavily-discounted auditing option to the MIT Community. Register here: http://dovaboston031512auditor.eventbrite.com. If you wish to participate fully in the meals and networking hours preceding each session for $100-$150pp, do NOT audit, register at http://dovaboston031512.eventbrite.com by 2/29.

For more info: http://humanitarian.mit.edu/education/esd283-humanitarian-logistics

13th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup (4/21, register by 4/1 if possible)

Help MIT Sea Grant cleanup the sidewalks and meridian strip along Memorial Drive between the Harvard and Longfellow Bridges!

Since 2000, the Charles River Watershed Association has coordinated the Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup each April with a collaborative of other non-profit organizations. The Cleanup involves volunteers picking up trash at over 100 different cleanup sites along the Charles River and its tributaries.

Meet at MIT Sailing Pavilion (Building 51) to clean up the sidewalks and grassy areas between the Harvard and Longfellow bridges. Gloves, trash bags, t-shirts and snacks provided!

The clean up will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 9AM-12PM. For more information, contact Nancy Adams at nadamsx@mit.edu or 617 253 3461, or visit http://www.crwa.org/cleanup.html

Ongoing Opportunities

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.

D-Lab looking for graduate student to fill Assessment position (application due 2/10)

D-Lab is looking to higher an Assessment Associate for an internship position amounting to 12-15 hours per week. The Assessment Associate will report to Kendra Leith, Assessment Coordinator, as part of D-Lab’s Technology Dissemination Program.

We would greatly appreciate if you could pass this opportunity along to interested and qualified students. A detailed job description is attached. Questions regarding the position should be addressed to d-lab-assessment@mit.edu. To apply, students should submit a resume and cover letter to the same address no later than 5 PM on February 10th, 2012.

$50,000 Bill Russell Mentoring Grant accepting proposals! (Deadline 2/12)

For the grant period between May 2012 and May 2013, the program will award a minimum of $50,000 in total funding for up to four youth mentoring programs that match caring adult mentors with Boston youth.

Proposals are due Sunday, February 12, 2012. For more information, go to http://massmentors.org/bill-russell-mentoring-grant

Join Amphibious Achievement as a tutor, coach or mentor! (deadline 2/17)

Amphibious Achievement is a dual athletic and academic mentorship program. Our goal is to promote "success in and out of the water" through a combination of instruction in aquatic sports and college preparatory tutoring.

Mentors for Amphibious Achievement will work with our students in a variety of capacities. One option is to be a coach. As a coach you will engage half of our students in innovative drills every Sunday from 9am-10:30am. These drills include teaching students correct rowing body swing with the Lean With It, Rock With Itdrill, dynamic yoga exercises, and learning the backstroke by balancing a filled cup on your forehead. You can also apply to be a tutor and work with our 35 student Achievers. Tutoring is comprised of 25% classroom-wide activities such as competitive Grammar Jeopardy, and 75% individual one-on-two tutoring, where tutors work with two students to read through The Economistand solve challenging math problems.

The deadline to apply to be a coach, tutor or mentor is February 17th at 11:59pm! Amphibious Achievement Mentor Application https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHJkZUx4MlRvX3g5ZXFIaUVaeHF2Mmc6MQ

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

TWO NEW D-Lab Courses this Spring!

EC.714 D-Lab: Biodiversity
TR3-4:30 in 66-160, 9 units

Examines 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. Enrollment limited is by lottery; please attend the first class session. http://d-lab.mit.edu/courses/biodiversity

EC.733 D-Lab: Supply Chains
MW2-3:30 in 8-205, 9 units

Introduces concepts of supply chain design and operations with a focus on supply chains for products destined to improve quality of life in developing countries. Topics include demand estimation, facility location and operations planning, inventory management, and supply chain coordination and performance. Also covers issues specific to emerging markets, such as sustainable supply chains, how to couple product design with supply chain design and operation, and how to account for the value-adding role of a supply chain. Students conduct projects on supply chain design or improvement. http://d-lab.mit.edu/courses/supply-chains

Graduate Course: ESD.283 Humanitarian Logistics

The MIT graduate course on Humanitarian Logistics (ESD.283) explores how logistics management principles apply when responding to humanitarian crises. After an overview of humanitarian operations, class sessions dive into the strategies, technologies, and management approaches organizations use for effective logistics performance. Class sessions combine interactive presentations, case discussions, exercises to practice applying concepts, and guest speakers. All students participate in a team project that utilizes data and information directly from UN, government, NGO and private sector sources. Grades will be based on class participation, completion of practical exercises (in-class and take-home), two individual graded assignments and the team project.

The course is designed to accommodate students from various backgrounds, including those with limited logistics and supply chain experience. Last spring the class included a diverse group of students from 10 different schools across MIT, Tufts and Harvard. The webpage listed at the top of this email has more information to help Harvard and Tufts students register.

Last spring, the team projects focused on data from the 2010 Haiti Earthquake: This year we may revisit some of the data from Haiti, but I anticipate datasets from other responses and we will definitely ask new questions.

6 Units (2-0-4), Wednesdays 4-6pm, E51-395. If you have any questions, please contact Jarrod Goentzel (goentzel@mit.edu).

Become a Basic Literacy or ESOL Tutor

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 http://www.lvm.org/ or call 617-367-1313

Website Design Volunteer Needed!

The Elizabeth Peabody House is an organization whose mission is to support families in our community reaching their full potential by providing them with early childhood education, youth enrichment opportunities and family services. Our vision is to end the cycle of poverty by becoming the leader center in the Somerville area for enriching children through education, strengthening their bonds to the family unit and creating a strong and engaged community.

The Elizabeth Peabody House is currently revamping its development and fundraising strategy to increase its organizational sustainability and programmatic impact. A central component of this fundraising strategy is to ensure that we have an up-to-date website that is both aesthetically pleasing and capable of attracting new visitors, with an eye towards donors. As we are a 115-year old settlement house, we have had some challenges moving forward technologically and integrating social media into our daily external communications model. The website design intern will play a crucial role in setting the stage to reach new donors via the vehicles of key online tools such as Google analytics and social media.

Volunteers should have the following qualifications: Experience with website design and/or architecture, Experience working with social media and google analytics, Ability to work independently and remotely on a project, Interest in supporting Non-profit work and fundraising activities, Attention to detail and strong organizational skills, Commitment to supporting the work and mission of The Elizabeth Peabody House

15 Hours Per Week, 3-4 Days Per Week. Schedule is negotiable with selected candidate.

Calling all women engineers! New leadership opportunity: MIT Chapter of Robogals

Robogals, an international student-run organization, is setting up a chapter at MIT. We aim to get more girls studying science, engineering and technology at a tertiary level, by engaging girls in these topics from a young age with school visits and other fun activities

6 girls from each participating university will attend the Robogals SINE (Seminars Inducting New Executive committees) at the California Institute of Technology from February 25 - 27. At this intensive training weekend, the participants will learn how to set up Robogals at their own university, while also networking with other engineering students from around the country.

Following the SINE, the team of 6 will become the inaugural executive committee of the Robogals chapter at MIT. If you are interested in being one of the lucky 6 women from your university, or you want some more information, check out the Robogals information page here: http://robogals.org/get-involved/expansion-to-usa

For more information, check out our website: http://www.robogals.org or contact Marita Cheng at marita@robogals.org

Become a Neighborhood Captain in Porter Square!

Want to make it even better while meeting your neighbors? Live Better Porter Square invites you to become a Neighborhood Captain! Neighborhood Captains work with Cambridge Energy Alliance for four months to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy, while encouraging involvement in Porter Square.

Let’s work together to show Cambridge that Porter Square is a leader in bringing together churches, schools, community gardeners, business leaders, students, and more!

We are recruiting people who are interested in promoting community involvement, supporting your local economy, and highlighting Porter Square as a model for the rest of the city.

Follow this link to sign up for our information session on February 14th:(https://docs.google.com/a/cambridgeenergyalliance.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGhQRUFaRU85dVp1c244LVJnWERTaXc6MQ&pli=1) or, email your name, email, phone number, and any questions to work@cambridgeenergyalliance.org

Academic Mentors Needed for BPS students

Boston Partners in Education is looking for volunteers to tutor and mentor students in the Boston Public Schools.

Volunteers will work one-on-one or with a small group of students for an hour a week during the school day. Opportunities are available in all grades (K-12) in either English Language Arts or math. We base your placement on your preferences: location, time of day, day of the week, subject matter, and grade level.

Boston Partners in Education provides training in subject matter as well as mentoring that will help to ensure a happy and successful match. We are required by the Boston Public Schools to run a CORI/SORI background check on each potential volunteer; this background check is run at no cost to you.

To apply for this opportunity, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/bpevolapp Requirements include the online application, a brief interview, training session, and background check.
For more information about opportunities to make a difference in the lives of students in the Boston Public Schools, please contact Boston Partners in Education at bostonpartners@bostonpartners.org or 617-451-6145. www.bostonpartners.org

Adult Basic Education Volunteer Tutors and Classroom Aides Needed!

Would you like to help adults learn to speak English (ESOL), improve Reading (ABE), Writing (ABE) and Math (ABE) skills, or attain a GED (ABE) or H.S. diploma (ABE)? Volunteer tutors and classroom aides assist day and evening students who attend our free classes in Central Square near the Red Line.

Volunteers are needed for a minimum commitment of one semester (February-June 2012) and are asked to volunteer for 1.5 hours/week.

Trainings are to be held on two Saturday mornings Febrary 4 and 11, at the Community Learning Center at 19 Brookline Street, Cambridge, MA 02139. Please contact Whit Hendon (ESOL) at 617 349 6366 or by e-mail whendon@cambridgema.gov or Georgiana Chevry (ABE) at 617.349.6368 or by email at gchevry@cambridgema.gov http://www2.cambridgema.gov/DHSP2/aboutclc.cfm?tnltext=About CLC

Volunteer with Samanyai

Samanvai's mission is to promote education and career development opportunities as well as rehabilitation for students with disabilities of all economic backgrounds in India. Samanvai has made significant progress in the last several years, all due to the work of dedicated and determined volunteers.

We are looking to expand our volunteer efforts here at MIT and are currently seeking more volunteers. Volunteer work for Samanvai involves: grant/proposal writing for funds and fellowships, writing and editing for the website, media related jobs involving video/audio editing, organizing fundraisers and charity events, and more. We are currently discussing the development of a health program at Samanvai to promote the awareness and prevention of disability in rural communities and would love to have volunteers on board for this as well. There is also scope for volunteers to think creatively and come up with their own projects to implement for Samanvai's continued improvement. Also, with more volunteers on board, we hope to quickly apply for ASA recognition as an MIT student group.

If anyone is interested in our efforts, please have them respond directly to: Emily Brown at eebrown@mit.edu or Priyanka Saha at psaha27@mit.edu

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

GHC Fellowship Positions Are Open!

Positions for Global Health Corps' 2012-2013 class of Fellows have been posted to our website! As always, we are offering a wide range of placements and skillsets - from Procurement and Logistics Coordinators with Partners in Health in Malawi, to Design Fellowships with MASS Design Group in Rwanda.

Check out: http://ghcorps.org/apply/placements We are currently offering Fellowship positions in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and the US beginning in July 2012.

Go here to create an application http://ghcorps.org/apply/application

MITFCU People Helping People Award

The 2012 "People Helping People" Award will be presented to one member of the MIT community who exemplifies compassion, commitment to helping others, and a sense of social justice. The award recipient will receive $2,000 and will choose a charity (from a pre-approved list) to receive an additional $2,000 donation. Anyone within the MIT community can elect to nominate someone providing they can substantiate their selection and the nominee is an MITFCU member.

Visit www.mitfcu.org for more information, eligibility requirements and application materials.

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