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Community Service Bulletin

February 13, 2013


Apply for a PKG Center Summer Expedition Grant! (Deadline 2/22)

It’s a great opportunity for MIT undergraduates to go to unknown regions and do public service that improves people’s lives while learning what those lives are like. Expedition grants help students scope out possibilities for future public service work while helping people with their immediate needs. Service Expeditions can be done anywhere in the U.S. or abroad – with appropriate concern for safety, of course. We can’t send students to places on the MIT Advisory list that are “High” or “Highest” level. And we have to be convinced that students have appropriate safety precautions in place for any site.

The application deadline is on Friday, February 22 at 4 p.m. Interviews will be held on Monday, February 25, and finalists will be notified on Tuesday, February 26. Finalists will showcase their plans in Lobby 10 with pitches and posters on March 11 from 11:30-2:30.

For application information, visit http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/expedition. Contact psc-grants@mit.edu with any questions.

One-Time Opportunities

  • None

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities


Ongoing Opportunities

Volunteer Tutor Opportunity with Upward Bound

The MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program is looking for individuals who are able to commit to at least one day per week, with a minimum commitment of 2 hours per day. 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 Monday to Thursday from 3:00-6:00pm.
265 Massachusetts Ave., Room N52-130

For consideration, please forward a letter of interest and a resume to: upwardbound@mit.edu

Contact: Elaine Thomas, 617-253-5124

Volunteer for Science Club for Girls

Clubs are just getting started for Spring and we couldn't be happier with our new and re-turning volunteers. And they are just like you- teachers, business executives, parents, retirees, students- you name it. One thing we all have in common is our dedication to change and to our community. The more volunteers we have the bigger impact we can make with Science Club for Girls. Together.

We'd love to have you on-board to volunteer with us to make this spring semester the BEST yet! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email me at volunteer@scienceclubforgirls.org

Volunteers Needed for Existing Non-Profit Website Regarding Breast Cancer and Alzheimers

Site needs to be cleaned up, and items added and deleted with the possibility of paid maintenance in the future. Please contact Dave at 910 368 7733 or dave@careforacure.net

Tutor/Mentor for the Boston Scholar Athletes Program

When: 9:00am -6:00 pm (Hours vary by school)
Where: BSA “Zones” (scholar-athlete learning centers) located in 19 Boston Public High Schools.

Provide academic support to scholar-athletes, including:
- Homework help
- Studying & time-management tips
- College search and application process suggestions

Assist BSA Facilitators with Zone success, including:
- Community service projects
- Student data tracking
- Zone décor and organization
- Membership growth and management

Contact: Megan Morin, mmorin@bostonscholarathletes.org, 617-517-4598

Apply to be a FUP counselor! (deadline 2/15)

We need YOU to lead the 2013 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: Friday, February 15. 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

CengageBrain.com ASB Awards (Deadline 2/15)

This spring, CengageBrain.com is giving away the CengageBrain Leadership in Service Award to one student, or group of students, who will spend their spring break serving those in need. The CengageBrain Leadership in Service Award will reward you and up to [4] of your friends or classmates with $500 each to be used for airfare, food, lodging and other related expenses while participating in the service project of your choice!

Entering is simple:

  • Decide to get involved and make a difference
  • Submit your service project before noon on February 15, 2013
  • Beginning February 15, 2013 start voting for your service project entry... Daily
  • Beginning February 15, 2013 tell your friends and fellow students to vote for your service project entry... Daily
  • Check the winners page on March 1, 2013 to see if you've won!

To enter, click the button below and tell us about your service project in 250 words or less. Please be sure to include the location of the service project, and the name of the organization you will be working with in your project description.

Submit an entry

Healthy Aging ROCS Proposals (Deadline 2/20)

Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) under the Healthy Aging ROCS (Reaching Out to Cambridge Seniors) grant program, which is made possible by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and CCF. Agencies may submit a proposal under this RFP in addition to any other proposal submitted in CCF’s general grantmaking cycles. Maximum size of grant is $7,500. Projects must serve Cambridge. Deadline for proposals is Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 5 PM.

Timeline: Deadline for Healthy Aging ROCS proposals is Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 5 PM. Proposals should be submitted to:Attn: Healthy Aging ROCS, Cambridge Community Foundation, 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139. We expect grants to be awarded in or about March, 2013. Grant funds should be expended by December 31, 2013. A project report will be expected (further information will be communicated to grantees).

More info here; http://cambridgecf.org/grant.html

MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner (2/21)

Thurs., Feb 21 @ 7:00-9:00pm
Lobdell Dining Room, W20-208

Working on a project to help underserved communities? Need funding?
Want to recruit new members for your IDEAS Global Challenge team?
Want to get involved, but don't yet have an idea?

Come learn about the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge and hear what other teams are working on. This is the chance to pitch your idea and handmade poster to woo and recruit teammates or pitch your skills to get hired onto a team. With the final chance to submit a Scope Statement on February 27, here’s your chance to share your idea, meet teammates and form a team. Come join to mix and mingle and meet potential teammates or to learn more.

RSVP here: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/events/view/274

The evening will feature two recruitment open mic sessions to help teams form. Have an idea and looking for teammates? Sign up to pitch an idea: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/events/view/274

Questions? Email globalchallenge@mit.edu

MIT IDEAS Global Challenge submission (Deadline 2/27)

Working on an innovative project that make a positive change in the world—locally, nationally or internationally?

Enter it into IDEAS Global Challenge for a chance to win up to $10k per team to make your idea a reality. All teams must submit a Scope Statement, then teams who are eligible will be invited to submit a Final Proposal on April 5. Teams must be led by a full-time MIT students and must demonstrate that MIT students have made a significant contribution to the project.

Details are online at http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/competition/how-to-enter.
Questions? Email globalchallenge@mit.edu

The MIT IDEAS Global Challenge is a program of the MIT of Priscilla King Gray 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.

Global Engagement Studies Institute (Deadline 3/1)

Are you passionate about global change, committed to learning by doing, and ready to engage in hands-on international development?
The summer 2013 Global Engagement Studies Institute at Northwestern University will equip you to:
*Work directly with local communities and community organizations in Uganda, India, Bolivia, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, or South Africa
*Earn two Northwestern course credits (the equivalent of 6 semester credits)
*Leverage the strengths, rather than list the weaknesses, of the communities in which you live and work abroad
*Live with a host family and immerse yourself in another culture for eight weeks
*Work in teams to design and implement an original development project in youth and education, environmental development, microfinance, gender and development, global health, social enterprise, human rights, and more
To learn more: Fill out our 3-minute interest survey, visit www.gesi.northwestern.edu, or email our office at gesi@northwestern.edu. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until March 1, 2013 for summer 2013. Apply today for the best chance of being accepted to your first choice GESI location.

We hope you'll join us from June 17-August 24, 2013 to be part of sustainable development and collaborative change on the GESI program.

Apply for the International Impact Investing Challenge Competition (Deadline 4/26)

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/

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Public Service Fellowships and Internships

The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects around the world. Fellows and Interns work with community-focused organizations such as non-profits, government offices, international aid agencies, schools, grassroots groups, student-initiated service enterprises and even for-profit businesses if the business is using a social-entrepreneurship model to address the needs of an under-served community. Students in these programs receive a stipend for their work, which typically goes towards living and travel expenses.
The Fellowships and Internships application deadline is Thursday, March 21 at noon. http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/internshipsandfellowships/fellows-apply.html

Exciting Volunteer and Internship Opportunities with Green Streets Initiative

Get involved with an exciting, dynamic organization that is promoting healthy, sustainable commuting in the Boston area!

  • Are you a programmer? Help design a "live" online Leader Board for the 2013 Workplace Challenge, so participants know immediately when they check-in where their organization stands in the competition!
  • Want to put your finger on the pulse of companies throughout Cambridge/Boston? Help us as a Challenge coordinator, for as little or as much time as you like.

Green Streets has many volunteer and internship positions as well as research ideas and data, which were just published on our website here: http://gogreenstreets.org/blog/new-volunteer-research-internship-positions. If you share our mission to make this region more livable by encouraging the use of safer and healthier kinds of transportation, especially through our monthly car-free "Walk/Ride Days" -- or if you just want to help out a nice Cambridge-based non-profit -- please get in touch with us today!

Janie Katz-Christy, Director, Green Streets Initiative, Inc., GoGreenStreets.org, walk-ride-days@comcast.net, 617-625-3822 h/o, 617-645-9678 c

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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