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Community Service Bulletin

February 20, 2013

Spotlight

MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner

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

To pitch your idea: 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

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Mar 2: Social Justice for the Hungry

9:30 am - 12:30 pm OR 1 - 4 pm

Come express your artistic side and help out the community - at the same time! Paint colorful, 4-foot signs for Project Bread's 43rd annual Walk for Hunger. These signs will aim to inform, motivate, and educate walkers about hunger and poverty in the state of Massachusetts along the 20-mile walk route. (Bonus: minimize graffiti along same route!) Don't miss out on the opportunity to have some fun with paint!

Sign up at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd030213

Contact: Lori Tsuruda, 781-963-0373, lori@pmd.org

Mar 9: Education/Lego Volunteer Opportunity

9:30 am to 12:30 pm OR 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Help build, check, and label Lego amino acids that will be used in cool Lego science learning kits for high school students. Invented by Dr. Kathy Vandiver, the full contents of the kits represent DNA, RNA, proteins, and various atoms which can be used to model molecular processes for DNA replication and gene expression.

To register, please go to http://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd030913 by March 1st!

Contact: Lori Tsuruda, 781-963-0373, lori@pmd.org

Mar 17: Boys and Girls Club of South Boston Annual St. Patrick's Day 5K Race

We are looking for a group of volunteers to help "man" the race route on Sunday, March 17th. The volunteers would be asked to work from 10:00am-12:15pm. Volunteers also receive an awesome 2013 long-sleeved race tee shirt designed by the Dropkick Murphys. We're looking for 10-15 people.

Contact: Seanne_Falconer@yahoo.com

Apr 20: Muddy River Cleanup

The annual Muddy River Cleanup will be held in conjunction with the 14th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup on April 20th, 2013 from 9:00AM- 12:00PM. Volunteers will help clean up trash and debris from the banks of the Muddy River and throughout the Back Bay Fens. Tools, gloves, and trash bags will be provided along with t-shirts for the volunteers. We are also organizing efforts to get food for the event, so estimated number of volunteers for your groups would be greatly appreciated as soon as possible.

Contact: Danielle Harkaway, 617-522-2700, www.emeraldnecklace.org

Apr 27: Annual Spring Clean-Up of Ringer Park in Allston

9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.

Refreshment, Lunch, Work Gloves, Tools, etc. provided.
Volunteers can work any time between 9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.
Check-In: at the Softball Field!

CONTACT: Joan Pasquale, pcbginc@mail.com

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

MCAS Math Tutoring

March 4 – May 6, Mon and Wed nights 5:30-7:00p.m.
Fletcher Maynard Academy School - 225 Windsor St. Cambridge, MA.

To fill out a volunteer application online, please visit www.tutoringplus.org.

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is seeking tutors for our MCAS Math Prep program. As a tutor, you'll be matched one-on-one with a student for this 8-week program. The goal of the program is to help students catch-up and review for, as well as gain confidence in taking, the state standardized math test. Matches work out of a provided MCAS Math prep book twice a week, allowing tutors and students to build strong relationships over the course of the program.

Contact: Kevin Wetmore, 617-349-6588 ext. 407, wetmore@tutoringplus.org

Support a More Literate Boston! Looking for Basic Literacy and ESOL Tutors

LVM volunteers help adults acquire the literacy and English language skills that empower them to realize their goals. By improving their basic skills through tutoring, adults are better able to meet life's challenges, be self-sufficient, provide for their families, help their children with homework, read a daily newspaper, enjoy more independence and gain self-confidence. Prospective volunteers attend a volunteer orientation (2 hours) and successfully complete a tutor training (18 hours) in either basic literacy or ESOL prior to being certified and matched to work with a student. Volunteers then work one-to-one with a student for 2 hours per week for a minimum of 9 to 12 months at mutually convenient times and places in the community. Lessons are student-centered and individualized so that an adult is learning skills building on individual strengths in the context of what is relevant, interesting and important to the student. All tutoring services are free and confidential. After being matched, volunteers and students receive ongoing support from LVM's professional staff. Support includes newsletters, in service trainings and other professional development opportunities, special recognition events, a reference and lending library, and regular personal assistance.

Contact: Kristin, 617.367.1313, kgriffiths@lvm.org

Teach an SAT class to under-served high schoolers!

1 day a week, Tuesdays or Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00.
Tuesday is verbal, Thursday is math.
Located at the Boston HERC.

Provide SAT tutoring one day a week to high school juniors from under-served Boston communities. Help expand college access by diminishing the opportunity gap! You can teach either verbal or math depending on your preference.

Apply here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGw3eFNfOWtsV2VtR25hYlhUeFB3Qmc6MA

If you have any questions, feel free to email letsgetready.boston@gmail.com.

Become involved in the Clinton Global Initiative U (CGI U) Programs

This year, CGI U is proud to work in conjunction with The Resolution Project, an organization dedicated to youth leadership development through social entrepreneurship. The Resolution Project will provide $100,000 in seed funding to CGI U 2013 students through the Social Venture Challenge, a competition which will identify and support undergraduate students from around the world who offer innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. CGI U student attendees may apply for up to $5,000 in seed funding for their Commitments to Action. Social Venture Challenge finalists will pitch their ideas at CGI U 2013 and the winners will be announced in St. Louis on Saturday, April 6. Students must first apply and be accepted to CGI U 2013 in order to apply for the Social Venture Challenge.

Students, take advantage of these opportunities by applying online for CGI U 2013.

Volunteer withMassLegalHelp

Right now we need volunteers to help:
1) Update a directory of helpful organizations for Legal Tactics, a series of tenants rights books. The work involves phoning and or emailing tenant organizations, housing assistance programs, government agencies and other resources to make sure the directory is up to date.
2) Post the updated Food Stamps/SNAP Advocacy Guide on MassLegalHelp.org. The guide answers questions about who can get Food Stamps, how to get them, what to do if you are denied and other questions low income people have about their rights to this benefit. Pizza and Training will be provided.

MassLegalHelp.org is Massachusetts' state-wide legal information website for low income persons who need to know about their civil legal rights.

Contact: Cortnay Varela, (617) 357-0700 ext. 323, evarela@mlri.org

Apply for a PSC Expedition Grant for Summer 2013 (Deadline 2/22)

Apply for a PSC Expedition Grant for Summer 2013

We are continuing this year's new process for PSC Expedition Grants for summer 2013! Since Expedition Grants are sponsored by the Underclassman Giving Campaign, we are putting the final choices in the hands of underclassmen, who can vote for their favorite finalist during the Campaign!

Expedition Grants are available to continuing MIT undergraduates who wish to engage in a public service endeavor someplace they have never been before. 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.

MIT IDEAS Global Challenge deadline (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 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.

Apply to be a DnaMIT Science Program Mentor (Deadline 3/4)

DynaMIT is a completely free, one week program held on campus in August for Boston and Cambridge area middle schoolers. Our mission is to provide students from low-income families with an opportunity to explore and experience science and engineering through hands-on experiments and challenges. We are seeking fun and patient MIT undergraduates to lead and guide the students. If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor, apply here: goo.gl/dao1s by Monday 3/4

For more information: dynamit@mit.edu, http://mitdynamit.weebly.com/

Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service (Deadline 3/7)

June 5 – August 3
http://www.DCinternships.org/ipvs

Final application deadline is March 7. Scholarship funding is still available.

Are you passionate about service and making a lasting impact in your community? Are you looking for a summer experience that will give you the tools to standout in today’s competitive job market?

Apply NOW for the 2013 Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service and dive head first into Washington, DC’s unique and growing nonprofit sector. As one of the top cities in America for young nonprofit professionals, our Nation’s Capital is the perfect place to launch your career!

Live in furnished apartments in the heart of the city. Learn the foundations of the nonprofit sector and earn up to 9 transferable credits. Intern in some of Washington, DC’s most exciting nonprofit organizations. Serve in hands on projects and affect change in the community.

Apply now! Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 7, 2013.

For more information, please visit http://www.DCinternships.org/IPVS or contact IPVS Manager, Kristen Wright by email at IPVS@tfas.org or by phone at 202.986.0384.

Apply to be an Associate Advisor for 2013-2014 (Deadline 3/15)

Help next year’s freshman class navigate MIT! By becoming an Associate Advisor, you will have the opportunity to give back to others, gain leadership experience and make a valuable connection to faculty and staff.

Apply here: http://web.mit.edu/firstyear/associates/responsibilities/assocapp.html

For more information, please contact Leslie Bottari, bottari@mit.edu

Nominate someone for the Priscilla Gray Award for Public Service (Deadline 3/15)

Nominations are open for the Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service
Nominate at awards.mit.edu by Friday, March 15
Questions? Email psc@mit.edu

This award honors the inspirational contributions Priscilla King Gray has made to public service at MIT. It was established by the Undergraduate Association in cooperation with the Public Service Center. The award recognizes an undergraduate who is exceptionally committed to public service at MIT and its surrounding communities. The recipient clearly demonstrates a personal dedication to social change, prolonged and in-depth involvement and initiative in a leadership capacity.

Nominate Someone for People Helping People Award! (Deadline 3/18)

The 2013 People Helping People Award of the MIT Federal Credit Union will be presented to one member of the MIT Community who best exemplifies compassion, commitment to helping others, and a sense of social justice. Be sure to nominate someone by 3/18!!
The award recipient will receive $2,000 and will choose a charity from a pre- approved list to receive an additional $2,000 donation. The winner will also be requested to attend an awards presentation at our Annual Meeting on April 23, 2013. More information can be found here: http://www.mitfcu.org/home/fiFiles/static/documents/PHP_WebApp.pdf

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

Be a Lend for America Fellow this Summer

With the right tools, college students can change the lives of their communities' low-income families and gain a broader social perspective. That's why we created Lend for America, a fellowship program that trains students who are seeking to start microfinance organizations (Campus MFIs) at their respective college campuses.

Fellows receive a crash course in microfinance, a full-time summer internship with an existing microfinance group, and year-round support from Lend for America as they start their organizations. The primary award of the Fellowship is a $2,500 stipend for the summer work component of the program. In addition, flight and hotel expenses are paid for fellows to attend the kick-off training and to travel to their host organization. Fellows are selected based on leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, and prior work completed on starting a Campus MFI. Prospective fellows must submit an online application at www.lendforamerica.org/fellowship by March 10.

Apply for a Fellowship at Maker Corps

Do a summer fellowship with MAKE Education and the Museum of Science Boston (funded through MIT Edgerton Center)! We’re looking for 2 MIT undergraduate students who are interested in hands-on, DIY engineering and design projects with youth, and would be interested in helping both the Museum of Science Boston Design Challenges group and the Flagship Computer Clubhouse design project-based learning on both the floor of the Museum and in the summer and school year drop-in programs of the Flagship Computer Clubhouse. Below is the general description of the program and the application is online at http://makered.org/maker-corps-member-online-application/.

Applications are due on March 1st.

Contact: Danielle Martin, 617-589-0472, dmmartin@mos.org

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