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Community Service Bulletin

February 23, 2012

Spotlight

The Public Service Center is hiring for spring and summer student job openings. See full postings here: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whoweare/jobs.html

Large-Event/CityDays Coordinator

Spend the summer assisting the PSC in planning large-scale community service events, such as CityDays 2012! This great one-day community service event is part of freshman orientation at MIT and one of the largest service events of the entire year with approximately 600-800 students participating. CityDays is an MIT tradition that requires a great coordinator at its helm, one with exceptional organization and communication skills, and creative vision. Responsibilities include recruiting community agency partners, planning activities, soliciting and securing corporate donations, working with PSC and Orientation staff on event logistics and leadership, writing descriptive materials, maintaining contact with group leaders and others, and keeping track of everything. See website listed above for qualifications. This is a paid position. You must be available full-time (40 hrs/wk) June through August.

To apply, submit resume and cover letter by Tuesday, March 6, 2012, to Kristi Gundrum Kebinger, MIT Public Service Center, citydays-staff@mit.edu, W20-549, 617-253-8968.

Communications Assistant

The MIT Public Service Center is seeking an enthusiastic, detail-oriented student assistant to generate content for news stories and features, organize the photo library, and brainstorm creative communications possibilities for the PSC.

Possible tasks include: Researching and writing stories that highlight individuals and groups engaged in public service, Identifying photos to use in various outlets and acquiring permissions, Helping maintain the digital and print archive of PSC news stories, Helping maintain the photo library and organize photos, Designing posters and flyers for PSC programs and events, Thinking creatively about how to publicize the PSC. See website listed above for qualifications. The position is 6-10 hours per week.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to Kevin Leonardi at kevinleo@mit.edu, 4-104, 617-253-6821.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner (2/23)

Want funding for your innovative service project? Want to recruit members or mentors for your IDEAS team? Want to get involved, but don't yet have an idea? Then come to the IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner and get connected!

The Generator Dinner will feature two recruitment open mic sessions with a prize for the best presentation in each category! Pitches must be professional, practiced, and to the point. The Generator will include other activities to help everyone get connected with the right team mates (you don't have to give a pitch). Feel free to bring along small prototypes and presentation materials that help describe your project

Participants who do submit a pitch will each have 60 seconds to pitch their projects to the audience in one of two categories: Recruit The IDEAS Dream Team and Get Yourself "Hired"

The Dinner will be held on Thursday September 23 at 7:00pn in Lobdell Dining Room. Open mic spaces are limited. RSVP by February 22 to globalchallenge-rsvp@mit.edu to sign-up for a 60-second pitch opportunity. RSVPs are welcome for dinner.

Talk with Susan Crawford, advisor in Science and Technology to President Obama (2/28)

I would like to bring your attention to a wonderful opportunity that is being headed by Susan Crawford. Susan Crawford is teaching a course at Harvard called "Solving Problems Using Technology" which focus on the Dudley neighborhood in Boston. With her amazing political skills Susan has been able to get the support of the City of Boston, who is participating in her class and hascommittedto help support and implement the best ideas and solutions that emerge during the class.

As former member of the board of ICANN,and a recent advisor in Science and Technology to President Obama, Susan understands the power of technology and is eager to connect with the Media Lab family. That is why she is bringing her class to the Media Lab to help connect with students interested in participating of this initiative.

Pizza and conversations will be at the ML sixth floor on 2/28from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

This is a great client opportunity to do good by developing technology in Boston, since ideas are likely to be useful in many other cities as well.

Of Heat-Seeking, Robotic Fishing Poles: a Talk by Kentaro Toyama (or, Myths of Technology for International Development) (3/1)

Can mobile phones be used to improve rural healthcare?

How do you design user interfaces for an illiterate migrant worker?

What value is video technology to a farmer earning $1 a day?

Interventionist projects in "information and communication technology for development" (ICT4D) seek to answer these kinds of questions, but the excitement has also generated excessive hype about the power of technology to solve the deep problems of poverty. In this talk, Kentaro Toyama, U.C. Berkeley, and Co-Founder, Microsoft Research India will present several persistent myths of ICT4D, offer a theory of "technology as amplifier" which explains the gap between rhetoric and reality, and provide recommendations for engineers and scientists interested in contributing to a better world.

The event will be held in Room 35-225 from on 3/1 from 7-8PM. RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/252773264798643/

For more information, please visit www.technologyandchange.org or email Ali Sheppard at alishepp@mit.edu

Submit an Initial Scope Statement to enter MIT IDEAS Global Challenge (deadline 3/2)

Last chance to get feedback and apply for development grants!

Working on a new way to deliver social impact? If you're working on an innovative technology, system or project, get started! Teams have four chances to submit an Initial Scope Statement and gain feedback from IDEAS staff. If teams need funding as they develop their idea over the next six months, they can submit an Development Grant Request. All teams must submit at least one Initial Scope Statement. Submit early, submit often.

This is the last chance to submit and get feedback from volunteers: March 2 by 11:59PM; details online at http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/competition/how-to-enter. Wondering whether your idea fits? Just ask: globalchallenge@mit.edu

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 Communityregister here: http://dovaboston031512auditor.eventbrite.com, but 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.

Volunteer at the Prison Book Program with People Making a Difference (3/10, sign up by 2/29)

Most prisoners come from acutely marginalized sectors of society, and nearly all are poor and under-educated. Education is a proven tool for preventing people from returning to prison after they have been released and for empowering them to re-enter society as productive, independent individuals.

Prisoners have little to no access to quality reading materials. As it is a general rule of prisons that the families and friends of prisoners cannot send books to them, the Prison Book Program is often their only hope of receiving quality reading materials to expand their minds, to change their own lives, and to speak out for their rights.

Respond to letters from prisoners across the nation who request educational, self-help, research, and other paperback books. Specifically, confirm prisoners' addresses via the internet; read their letters; select books, sometimes conferring with other volunteers; prepare postcards and sometimes invoices; package the books with resource materials; and address the packages. Work at your own pace.

So that we may send out the packages immediately volunteers are asked to contribute $10 or more for book rate postage to send three book packages. If this is a hardship, please select a waiver when you sign up online.

The opportunity will take place on 3/10 from 1-5PM at the Prison Book Program in Quincy Center. Sign up yourself online BY 2/29 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22EPJN5BX7T

Paid Java instructor for Three-Day Course in Haiti

We are Turbo System, http://www.groupturbo.com/ a Systems Engineering firm based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. We are looking for a qualified Java developer to lead a 3-day on-site Java training.

Topics to be covered: Java I/O, Serialization, Applets, Database Access with JDBC, Mutability, Collections and algorithms, Web application development, Servlets, Sessions and session tracking, JSP, Accessing databases from JSP/Servlets, MVC, Packaging and deploying web applications

Required Skills Include: Excellent Professional experience in Java Development (3-4 years), Excellent communication, Ability to prepare and deliver lectures and labs, Ability to effectively present information, Proficiency in French or Haitian Creole, Previous teaching experience is a plus

Hourly rate will be based on qualifications. Travel, transportation, hotels and accommodations will be covered. Please Contact: Nathalie Neptune at nneptune@groupturbo.com or visit http://www.groupturbo.com/

Basic Initiative Buenos Aires / Political Equator 4 (June 2012, apply by 3/1)

This 4-week program will engage students from MIT, RISD, UC Berkeley, UT Austin, UPalermo, and PSU in a development program for an informal settlement in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The project, which is funded by the city, is focused on helping the highly activist community, Los Piletones (pop. 4,000). The immediate goal of this session, in the 2nd year of a 5-year plan, is to design and partially build a childcare center which will allow mothers to in the community to pursue work and education. The MIT group has a special role of elaborating upon the neighborhood “environmental baseline,” working to fill crucial gaps in analysis of the larger site. The intended result is a dynamic map, communication infrastructure (virtual and physical space) for ongoing participatory sensing and an innovative environmental plan in sync with the combined knowledge of the community and experts. The approach should provide a strategic template for future CBAS development projects.

Participants will have exclusive access to Political Equator 4, an annual research conference sponsored by the Ford Foundation that brings together leading practitioners and non-profits for a critical analysis of local conflicts in order to re-evaluate the meaning of shifting global dynamics, across geo-political boundaries, natural resources and marginal communities. Conceptualized by Teddy Cruz in 2005 around the Tijuana-San Diego border, the multi-site event is based in La Plata River Basin this year and will use Los Piletones as a home base. Participants will attend the event and present their projects to the invited international audience of professionals.

Other activities include involvement in the social life of the community, visiting the work of engineer Eladio Dieste in Montevideo, Uruguay, as well as tours of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires.

6-8 spots for MIT students. The program will be held from June 18-July 14 2012, and the application deadline is 3/1. For more information http://www.basicinitiative.org/ or http://www.politicalequator.org/ or contact Allison Hu at alihu@mit.edu

Ongoing Opportunities

Volunteer at the Beacon Hospice (training 3/1)

I am seeking your help to spread the word to MIT students about a fulfilling and rewarding volunteer opportunity at Beacon Hospice.

Beacon Hospice provides comfort and dignity to those with terminal illnesses by creating an environment of hope, comfort, and dignity for the patient and family. Beacon Hospice volunteers become a vital part of the hospice team, providing companionship and support to our patients and their families. Volunteers visit patients and might talk together, listen to stories, pray together, read aloud, play games or simply offer a calm presence. This is a great opportunity for students to experience direct patient interaction in a one-on-one setting.

We offer a free hospice training program to prepare individuals for our volunteer opportunities and to answer any questions they may have. During the course, individuals receive training in the philosophy of hospice, end of life medical issues, family dynamics, communicating with patients, grief and spiritual care. Our next training begins Thursday, March 1st from 6-9pm at our office in Charlestown.

Individuals interested in volunteering with Beacon Hospice can visit www.beaconhospice.com for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Curtis, Volunteer Coordinator, at 617-242-8370 or megan.curtis@amedisys.com

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 to upwardbound@mit.edu. For more information please contact Evette Layne at 617-253-5124

Volunteer at the Neurorehabilitation Unit of the Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center!

Volunteer at the Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Braintree! We have a specialized community re-entry program for individuals with severe brain injury whose needs cannot be met elsewhere, and we feel that some of our patients could benefit from the additional support of a volunteer. The patients have diverse interests. This would be a good opportunity for a student interested in psychology/the medical field. We are looking for weekly volunteers, but all are welcome and opportunities are available for days, evenings, or weekends.

For more information please contact Julie Sahlins at Julie.sahlins@kindredhealthcare.com or 781.848.3100, or visit www.braintreemanor.com

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Interested in spending your summer making a difference in the community? (6/10-8/4, deadline 3/7)

The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service is a summer academic internship program in Washington, D.C. offering both internships and classes focusing on volunteerism and the nonprofit sector.

Highlights of the Institute include: Internships, Classes, Housing, Services, Guest Lectures, Leadership and Professional Development, Networking, Scholarships.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until March 7, 2012. For more information or to start an application, please visit the website at www.DCinternships.org/IPVS

If you are considering a summer of service and have questions about the program, please feel free to contact Kristen Wright, IPVS Program Coordinator, at IPVS@tfas.org or 202.986.0384

Public Service Center funded Fellowship and Internship opportunities for the summer. (deadline 3/23)

The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects. Students work with community-focused organizations such as non-profits, schools, and social enterprises.

In both programs, you can: Work by yourself, or as part of a small team; Create a project from scratch, or find project ideas and community partners on our website; Work locally, nationally, or internationally. For IAP, we particularly encourage projects in the Americas (including the US).

Applications for Summer projects must be submitted by noon on Friday, March 23rd. Find more information about both programs at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/internshipsandfellowships/

Looking for project ideas? Check-out the PSC's opportunities page http://web.mit.edu/opps Questions? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

MIT Museum Fellowship

The MIT Museum, located at 265 Mass Ave in Cambridge, showcases the fascinating world of MIT through interactive exhibitions, public programs, experimental projects, and its extensive collections. The Museum aims to inspire people of all ages about the possibilities and opportunities offered by science and technology, and the mission of the MIT Museum is to engage the wider community with MIT's science, technology and other areas of scholarship.

The Education & Public Programs team at the Museum is focused on the third aspect of the Museum’s mission. We engage with MIT and the wider community through evening discussion programs, MIT research and project showcases, hands-on demonstrations of science and technology, vacation weeks and Cambridge Science Festival programming, educational workshops for middle and high school groups, and more.

There are numerous opportunities at the Museum for MIT students to engage with the public and we would like to know how to increase awareness of these opportunities while also becoming a better resource for MIT students. We are looking for an innovative and enthusiastic student who is interested in outreach through informal science education. This person will have creative ideas for how to introduce more MIT students to the Museum and will develop a plan to increase student awareness about the Museum and the many opportunities for public communication of science, development of middle and high school educational programs, science & technology outreach, exhibit development, etc. Additionally, in collaboration with the Museum’s Education & Public Programs team, the Museum Outreach Fellow will implement the proposed plan in a time-sensitive manner and then evaluate the impact of the plan.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about science communication and outreach. S/he must be organized, have outstanding interpersonal skills, a positive attitude, great capacity to work effectively & independently, and be a strong team player.

Flexible with time frame! For more information or if interested, please contact Brindha Munippan at 617-253-0527 or brindha@mit.edu

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.

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