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Community Service Bulletin
February 29, 2012
Nominations are now being accepted for the Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service!
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.
To nominate a student please visit http://web.mit.edu/awards/ The deadline for nominations is 3/19!
- Of Heat-Seeking, Robotic Fishing Poles (or, Myths of Technology for International Development): a Talk by Kentaro Toyama (3/1)
- DESIGN TO SCALE: From Idea to Business Model (3/1)
- Volunteer for China Care’s Spring Charity Ball (3/10)
- Engaging Volunteers in Critical Times: Modernizing Nonprofit Organizations (3/15, register by 2/29)
- Mad Science Day at Pioneer Charter School of Science (April 2012)
- Wilderness Heals: a pledge hike to benefit The Elizabeth Stone House (7/20-22)
- IDEAS Global Challenge Initial Scope Statement Deadline (3/2)
- Public Service Center Student Job Opportunities!
- Front End Developer for Haley House
- Math Tutors Needed for Cambridge Youth!
- Volunteer with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts!
- Public Service Center funded Summer Fellowship and Internship Opportunities (deadline 3/23)
- Summer Internships at the MIT Museum
- Website optimization for the Public Interest Network!
Of Heat-Seeking, Robotic Fishing Poles (or, Myths of Technology for International Development): a Talk by Kentaro Toyama (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/
Working to scale a technology designed for the bottom of the pyramid? Come join for the second of a series of panels to help teams working to scale up technologies for development. This session’s theme is: From Idea to Business Model. You'll hear from four individuals with different experiences in driving technologies from idea to the hands of thousands of people. Our panelists will share how they identified a problem worth solving, how they chose or designed a technology solution, and how they built a business model along the way. And much more…
Moderator: James Barlow http://nciia.org/node/1016, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)
Kate Clopeck http://www.communitywatersolutions.org/team.html, Community Water Solutions
Illac Diaz http://isanglitrongliwanag.org/about-illac-diaz/, MyShelter Foundation
Kentaro Toyama http://www.kentarotoyama.org/, University of California Berkeley
The panel will be held from 3:30-5:00pm in room 26-100. RSVPs are welcome at http://bit.ly/vth7Id This series is brought to you by a variety of centers at MIT including D-Lab, International Development Initiative, Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, Public Service Center, and SEID
MIT China Care's first annual Charity Ball fundraising event is happening in TWO SHORT WEEKS on March 10th! And we need a lot of help. Volunteers will receive free admission to the event as well as 1 free raffle ticket! We need volunteers for Ticket sales, Making a promotional video, Volunteering the day of, Taking pictures during the event. We'll need a good number of people helping with food, decorations, coat check, registration, and set up and clean up!
Sign up for ticket sales at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhXoJByMlrAldHAtSDEySkZnOFNoMm4tODNQVktjSFE#gid=0 and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in helping out with anything else!
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, 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.
Pioneer Charter School of Science (a charter school in Everett) wishes to invite engineering students and faculty at MIT to be a part of our "Mad Science Day." The event is organized to spark the interest of science and engineering in the PCSS student body. We ask that you bring your projects and demos to show our students what is currently happening the field of science and engineering. The format will be similar to an entertainment show. We will provide you with all of the resources you require to make your demonstrations a success. We are looking for about 5 to 10 volunteers and we will schedule the day according to what works with your schedule.
We will schedule the event according to your schedule. If your availability is in April it would be great but its not required. We will provide transportation to and from any destination. For more information visit pioneercss.org or contact Misbah Hasan at email@example.com or(617)389-7277 EXT. 204
Every summer, women from all over New England depart on a mountain journey to help other individuals and families in need. Whether you are an experienced hiker or have only dreamed of waking to a mountain sunrise – you can be one of them!
Located in Roxbury, MA, the Elizabeth Stone House serves homeless families and individuals in a goal-oriented, outcome driven service environment by resolving the issues that made them homeless – domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental illness - so that they can attain and maintain permanent housing, personal safety and economic stability. The Stone House provides residential and non-residential programs, as well as an emergency shelter for those who are in immediate need. The Stone House helps families heal and individuals reclaim control over their lives. When it comes to helping individuals heal from the effects of violence, we can move mountains!
For more information about Wilderness Heals, including how to register, please contact Erika Whyte at 781-726-0551 or email Erika at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://wildernessheals.elizabethstone.org
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. The first step: submit an Initial Scope Statement. March 2 is the final chance for teams to submit and receive feedback on their Scope Statement and to apply for a development grant. All teams must submit at least one Initial Scope Statement. Teams who are eligible will be invited to submit a final proposal on April 8.
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, email@example.com, W20-549, 617-253-8968.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 4-104, 617-253-6821.
See full postings here: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whoweare/jobs.html
Haley House is a soup kitchen that was established in Boston's South End in 1966. The organization has continued to grow since its inception, and is now in the process of building a database infrastructure to manage donor and volunteer data.
We are looking for a web developer who can help design and implement a web-based front end for MySQL database that is currently being built. The front end will allow Haley House's volunteer coordinator to search donors and volunteers by a variety of criteria (eg. availability, skills, interests, etc.). The front end will also include a calendar that interfaces with the information in the database so that the volunteer coordinator can easily manage our volunteer schedule."
This is a great opportunity to directly help a non-profit that serves the disenfranchised and homeless population in Boston. It will also stand out on your resume as service work in a unique sector. And if you're interested in pursuing any other projects at Haley House, including volunteering in the soup kitchen, opportunities abound.
Work can be performed remotely or at Haley House's administrative office at 23 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA, 02116. Please contact Max Feinstein at Max@HaleyHouse.org or 816-729-8317 if you are interested! http://www.HaleyHouse.org
Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is looking for up to 20 volunteers to tutor in our MCAS math prep program. The program is for Cambridge youth in grades 4-6, and aims to help them catch up and review for, as well as gain confidence in taking the state's standardized math test.
Volunteer tutors are matched with one student for this short term 8-week enrichment program. Matches meet twice a week for the 8 weeks allowing them time to really build a relationship.
The program runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:00 at the Fletcher Maynard Academy starting March 6th, and ending May 3rd.
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.
Become a Basic Literacy or ESOL Tutor. 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).
Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts invites prospective volunteers to our informational orientations held March 14,April 2 and May 8, 2012 from 6-8 pm in downtown Boston. For more information, visit www.lvm.org or call 617-367-1313.
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/
The MIT Museum is seeking several outgoing, knowledgeable, friendly individuals to make the science and technology in our galleries come alive this summer. Learn about museum education, teach kids (and adults) about engineering, and explore hot topics in science and technology. The interns will work as Museum Facilitators on the Education and Public Programs Team, interpreting exhibits, answering questions, developing, prototyping, and delivering science and engineering demonstrations and group activities, and researching background materials on hot topics in science and technology. The successful applicants will be current undergraduate or graduate students, studying education, science and/or engineering. Must be flexible, detail-oriented and a team player. Some experience working with the K-12 audience preferred.
Internships are unpaid, and start and end dates are flexible, with preference for beginning in mid-June and running through the second half of August. For more information, visit mit.edu/museum or contact Brindha Muniappan at email@example.com or 617-253-0527.
The Public Interest Network includes U.S. PIRG, Environment America, Green Corps and other organizations that engage in advocacy and grassroots organizing to win positive changes for our environment and our society. Right now, for example, we’re tackling Wall Street reform, clean energy and global warming, healthy food and sustainable agriculture, among other issues.
Public Interest GRFX is the in-house communications team for the Public Interest Network. Our mission is to help our network of advocacy groups build a larger and more deeply engaged following for their work. You would work for the Web Department of Public Interest GRFX, which manages content, does online strategy, and provides tech support for more than 120 Public Interest Network websites.
The volunteer will conduct research and assist us with experiments that help us optimize our websites. A great chance to build on html programming & data analysis skills as well as gain experience in one of the most widely used open source content management systems, Drupal. As you help us expand the frontiers of our online strategy, you will attain a mastery of Google Analytics that will make you an asset to any employer. This is the perfect opportunity for someone who loves problem-solving, wants to build web skills, and cares about the environment & social justice.
We're looking for an internship level of commitment; aka about 10 hours a week for the rest of the semester, flexible scheduling. You would be working from our downtown office right off the Boston Commons. For more information please contact Charlotte Ashlock at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 747-4375 or visit http://environmentamerica.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.
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