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Community Service Bulletin

March 14, 2012

Spotlight

Nominations are now being accepted for the Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service! (deadline 3/19)

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!

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

2012 Yunus Challenge Art Installation (proposals due 3/16)

Your challenge: turn your trash into art. Help raise awareness of waste and of its effects on marginalized communities.

Trash into Art @ MIT: The goal of the 2012 Yunus Challenge Art Installation is to raise awareness around the value of waste materials such as cardboard, Styrofoam, plastics, metals, and other objects found in a garbage can. A crucial focus is the impact of waste on marginalized people and communities.

Students are challenged to collect pieces of waste from their own lives (and/or from their communities) for a week, and to create a thought-provoking project from materials that would otherwise be thrown away. Finalists' work will be installed and presented on the MIT campus from Mon, April 2 – Fri, April 6. The winner will display their work on Thurs, May 3 at the IDEAS Global Challenge Awards Ceremony.

Proposals are due March 16. Questions? Email Bina attrashintoart@mit.edu.

WalkBoston’s 22nd Annual Walk and Celebration (3/22)

US Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin will lead a Cambridge walk to explore the ways in which walking and physical activity are becoming more integrated into the urban environment. Learn the components of a Complete Street from WalkBoston's Roxbury and East Boston Teen Advocates. Experience how David Dixon and the City of Cambridge have emphasized walkability as the single most important aspect of a vibrant Kendall Square. Meet at 4PM at the Kendall Square T stop.

Join us for a celebration and the Golden Shoe Award Presentation at 5:30PM. Awards will recognize Energize Everett – Creative ways to get Everett moving and eating well, Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan Foundation – innovative funder for walking, Victoria Danberg, Newton Alderman – sidewalk snow clearance champion, and the keynote speaker will be Dr. Regina Benjamiin, US Surgeon General, with an introduction by David Dixon of Goody Clancy. The celebration will be held at the Microsoft NERD Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge. RSVP by March 18 at http://walkboston.eventbrite.com/ or 617-367-9255

People Making a Difference Volunteer Opportunity (3/22, register by 3/12)

New England gardeners typically spend the winter planning for their spring-summer-fall gardens. This includes deciding what to plant. Filling seed orders with seed packets benefits all the community gardens in Greater Boston. This helps the Boston Natural Areas Network ensure the long-term viability of Boston's community gardens. Thousands of packets of free seeds will be distributed to the gardens and low-income gardeners. This is PMD's 16th year assisting with this detailed effort. (Without pre-orders, seed distribution would be chaotic and time-consuming, like a Filene's Basement wedding dress sale.)

Order filling will take place on Thursday, March 22 at the Conservation Law Foundation, conveniently in Liberty Square in Boston's Downtown Crossing, from 5:45-8:45PM.

Seed orders will be distributed at the 37th annual, free, city-wide gathering of community gardeners at Northeastern University on 3/31. Sign up to participate by 3/12 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22EX46JXDW3

Volunteers Needed for Annual Spring Clean-Up of Ringer Park in Allston! (4/28)

The Parents & Community Build Group, Inc. (501c3) and The Ringer Park Partnership Group are seeking Volunteers for our Annual Fun Spring Clean-Up of the 12.38 acres of Ringer Park on Saturday, April 30th from 9:00 - 1:00p.m. This is a Boston Shines Collaborative Project - Community Service Letters Provided Upon Request.

Volunteer and Join the Fun - Breakfast, Lunch, Refreshments, Work Gloves, Tools, etc. provided. Volunteers can work any time that they choose. Ringer Park is MBTA accessible by Bus #57 from Kenmore Station, #66 from Harvard and Dudley Stations to the Cambridge St./Union Square Stop, and the Boston College Green Line Trolley to the Allston Street Stop - Just follow Ringer Park's gray stone wall to the side entrance and look for the Registration Table balloons behind the Softball Field. Free Parking is available.

For more information please contact Joan Pasquale, Executive Director, atpcbginc@mail.com or visitwww.parentsandcommunitybuildgroup.org

Japan-America Student Conference (7/25, deadline 3/15)

From July 25th to August 19th 2012, the 64th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) will bring together 72 Japanese and U.S. students of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The two delegations will study, work, live, and travel together as a group, visiting Dallas TX, Madison WI, Berkeley, CA and Seattle, WA.

This year, the 64th JASC will explore the theme: Share in the Present, Connect for the Future: Strengthen Ties to Inspire Change. Student delegates will join Roundtables to discuss related topics, supported by student leaders of JASC, the 64th JASC Executive Committee. Roundtables are comprised of equal numbers of delegates from each country.

This year’s roundtables include: Post-Crisis Reconstruction, Environment and Technology, Cultural Innovation and the Arts, Cooperative Security in the 21st Century, Personal and National Identity, Business and Ethics in the Modern World, and Human Rights and Responsibility.

The deadline to apply to the conference is March 15th, and interested students can contact Dan Jodarski at djodarski@iscdc.org or (202)289-9088. More information and application materials are available at http://iscdc.org/jasc/2012/

Enter a GOOD Challenge! (deadlines vary)

Check out the following challenge/contest opportunities sponsored by GOOD occurring this month! For all competitions, details and submission tips can be found online at http://good.is For more information contact Wendy Levine at wendy@goodinc.com

GOOD Fund Challenge: Make Music (deadline 3/15)

GOOD invites individuals and organizations with a passion for music to propose a creative project that will unite and uplift your community. Are you an arts educator? Multi-instrumentalist? Star vocalist for a barbershop quartet? No matter what your talent, we know you have valuable skills and ideas to offer. So whether you want to host a neighborhood drum clinic, plan a benefit concert for a local cause, or share your songwriting chops with students, we want to put your project in the spotlight. Tell us how you would use $2,500 to make music that brings your community to life.

The Make Music Challenge is open for submissions between February 15 and March 15 (noon Pacific Time). From March 15-29, we’ll open it up to a public vote. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the GOOD community in deciding which idea is most deserving of the cash to make it happen. http://makemusic.maker.good.is

GOOD Challenge: Art Everyday (deadline 3/22)

Have an itch to bring art to your community? Whether you prefer the title “artisan,” “crafter,” or “the next Michelangelo”, we’re willing to bet that you’re sitting on some beautiful ideas. GOOD’s March 30-Day Challenge is “Art Everyday,” and we’d like to help you to put your creative skills to use in your community. Perhaps you’d like to introduce friends and neighbors to your favorite artists, or teach a class about finger painting. Or maybe you’d like to showcase the work of student photographers at a benefit gallery show. Tell us how you would use the cash, and GOOD Maker will award $500 to the plan that receives the most votes from the community.

The Art Everyday Challenge is open for submissions between March 1 and 22 (noon Pacific Time). Public voting will occur from March 22-30. http://arteveryday.maker.good.is/

GOOD and Oxfam America Challenge (deadline 3/22)

During this month of celebrating the accomplishments of women worldwide, Oxfam America wants to honor the inspiring women who are making an impact in our local communities. Many of the more than 2.5 billion people now living in poverty—surviving on less than $2 a day—are women and girls. Even though women produce much of the world’s food, millions of women are now facing hunger.

This International Women’s Day, celebrate the women in your local community who make a difference in the fight against hunger and poverty— someone whose efforts make a difference and inspire others.

We will notify you if your nominee is approved for the voting round. Once voting opens, rally your friends, family, and colleagues in voting for a woman who deserves recognition for her exceptional work and $1,000 to further her work in the community. The Challenge is open for submissions between March 1 and 22 (noon Pacific Time). Public voting will occur from March 22-29. http://oxfamamerica.maker.good.is/

GOOD Magazine: Beg, Borrow, or Steal, Host a Party challenge (deadline 3/16)

Are you a fan and follower of all things GOOD? Help us fête the launch of our spring issue, which weighs the economic challenges and opportunities facing us locally and globally, by hosting a party that puts a creative spin on this quarter’s theme: Beg, Borrow, or Steal. We’ll award a $300 grant to the top-voted idea, so start brainstorming your fiscally sound pub crawl, beach bonfire, or rooftop shindig. Consider planning a public salon about economic concerns in your community, or a night of Monopoly board gaming. Then tell us how you’d use $300 to entertain and enlighten your fellow GOOD readers. The winner will receive a grant, plus a stack of 50 magazines—hot off the presses—to share with your guests.

The Party Planning Challenge is open for submissions between March 2 and March 16 (noon Pacific Time). From March 16-23, we’ll open it up to a public vote. http://begborrowsteal.maker.good.is/

Appy for the Pearson Prize for Higher Education

Most college award programs and scholarships focus on graduating high school students and award their academic merits. However, often the most dynamic students don't discover their direction until after their freshman year in college. So, it is often the case that a complete student – one dedicated to service and to the college community – may be least likely to get additional support.

By addressing the needs of these emerging leaders at this point in a college career, the Pearson Prize for Higher Education fills a gap in the student investment scheme of other non-profits, state agencies, and philanthropic organizations.

The Pearson Prize recognizes students who have completed at least one year of college, demonstrated leadership in community service, been attending a two- or four-year school.

The Pearson Prize offers:

  • 20 National Fellows a cash award of $10,000, paid over two years
  • Access to a unique student-centered resource for fostering community involvement and social entrepreneurship
  • Guidance and opportunities from the Pearson Foundation and from Pearson, a leader in education
  • The TakingITGlobal Sprout E-course – giving National Fellows access to training in essential skills, including team building, project management, communications and leveraging technology, as they imagine, plan and develop social innovation projects
  • The opportunity to win additional project seed funding

Details and application can be found at: http://pearsonprize.pearsonfoundation.org/applications/

Ongoing Opportunities

Public Service Center Student Job Opportunities!

Communications AssistantThe 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.

IDEAS Global Challenge Communications/Events Coordinator (and Assistant Air Traffic Controller) Needed
8 - 19 hours per week; now through the end of May
$10- $12/hour to commensurate with experience

We’re looking for someone to help us rally the Institute by spreading the word, run event logistics and help us manage the multitude of details that make the IDEAS Global Challenge a success. Someone who’s good at juggling several projects at once, fun to work with and can anticipate upcoming needs.

In particular, the key pieces you would help us make happen:

-Marketing/publicity: We’re looking for someone who is a wordsmith and relishes the opportunity to construct and communicate stories and information. You would help us develop the awards ceremony program, document past teams, press releases, the annual sponsorship report, news articles and much more. Designing creative ads, postering around campus, and chalking the sidewalks. Ideally, you’d have a knack for graphic design.

-Events: We have three large events in the spring – the Poster and Judging Session, the Awards Celebration and the Winners’ Retreat. Help us with the logistics so we can run them smoothly. Other duties and responsibilities performed as needed.

Ideally, you’re an undergraduate upperclassman or a graduate student who will be here for another year. We want someone who’s prepared to stay on. We’re planning on everything working out well so you’ll want to join us and help run the Challenge next year. A summer position may be possible. Is that you? Drop Kate a note: kmytty@mit.edu

See full postings here: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whoweare/jobs.html

Volunteer as a Check-In Caller for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts

The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts (AAC) is New England’s largest AIDS Service Organization and the Check-In Program is part of the Client Services Department. Check-In is responsible for reaching out and keeping in phone and mail contact with clients of the agency. Check-In volunteers provide information and referrals, along with a sensitive and caring ear, to AIDS Action Committee’s clients, and help maintain a strong connection between clients and staff members.

The Check-In Volunteer position is demanding, challenging and immensely rewarding. It requires excellent listening skills, compassion, patience and the ability to talk with people from all walks of life. All of our volunteers are asked to be compassionate and non-judgmental as well as sensitive to HIV-related issues. They should be prepared to deal with ongoing life issues, losses, challenges and triumphs. The Check-In program requires its volunteers to make at least a one year commitment of one shift per week on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening from approximately 6-9pm.

There is a multi-step application and training process to ensure this program is the right fit for each volunteer. We will be having our next training in May 2012 on a Saturday and Sunday from 9-5. In order to begin this process, please submit a general volunteer application at www.aac.org/volunteer. For more information please contact Rylee Hollett at rhollett@aac.org or 617-450-1225

Outreach Assistant needed at Next Step Living, Inc.

Looking for outgoing Outreach Event Assistant to attend Next Step Living, Inc. (NSL) community and private outreach events to promote no-cost energy assessments, residential solar opportunities and other NSL offerings. This position would be ideal for someone who can work independently and is in need of a flexible schedule (mainly weekend and evening hours). Potential candidates should be passionate about helping people reduce their energy costs while saving the planet.

For more information, please contact Joyce Massicotte at nsloutreach@gmail.com or visit http://nextsteplivinginc.com/ Next Step Living is located at 25 Drydock Ave., 5th floor, South Boston, MA 02210. This position is paid at $12/hour plus $5 per scheduled visit, and the position is 8-15 hours/week.

Looking for Minecraft Experts to Teach Java

We're looking for someone with a car who could get to our house in Littleton, MA (about one hour drive west from Cambridge). Any week in the summer except July 9 through 27. Added bonus in addition to pay — you can play all you want on our minecraft server.

  1. Minecraft fanatic
  2. who will be around in the summer (preferably August, or the end of June)
  3. who knows Java
  4. and could teach enough Java to a bright tween to help him create mods and such.

Hourly wage negotiable. Please contact Peter Davis at ptdavis@gmail.com for more information.

Help Launch an Exciting and High Impact Disaster Relief Tool!

Do you enjoy problem solving or writing? Have an interest in disaster relief or international development? Then join our team to help launch a high impact disaster relief tool!

We are very close to releasing EasyTomato (www.easytomato.org), an extremely easy to use and free BMO (bandwidth management and optimization) solution that gives less technical administrators the ability to limit access to streaming media, peer-to-peer file sharing, and adult content, all on a scheduled and computer by computer basis (crucial for low bandwidth internet connections!). We want to make EasyTomato THE accepted solution for schools, hospitals, and NGOs with limited budgets and IT knowledge.

We are actively looking for volunteers who want to help us take this project mainstream! We are interested in driven individuals who can help in one or more of the following areas: website content creation/search engine optimization, social media marketing, and “sales” (well it’s free, but we still have to get users!). This opportunity has the potential to turn into a paid position.

For more information please visit www.easytomato.org or contact Bill Dixon at wrdixon@relieflabs.org. Relief Labs, a nonprofit consulting and technology group focused on optimizing the field operations efficiency of disaster relief organizations, is located in the CIC, right in Kendall Square. www.relieflabs.org, www.easytomato.org

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 at617-253-5124

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Public Service Center funded Summer Fellowship and Internship opportunities (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: Education & Public Programs Interns

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. Please send resume and cover letter to the Director of Programs, MIT Museum, Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 or edsearch[at]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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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.

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from the email list, please visit mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/psc-volunteers.