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Community Service Bulletin

March 21, 2012

Spotlight

Final Chance to Enter the IDEAS Global Challenge! - Fri, March 23 @ 11:59PM

Working on an innovative project that make a positive change in the world—locally, nationally or internationally? This is your last chance to enter! Teams can win up to $10k to make their idea a reality. Submit an Initial Scope Statement by March 23 to be eligible to enter this year.  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.

Questions? Email globalchallenge@mit.edu. Enter at http://globalchallenge.mit.edu

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Nominations are now being accepted for the Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service! (deadline extended 3/26)

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 new extended deadline for nominations is 3/26!

Food for Thoughts: Eat ice cream and share your thoughts at a volunteering focus group event (4/6)

Calling all volunteers! Do you volunteer in the local community? If so, the MIT Public Service Center invites you to share your thoughts about resources for MIT volunteers. Drop by the Chipman Room (6-104) on Friday, April 6, anytime between 1:00 and 3:00pm. We’ll have a short survey, some informal discussions, and, of course, delicious ice cream sundaes from Toscanini’s!

RSVPs are appreciated, but not required: volunteering@mit.edu

Summer Community Service Work-Study Information Session (4/10)

Attend an information session for Community Service Work-Study: an opportunity for students with Federal work-study to give back to the community and earn a paycheck. Students are able to add to their work experience while assisting nonprofit organizations with finding creative solutions to the problems they face. Learn about summer jobs being advertised here in Boston or design your own position anywhere around the country.

The info session will be held on Tuesday, April 10 from 7-8PM in room W35-299. Dinner will be served. Contact Linden McEntire at studentworker@mit.edu or 617-253-8065 with any questions! http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/work-study/students/index.html

Esplanade Association’s 13th annual Earth Day Charles River Clean Up (4/21)

It's hard to believe it's that time of year again, but we're gearing up for the annual Charles River Cleanup on April 21st. This event attracts thousands of volunteers each year to help improve the health of the Charles River and its parklands. Although we have reached capacity for general cleanup volunteers, there are still options available to get involved. See below for these volunteer opportunities on the Esplanade. We also will have a volunteer drop-in site at the Hatch Shell on the day of the Cleanup, so if you realize you can help out last minute, come on over!

- Speaking Event/Lunch Volunteers. 10 volunteers needed from 9AM-2PM or 11AM-3PM. Help set-up, run, and breakdown the CRWA Cleanup speaking event and picnic after the Cleanup (the speaking event begins at 12:00).

- Volunteer Leaders. ( volunteers needed from 7:30AM-12:30PM. Help organize volunteer groups on the day of the Charles River Cleanup.

For detailed descriptions on these options, please visit our website.If you are interested in volunteering for one of these tasks, email Jessica at jpederson@esplanadeassociation.org with the following information: name, email, phone number and the volunteer option # that you are interested in (see above). If you are interested in volunteering at another location along the Charles River for the Charles River Cleanup on April 21st, please visit the Charles River Watershed Association website for instructions.

Volunteer for the Fletcher Maynard Academy Science Fair April 26th

Partner school Fletcher Maynard Academy is having a Science Fair, and we need a few good volunteers. Science Club for Girls will be running four activity tables during the two hour Science Fair experience, and we are looking for up to 8 volunteers. We are hoping that two of the tables (four volunteers) will be activity tables (i.e. giant oobleck bin, exploring seashells, baking soda-vinegar reactions, etc), and that we can get two pairs of volunteers who'd like to show off what they do for work. Do you have a great activity that could explain all or a portion of your job/ lab? Perhaps a great display? We'd love to have you come and introduce your jobs to the K-8 students at FMA. The program is on Thursday, April 26th, from 12:30-3:00 pm.

In addition, in preparation for the Science Fair, the school has requested support for the student projects. If you are interested in helping a student design, implement, and present their projects, there will be two Saturday opportunities on March 31st and April 14th between 12 and 3 pm. Please contact Brianne Studer atbstuder@scienceclubforgirls.org, with questions or interest.

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 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/

GOOD Magazine: $500 to Use Sports for GOOD
Between waiting for the start of baseball season and compulsively eyeing the latest college basketball scores, we’ve been more than a little preoccupied with sports lately. Luckily for you, we’re funneling our Final Four fever into a GOOD Maker Challenge. Tell us how you would use $500 to improve and uplift your community through sports, and the three proposals with the most votes will receive a grant. We love creative, unconventional ideas. Maybe you’ll use the cash to plan a citywide triathlon or a neighborhood kickball tournament. Perhaps you’ll start a pee wee soccer club or an intramural badminton league for seniors. Imagine how the love of the game can change your community, then submit your best plan of action here.

The 3 top-voted ideas will each receive a $500 grant. Submit an application for a chance to win. Submit a proposal between March 15 and April 16 (noon Pacific Time). From April 16-30, we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the GOOD community in selecting the top three grant winners. http://goodsports.maker.good.is/

Volunteer at Rosie’s Place (dates vary)

Rosie’s Place is currently seeking volunteers to fill a number of positions. If you would like to help with any of these needs, please contact Marty, Jessica and Tenisha, The Volunteer Services Team at 617-318-0214

Cheer On Walkers at Walk for Hunger (5/6)
Volunteers are needed to cheer on walkers and provide them with refreshments at Checkpoint 7 in Cambridge. Children ages 12 and older and their parents are welcome to volunteer. On some shifts we can accommodate volunteer groups of up to 10 people. Shifts are 10am to 2pm, 11am to 3pm and 2pm to 5pm.

Wrap Mother’s Day Gifts at Cambridgeside Galleria (5/11-5/13)
Help wrap gifts to raise funds for Rosie's Place. Shifts are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All wrappers must be 18 or older. Teams of 2-3 people are welcome to wrap together.

Serve Meals for Rosie’s Place 38th Anniversary (4/8)
We need a few more volunteers to help us serve breakfast (9am to noon), lunch (noon to3pm) or dinner (3pm to 7pm) on our 38th anniversary Sunday April 8th. Individual volunteers or small groups are welcome and all volunteers must be 12 or older.

On-Call List for Last Minute Needs at the Shelter
Occasionally we have last minute volunteer cancellations and we send out an email to our on-call list to see if anyone might be available to help at the last minute. People on this list are not committed to help us out but they receive occasional emails, check their schedule and see if they might be free to help out.

Ongoing Opportunities

Public Service Center Student Job Opportunities!

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.

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

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

Volunteer at the Campus Kitchen at UMass Boston!

Campus Kitchen at UMass Boston (CKUMB), is a local student-powered hunger relief initiative that is part of The Campus Kitchens Project, a national non-profit organization that works on 31 campuses across the country to strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities by using volunteer power and re-purposed food to reduce waste and fight hunger. Since 2010, CKUMB has been bringing nourishing meals, nutrition education and gardening opportunities to low-income children and youth in our community.

CKUMB is growing in 2012 to expand our impact on childhood food insecurity in Boston. As part of our strategies for growth, we are reaching out to form strong partnerships with the wealth of higher education networks in our city. We see the thriving student population as an invaluable opportunity to bolster our resources while empowering students to make a difference in local communities.

How can MIT contribute?

  • Volunteer Power: by passing along our volunteer opportunities to your students.
  • Leadership Opportunities: students can join our Leadership Team, who form the very core of CKUMB. “LT” members take responsibility and gain experience in nonprofit management skills like community outreach, event planning, fundraising, etc. Please see the attached application.
  • Resource Sharing: Is food going to waste on your campus? Does MIT have programs in nutrition, education or biology? We especially need volunteers who can teach kids about good nutrition and gardening.

Please see our website http://campuskitchens.org/schools/umb/about/, where you can learn more about our mission, our work, and our opportunities. We are also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CKUMB and Twitter http://twitter.com/#%21/CKUMB. For more information, please contact Troy Hurt at hurt.troy@gmail.com, or Lindsay Wallace at lwallace@campuskitchens.org

Mentor a FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team (Oct 2012-March 2013)

Enjoy mentoring kids? How about building robots? What about getting to do both, while making a difference in the local community? Community Charter School of Cambridge is looking for two student mentors for their FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team next year. The commitment would be around 4 hours a week, starting in October and going through March, with extremely flexible hours. Take a look at their website, https://sites.google.com/site/team5397/home, to see the awesome work they've done this year!

If you're at all interested or would like more information, please contact Sarah Weiss at saweiss@mit.edu.

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/oppsQuestions? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

Global Engagement Studies Institute Summer Internships (deadline 4/2)

Through the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) students gain professional skills while working in vibrant international settings and earning course credit. Through GESI, you'll:
- Gain project management skills
- Experience professional teamwork and collaboration
- Develop expertise in cross-cultural communication
- Learn non-profit management, marketing, strategy-setting, and other project-specific skill sets

Spend your summer working with communities abroad, gaining professional experience, and creating lasting change. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April 2nd.  Spaces are filling up fast, so apply today to secure your spot in South Africa, Uganda, Bolivia, or Nicaragua.

More information can be found on our website: www.gesi.northwestern.edu Apply online at www.gesi.northwestern.edu/application-process

LIFT Summer Fellow Position

LIFT’s mission is to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States. We envision a day when all people in our country will have the opportunity to achieve economic security and pursue their life goals.

LIFT-Boston seeks driven and independent leaders to serve as Summer Fellows in the Cambridge, Somerville, or Roxbury offices. Summer Fellows work one-on-one with low-income community members (LIFT clients) to find jobs, secure housing, enroll in public benefits, and obtain referrals for services like childcare and healthcare. Summer Fellows are also responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of LIFT-Boston. We look for individuals who are passionate about community development and are committed to LIFT’s anti-poverty mission. Summer Fellows will report to the AmeriCorps Members/Site Coordinators at the office placement.

For more information, go to http://www.liftcommunities.org/get-involved/jobs-internships/item/585-summer-fellow

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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