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Community Service Bulletin

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spotlight

Nominate a Student for the Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service

Nominate a student you know for the Priscilla King Gray Award! This award is presented to an undergraduate who is exceptionally committed to public service at MIT and its surrounding communities.  Nominations are due March 18, 2011.

For more information visit http://web.mit.edu/awards/browse/students-undergrad.html

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Turning Your Passion into a Career (4/1)

The MIT Global Education & Career Development and the MIT Public Service Center invite you to
come hear from two panelists who have turned their passion for education into plans for consulting and public policy careers. Find out how these students followed their commitment to a cause toward further degrees and rewarding careers. The panel discussion will be followed by time for you to ask questions.

Terence McDonough
MIT Sloan School of Management, ‘11
Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, ‘11

Joshua Dickson
Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, ’12

Join us on Friday, April 1, 3-4pm, 4-231. Register on CareerBridge under Workshops, Career Fairs and Events. Contact Linden McEntire with questions at mcentire@mit.edu, 617-253-8065, www.myinterfase.com/mit/student

Boston AIDS Africa Community Outreach (4/1 & 4/2)

Concerned about the high HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Africa? Here is a small, but awesome way to show that you care. World Vision has set up this event where the Boston community can come out and make a difference! Volunteers will be assembling vital kits used by HIV/AIDS care-givers who take care of the sick in their villages. These kits will be sent to Zambia this year where there will be used in the rural areas there. Twenty volunteers are needed to pack the boxes with other World Vision Volunteers on Saturday, April 2, 9:30am-noon, MIT Johnson Ice Arena.

Sponsor, volunteer and help out in setting up for the event on Friday 1 April. Time slots available 10am-1pm. 40 volunteers needed for set up!

Come visit our booth in the Student Center this Wednesday 11am-2pm and Thursday 12pm- 2pm. For more information you can email nmadziva@mit.edu or visit the website at www.bostonaidsafrica.org <http://www.bostonaidsafrica.org/>

Hope in Action’s social justice networking clinic (4/3)

Hope in Action @ MIT will be having the first of two Networking and Skills Clinics on April 3rd and we would love for you to be there!

If you are involved with a cause that requires you to communicate with others or recruit participants OR If you would like to learn how to structure meetings with potential partners OR If you would like to make MIT more engaged in local issues, THEN you will want to be there!

Sunday April 3, 2-4 PM, Student Center Coffeehouse Lounge

Hope in Action is based off of the teachings of Marshall Ganz, campaign organizer for President Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign. We are offering the opportunity to learn some of the skills that Ganz uses and is now teaching at Harvard's Kennedy School.

If networking has ever been a question for you this clinic will be great practice! Please RSVP to hia_leadership@mit.edu.

Attend a Summer Community Service Work-Study Information Session (4/5)

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. Work here in Boston or anywhere around the country with a nonprofit or government agency this summer!

Join us on Tuesday, April 5, W35-199, 7-8pm. Dinner will be served.

Questions and to RSVP, contact, MIT Public Service Center, Linden McEntire, mcentire@mit.edu, 617-253-8065. More information at: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/resources/work-study/index.html

Garden volunteers needed! (4/7)

Come get your hands dirty, have FUN and/or do some team building all in one fell swoop! Learn about urban agriculture right in your own backyard. CitySprouts school gardens are opening April 1st and we would love groups to come in and help get the gardens ready for planting. Gardens need clean up, raking, shoveling, weeding and many other tasks to get them ready for planting and the kids. Our 11 gardens are located all over Cambridge in walking distance from MIT and T accessible. Garden work days are usually 2 to 3 hours and are fun, rewarding and keep CitySprouts afloat.

CitySprouts is a school garden program that integrates academic, health, and environmental education in public schools. Since 2000, CitySprouts has partnered with the Cambridge Public Schools to create a thriving, district-wide school garden program serving over 4,000 children in Cambridge.

Join us Thursday, April 7, 10am-1pm or 12pm-3pm or anytime you want to come in and help in the gardens! Contact Kim Goldstein, kgoldstein@citysprouts.org, 617-876.2436. Please visit our website at www.CitySprouts.org for more information.

Rally fellow students to Walk for Change (4/10)

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s 6th Annual Walk for Change is April 10, 2011, and is an amazing day that brings together community members, agencies, survivors, college and high school students, friends, and families, for the two crucial reasons: increasing the awareness about preventing sexual violence as well as raising much-needed funds for BARCC. As a leader at your college, we are hoping that you will not only be there to celebrate with us, but that you will help get the word out and rally your fellow students to Walk for Change.

Date: Sunday, April 10, 2011
Place: Canal Park at CambridgeSide Galleria
Time: Registration: 9:30 am Walk: 11 am
Walk Route: (app.) 5k loop along the DCR’s Charles River Basin pathways
Cost: $20/adult ($30 day of) $10/youth under 12 ($15 day of) $5 pets (on a leash please)
Group Discounts:Teams of 20 or more please contact our development office to receive information on group rates!

You can register online at www.firstgiving.com/barcc and find more information at www.barcc.org/join/events/walk

If you have questions or need more information—don’t hesitate to ask! KBConway@barcc.org or 617-649-1266 Check out the video from last year’s walk to see more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUVM6AzF-rs

Attend the Volunteer Expo at the Prudential Center (4/14)

Looking for the right volunteer opportunity for you? Attend The Shops at Prudential Center’s Volunteer Expo on Thursday, April 14, 5:30-7:30pm. Stop by the free Expo, featuring over 40 local nonprofit groups. Each group will distribute information about their available volunteer opportunities.

Not sure if you are ready to volunteer? Then simply come by and meet some great people who are doing positive things for our community. More information at: www.prudentialcenter.com

Join in the MIT Charles River Cleanup (4/16)

Join members of the MIT community to pick up trash along the Charles River between the Longfellow and Mass Ave bridges! We will provide cleanup supplies (including gloves), snacks, and a free event t-shirt to each volunteer. Bring your own water! Saturday, April 16, 9am-noon, MIT Sailing Pavilion (MIT Bldg 51)

To sign up, email nadamsx@mit.edu. More information is at: http://www.crwa.org/cleanup.html

Volunteer with Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly on Easter (4/24)

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly is a non-profit, volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer to people of good will the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life.

As part of our Holiday Visitation Program, Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly makes visits to over 300 of our Elder Friends on Easter who are without family to celebrate the holiday. Our Visiting Volunteers bring with them a hot meal, a bouquet of fresh flowers, a bottle of sparkling cider, and most importantly, the gift of companionship. We have our Visiting Volunteers pick up these items at Northeastern University’s Stetson Hall West between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm on Easter Sunday, April 24th. At that time we will assign volunteers an elder in a neighborhood of Boston. We ask volunteers to spend approximately one hour with the elderly friend. Volunteers may visit in pairs and a car is not necessary.

Interested? Email volunteer.bos@littlebrothers.org ASAP. Please note that Massachusetts Law requires that volunteers who are 18 years of age or over must undergo a background “CORI” check (Criminal Offender Record Information). This process may take up to two weeks to complete by the CORI Office, so please be patient with us.

Earn $100 by Setting Up Science Fair @ MIT (5/4, 5/9)

The Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) is a nonprofit organization founded with a mission to increase awareness of and participation in inquiry-based learning. We showcase and celebrate the learning of middle and high-school students as they develop science and engineering projects.

Two strong-armed students who can lift boxes are needed to help us set up and take down the annual statewide Science Fair event at the Johnson Athletics Center at MIT. Help is needed on Wednesday 5/4 between 11am and 5pm and Monday 5/9 between 9am-noon. Lunch is included and you will be compensated with $100 for the 9 hours worked.

If you’re interested, please contact Bronwen Beaudoin ASAP at bbeaudoin@scifair.com or 617-401-1500. For more information about the science fair, visit www.scifair.com.

Show state science fair high schoolers what life is like at MIT (5/7)

On the morning of Saturday, May 7, the Massachusetts State Science Fair is being held at MIT’s Johnson Athletic Center. The event organizers are looking for 3-4 MIT students to volunteer in the morning to give an informal tour of MIT to parents and high school student participants. This is a great opportunity to interact with high school kids and give them fun insights into what life on MIT’s campus is like. No tour guide experience is necessary—just show them where you take classes, study, eat, hang out, participate in sports, do lab work, etc.

To volunteer, contact Ellie Tishler, etishler@scifair.com, 888-437-3247, www.scifair.com

Ongoing Opportunities

Apply for a Summer Grant! (Preferred deadline: April 15)

Public Service Center grants enable student service projects during the semester and summer. There is a rolling deadline, with a preferred deadline for summer travel of April 15! Grants cover travel and material expenses for public service projects locally, nationally, or internationally! Expedition Grants, supported by the Underclassmen Giving Campaign and the Alumni Association, enable continuing MIT students to travel to an unknown community and explore solutions to problems. Students have recently used Expedition Grants to start projects in New Orleans, Mexico, and Cameroon! Learn more at web.mit.edu/mitpsc/grants and https://giving.mit.edu/underclassmen-campaign/index.html

Volunteer tutors needed for high school students

Artists for Humanity (AFH) is a youth development and arts programming non-profit organization. AFH partners youth with professional artists/designers to design, create and sell art products. With fully equipped studios in seven artistic media, youth and mentors collaborate on creative projects, many commissioned by clients. In the process, young artists develop entrepreneurial skills, and introduce audiences to their voice, vision and virtuosity. Additionally, there is a tutoring program to support youth academically.

We are currently in need of volunteer tutors in all subjects, but particularly in mathematics and the sciences. The tutoring program is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6 - 8 pm. We are located in South Boston, near the Broadway Station on the red line.

Interested? Contact Lesley Horrall, lhorrall@afhboston.com, 617-268-7620, www.afhboston.com

Be A Big Sister

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston seeks women 18 and older for mentoring opportunities. This one-to-one mentoring program matches girls in elementary school with women mentors. Matches meet once a week at the Little Sister’s school or at an after-school site. Weekly visits are 45 minutes to an hour for one academic school year. School-Based mentors are not teachers or tutors; they are caring and consistent friends. They do arts and crafts, shoot hoops in the gym, read books, or simply share stories over lunch. Each match independently determines how best to spend their time together, and Big Sister staff are always available to provide activity ideas and support.

School locations include: Fletcher/Maynard Academy, 225 Windsor Street, Cambridge;
Peabody Elementary School, 70 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge; and other elementary schools in th Greater Boston areas.

To view our school sites, and to apply, visit www.bigsister.org, call 617.236.8060, or email bigsister@bigsister.org, www.bigsister.org

Math tutors needed for Cambridge youth

Cambridge youth and Tutoring Plus of Cambridge need your Math expertise! As a MCAS Math Tutor you will be matched with one student and will meet with them twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 for 6 weeks to help them prepare for the Statewide Math Assessment Exam. You’ll work out of an MCAS Prep book and help your student practice and prepare for the test in May. We have many students who are excited to be part of this program and they need your help!

Tutors will work with one student in grade 4, 5, or 6. Practice materials will be provided by Tutoring Plus. There will be an Orientation on March 15th to introduce tutors to each other and the materials. There are usually 20 tutor/student pairs in this program and a site manager is always present.

This opportunity is site-based at the Fletcher Maynard School at 225 Windsor St. between Central and Kendall Square. Tutors will meet with their students on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 5:30-7:00, starting March 22nd.

Contact Sarah Morin at morin@tutoringplus.org with any questions, or fill out an application online at www.tutoringplus.org.

Mentor underserved youth interested in soccer!

America SCORES New England is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors, youth soccer referees, youth soccer coaches, and writing workshop assistants. America SCORES New England (ASNE) provides unique, after-school athletic and literacy programming to Boston’s underserved urban youth. Our mission is to empower students in urban communities using soccer, writing, creative expression, and service-learning. With teamwork as the unifying value, ASNE inspires youth to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students, and become agents of change in their communities.

Volunteer positions include:

America SCORES Mentors: SCORES seeks mentors available 1-2 hours/week throughout the 2010-2011 school year to meet regularly with one SCORES student at their respective school.
Youth Soccer Referees: Minimum 1-2 hrs per week
Youth Soccer Coaches: Minimum 1-2 hrs per week
Writing Workshop Assistant: Minimum 1-2 hrs per week
Shining Women, Bright Future Guest Speaker: Minimum 2 hours one time per season.
Community Service Guest Speaker: 2 hours once a season.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Aaron Altman at Aaltman@AmericaScores.org or 617-553-4694, www.AmericaScoresNewEngland.org

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Apply for a social justice fellowship with Life Together (Priority deadline: 4/1)

As an organization, Life Together is committed to having a social impact in Boston and local communities throughout eastern Massachusetts through the formation ofcommunities and leaders who are self-aware, reflective, spiritual, strategic, rigorous, action-oriented, and committed to social change.

Life Together is a strategic initiative of The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and one of Life Together’s key programs is The Micah Project. The Micah Project is an eleven-month fellowship and leadership development project that matches emerging young adult leaders (21-35 years of age) with mission-based non-profit organizations and churches throughout the greater Boston area.

This is a full-time paid position. Each fellow serves 30 hours a week in their own site placement and spends 10 hours a week in leadership training, spiritual formation and reflection with the other 20 fellows in the program. Fellows also live in community together. Fellows develop leadership skills and engage in spiritual formation through service, social justice, community organizing, spiritual practices and intentional community.

The project year begins August 22, 2011 and goes until July 22, 2012. Compensation includes a competitive stipend with full benefits--including health insurance, housing, a transportation pass, and extensive leadership training throughout the program year.

Prior leadership experience is required; a bachelor's degree, or equivalent work experience, is preferred; community organizing experience and an interest in seeing the church as anagent of social change in the world are also preferred, but not required.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to: apply@diomassintern.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but we give priority to applications received before April 1st, 2011.

Intern as a research/social media developer for "If This House Could Talk..."

"If This House Could Talk..." is a part of the annual ""Cambridgeport History Day"" (October 1, 2011) in which neighborhood residents and businesses place special hand-written signs in front of their buildings relating a fascinating fact or tale about their building and its history. This year we will also use live actors, to portray residents from the 19th and 20th centuries, on the streets sharing conversations and events that happened here.

We are seeking a student to conduct primary research about Cambridgeport’s history to help discover and define some of these stories. The intern will also assist the project in bringing these History Day activities (video, photography, sign text, etc.) creatively to the internet. Graphic design skills and appropriate internet programming (web development, etc.), for a public art/community building website are essential. The student might also assist with publicity by developing social media activity for ITHCT.

Ideally, the web/social media work would be done this spring and the research work done this spring and summer, by August 12. Cambridgeport History Day is slated for October 1, 2011.

Interested? Contact Cathie Zusy, cathzusy@gmail.com, 617-868-0489, ww.cambridgehistory.org

Positions Available in Washington DC

You can spend the summer working in the nation’s capital. For each open position listed below, you would be paired with an MIT alumnus/alumna in Washington DC and a cohort of other MIT students. For more information visit: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/showcase/opportunities/dc-mentors.html. For more information about applying, e-mail Linden McEntire at mcentire@mit.edu.

1. Intern with the Police Executive Research Forum
The Police Executive Research Forum intern duties include conducting database searches and literature reviews of policing and criminal justice issues, fielding information requests, helping staff with research projects, and administrative tasks. Interns will also work with senior staff to learn about public policy and the myriad issues that police face. Candidates must have excellent verbal, written, organizational and analytical skills. Candidates need to be proficient with MS Office and capable of conducting exhaustive internet searches. Knowledge of databases, academic or other, is a plus.

Website: http://www.policeforum.org/
Funding: Federal work-study students would receive $12 an hour. Other students are welcome to apply as volunteers.

2. Do research for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) seeks grad student interns. ACEEE is dedicated to advancing and deploying energy efficiency technologies and programs as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection.

The Local Energy Policy Intern will develop content for a Local Technical Assistance Toolkit to provide resources related to specific energy efficiency policy topics and detailed case studies on successful efforts in localities across the U.S. The Behavioral Aspects of Energy Use Intern will provide technical assistance to U.S. utilities interested in incorporating behavioral insights into their programs with the purpose of increasing both energy savings and customer engagement with smart grid technologies.

Website: http://www.aceee.org/about/jobs/local-energy-policy-intern, http://www.aceee.org/about/jobs/behavioral-aspects-energy-use-intern
Deadline: rolling
Funding: Federal work-study grad students would receive $15 an hour. Other students may receive a stipend from the organization.

3. Assist New Community for Children with summer programming
The summer Intern will lead special projects for New Community for Children in Washington, DC and assist with summer programming for kids in grades K-8. Ideal candidate has great research, project management, website management, social media, computer support skills, and likes working with kids. Responsibilities to include: Create a social media strategy; Update website and create a manual for maintenance and regular updates; Conduct an assessment of our technology and create an upgrade plan; Create data management plan for summer; Lead social media project for middle school.

Website: www.ncfc-dc.org
Funding: Federal work-study students would receive $12 an hour. Other students are welcome to apply as volunteers.

4. Promote Technology at Housing Initiative Partnership
Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc. (HIP) is an innovative nonprofit housing developer in Hyattsville, MD, on the DC green metro line. HIP’s Summer Technology Intern will be responsible for creating a central digital archive of all the organization’s photographs and articles, taking new photos of families benefiting from HIP’s housing and services, adding social media to the website, and training staff. Interested applications must demonstrate general computer savvy and knowledge of social media as well as excellent communication skills.

Website: http://hiphomes.org/wp/
Funding: Federal work-study students would receive $18 an hour. Other students are welcome to apply as volunteers.

5. Help Compass increase nonprofit capacity
Compass is a nonprofit organization that provides a program allowing business professionals (mainly MBA graduates from top business schools) to use their business skills to assist Washington nonprofits - free of charge. The intern will provide support for client selection, event planning, and producing Compass annual report.

Website: http://www.compassdc.org/index.html
Funding: Federal work-study students would receive $10 an hour. Other students are welcome to apply as volunteers.

6. Work for the Center for Science in the Public Interest
The Center for Science in the Public Interest seeks two interns to assist with their work. The Food Safety Intern’s work covers a broad array of topics, divided into the following areas of concentration: the production and inspection of meat, poultry, and seafood, sustainable organic agriculture, food additives, and pesticide safety. Intern must have a strong background in toxicology, biochemistry, biological sciences, law or public health. Applicants should have strong writing and computer skills.

Food Day is a major national event that CSPI is sponsoring this October. The goal is to educate the public and support policy measures on such issues as diet and health, sustainable agriculture, farm-animal welfare, and food insecurity. Food Day Interns will help develop materials, identify and work with local activists around the country, and answer inquiries from the public about how to get involved in Food Day.

Website: http://www.cspinet.org/about/jobs/200801042.html
Funding: $8-9 an hour

Come spend a week making memories that will last a lifetime at Camp AmeriKids (July, August)

Each summer, Camp AmeriKids provides 250 children living with HIV/AIDS a traditional summer camp experience. We are looking for caring, responsible, energetic, creative and fun volunteers to serve as counselors as well as other camp staff.

Session one: July 23-July 30
Session two: August 3-August 10

The camp is located in Warwick, NY. Room and board provided. For an application and further information about volunteering, please call Chrissy (203)658-9651 or visit www.campamerikids.org

Attend Upcoming IDEAS and Global Challenge Events

Whether you’re participating in the IDEAS and Global Challenge, or you’re an interested spectator, there are many upcoming dates for you to save! Questions? Drop Kate and Lars a note at globalchallengechallenge@mit.edu.

Sign up to be a part of the Community Vote! (4/6)
There are now 84 teams entering their shot at up to $150,000 in implementation awards this year. On April 6, you can vote forward the teams of your choices as part of the community choice awards. Register today to be notified when voting opens! In the meantime, get to know this year’s IDEAS and Global Challenge teams at http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/teams

IDEAS and Global Challenge Poster & Judging Session (4/25)
Mark your calendar! Get to know this year’s entering teams in person and see their prototypes at the Poster & Judging session April 25 from 7:00-9:00pm in Lobby 10 at MIT. Questions? Email Kate and Lars at globalchallenge@mit.edu

IDEAS Competition and MIT Global Challenge Awards Ceremony (5/2)
On May 2 the 2011 IDEAS Competition and MIT Global Challenge will award up $150,000 to a handful of these teams that represent the greatest innovation, feasibility, and potential for impact. On behalf of the MIT Public Service Center, MIT150, and the MIT Alumni Association we invite you to come celebrate the students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have shaped these ideas and brought these teams to the finish line. RSVP online today at: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/about/awards-rsvp

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