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Community Service Bulletin

March 27, 2013

Spotlight

Volunteer tutor opportunity with Upward Bound

The MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program is looking for individuals who are able to commit to at least one day per week, with a minimum commitment of 2 hours per day. 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 Monday to Thursday from 3:00-6:00pm, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Room N52-130.

For consideration, please forward a letter of interest and a resume to: upwardbound@mit.edu. For more information, contact Ms. Evette M. Layne at the above email address or at 617-253-5124.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Charles River Conservancy Earth Day: Charles River Cleanup (4/20)

The Charles River Conservancy seeks individual volunteers, 9am-12pm, April 20, 2013. We are closed for group sign-up, but we are still looking for individuals to sign-up and designated photographers for the Cambridge-Boston shores. Please contact Danielle at dms@thecharles.org if you are interested.

Our Earth Day clean up partner, CRWA is also looking for dedicated volunteers to help at the Hatch Shell picnic held after the Cleanup. Picnic volunteers will serve food and help with set-up and breakdown. Two shifts are available, 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 11:45 am-2:45 pm. Please contact Alexandra Ash at aash@crwa.org or 781-788-0007 x200 to volunteer.

Volunteer sought to lead a tour of MIT (4/27)

We want to get a group of middle school students from Salem, MA excited about careers in STEM and is there any better place to do this than MIT? Most of the students are from low-income homes and for many it will be the first time on a college campus and first time exposed to STEM careers.

We are looking for 3 - 4 volunteers to help organize and lead a large group of 6th and 7th graders (broken down into smaller groups) on a tour of the "cool" places on campus. We leave it up to your ingenuity to design the tour. It might also include a trip to the MIT Museum. We know how crazy you guys can be - so show us your stuff.

We are looking at Saturday morning, April 27 9:30 –noon. Please contact Linda Saris at 781.696.0899.

Strides Against Stigma Stride-a-thon (4/27)

Strides Against Stigma is a unique event dedicated to raising awareness of depressive disorders and building a community that will erase the stigma of depression. Unlike a traditional walk-a-thon, participants spend their day at a single location - Boston University - engaging in a variety of fun, educational, and entertaining activities while counting their strides on pedometers. We are looking for teams of striders to participate as well as volunteers for multiple positions.

Join Families for Depression Awareness on Saturday, April 27th from 10am - 3pm at Nickerson Field on the Boston University Campus. Contact Anna Dugal, 781-572-7176, anna@plumproductionsinc.com, www.stridesagainststigma.org.

Volunteer for AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run (6/2)

Every year since 1986, our community has gathered on the first Sunday in June for AIDS Walk Boston, an annual grassroots community event benefiting AIDS Action Committee. At the beginning of the epidemic, a diagnosis of HIV was a death sentence. Many lost loved ones, friends, and co-workers to an illness we knew very little about. While the Walk has grown and changed to reflect the mood of the times, members of the New England community continue to assemble united by a common cause. Over the past twenty-seven years, over 300,000 people have participated in the AIDS Walk and 5K Run and raised nearly $40 million for the programs and services of AIDS Action. The money raised at the AIDS Walk and 5K Run is the largest single source of maintaining the health of individuals living with the disease and preventing the spread of the epidemic. Just as important, the AIDS Walk and 5K Run also raises awareness of the impact HIV/AIDS has on individuals, families, and the community at large.

This year’s AIDS Walk Boston& 5K Run takes place Sunday June 2nd, 2013, you can register to volunteer now! The event takes place at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell Charles River Esplanade in Boston 7am-2pm. Volunteer shifts vary. Check out our www.aidswalkboston.org for a list of all available volunteer positions before, during and after the walk.

For more information about volunteering for the 2013 AIDS Walk Boston &5K Run, please contact Sharon Glasser, AIDS Walk Volunteer Coordinator at 617.450.1520 or sglasser@aac.org.

Ongoing Opportunities

Graphic designer sought

We need a graphic designer! We are developing an educational infographic for the purpose of public science communication. Specifically, we are creating an infographic that explores the biological and technological importance of mucus. We have a lot of ideas regarding content and layout, but need the skill and expertise of a graphic designer!

Contact: Julia Co or Thomas Crouzier, 617-324-5259, juliaco@mit.edu or crouzier@mit.edu.

G.E.D tutor sought for visually impaired man

Volunteer tutor needed for visually impaired man new to the U.S. who is working to get his G.E.D./high school diploma. Hours are flexible, as is location. He can come to campus or you can go to Chelsea. He would like help with math, reading, writing, and general comprehension. Please call Folly Nostron at 617-889-0891.

Voluntary Consultancy at YGA in Istanbul

Young Guru Academy is one of the most respectable and rapidly growing non-profit organizations in Turkey. It was established in 2000 with a vision to cultivate “socially-conscious leaders” through field experience. For achieving this vision YGA is implementing more than 10 social responsibility projects throughout the Turkey.

Voluntary consultants will be working actively on the design and development of the Social Entrepreneurship Program, a new e-leadership program of YGA designed for high school students. They will be responsible to innovate a strategic road map for the project that will create large-scale impact among 4 million high school students in Turkey.

Primary duties and responsibilities include collecting insights from target group via focus interviews and field observations; researching similar programs in the world and analyze best proven practices; attending the Social Entrepreneurship Camp, which will be held during the period of internship, and have ‘field experience’ in the camp with the target group; developing and design ideas to enrich the content and interface; formulating a marketing strategy; preparing and present a formal ‘final proposal’ to YGA Board.

The program will take place between June 22-July 6, 2013 (including an orientation and cultural tour in Istanbul). The consultant is expected to work 45 hours per week. Contact Omer Gorgulu, omer.gorgulu@yga.org.tr, +905304987860, www.yga.org.tr/en

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