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Community Service Bulletin

April 9, 2014


April 22: CityDay: Patriots’ Day

CityDays are community service days during which the MIT community is encouraged to spend some time helping a local organization. On Tuesday, April 22 (a student holiday), the MIT community will be volunteering at five local organizations that serve various community needs. Get a group from your residence hall, living group, athletic team, or student group to join a volunteer team, or sign up by yourself! All transportation costs and food will be provided.

Learn more and register at http://bit.ly/cityday2014

Questions? Contact citydays-staff@mit.edu.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding, Employment & Longer-Term Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

April 7: Community Service Work-Study summer information session

Monday, April 14, 6:15* PM to 9:00 PM
*Optional: Arrive at 5:45 to share pizza & soda for $8 per person.
National Braille Press, Boston (Two blocks behind Symphony Hall)

Braille books allow blind readers to read/reference text as they desire. Volunteer labor (and donations) allow these huge Braille Bibles to be purchased at the same price as print versions.

Help collate, check and fold pages of a Braille Bible. This project requires repetitive hand motions, fine motor skills, standing for most tasks, careful attention to detail and participation for the entire project time span.

When you are sure you can commit to the entire project sign up at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd041414

More information: http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=719

People Making a Difference (PMD): Lori Tsuruda '89, lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373

April 15: City Year presents - Accelerate Your Career: Male Networking Event

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 15 from 7pm-9pm
Location: City Year Headquarters, 287 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay Station)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs are found through networking

Looking for post-graduate opportunities?
Want to build your network?

Finish your academic year strong and join us on Tuesday, April 15th for a night of panel discussion and networking with male professionals in the Boston area. Spend the evening connecting with men from various sectors, including business, technology, law, education, and non-profit. You will also hear from panelists who will discuss how spending a year mentoring and impacting communities has accelerated their careers.

All majors welcome, seniors encouraged. Refreshments will be provided. Dress is business casual.

Register at: http://cymalenetwork.eventbrite.com

April 17: Amphibious Achievement Erg-A-Thon

Thursday, April 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Kresge Oval

Amphibious Achievement is holding their annual Erg-A-Thon April 17th!! We are a service group dedicated to athletic and academic mentorship of inner-city Boston youth. Our goal is to "promote success in and out of the water" through athletic instruction in swimming or crew, as well as tutoring in college preparatory material.

Come out and support Amphibious Achievement!! The Erg-A-Thon is a unique fundraiser that challenges volunteers to see how long they can endure the infamous ergometer (rowing machine) for charity!

Sign up a team of friends and hop on an ergometer together! Row your hearts out on Kresge Patio anytime from 11am to 6pm.

Get the most donations possible for your team from friends, fellow students, and family members.

The top 10 teams to raise the most donations before the event will be displayed on the big screen! AND Prizes will be awarded for each of the following: the best team spirit, the most time spent on the erg, and greatest number of pledges. Team Spirit Costumes are encouraged!

Check us out at our website to learn more, or email aa-exec@mit.edu.

April 20: Visit lonely elders on Easter (sign up by April 11)

Sunday, April 20, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Locations vary (Northeastern, Dorchester, and Mattapan)

Join PMD and Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly this Easter and visit elderly people who have limited family involvement and who are often confined to their homes due to disabilities and/or inclement weather. Little Brothers is a non-profit, nonsectarian charity dedicated to relieving isolation and loneliness of the elders (http://www.littlebrothers.org/).

Volunteers will be divided into pairs to visit to three elders in their homes. Volunteers will also deliver an Easter meal and flowers. Afterwards, we will conclude with a late, dim sum lunch and share experiences. Given the nature of this project, people with cars are especially needed (those who do not own a car can still sign up).

When you are sure you can commit to the entire volunteering period (subsidized lunch participation is required) sign up at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd042014

Note: Submission of a state criminal record check form is required. The form is online at http://www.pmd.org/LBFE_cori_form_2014.pdf and can be signed, scanned, then e-mailed to Lori Tsuruda (lori@pmd.org).

More info: http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=718

People Making a Difference (PMD): Lori Tsuruda '89, lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373

April 22-25: Arts Event Volunteers Needed on Campus! (sign up by April 16)

MIT List Visual Arts Center, E15, April 22-25, 12 to 4 pm daily

Do you like artmaking? Working with children? Exploring the arts on campus? The List Visual Arts Center (MIT's contemporary art museum) is looking for volunteers to help facilitate projects for Family Week (April 22-25). Each day of programming offers art making, exhibition tours, and thinking about contemporary art for young visitors.

Contact: Courtney Klemens, cklemens@mit.edu, 617-324-4565

May 3: Care for and play with visually impaired children (sign up by April 18)

Saturday, May 3, 2014
7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Perkin's School for the Blind, Watertown

The 31st annual New England Regional Seminar for Families of Children with Visual Impairments conference needs help caring for 3-4-year old children who have visual impairments and/or multiple disabilities (and their siblings), so parents are free to learn about resources, network, and receive support.

Training, supervision, activities, and lunch will be provided. Professional childcare provide assistance as needed.

If you are sure you can commit to the entire volunteer period sign up at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd050314

More info: http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=721

People Making a Difference (PMD): Lori Tsuruda '89, lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373

May 8-10: Be a Digital Coach (sign up by May 2)

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
415 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210

Mentor Up a new way to make a difference from the AARP Foundation. *We will feed you and validate service hours!!*

Thursday, May 8: 12:30pm - 4:00pm (3.5 hours), 3:00pm - 6:00pm (3 hours)
Friday, May 9 : 10:30am - 1:00pm (2.5 hours), 12:30pm - 4:00pm (3.5 hours), 3:30pm - 6:00pm (3 hours)
Saturday, May 10: 8:30am - 12:00pm (3.5 hours), 11:30am - 2:00pm (2.5 hours)

AARP is having a member event in Boston, and Mentor Up is searching for volunteers to assist in the AARP TEK (Technology Education Knowledge) area. Our volunteers will be assisting older adults as they learn the basics of an iPad, how to take a selfie, or to play interactive video games on the Xbox!

Contact: Lina Padilla, lina@mentorup.org, 202-434-6656, www.mentorup.org

Ongoing Opportunities

Volunteer for LGBTQ/HIV Legal InfoLine (sign up by May 9)

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
30 Winter Street, Suite 800, Boston, MA 02108

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), New England's leading LGBTQ/HIV legal rights organization, seeks committed volunteers to staff GLAD's legal information service, called GLAD Answers! Be trained in LGBTQ/HIV civil rights legal issues. No prior legal experience is needed.

Register now for the next training, May 13 & 15 (5:30-9:30pm) and May 17 (9am-4pm).
Volunteer one weekday afternoon a week from 1:30-4:30 pm helping people who have experienced discrimination by providing legal information that can make a real difference in their lives!

You can get more information and an application by contacting Bruce Bell, (617) 426-1350 or email bbell@glad.org, or online at: www.glad.org/rights/infoline/volunteer/.

Volunteer companion for active and curious older adult man in Cambridge

Schedule for outings and meeting is flexible and needs to be arranged with the older adult. Frequency could be every other week or every two weeks.

Older adult man living in the community would benefit from a companion to accompany him to events at MIT and the neighboring community. This gentleman is an inventor and is still very active. He would appreciate visiting with someone who would enjoy conversing about technical issues as well as share ideas about inventions and related subjects.

Commonwealth Care Alliance: Rebecca White, Rwhite@commonwealthcare.org, 617-600-3195

Volunteering to rebuild homes and lives

WHO we are: Friends of Rockaway is a community-based non-profit organization, helping families rebuild their homes following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. We are working in partnership with St. Bernard Project, founded in 2006, who emerged as a leader in disaster recovery following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

WHAT we do: We provide a clear, prompt, and efficient path to recovery for families displaced by Hurricane Sandy. We focus our work on the critical infrastructure that keeps families safe, secure and healthy. We will see the recovery of Rockaway, NY, through to its conclusion.

Who we HELP: We look to help primary residents who are: at risk of losing their home, low- to middle-income, displaced, and/or have medical issues. We constantly strive to ensure that the families who need our help most receive it as soon as possible.

What YOU can do: Volunteers can help us with most stages of construction, including hanging insulation and drywall, painting, taping, and mudding. We welcome individuals and groups of all sizes to help us rebuild Rockaway with a day of service. Friends of Rockaway has provided services to more than 400 homeowners. Over a year after the storm, nearly 150 families are still waiting to return home with our help. These numbers can change...with YOUR help!

To get involved, contact Megan Corley at megan@friendsofrockaway.org or (240) 428-4531.


Funding, Employment, and Longer-term Opportunities

City Year Final Application Deadline - April 30

Apply online at www.cityyear.org by April 30 to serve in one of 25 locations across the U.S. Applicants must be between 17-24 years old and a U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Looking for a high-impact, meaningful post-graduate opportunity? Apply to City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. At our 25 urban locations across the United States, teams of highly-trained corps members serve full-time in schools as tutors, mentors and role models. With over 340 hours of training, corps members develop skills that employers seek and have the opportunity to interact with a variety of corporate sponsors and a network of over 18,000 City Year alumni.

Benefits include $5645 education award, living stipend, graduate school scholarships, and extensive leadership training.

The Priscilla King Gray 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 Priscilla King Gray 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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