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Community Service Bulletin

April 10, 2013


MIT Community Service Fund grants available for MIT community (Due 4/30)

MIT faculty, staff, students, and retirees are eligible to apply for CSF grants to support their personal public service initiatives, which include programs that they run or would like to start, or projects that they want to work on that enhance the public service work of an existing organization or school.

CSF funding is seed funding or project funding: it provides short-term support. It can help you fill a short-term need, build an enhancement that is self-sustaining, or launch a new organization that will be supported by other sources in the long term. The CSF Board emphasizes service to local communities surrounding the Institute. It may also support partial funding for effectively designed public service initiatives to more distant communities.

Find application instructions and more information at http://web.mit.edu/csf, and contact csf-staff@mit.edu with any questions.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Apr 10: Cooking for a Cause Volunteer

Cooking for a Cause is East End House's fundraising event, which attracts over 40 of the area's top chefs and specialty food vendors to benefit East End House, a community center serving under-resourced families in Cambridge. We are looking for volunteers to help at the loading dock, helping our vendors unload their cars and set up their stations. After you've helped with loading, we then invite you to be our guest and enjoy the event ($125 value)!

We're looking for volunteers between 2 and 6pm, and then the event runs from 6-10. To see a list of the fabulous participants for this event, visit the event website: http://www.eastendhouse.org/cooking-for-a-cause/2013/event

Contact: Katie Todd, 617-876-4444, Katherine@eastendhouse.org

Apr 13: IDNight 2013

IDNight 2013 will happen on Saturday, April 13 from 7pm-9pm at MIT N51 on the 3rd Floor (265 Massachusetts Avenue) in the D-Lab and SUTD spaces. IDNight at MIT occurs each spring in collaboration with the Harvard International Development Conference (IDC). The event brings together a diverse audience to share ideas and learn about MIT international development technologies and projects. IDNight is an opportunity to build relationships between groups of people who bring many different perspectives to international development. It also promotes social awareness about pressing global issues such as poverty, public health, education, and mobility. IDNight at MIT is a unique opportunity for MIT students and staff to showcase their projects to a wide range of audiences. The IDNight draws hundreds of attendees, including a large number of Harvard and MIT students, local scientists, engineers and participants from the Harvard IDC that runs in conjunction with the IDNight. RSVP not needed

Comtact: Daniel Mokrauer-Madden, mokrauer@mit.edu

Apr 23: Make Colorful Book Folders that Improve Reading

Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Help children get past the barrier of not knowing how to read by joining PMD in supporting GiftToGive's new early literacy initiative. Volunteers will help assemble and decorate educational info on colorful folders that will be used as a helpful tool to boost comprehension as well as a desire in children to learn how to read. Come support an important cause and make a difference, and be creative about it!

To learn more about the project visit: http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=671
To learn more about GiftToGive and what they're about visit: http://www.GiftsToGive.org

Lori Tsuruda, 781-963-0373

Apr 27: Volunteers Sought to Lead a Tour of MIT

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 lsaris@salemcyberspace.org or 781.696.0899.

Jun 2: Volunteer for AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run

When: Sunday, June 2rd
Where: DCR Hatch Memorial Shell Charles River Esplanade in Boston
Time: 7am-2pm (Volunteer shifts vary)

Volunteering for AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run is a great way to both support the fight against AIDS and also have some fun! Each year, AIDS Action Committee relies on hundreds of volunteers to help serve the 10,000+ attendees that participate in the AIDS Walk & 5K Run.

We are looking for talented, dedicated and hard working individuals to fill the following volunteer positions on Sunday, June 2nd:

  • Walk Course Marshals
  • Run Course Marshals
  • Crowd Control/Security
  • Finish Area Volunteers
  • Registration Volunteers
  • Cheerleaders

To sign up, please visit www.aidswalkboston.org and choose “Volunteer” as your participation type. If you can’t volunteer but would like to still participate in the event, we invite you to join us as a Walker or Runner. For more information about volunteering for AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run 2013, please contact Sharon Glasser, AIDS Walk Volunteer Coordinator at 617.450.1520 or sglasser@aac.org.

Ongoing Opportunities

HIV/STD Hotline Counselor

We ask for one 4-hour shift a week (morning, afternoon, and evening shifts available). Volunteers must be at least 18 and make a minimum one-year commitment. It’s a great opportunity to gain social justice and health education experience as well as inform people about HIV/STDs, hepatitis, and sexual health. Counselors talk to over 500 callers a month about a variety of topics!

Our office is located at 75 Amory St in Jamaica Plain.

Visit www.aac.org/volunteer to apply.

Contact: Emma Zeldin, 6174501058

Volunteer Tutor Opportunity with Upward Bound

Tutors are needed on Monday to Thursday from 3:00-6:00pm.

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.

This is an ongoing opportunity. 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.

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.

Artists for Humanity (AFH)

A non-profit 501(c)(3), Artists For Humanity (AFH)’s mission is to provide underserved urban youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts. Since 1991, Artists For Humanity has empowered and employed Boston teens in an intensive program of arts, creativity and enterprise. In order to remain employed in the arts programming, youth must maintain a C average at school. AFH offers tutoring to struggling students and for additional support for participants that want to get ahead. The tutoring program runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6 – 8 pm, through the school year calendar. AFH needs volunteers to tutor high school students in any subjects, particularly mathematics and the sciences (PreCalculus, Algebra 2, Physics, Chemistry). Volunteers would need to commit to either Tuesdays or Thursdays for the duration of the semester. We are located right off the red line, near the Broadway T station, as wel as several bus lines. Contact Lesley Horrall to begin volunteering, lhorrall@afhboston.org.

GLAD’S Legal InfoLine Needs Volunteers

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression, seeks committed volunteers to staff its Legal InfoLine! Be trained in LGBTQ/HIV civil rights legal issues. No prior legal experience is needed.

Register now for the next training, May 7 & 9 (5:30-9:30pm) and May 11 (9am-4pm). Volunteer one weekday afternoon a week from 1:30-4:30pm 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. More information and an application form can be found online at: http://www.glad.org/rights/infoline/volunteer/.

Pioneering Teacher Preparation Program in Washington, DC & Baltimore, MD (Due 4/7)

Urban Teacher Center (UTC) is a four-year, alternative teacher preparation program that operates in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD (and soon in additional cities). Each cohort participates in an intensive yearlong residency, followed by a three-year teaching commitment in a high-need urban elementary, middle or high school. UTC residents prepare to become highly competent teachers; in addition to the clinical experience, they also enroll in a FREE dual Master’s of Education program that is directly relevant to the urban teacher. All UTC teachers are part of an unprecedented commitment to student performance: only those who can demonstrate that they can improve student learning will complete the program. Over time, UTC teachers will be among the most expert and results-oriented in the nation. For more information, visit us on the web at www.urbanteachercenter.org. Our final application deadline for the 2013-14 school year is: April 7, 2013. The program for the 2013-2014 school year will begin on or around June 21, 2013.The application is available online at UTC's website at www.urbanteachercenter.org.
Contact: Kerry Swarr, 410-446-3463

TIMtalks is now accepting applications to be a part of the Spring 2013 Speaker Series! (Due 4/16)

TIMtalks is "Powerful ideas by passionate students." It's stories of initiative, success, and lessons learned from failure." It's the opportunity for students who DO to talk about what they do, why they do it, and what they've learned by doing and reflecting. It's a way of capturing the MIT student experience, fostering community, building confidence, and inspiring others to reflect and act. Like TED talks, these are "ideas worth spreading" so they're delivered in front of a live audience and then shared online - but TIMtalks are uniquely MIT.

Apply to be a speaker!
We're looking for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who can speak to their MIT undergraduate experience. Visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13444qrX3t7cMDlrPcDgHj9ePgerugq6K21njiDsD3As/viewform to learn more about being a Speaker and to apply to Think. Inspire. Motivate.!

Viewing the videos from the TIMtalks launch is a great way to see why this is such an exciting initiative. See the videos from our first event here: http://techtv.mit.edu/collections/timtalks Also see this article: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/timtalks-failure-success-0518.html. Or you can read more on our website: http://timtalks.mit.edu/ (Note: please ignore outdated material – and yes, we'd love to have a webmaster on board!)

Please contact timtalks-apply@mit.edu you have any questions! All Applications are due by 11:59pm on APRIL 16th, 2013

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

CITE-PKG Center: USAID Community Partner Interns and Program Development Fellowships (Due 4/15)

Interested in international development and technology? Looking for a summer opportunity here in Cambridge or abroad? Check out these new internships offered through a USAID grant that supports the new Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation (CITE) with the involvement of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (PKG Center).

CITE-PKG Center: USAID Community Partner Interns:Undergraduate or graduate students will serve as summer interns with CITE partner organizations, such as Mercy Corps, Kopernik, Partners in Health and Oxfam. Cambridge-Boston paid internships may be full-time or part-time for 4-12 weeks during the summer. The work will provide support for communities in Haiti, Senegal, and other areas. Full-time internships for 4-10 weeks are also available in Indonesia and Senegalwith Mercy Corps, Kopernik, and other organizations. Travel, accommodations, and living expenses will be covered through an internship stipend.

CITE-PKG Center: USAID Program Development Fellowships offer graduate and undergraduate students the chance to become part of the CITE program development team. Students will work on campus with CITE staff and faculty to develop and implement programming that engages MIT students and others in CITE’s work, which may include a conference, lectures, web site, and more. We’re looking for creative, hard working, organized students to help us develop the events and programs that will make CITE a great success. The Fellowships offer an hourly stipend for part-time or full-time summer work (10-40 hours/week).

Interested? Contact cite-psc@mit.edu for application materials

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