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Community Service Bulletin

April 17, 2013

Spotlight

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.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Apr 20: Volunteer for the Central Squared Challenge

The Community Art Center is looking to gather students and employees from local technology, innovation, and design entities to participate as coaches or event volunteers in the Central Squared (C2) Challenge scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

During this one-day Challenge, teams will put their brains together to design a product that uses sensor technology to solve an important community issue. All teams will present their designs at the end of the challenge to be judged by both their peers and local experts. The team with the best overall idea will then have their tech design showcased at the 16th annual "Do It Your Damn Self" Film Festival Premiere Screening May 18th, which will be held at the Microsoft New England R&D Center, Cambridge, MA.

Volunteer Opportunities: C2 Coach or Event Volunteer

If you are interested in being a Challenge team leader or mentor, you can sign up our C2 Eventbrite page.

For further details please contact dermot@communityartcenter.org

Apr 30: Collate/check print-braille books for children

Help collate printed paper and braille-embossed plastic pages that will go into special print-Braille books. These books enable sighted and blind parents and children to enjoy reading together, an important part of building literacy. Wonderful opportunity to help make a difference in a child's life; come one, come all!

When/Where: Tuesday, April 30; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
National Braille Press, Boston (Two blocks behind Symphony Hall)
For more information regarding the project: http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=672
RSVP by 4/23
Contact: Lori Tsuruda, Lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373

Jun 2: AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run

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

Calling all volunteers! 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

Help make a more literate Boston!

Massachusetts invites prospective volunteers to one of our informational orientations held April 22nd and May 14th from 6-8 in downtown Boston. Volunteer tutors work 1-to-1 with students from communities throughout the Greater Boston area for 2-hours per week for a minimum of 9 to 12 months at mutually convenient times in public places. LVM trains volunteers to tutor adult learners in either Basic Literacy or English for Speakers of Other Languages. LVM volunteers help adults acquire the literacy and English language skills that empower them to realize their goals. Right now, more than 40 students are waiting to be paired with a volunteer tutor. To learn more about LVM and attend one of our monthly orientations, please contact Kirstin Griffiths at 617.367.1313 or kgriffiths@lvm.org and check out our website at lvm.org.

Volunteer in Tanzania

The African Community Exchange (ACE) is committed to serving rural villages in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania through service-learning opportunities for volunteers. Volunteers are needed to teach English, promote healthy living, improve the lives of women, and share cultural differences through partnerships with local schools, orphanages, women's groups, and health organizations. In return, volunteers learn about Tanzanian traditions, customs, and tribal practices. Because of the close proximity to the natural wonders of Mount Kilimanjaro and surrounding national parks, volunteers also have unique opportunities to see African wildlife in their free time. Our vision is to offer life-changing experiences where you can be the catalyst of positive change both for yourself, and others.

Contact: Nina Czitrom, 917.533.9822, nina@africancommunityexchange.org, www.africancommunityexchange.org

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.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

LVM is also currently looking for a summer intern!

During the months of May and June, the Intern will support LVM’s annual student assessment period by scheduling appointments and administering reading assessments.

During the months of July and August, the Intern will be responsible for the implementation of LVM’s annual Student and Tutor Satisfaction Surveys, which determine the effectiveness of LVM’s services and support for LVM-Boston participants during fiscal year 2013 (7/1/12-6/30/13).

Additional activities may be assigned based on the Intern’s experience, interests, and availability.

Please send a cover letter and writing sample along with your resume if you wish to apply.

Email Kirstin Griffiths at kgriffiths@lvm.org for more information.

Tau Beta Pi Service and Engineering Fellowship APPLICATIONS OPEN

TBP is looking to sponsor students wishing to pursue a service engineering project this coming summer. The purpose of this program is to support students who seek to apply their engineering and technological understanding to better society, both domestic and abroad. Successful fellows should be prepared to guide a student-led project that can leave behind lasting, sustainable benefits for a community. The work may be arranged with non-governmental or inter-governmental organizations and other community-conscious groups. Students of all disciplines are welcome.

Applications for these fellowships are due on April 22, 2013. This summer, we are seeking to award up to five fellowships with up to US $5000 each.

Application requirements can be found at http://web.mit.edu/tbp/www/fellowships.shtml. All materials must be received by April 22, 2013 at 11:59 PM.

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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