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Community Service Bulletin

May 7, 2014

Spotlight

May 10: Volunteer at Esplanade Association (graduate student opportunity)

Graduate Student Outreach (GSO)
On Saturday, May 10, volunteers will work collaboratively on park clean up for the beautification of the Esplanade. A great excuse to get outside, meet other members of the grad community and do something good for the environment! Spots limited! Sign-up sheet: https://signup.mit.edu:444/signup.php?id=1018969212

Contact: Elizabeth Kelley, ehkelley@mit.edu, 617 253 7233

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding, Employment & Longer-Term Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

May 10: Assemble protein-modeling Lego kits for middle and high school students

Saturday, May 10, 3:30-6:30 p.m., at MIT

Help us assemble protein-modeling Lego kits for middle and high school students. To learn more about these kits, created by MIT Edgerton Center's Dr. Kathy Vandiver visit: http://edgerton.mit.edu/k-12/teacher-resources/k-12-curriculum/dna-protein-and-trna/dna-protein-and-trna.

No specific knowledge of science is required; take a break from classes, de-stress, and contribute to the education of others. When you are sure you can commit to the entire volunteer period register at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd051014

More information: http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=722

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

May 17: Fill book requests for prisoners (sign up by May 8)

Saturday, May 17, 12:45-4:15 p.m., at Prison Book Program (Quincy Center, T accessible)

Most prisoners come from marginalized sectors of society and nearly all are poor and under-educated. Education is a proven tool for preventing people from returning to prison after they have been released; however, prisoners often have little to no access quality reading materials. In partnership with the Prison Book Program, volunteers will fulfill prisoner's requests for quality reading materials.

Take a break from finals studying and join PMD in contributing to the education of others. Volunteers will confirm prisoners' addresses via the internet, read their letters, select books, prepare postcards, package the books with resource materials, and address the packages.

When you are sure you can commit for the entire volunteer period, sigh up at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd051714

More information: http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=723

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

June 23-25: Volunteer at PV America and receive a free Full Conference registration! (sign up by June 2)

Apply to volunteer www.pvamericaexpo.com/attend/volunteer

Volunteer at PV America on June 23-25, 2014 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and receive a complimentary Full Conference registration, with access to all education sessions, including the General Session and new programs like Master Speakers, Educational Posters, and QuickTalks; nearly 100 exhibitors on the Show Floor; and all networking receptions. Volunteers at PV America have the unique and exciting opportunity to play an active role in New England’s largest education and business-to-business event, focused on the PV solar market.

Ongoing Opportunities

LGBTQ/HIV Legal InfoLIne (apply by May 9)

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Training: May 13 & 15 (5:30-9:30pm) & May 17 (9am-4pm).

Volunteers then need to work a shift from 1:30-4:30pm one weekday afternoon per week. GLAD's office is located at 30 Winter Street, Suite 800 in Downtown Boston between the Park Street and Downtown Crossing T stations.

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.

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/.

Sitters Without Borders

Sitters Without Borders is non-profit aimed to help low-income families, who are trying to graduate college, by babysitting their child for short sessions of 4 hours a week. This is a volunteer-run organization composed of altruistic and enthusiastic Bostonians!  We are looking for volunteer babysitters who enjoy helping the Boston community. Whether your experience is playing with your little cousin, or if you have an extensive resume with children, we will find a match for you! Sometimes you only need to answer questions such as "Why is the sky blue?" or manage cookie-intake. To apply, visit us at www.SittersWithoutBorders.com or email swob@sitterswithoutborders.com.

Locations are throughout Greater Boston area and are assigned based on volunteer preference. All locations are T-accessible. Depending on your schedule, our volunteers babysit for a maximum of 4 hours each week.

Funding, Employment, and Longer-term Opportunities

Solar Service and Engineering Internship

Summer 2014 internship in Koforidua, Ghana
Burro internships offer an opportunity to work closely with the Burro team to accelerate projects that are vital to Burro’s overall mission and goals. Interns interact on a daily basis with Ghanaians from all parts of society: village-based resellers and clients, urban shop owners and petty traders, interns from local universities, and a wide variety of professionals in different fields. The result is both a cultural and technical immersion in a fast-paced learning environment. As a Burro intern, you’ll learn what it means to Do More in Ghana.

The Position: Burro strives to provide best-value products to meet the needs of our customers and best-in-class after-sales service. The Solar Service and Engineering Intern will work with Burro’s Service Assistant to expand Burro’s service capability by designing a rigorous system for testing, tracking and repairing faulty solar products as well as evaluating current and prospective products to recommend improvements.

Contact: careers@burrobrand.biz, www.burrobrand.biz

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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