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Community Service Bulletin

May 21, 2014


MIT Maker Faire Volunteer Team Captain (apply by June 15)

MIT Maker Faire
Summer 2014 up to and on October 4, 2014

Are you looking or do you know someone looking for a fun volunteer/service project? The MIT Maker Faire Operations Team is looking for Volunteer Team Captains to be a part of the first-ever MIT Maker Faire event. We need people who are good at organizing people, delegating tasks and setting up systems for solving everyday problems. We invite students, staff, faculty, and alumni as well as interested parties outside MIT to serve in the role of MIT Maker Faire Volunteer Team Captains. Please fill out this online form: https://makerfaire.mit.edu/volunteer-team-captain-application and we will be in touch.

Maker Faire Volunteer Team Captains will assist in planning for and management of volunteers, attend between 3-5 one-hour meetings prior to the October 4 event. (Note: some captains may be asked to attend more meetings.) Participate in volunteer recruitment activities to help staff your team, contribute to pre-event conversations related to set up of systems and policies for your area of responsibility Take a leadership role in volunteer orientation/training sessions Be available at for the entire day from set up to break down. (Setup and breakdown captains will be required to stay through set up or break down period.)

Contact: Peggy Conant, pconant@mit.edu, 617-715-5142

One-Time Opportunities

Funding, Employment & Longer-Term Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

June 7: Volunteer with Greater Boston Food Bank (sign up by May 28)

Graduate Student Outreach
Saturday, June 7, 9:30AM-12:00PM
70 South Bay Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Come and work alongside other members of the graduate community to sort food donations in a fun and collaborative volunteer setting! Please sign up by Wednesday, May 28.


Contact: Elizabeth Kelley, ehkelley@mit.edu

June 7: National Trails Day: Improve Belle Isle Marsh Reservation (sign up by May 31)

June 7, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Rain or shine)
Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

Belle Island Marsh Reservation encompasses 152 acres of the Belle Island Marsh. This marsh is a critical habitat to many salt marsh plants and wildlife rare to the metropolitan area. Volunteer to help improve trails and restore wetlands. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own lunch so they can have a picnic and explore the wetlands once the project concludes. When you are sure you can commit to the entire duration of the project sign up at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd060714

More information: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-north/belle-isle-marsh-reservation.html

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

June 14: Clear trails & remove invasive plants in the Iroquois Woods (sign up by June 7)

Saturday, June 14, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Iroquois Woods, Mission Hill

The Iroquois Street Woods is an area of undeveloped land that has been protected by a 40-yr. conservation easement. Join PMD in helping the Mission Hill Green Community, an organization dedicated to maintenance of natural areas on Boston's Mission Hill. Volunteers will learn to identify invasive plans and remove them and clearing fallen tree limbs and other debris from trails.

Sign up here: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd061414

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

Funding, Employment, and Longer-term Opportunities

Junior Advisor for Youth Leadership Initiative (apply by May 30)

YWCA Boston
Volunteer Training: July 11th, July 12th and July 24th at the YWCA Boston
Program dates: July 27th - August 1st at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA
One Saturday a month from September to May (see application for details) in Boston

YWCA Boston’s Youth Leadership Initiative (InIt) is a selective, ten-month teen development program that provides leadership and workplace skills and ignites a passion in high school students to create more socially responsible communities. InIt introduces teens to peers from different racial, religious, socio-economic and geographic backgrounds to create a network of student leaders who can affect change. The InIt experience begins with “Immersion Week.” This year, Immersion Week will take place from July 27 August 1, 2014 on the Eastern Nazarene College campus in Quincy, MA. The program continues from September May with monthly Saturday Program Days. InIt staff and volunteers form the foundation of the InIt community and guide the learning process during our time together. Therefore, in addition to attending Immersion Week, we will prioritize hiring volunteers who can commit to attending the majority of program days. During program days, volunteers will facilitate and participate in large and small group workshops, serve as mentors to delegation groups, and provide ongoing support to delegates by offering feedback and resources.


National Expansion Intern (apply by June 1)

Cradles to Crayons is seeking a talented, mission-driven intern to join its newly-formed national expansion team. The National Expansion Intern (NEI) will support the expansion of Cradles to Crayons and work closely with the Founder/CEO & National Expansion Manager. The NEI will be responsible for a range of activities including research, outreach, cultivation, and documentation. S/he will have strong analytic skills, possess a broad range of skills, and be excited about the opportunities for impact, learning and growth in a rapidly changing environment.

Cradles to Crayons (C2C) was founded in 2002, with the mission of providing children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. Headquartered in Boston, MA, C2C also opened a Philadelphia location in 2006. C2C is at the cutting edge of volunteer management and has become the largest volunteer opportunity in the Boston area providing unique, hands-on opportunities for people to help other people. This is one of the most powerful aspects of the C2C experience. The organization is currently engaged in expanding upon the model locally and positioning the organization to replicate nationally.

Contact: Jill Eid, National Expansion Manager; jill@cradlestocrayons.org; 516-509-4845

Turning trash green: A Program in Sustainable Design (apply by June 1)

Future Scientist
Portobelo, Panama, August 1-12, 2014

The Program in Sustainable Design teaches participants from all backgrounds the fundamentals of designing life-saving solutions while working closely with the community of Portobelo, Panama, a small fishing town on the Caribbean coast. We are looking for motivated college and graduate students from all backgrounds to work with high school students to build, operate, and maintain the trash recycling system and help develop future projects. During this trip, we will be building a plastic shredder designed by previous trip participants to turn roadside trash into plastic chips that will be melted into parts of a vertical garden system. This will help reduce trash accumulation by turning it into a tangible benefit: a source of fresh produce and a way for agriculture students to take their lessons home. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until June 1: http://www.futurescientist.org/program-in-sustainable-design.html

Contact: Ming-fai Fong, ming@futurescientist.org

City Year Accepting Applications for 2014-2015 Corps

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 20,000 City Year alumni.

Applications are now accepting on a rolling basis to begin late July or early August. Apply online at www.cityyear.org 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. Contact: Thuy Le, Senior Recruitment Manager, at tle@cityyear.org. Benefits include $5645 education award, living stipend, graduate school scholarships, and extensive leadership training.


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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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.

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from the email list, please visit mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/psc-volunteers.