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Community Service Bulletin

May 22, 2013

Spotlight

Jun 1: Improve Belle Isle Marsh Reservation (Sign Up by 5/24)

9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Rain or Shine)
Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, East Boston

Belle Isle Marsh is a habitat for wildlife such as migratory birds and various ocean fish. With your help, our project will aim to improve trails and restore wetlands for human visitors. Come make a difference in the community's wildlife and enjoy the beauty of our city's wetlands.

To find more information regarding the project visit: http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=677
To sign up for the project visit: http://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd060113 Sign up by 5/24/13

Contact: Lori Tsuruda, 781-963-0373, lori@pmd.org

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

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.

Jun 8: Improve Children’s Zoo at Franklin Park Zoo

Saturday, June 8. 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM (Rain or Shine)
Franklin Park Zoo, Dorchester

The Franklin Park Zoo, a community resource and recreation center, is unfortunately under-staffed and under-funded; it needs help, your help, making its children's zoo more inviting to the public. Come help make the zoo more enjoyable for the community, and get the chance to explore the zoo afterwards!

For more information regarding the project visit: http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=678
To sign up for the project: http://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd060813

Contact: Lori Tsuruda, 781-963-0373, lori@pmd.org

Oct 5-6: Finish the Fight with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Hatch Shell, October 5th & 6th, 2013

The American Cancer Society’s 21st annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Boston is set for Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the DCR Hatch Shell. The special fundraising walk unites the community to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educates women about the importance of prevention and early detection, and raises funds to help the Society do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow.

Volunteers are vital to the success of Making Strides in Boston, assisting and supporting 40,000 dedicated participants. Volunteers are needed the day before Making Strides, Saturday, October 5, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., to help prepare snack bags for walkers, as well as set up for the following day’s event. On Sunday, October 6, volunteers are needed to help set up, clean up, cheer on walkers, and act as route monitors. Times vary depending on the volunteer role. All day and hourly opportunities are available.

Please sign up to volunteer, or form a team, for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Boston and help finish the fight against breast cancer! To volunteer, to form a team, or for more information, visit http://MakingStridesWalk.org/BostonMA or contact Brianne McNamara; 508-270-4950; Brianne.McNamara@cancer.org.

Ongoing Opportunities

Broken Tail Rescue: Seeking event volunteers

Broken Tail Rescue is a nonprofit animal rescue organization. We are looking for event volunteers for our fun summer fundraising and marketing events in the Boston Metro area. Most of our events are on the weekend.

We also need long-term foster homes for cats and dogs.

Please fill out a volunteer or foster application on our website: http://www.brokentailrescue.org.

SAT Tutor/Mentor

Let's Get Ready provides SAT preparatory services and college access guidance for lower-income high school students. In order to provide such a necessary service we rely heavily on college student volunteers. The typical program meets twice a week for 3 hours each session. Volunteers are only required to commit to one of the days, as they are broken up by subject; Math on one day, Critical Reading/Writing on the other.

There are several sites throughout the Boston/Cambridge/Somerville area. Site location and meeting times vary from site to site. Please apply to a specific site through our website, http://www.letsgetready.org

Contact: Amy Lyons, alyons@letsgetready.org, (617) 345-0082

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Apply for Code for America Civic Startup Accelerator (due 5/31)

Code for America is now recruiting startups for its 2013 class of the Civic Startup Accelerator.

What's a #civicstartup?

Civic startups are startups that interface with government. There are a few ways, traditionally, to do this:

  • provide services on top of open government data
  • bring modern web technologies directly to governments
  • change the way citizens request or receive services from government.

What do I need to do to apply?

The application is short — and free! Apply here: http://codeforamerica.org/accelerator/#application

The application is due May 31, 2013.

Why should I apply?

Through a competitive, four-month program, the CfA Accelerator “turbo-charges” select civic startups by providing them a springboard to amplify market awareness of their product, funding, business mentoring specific to the Gov 2.0 space, and introductions to a broad network of civic leaders and potential investors.

Every month, accepted teams will attend week-long “retreats” in SF packed with trainings, talks, and networking events; full time relocation is not required.

Any questions?

Contact Dharmishta, the Program Manager for the Accelerator: dharmishta@codeforamerica.org

Embrace Programs Intern

Where: Bangalore, India
Dates are flexible
www.embraceglobal.org

About the position – Summer Intern

We are currently in the process of developing partnerships with local organizations in order to decrease neonatal mortality and morbidity. One key component of improving neonatal hypothermia management practices is the development and implementation of hypothermia-related newborn health protocols. Embrace aims to recruit a qualified and passionate individual to help understand current practices and protocols within our partner sites, with the ultimate objective of implementing and iterating upon hypothermia management protocols.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Assessment: better understand current hypothermia management protocols and practices that may exist among our India-based partner sites
  • Protocol development: work with local staff, clinicians, and Embrace staff and advisors to develop a preliminary hypothermia management protocol for use at our partner sites
  • Other responsibilities may arise related to program management and development

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s level candidate preferred
  • Experience working on and developing clinical protocols preferred
  • Public health background and experience working in a developing country setting required
  • Qualitative research background strongly preferred
  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team
  • Self-starter
  • Hindi or Kannada language skills preferred

About Embrace

Embrace is a non-profit organization that has developed an innovative, low-cost infant warmer for premature and low birth weight babies born in developing countries. Our mission is to give every child an equal chance for a healthy life through a low cost infant warmer. Our larger vision is empowering the disadvantaged to improve their lives through disruptive technologies.

The Embrace infant warmer is a unique product that costs less than 1% of the cost of traditional incubators, and does not require a constant supply of electricity. The product has just been introduced in India. Embrace has been featured in ABC's "Be the Change, Save a Life", and has also been profiled in Time Magazine, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, Economist, TED, and various other media. Additionally, Embrace has been recognized as one of the top "Innovations in Global Health" in 2010 by the World Health Organization.

Contact: Pompa Debroy, pompa@embraceglobal.org, +91 9972202858

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