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Community Service Bulletin

May 23, 2012


The Community Service Opportunities e-bulletin is moving to a monthly distribution cycle for the summer months. The bulletin will be sent out around the 15th of June, July, and August, and will resume a weekly schedule in September.

Please submit your opportunities for next month’s bulletin by June 10, via our web form: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/wheretolook/bulletin/csb-posting-form.html

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Charles River Swim Volunteer Opportunity (6/2)

The Charles River Swimming Club is looking for kayak and general volunteers as well as lifeguards for the upcoming swim on June 2nd (rain date June 17).

Volunteers should expect to be there from about 6:30am to 10:30am. No special skills are required for any of the general volunteers, who might help out with registration, timing, post-race food set-up, set-up and clean-up and other tasks.

We are also looking for kayak volunteers (we provide all equipment (boats, life vests, etc.) and lifeguards (we pay for lifeguarding!). To sign up, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MV9JDD2

For more information please visit www.charlesriverswimmingclub.org or contact Ulla Hester at raceinfo@charlesriverswimmingclub.org or (617)413-7078.

Volunteer to help university libraries in developing countries

You can make a difference to fellow students and staff at universities in developing countries by volunteering with MIT-Sabre. We provide tens of thousands of new textbooks on medicine, science, and engineering to universities in Uganda, Iraq, Kenya, Pakistan, Indonesia, Somalia, and other nations.

Our volunteers, which include MIT undergrads, grad students, postdocs, and staff, sort and pack the books at our volunteering events at a warehouse in Lawrence MA; we provide rides from MIT. No commitment necessary: join us just once or as often as your schedule permits. http://web.mit.edu/sabre/

The next volunteering opportunity will be on Saturday, June 2, from 9:15AM-2:30PM, and events occur year round every 2-4 weeks. For more information, please contact Matt Landreman at landrema@mit.edu

Ongoing Opportunities

What’s your favorite social media campaign? GOOD Challenge (deadline 5/24)

Online action campaigns for social good have become more prevalent, more innovative, and more engaging. Consider the widespread participation of everyday people in campaigns like Rock the Vote, or the recent Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 documentary, which made international headlines and topped 70 million YouTube hits in a single week. Some people thought the video was a huge success, while others critiqued the content and approach of the campaign.

We want to hear about the best social media campaigns out there so we can surface and share out their best practices to the GOOD community. Which uses of social media for social change have truly raised the bar and successfully catalyzed meaningful online and offline action?

We’ll award $1,000 to the organization connected with the campaign that receives the most votes, and we’ll interview the organizers of the top campaigns and share with the entire community their tips for using online tools to accelerate social change.

Submissions are open between April 25 and May 24 (noon Pacific Time). From May 24 to June 7, we’ll open it up to public voting. Help spread the word about the most effective social media campaigns and help us choose the top campaign that we can all learn from.

Visit http://viral.maker.good.is/ for more information and full submission details.

Doing GOOD This Summer Challenge (deadline 6/8)

Summertime is here, which means longer days, spending time outside, and a break from the routine grind. We think it’s a perfect time to do some GOOD in your community – and we have $5,000 to help you along! Whether you’re working with underprivileged kids at a summer camp, organizing an outdoor art and music festival, or making sure your neighborhood park is clean and inviting, we want to hear about it. Tell us how $5,000 would support and expand the work you’re doing this summer.

Submit a proposal between May 10 and June 8 noon Pacific Time. From June 8 to 29, we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the GOOD community in selecting the winner.

For more information and submission details, please visit http://goodsummer.maker.good.is or contact Wendy Levine at wendy@goodinc.com

Stories for GOOD Challenge (deadline 6/12)

Storytelling is part of our cultural DNA. We tell stories throughout our days to help others understand unique viewpoints, showcase diverse portraits of our communities, and inspire those around us. GOOD is asking you to tell us how you use storytelling to unite and improve your community. Propose an idea that will allow people to share their experiences, express themselves, or educate others on a certain topic.

Whether you want to tell micro-tales via post-it notes, create and distribute interviews from people in line at the coffee shop, or host a storytelling evening for children, tell us how $3,000 would help your project succeed, and you could win a grant to make it happen.

Submit a proposal between May 15 and June 12 noon Pacific Time. From June 12 to July 3, we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the GOOD community in selecting the winner.

Email us with any questions at maker@goodinc.com or visit http://stories.maker.good.is/

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Summer Internships at JWA

Founded in 1995, the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) is devoted to sharing the stories, struggles, and achievements of Jewish women in North America in order to enrich the way we understand the past and to ensure a more inclusive future. JWA has amassed the most extensive collection of material anywhere on American Jewish women, and it can be accessed for free by anyone with an Internet connection.

The Jewish Women's Archive seeks volunteer interns during the academic year and/or the summer to work on a variety of tasks, including: compiling contact information for outreach database, locating and securing permissions for images to be used on jwa.org, researching and writing new thematic feature(s) for jwa.org, assisting with additions to “We Remember” and “On the Map” features, researching and writing new entries for “This Week in History”, contributing guest posts to JWA blog, assisting with development activities, and performing general office duties (phone, photocopying, etc.).

For more information and application requirements, please visit www.jwa.org, or contact Stephen Benson at jobs@jwa.org

The Priscilla King Gray 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 Priscilla King Gray 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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