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Community Service Bulletin

June 12, 2013

Spotlight

Let’s Get Ready SAT Coach and College Mentor (Deadline 6/14)

Have some spare time this summer? Looking to build your resume? If you think you could command a class of about five students, plan weekly lessons, and share insight on college success, we encourage you to apply.

Let’s Get Ready (LGR) is a FREE college prep organization that employs college students to provide free SAT tutoring and college application assistance. LGR helps students of lower income backgrounds attain their dream of attending college by providing intensive tutoring and mentorship.

We are looking for motivated, dependable, and enthusiastic college students to join our program by becoming volunteer coaches. This is a great opportunity for students interested in Teach For America, as the two programs have a partnership. The commitment is one night a week from 5:45-9pm on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings from early June to mid August. We are located at the Boston HERC near Boston Medical Center. Because the site is run entirely by college students, this is also a great way to meet people with similar interests and goals.

We look forward to reading your applications! Apply at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HERCCoachAppSummer2013 by June 14.

If you have any questions, feel free to write to Hannah or Kate at Letsgetready.boston@gmail.com!

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Jun 15: College Think Tank Boston

The City of Boston is gathering students from different disciplines and from local colleges and universities to participate in a ONE-DAY COLLEGE THINK TANK. 10 students from each college/university will be selected and brainstorm ideas and creative solutions to real City challenges alongside design thinkers, city representatives, and community partners. You will be challenged to generate ideas that represent the community and shape Boston’s neighborhoods.

THE CHALLENGE: Vacancy in Boston’s Neighborhoods.
One of the major challenges our neighborhood commercial communities’ face is dealing with the vacancy of commercial space. Each time a business is closed, it creates both a need and an opportunity to bring a new, stronger business to the community. These closures also create a liability for the community, where businesses can be added to the communities, which do not represent the community’s interest.

When a business that does not represent the communities’ interest fills a vacancy, it creates a scenario where the business is more likely to fail, and vacancy will return. In addition, during this period there is an opportunity cost for the community in not having the desired business fill a vacant space. Communities that lack desired services will suffer as residents leave the community to fill their needs, and increasingly develop shopping patterns that encourage them to leave their neighborhood for shopping needs. This can create an expounding negative impact on a commercial district. In addition, a business that genuinely desires to launch a small business in our neighborhoods risk wasting entrepreneurial drive and resources on a business that might be better launched in another neighborhood. The drive and resources of our local entrepreneurs is an asset that we should maximize.

The Challenge: How can existing and future vacancies be filled to best represent the communities’ interest and needs?

To learn more and to sign up to participate, please visit www.thinktankboston.org

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

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

Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving

This summer, change the lives of underserved students with talent in math. The Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving invites you to apply to be a residential counselor and teaching assistant for low-income NYC kids who have high potential in mathematics. You'll create a vibrant social experience for kids who are discovering for the first time that there are other people who like doing mathematics, and you'll help them get a first taste of advanced study. Counselors will lead activities, be role models and advisers, and help teach courses on topics like number theory and combinatorics.

Hours: Full-time, July 4-July 31
Salary: $2,500 plus room, board and travel
Contact: Daniel Zaharopol
Phone: (888) 264-2793
Email: spmps@artofproblemsolving.org

Volunteer Interpreters Program

Interpret for BHA residents, applicants and/or staff during BHA hearings, eligibility screenings, resident meetings, and walk-in/phone inquiries;
Interpret by phone or in person for BHA clients inquiring about documents and correspondences the clients received from BHA;
Assist in written translations of BHA documents (for volunteers fluent in written languages);
Provide agency staff other language-related assistance as assigned;

Candidates are individuals with excellent oral, writing, collaborative, and interpersonal skills, who are highly proficient in English and fluent in any, but not limited to the following languages: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Cape Verdean, Chinese, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Khmer, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Prior experience in working with low income and culturally diverse individuals, or in interpretation and/or translation, is a plus.

Attendance to a interpreter training and orientation are mandatory. Serve 10 hrs or less a month, on an on-call basis.

Contact Sheyla Carew at 617-988 4032, sheyla.crew@hotmail.com if you’re interested.

Global Medical Knowledge: Seeking Volunteers

Global Medical Knowledge, Inc., an all volunteer healthcare NGO based in Cambridge is looking for help with developing an education portal. The portal will develop content via various platforms to under-resourced countries for medical and nursing education. Please see our website at www.globalmedicalknowlege.org. An interview is needed with the leadership after suitable screening.

Contact: info@globalmedicalknowledge.org or 618-492-8055.

Mentor with MAGIC

Do you want to make a difference in a young girl's life? MAGIC is looking for energetic women in STEM to serve as mentors to a middle or high school girl.

We focus on providing middle and high school girls, who are seriously considering a STEM area, with knowledge of tools and resources available to them to be successful. This is done within the specified mentorship period.

MAGIC has completed five years mentoring girls from schools in the Bay Area, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Cambridge.

If you're interested, please submit the Mentor Application at http://getmagic.org/apply.html.

If you have questions, please contact Esha at esha@mit.edu.

Cambridge Agenda For Children Commonwealth Corps Memberships

August 15, 2013 to June 30, 2014, work with youth, their families, and in and out of school time educators to help build awareness, access and engagement in exciting OST opportunities. Make a difference in the lives of middle schoolers in Cambridge! Serve as a Commonwealth Corps member in one of Cambridge's Upper Schools. In exchange for 750 hours of service, you will receive $5,000.00 plus a $1,000.00 completion bonus.

To apply, email cover letter and resume to Daniel Michaud Weinstock at dweinstock@cpsd.us.

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