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Community Service Bulletin

June 19, 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 July and August, and will resume a weekly schedule in September.

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


Work at the PKG Center as a Large-scale Volunteering Coordinator

Spend the summer assisting the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center in planning large-scale community service events. We are looking to plan a large-scale volunteering event in early October and must begin the planning now.  This position requires a great coordinator at its helm, one with exceptional organization and communication skills, and creative vision. Responsibilities include recruiting community agency partners, planning activities, soliciting and securing corporate donations, working with PKG Center staff on event logistics and leadership, writing descriptive materials, maintaining contact with group leaders and others, and keeping track of everything.

As part of the PKG Center team, you will also assist with the planning of other key volunteering programming such as FUP, Service Fair, the creation of a STEM education program, and other direct service opportunities.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to community service and experience in event coordination. You must have top-notch organization and communication skills, the willingness to take a creative lead, determination, resourcefulness, and persistence. You should be comfortable with ambiguity and with working in a busy office with a hard working, but fun staff.

The preference is that you will be available to begin working full-time (40 hrs/wk) July 9-August 31, 2012. You must be available part-time (10-12 hrs/wk with flexible scheduling) September through October 2012 to implement the programming. This position is paid $10/hr. Must be an MIT undergraduate or graduate student who will be enrolled in the Fall 2012 semester.

To apply: Submit resume and cover letter ASAP to Kristi Gundrum Kebinger, Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, citydays-staff@mit.edu, W20-549, 617-253-8968.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Assemble Lego DNA nucleotides (6/23)

Join People Making a Difference (PMD) on Saturday, June 23, 2012, MIT Bush Room (10-105), 9:30-12:30 and/or 1:30-4:30, in building, checking and labeling Lego DNA nucleotides for cool Lego science learning kits for high school students.

These kits allow students to learn biological processes "hands on." All of the Lego materials and teacher professional development workshops have been funded by grants, but we need volunteers to count, assemble, check, and permanently glue together all of the subcomponents from tens of thousands of components, so that these science kits can be readily used by hundreds of high school students and their teachers annually.

For volunteers age 10 and older able to focus for full 3-hour shift(s). While no science knowledge is required, this project does require fine motor skills, manual dexterity, and careful attention to detail while seated.

Individuals must register themselves at: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22FT3E3ZZ42
Contact Lori Tsuruda '89, Lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373, with questions.

Volunteer with the National Braille Press (6/27)

Special print-Braille books enable sighted and blind parents and children to enjoy reading together, an important part of building literacy, even among pre-school-age children. Volunteers will carefully collate printed paper and Braille-embossed plastic pages while walking around tables, then carefully check their work, learn how Braille is produced, and receive an optional tour of the National Braille Press.

“Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes is a story about a perfect baby with a perfect name, until shestarted school. This is the next selection forthe Children's Braille Book Club, http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/programs/cbbc/cbbc.html

Join us for this project on June 27, 6:00pm-9:00pm (optional to arrive at 5:30pm to share pizza and soda for $8/person) two blocks behind Symphony Hall. This project requires repetitive hand motions, good fine motor skills, and careful attention to detail and, like all PMD projects, participation for the entire project time-span. To participate, sign up at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22FUUQ84YXX/

Sweet Soul Supper (6/28)

The Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, is a nonprofit working to strengthen and empower youth, families, and community residents in Cambridge. The annual fundraiser of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, the Sweet Soul Supper, needs volunteers on June 28 to help set up from 11a-3p (hanging decorations, placing signage, setting up tables and linens; lunch provided), and to help clean up (break down tables, collect trash, pack up items for storage) from 9p – 11p. This year’s Sweet Soul Supper on June 28 features live music, a soul food feast, signature cocktails, and a silent auction featuring 50+ items – and of course our signature big brass band

The event is taking place on campus at Walker Memorial. If interested, contact Shannon Garber, volunteer coordinator, at svgarber@gmail.com or 831.238.0688 by 6/22. More information at http://www.margaretfullerhouse.org/

Face painting with the Old Colony Tenants Association (6/30)

Organized by the Old Colony Tenants Association,this is a free afternoon of fun, cooking out, entertainment for all ages, education, and health resources for the families of Old Colony. Built in 1941 this public housing development provides 843 affordable, family housing units. Unity Day offersopportunities for 3,000 neighbors and their children to meet each other and builds appreciation formulticulturalism.

We’re seeking volunteers age 12 and older to do face painting. No experience required since we provide easy training and examples.Kids really like to be asked what they want, and thenreceive a rough approximation of it on their faces! This project will take place while seated outdoors, under a shade tent if it is sunny and not too windy.

This event takes place Saturday, June 30, 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Perkins schoolyard in South Boston (T-accessible). The rain date is Sunday, July 1. Register yourself by 6/23 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22FXADHLEDK/

Northeastern University Science Fun Day (7/8)

Science Fun Day is an interactive day of activities, demonstrations, and fun at Northeastern University for families. Come along on Sunday, July 8, 2012, 8am-1pm, to help out with the new Cambridge Science Festival initiative "Science on the Street" to take fun science into our communities.

More information at http://www.cambridgesciencefestival.org/GetInvolved/Volunteer.aspx If interested, contact Sung Kim, Cambridge Science Festival, sungmi@mit.edu, 617-324-4379.

Show off being a nerd at the Computer Clubhouse Teen Summit Career Fair! (7/12)

The Computer Clubhouse is a safe and creative after-school learning environment where under-served youth explore their interests through the use of technology. Clubhouse Members write and record music, make movies, build robots, develop web sites, illustrate comic books and create digital artwork. The Computer Clubhouse Network is based at the Museum of Science, Boston. It supports over 100 community-based Clubhouses around the world, providing thousands of youth with access to resources and experiences to help them succeed and contribute to their communities.

Every two years we host an international Teen Summit, where 300 teens from the US and 20 countries come to Boston for a week of creative arts and collaboration...they focus on video making, film making, music production, graphic design and most importantly, having FUN by exploring their interests in technology and community.

Join us on Thursday July 12, 6:30–9:30pm, at the Museum of Science when the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network will host a College and Career Fair. To volunteer, contact Danielle Martin, dmmartin@mos.org, 617-589-0472.

Improve a children’s zoo (7/14)

The Franklin Park Zoo is a community resource and recreation center managed by the nonprofitZoo New England. The Zoo is seriously under-staffed and under-funded, so needs help makingits children's zoo landscaping more inviting to thepublic. Volunteers will improve the exhibits and then meet the cute and friendly animals we helped.

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, July 14, 9:30am-1:00pm, rain or shine, must be age 12 or older andbe able to lift 15 lbs (although lifting will not necessarily be required). Includes free admission (usually $17/adult) andoption to spend five hours exploring the zoo.We need 15 volunteers so will accept sign ups on a first come, first served basis. The zoo is located in Dorchester and free parking is available. The zoo is also accessible by bus from Andrew, Ruggles, andForest Hills T stations. Register yourself online by 7/2at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22FZFVFWU93/

Science outreach at Cambridge Carnival (9/9)

Support science outreach in your own backyard of Kendall Square where 100,000 people come to enjoy cultural foods, costumes, parades, and more. The Cambridge Science Festival is taking fun science, technology, & engineering activities and demonstrations into different spaces through "Science on the Street” and we’ll be at Cambridge Carnival, a local Caribbean Festival on Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 8am-7pm. Volunteer with us for the whole day or a 2-3 hour shift.

More information at: http://www.cambridgesciencefestival.org/GetInvolved/Volunteer.aspx Respond by 9/1/2012 to Sung Kim, Cambridge Science Festival, sungmi@mit.edu, 617-324-4379

Science outreach for Boston Hispanic community (9/24)

El Planeta, a Boston Spanish-language newspaper holds a Health & Family event for local Hispanic families. Come along with the Cambridge Science Festival's new initiative "Science on the Street" to engage these families in fun science, engineering, and more. Join the Cambride Science Festival on Sunday, September 30, 2012, 10am-5pm at the Reggie Lewis Center, Roxbury.

More information at: http://www.cambridgesciencefestival.org/GetInvolved/Volunteer.aspx Respond by 9/23/2012 to Sung Kim, Cambridge Science Festival, sungmi@mit.edu, 617-324-4379

Ongoing Opportunities

Tutoring needed in Microsoft Office 2010

Local woman seeks assistance in learning Microsoft Office (particularly Excel, Word and PowerPoint) and would like to start as soon as possible. She already has basic knowledge but needs much more instruction for her job. Looking for a tutor for two to four hours per week. Tutoring could be held at MIT. A volunteer would be ideal, but if necessary would be willing to pay hourly $20/hr maximum. If interested, please contact Sabrina Ellis, sellis5123@yahoo.com, 617-620-8219.

Create a science video website for the Koch Institute this summer!

The Koch Institute on MIT’s campus is looking for motivated students to help design and maintain a new website dedicated to science videos. Experience in website programming is a plus but not required, and excitement for new scientific ideas is recommended. Currently, project is on a volunteer basis but sponsorship/funding in the future may provide compensation.

If interested, please email to Tal Danino, taldanino@gmail.com, 818-625-2415, your CV/Resume, a short paragraph about yourself and future interests and indicate your potential start date.

Minecraft / Java tutor sought

Looking for a Minecraft fanatic who could teach enough Java to a bright 10-year-old to write his own mods. Located in Littleton, MA and accessible by commuter rail. Looking for availability in the last week of June, possibly some time in August as well. If interested, contact Peter Davis at ptdavis@gmail.com.

Provide website and social media help for blind students in Russia

The M.N. Adamov Memorial Fund seeks volunteers to help with website development and social networking this summer. We are the only effort in the U.S. dedicated to helping blind students in Russia. This organization was started and directed by Svetlana Sussman, Senior Area Officer at the Sloan School. If interested, please contact Harris Sussman at harris@sussman.org. More information at: http://mnadamovfund.org

Campus Kitchen at UMass Boston

Campus Kitchen at UMass Boston (CKUMB), is a local student-powered hunger relief initiative. CKUMB is part of The Campus Kitchens Project, a national non-profit organization that works on 31 campuses across the country to strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities by using volunteer power and re-purposed food to reduce waste and fight hunger. Since 2010, CKUMB has been bringing nourishing meals, nutrition education and gardening opportunities to low-income children and youth in our community.

CKUMB is growing in 2012 to expand our impact on childhood food insecurity in Boston. In particular, summer is our busiest time of year. As part of our strategies for growth, we are reaching out to form strong partnerships with the wealth of higher education networks in our city. We see the thriving student population as an invaluable opportunity to bolster our resources while empowering students to make a difference in local communities.

How you can help: 1) Volunteer! We recover unused food, cook and delivery healthy meals, grow a community garden and teach kids about nutrition. 2) Be a leader! Students can join our Leadership Team, who form the very core of CKUMB. “LT” members take responsibility and gain experience in nonprofit management skills like community outreach, event planning, fundraising, etc.

Please see our http://www.campuskitchens.org/, where you can learn more about our mission, our work, and our opportunities. Anyone can sign up online to volunteer: http://www.campuskitchens.org/umbmvteer/. Contact: Lindsay Wallace, 617.287.7909.

Field researchers needed for the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership

The Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership needs assistance in implementing a confidential research study that examines the treatment of minorities in urban communities. Prior experience is not required, but a commitment to following field research procedures is mandatory. Eligibility includes flexibility, attention to detail, computer literacy, 18 years of age or older, and access to a reliable vehicle. Training is mandatory and includes two completed assignments. $200 is given after training is completed. Get paid $60 or $112 per assignment for more information, please call Laura Michelson 781-552-1917.

Rosie’s Place seeks volunteers

We are excited to announce that groups interested in volunteering can review available catering and food pantry dates at any time and from anywhere! Groups can visit the Group Volunteer section at www.rosiesplace.org and then click on the group interest form for either catering and/or the food pantry. Available dates in the next 2 months are listed on the form and you can prioritize your preference for dates. You can use this process to request shifts past this date range too – just complete a form and make notes in the comment section about when you are interested in coming. Volunteer Services staff will then be back in touch with you to finalize a date and answer any questions.

June, July and August are the months when Rosie’s Place needs the most volunteer help. Our biggest needs are for groups on weekday evenings in the food pantry or dining room as well as on weekends in the dining room. We are hoping you would consider organizing a group to help during this time of high need. If you are interested in dining room serving dates, please contact us directly at mwengert@rosiesplace.org.

We have also made it easier for individuals to volunteer here in our dining room and food pantry. We now have an online volunteer sign up system that allows volunteers (16 and older) to self schedule for dates when we really need help instead of having to commit to a regular schedule. To become an individual the first step is to visit the Individual Volunteer section at www.rosiesplace.org and complete an online application. I am attaching a flyer about how easy it now is for individuals to get involved that you are welcome to share with members of your group.

Direct any questions to Marty Wengert and Jessica Garretson, The Rosie’s Place Volunteer Services Team, Volunteer Services,volunteer@rosiesplace.org, 617-442-9322 (main), www.rosiesplace.org

Basic literacy or ESOL tutors needed

Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts (LVM) volunteers help adults acquire the literacy and English language skills that empower them to realize their goals. By improving their basic skills through tutoring, adults are better able to meet life's challenges, be self-sufficient, provide for their families, help their children with homework, read a daily newspaper, enjoy more independence and gain self-confidence.

Prospective volunteers attend a volunteer orientation (2 hours) and successfully complete a tutor training (18 hours) in either basic literacy or ESOL prior to being certified and matched to work with a student. Volunteers then work one-to-one with a student for 2 hours per week for a minimum of 9 to 12 months at mutually convenient times and places in the community. Lessons are student-centered and individualized so that an adult is learning skills building on individual strengths in the context of what is relevant, interesting and important to the student. All tutoring services are free and confidential. After being matched, volunteers and students receive ongoing support from LVM's professional staff. Support includes newsletters, inservice trainings and other professional development opportunities, special recognition events, a reference and lending library, and regular personal assistance.

If interested, contact Kirstin Griffiths, KGriffiths@lvm.org, 617.367.1313, www.lvm.org. Orientation and training are provided.

Use technology for GOOD (deadline: 7/12)

Calling all tech junkies and gadget nerds: we have a challenge for you! GOOD Maker and NTEN want to fund a project that fuels social change through technology, whether by enabling you to track impact, learn something new, help constituents connect and engage, or more seamlessly provide direct services. Maybe you’re passionate about teaching computer programming skills and want to inspire the next generation of tech pioneers. Perhaps you want to develop a cool app to improve mobility in your city. Or maybe you want to improve the tech systems of your local nonprofit so that you can have even more impact. We want to support your idea and empower you to do good. Tell us how you would use your unique skills and ideas to sync up your community, and you could win a $2,500 grant from GOOD and a free NTEN Membership; there will be two additional prizes of free NTEN Memberships.

Submitted projects must be able to be activated with $2,500. Let us know how you’re going to put this money to work! You may supplement the grant with additional funds, but you must use the grant and implement your project within 6 months of receiving the funds. Projects will be featured on this page and public voting will be open from July 12 to July 26 (noon Pacific Time).The NTEN judging panel will review the top 10 voted submissions and determine the final winner and the 2 runners-up. This Challenge is open for submissions from June 14 to July 12 (noon Pacific Time). Individuals, groups, and nonprofits are eligible to apply.

See website for full information: http://technology.maker.good.is Questions? Contact Wendy Levine, wendy@goodinc.com

Do GOOD outdoors (deadline: 7/19)

Spending time outside can make us all happier and healthier, and many of us don’t do it nearly enough. That’s why we have $5,000 to help you use the great outdoors to doGOOD in your community. Whether you want to organize an educational trip to the tidepools, start a rock-climbing club for kids, or plant flowers in a communal garden, we want to know what you’re up to! Tell us how you’ll be doing GOOD while getting some fresh air this summer and you’ll be eligible for $5,000.

Tell us how your outdoor project is promoting social change from June 15 to July 19 (noon Pacific Time). From July 19 to August 3 (noon Pacific Time), we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join theGOOD community in selecting the winner. This Challenge is open for submissions from June 15 noon PT to July 19 noon PT. Individuals, nonprofits and groups are eligible. The project that receives the most votes will win $5,000 to implement their idea.

See website for full information: http://outdoors.maker.good.is Questions? Contact Wendy Levine, wendy@goodinc.com

Science mentoring of Middle/High school students (deadline: 9/10)

The Science Mentor Program offers many talented middle/high school students the opportunity to experience experimental science. The program also encourages students to excel at various Science Fairs at the school, city, state, national, and international levels. During the program a mentor meets with his/her student mentee one or two hours after school each week. The mentor is to guide the mentee to form a project, to fulfill the project, and to work with the students to hone their presentation skills. The program starts in late September and ends the following January when the first of the science fairs begin.

The program is at Boston Latin School (78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115). A Mentee can also meet with his/her mentor at mentor's place. Contact Friends of Math and Science at Boston Latin School, Grace Zuo, zuo1998us@gmail.com, 617-229-6932 by September 10, 2012. More info at www.blsfms.org

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Commonwealth Corps seeks a Cambridge MSN Liaison

The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism. Commonwealth Corps members will serve up to twelve months in full-time or part-time capacities at designated nonprofits and public entities. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.

The City of Cambridge Agenda for Children Out-of-School Time (OST) Initiative’s Middle School Network (MSN) promotes access to, participation in, and coordination among middle school serving OST programs as part of the City’s goal to ensure broad and consistent participation of Cambridge’s middle school youth in quality OST experiences that foster both their present and future learning and life success. Commonwealth Corps members will work with us to build our capacity, strengthen relationships and systems across the city, and work with youth, schools, and OST programs to promote awareness of and access to OST programming.

Qualifications include Massachusetts residency; 18 years or older; experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement; experience with or an interest in relationship building and communicating with diverse audiences in a variety of formats; experience working or volunteering with middle school youth and/or in school or out-of-school time programming, or an interest in these areas; ability to work effectively as part of a team and to work independently and meet deadlines; proficiency with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and internet applications.

This position received a $192 stipend every other week (up to $5,000 total volunteer stipend over 12 months); a bonus of up to $1,000 upon successful completion of service (completing both 800 hours of minimum service and 12-months of service); plus training and other professional development opportunities. Members’ set volunteer schedule can be based around their timing needs, with a focus on weekday morning and afternoons and occasional evening/weekend responsibilities.

To apply, contact AFC_ISAS@cambridgema.gov with a resume and cover letter by June 25, 2012. The position runs August 1, 2012-July 31, 2013.

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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