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Community Service Bulletin

July 16, 2012


The Community Service Opportunities e-bulletin is moving to a monthly distribution cycle for the summer months. The next bulletin will be sent out mid-August and will resume a weekly schedule in September.

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


Be a member of the Poland Spring Green Team at Fenway Park

The Boston Red Sox are committed to winning on and off the field and part of that commitment includes acting socially responsible and environmentally friendly. In 2008 the Red Sox launched the Poland Spring Green Team in an effort to preserve and protect our environment. The Green Team is tasked with proactively collecting recyclables throughout Fenway Park.

Volunteers meet one hour prior to game time and collect recyclables between innings until the end of the 7th inning for what amounts to about a three-hour commitment. During innings, while baseball is being played, and after the 7th inning, Green Team volunteers are free to enjoy the game. All volunteers are presented with a Poland Spring Green Team t-shirt along with a food voucher redeemable for a hot dog and soda at the Park.

Volunteer opportunities are available for all home games during the 2012 season. Schedule is here: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=bos#y=2012&m=6&calendar=DEFAULT

Contact Christopher Knight, greenteam@redsox.com, 617-226-6121, if interested.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Painting with the Charles River Conservancy (7/28)

Join the Charles River Conservancy for a fun day of painting railings along the Parklands. Bring out your favorite pair of paint-splattered shorts and join us for a morning of fun! This event takes place Saturday, July 28, 9am-12pm, in Cambridge. To RSVP, email Danielle at dms@thecharles.org

Engage in a STEM education/LEGO volunteer opportunity (8/11)

Manipulating Legos representing DNA, RNA, proteins, and atoms helps high school students learn about the molecular processes for DNA replication and gene expression, from introductory to advanced placement levels.

Team up to build, check, and label lego the final DNA nucleotides of 2012, by copying pictures and samples. Build, check and label last Lego DNA nucleotides for cool Lego science learning kits for high school students to learn biological processes hands on. This event takes place Saturday, August 11, 1:30pm to 4:30pm , on the MIT campus in Cambridge.

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

All of the Lego materials and teacher professional development workshops have been funded by grants, but we need volunteers to assemble, check, and later permanently glue together all of the subunits 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.

Register by 8/1 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22G78QHFPS3

Join an MIT student group in maintaining the Esplanade (8/18)

This event is being organized by the Secular Society of MIT in conjunction with The Esplanade Association. All student groups and individuals are invited to join us in this opportunity on August 18, 12-3:30pm.

Volunteers will participate in a host of park beautification and maintenance projects that include raking, litter pick-up, cutting back invasive species, rubbish removal and bench and fence painting. All tools and equipment will be provided. More precise information will become available approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the event.

Please RSVP by August 4 by sending an email to Dan Harris, dmh@math.mit.edu, (919)413-8022, http://www.mit.edu/~ssomit/

Volunteer at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting (9/23-9/25, deadline: 8/10)

The CGI Annual Meeting is an invitation-only event held each September in New York City for heads of state, chief executives of companies, directors of major nonprofits, and other global leaders. For three days members will make new connections and share insights and ideas. They will learn about creative approaches taken by different organizations around the world and hear from inspiring speakers who come from difference sectors, different countries, and different points of view. They will work to analyze what works and what doesn't and take that knowledge and use it to create programs that effect meaningful and lasting change in the world. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion. Our volunteers fill a variety of critical roles that make this event possible.

Planning is well underway for our 8th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, which will take place September 23rd-25th in New York City at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, and CGI would like to invite you to join us as a volunteer for the event. Each year over 250 volunteers play an integral role in making the Annual Meeting a success. Last year, volunteers traveled from over 23 countries and 31 states to be a part of the Annual Meeting.

We encourage you to join us for this exciting opportunity. Apply here by August 10 http://events.trustevent.com/index.cfm?eid=1100 to be a 2012 CGI Annual Meeting Volunteer: https://events.trustevent.com/templates/index.cfm?fuseaction=templates.home&eid=1100

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the 2012 Annual Meeting and the Volunteer Program, please email
Ruchi Bhargava, ruchi.bhargava@clintonglobalinitiative.org.

Volunteer at Breakthrough Cambridge’s one-time events

Breakthrough Cambridge has several upcoming volunteer opportunities. If interested, contact volunteer@breakthroughcambridge.org

Mock Interview Days
Weeks of July 23 and 30, by appointment
Sign up to conduct mock interviews to our 9-11th grade students! Volunteer in an interactive way to help Breakthrough students prepare for the college application process. This takes place at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway

Prepare for Celebration 2012
August 9, 6-7:30p.m., volunteers can start earlier in the day
Celebration will take place on August 9 and is the culminating performance of the summer program. We need volunteers to help make the event run as smoothly as possible so we can fully celebrate the summer's achievements! This even will take place at the Kresge Auditorium, at MIT.

Volunteer at Shakespeare on the Common (7/25-8/12)

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) is dedicated to performing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions that are presented free of charge on the Boston Common. This year we are producing Coriolanus, July 25 - August 12 and I’m contacting you about the volunteer opportunities we have available this summer.

CSC relies on the help of volunteers to continue the beloved tradition of bringing the Bards’ words to the masses. Volunteering on the Common is fun, social and rewarding! Each night we need 10 - 15 volunteers to assist with ushering, handing out playbills, selling merchandise and collecting donations. In exchange we offer our volunteers VIP Chairs to watch the performance, a discount on merchandise, and a complimentary staff t-shirt.

Performances of Coriolanus are July 25 - August 12. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays starting at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. There are no Monday night performances. Volunteers are asked to arrive on the Common at 6:00 p.m. for shows Tuesday through Saturday and 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

If you are interested in volunteering you may sign-up online now by clicking this link: http://www.commshakes.org/about/volunteer-opportunities If you have any other questions do not hesitate to contact Peter Campion at pcampion@commshakes.org

Be a part of Science on the Street! (8/6, 8/21, 8/29, 9/9)

The Cambridge Science Festival has several upcoming opporutnities to get involved with the Science on the Street series. If interested, contact Sung Kim at sungmi@mit.edu, 617-324-4379, bit.ly/SciStreet

Science on the Street - Camp Miracles & Magic
Monday, August 6, Hubbardston, MA
Camp Miracles & Magic offers a week-long sleepaway camp for HIV-positive children up to the 8th grade. SciStreet will bring fun activities (e.g. water bottle rockets, building challenges, and more). We need volunteers to help interact with the students, help run activities, oversee rocket-building, and more. RSVP by July 30.

Science on the Street - Franklin Park
Tuesday, August 21, 10am-2pm, Franklin Park, Boston
Come help out with fun, hands-on science and engineering activities at the Boston Parks Children's festival in Franklin Park, Boston. RSVP by August 10.

Science on the Street - BPS Middle School Orientation at Fenway
Wednesday, August 29, 4:30-8pm, Fenway Park, Gate E
Boston Public Schools is holding an orientation for all rising 6th graders at Fenway Park. SciStreet will do 10 engaging activities or demonstrations in the concourse. Volunteer to engage with students in fun science and engineering activities! RSVP by August 20.

Science on the Street—Cambridge Carnival
September 9, 8am-7pm, Cambridge
Support science outreach in your own backyard of Kendall Square where 100,000 people come to enjoy cultural foods, costumes, parades, and more. We’ll be at Cambridge Carnival, a local Caribbean Festival on Sunday, Volunteer with us for the whole day or a 2-3 hour shift. RSVP by Sept. 1.

Speak to students at the Pioneer Charter School about your favorite science topic

Pioneer Charter School of Science (PCSS), a premiere science school and the only science charter school in the state of Massachusetts, provides a vigorous educational experience to under resourced students of Everette, Chelsea and Revere with a heavy emphasis and training in STEM based fields.

PCSS hosts multiple Science, Engineering and Math speaker series to bring cutting edge research to our students. Graduate students, post graduates, and professors from distinguished universities come to speak to our students about their area of research and its importance. PCSS hosted two speaker series last academic year with a total of six speakers from Harvard College, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Science and Harvard Medical School. This year we hope to increase the number of series and speakers we bring to our students. We hope you will help us achieve our goal and give us the honor of having you at our school.

This event will be scheduled according to the speaker's needs. Events are held in the PCSS building at 51 Summer Street, Everette, MA 02149. Transportation will be provided from any location upon the speaker's request. Contact Sonia Hasan, shasan@pioneercss.org, (832) 640-1602, pioneercss.org.

Ongoing Opportunities

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 15-40 hrs/week this summer. 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.

Volunteer as an interpreter with the Boston Housing Authority

The purpose of BHA-Vlunteer Interpreters Program is to recruit and train volunteer interpreters in order to provide interpretation and translation services to families with limited English proficiency who are going through the housing process.

Duties and responsibilities include interpreting for BHA residents, applicants and/or staff during BHA hearings, eligibility screenings, resident meetings, walk-in inquiries, and phone interviews; interpreting for BHA residents, applicants and/or staff regarding inquiries on housing documents, applications and letters, etc., by phone or in person.; assisting in written translations of BHA documents; peer reviewing written translations of BHA documents for accuracy; complying with the agency’s rules and regulations; providing agency staff other language-related assistance as assigned; and attending a mandatory interpreter training and orientation.

If interested, contact Sheyla Carew, Sheyla.Carew@Bostonhousing.org, 617-988 4032, www.Bostonhousing.org

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 zuo1998us@gmail.com

Global Ambassador applications now open!

Would you like to join the
Dell Social Innovation Challenge team?
Applications for Global Student Ambassadors are available now!
As Global Ambassadors for the DSIC, students help ignite social innovation passions among university students worldwide.

Throughout the year, our Ambassadors work with the DSIC team to recruit students with innovative ideas and projects to join DellChallenge.org; share info and tips with Challenge competitors; organize events on their campuses and promote opportunities through email and social media; and earn awesome perks and prizes, including Dell technology and all-expense paid trips to premier social innovation events.

For questions, please email ambassador@dellchallenge.org.

Teach what you know to middle school youth through Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools partners with middle schools across the country to expand the school day for low-income youth. We believe all students have the potential to discover a love of learning in middle school that will inspire them to succeed in high school, college, employment, and civic life.

Many kids lose interest and disengage from school because they lack enough time to master skills during the school day, relevant learning activities, and involved adults. Citizen Schools mobilizes a second shift of afternoon educators, who provide academic support, leadership development, and ""apprenticeships"" hands-on learning classes taught by volunteers. Apprenticeships span a wide range of topics, such as Science and Technology, Arts, Media, and Business.

Apprenticeships take place during weekday afternoons Tuesday-Thursday at various times between 2-6pm. Classes run 90 minutes each week for 12 weeks culminating in a presentation, product, or performance. Volunteers generally spend 1-2 hours preparing for their apprenticeship each week.

Volunteer positions are available at our campus sites in Charlestown, Dorchester, Roslindale, Roxbury, and New Bedford. Resources provided to volunteers include training (in person & online); existing curriculum library; lesson planning guidance and feedback from Citizen Schools staff; weekly classroom assistance from Citizen Schools staff; $80 budget for supplies; and an online community of Citizen Teacher volunteers.

To get further information about teaching an apprenticeship, and speak to a Citizen Schools staff member about your ideas, go to http://www.citizenschools.org/volunteer/sign-up Contact: Kelly Conron Bernard, kellyconron@citizenschools.org, 617-695-2300 ext.1165, www.citizenschools.org

Help develop and test a new manual centrifuge design!

A student team from MIT's D-Lab: Design class has developed a promising new manual centrifuge in spring 2012, and now we are seeking volunteers to help us develop the design further and test the centrifuge. If successful, there are potential community partners in various countries that may be interested in field-testing our centrifuge. Please email coriolis@mit.edu for further details.

Help Takachar with its charcoal-related projects in developing countries

Looking for impact in developing countries? Passionate about charcoal-related stuff? Takachar is looking for volunteers to work on its projects this summer.

Takachar is an initiative run by MIT and University of Nairobi students, focused on the use of charcoal as a cooking fuel in developing countries such as Kenya and Haiti, and less environmentally harmful alternatives. There are three projects we need help with this summer:

(1) Characterizing briquettes from Haiti: In collaboration with D-Lab, we are measuring the emissions of fuel briquettes shipped from Haiti, and thinking of ways to improve these briquettes. No experience with charcoal necessary!

(2) Prototyping a particulate datalogger by hacking a camera phone: Indoor smoke emissions from certain cooking fuels can cause long-term respiratory illnesses, and we would like to measure this in the field. We have the idea of how to turn a camera phone into a low-cost particulate meter, and you have the expertise. The work involves prototyping and initial testing at D-Lab.

(3) Website template: Takachar is in urgent need to set up a website. All we need is a template whose code is easy enough to change so that all of us can become webmasters as necessary.

Interested? Please email trashiscash@mit.edu for details.

Join an MIT alum at a youth camp in Liberia next summer

MIT alum, Dr. Alan Newhall, is recruiting MIT student for team to travel to Liberia in July, 2013. We will be resourcing a camp for about 200 youth and young adults in Ganta, near the border with Guinea. We will also be doing some finish work and planning on a United Methodist youth center which some of us have funded in Ganta. This youth center will be serving a large population of youth up to about age 30, many of whom are former child soldiers, and all of whom are chronically unemployed. The youth center will, among other activities, provide vocational training in carpentry, sewing, and computer use.

If you are interested in this team, contact Dr. Newhall at anewhall@aol.com, (home) 309-277-7019, (cell) 217-415-5156.

Volunteer with Breakthrough Cambridge on ongoing projects

Breakthrough Cambridge has several upcoming volunteer opportunities. If interested, contact volunteer@breakthroughcambridge.org

Office Projects
Periodic, as you have time
A range of administrative projects arise for which we need additional hands including mailings and other office tasks. Some projects can be done off-site.

Photography Archive
If you have experience in photography, we can use your help with an archival project to catalog timeless Breakthrough photos. Time commitment is flexible and can be done off-site.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Be the next generation of TED Fellows!

The TED Fellows program is designed to bring together young world-changers and trailblazers who have shown unusual accomplishment and exceptional courage. The program targets individuals from the Asia/Pacific region, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East, though anyone from anywhere in the world, age 18 and over, is welcome to apply.

Candidates apply to attend one conference in either Long Beach or Edinburgh. Individuals can apply directly or be nominated by others. We'll also directly recruit potential Fellows and invite them to apply. Email fellows@ted.com to be reminded when applications open. Please include your name, title, organization, email address, and country.

We are looking for the next generation of innovators who have demonstrated remarkable accomplishment and outstanding potential to positively affect the world. We are looking for an eclectic, heterogeneous group of young thinkers and doers from the fields of technology, entertainment, design, the sciences, engineering, humanities, the arts, economics, business, journalism, entrepreneurship and NGOs. At TED, we can take risks on unconventional innovators. We value achievement over credentials -- making and doing over merely talking. We are targeting applicants of ages 21-40 from five target regions: Africa, Asia/Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East. However, anyone over the age 18 from around the world is welcome to apply.

To apply to become a TED Fellow, please complete the application form in its entirety. (Before beginning the application, please review our applications tips and our terms and conditions.) In addition to basic details and contact information, the application asks applicants to answer essay questions and provide three references. Applications must be received complete and on time to be considered.

The application cycles for TED and TEDGlobal are different. Applicants apply to one conference. Go to http://www.ted.com/fellows for more information!

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