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Community Service Bulletin

September 18, 2013

Spotlight

Celebrate the PSC's 25th anniversary!

In 2013, the MIT Public Service Center celebrates 25 years of transforming students and communities through service, enterprise, innovation, and compassion. As we celebrate the 25 years of the PSC, we also celebrate the amazing humanitarianism of the MIT community and its dedication to public service. You are an important part of our anniversary, and we hope that you'll join us for cupcakes in celebration of 25 years of public service on Monday, September 23, from 1-3 p.m. in Lobby 10. We look forward to the next 25 years of MIT serving the nation and the world!

Join the Underclassmen Giving Committee

For the past seven years, MIT underclassmen have joined together to raise money to support Public Service Center Expedition Grants. Last year, the Classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 combined to raise $8,047 with 47% of underclassmen supporting the cause. Once again it is you, the students, who get to vote to decide which Expedition Grant projects will be funded by the UGC! Expedition Grants provide funding to send fellow students to places throughout the world to work on community based service projects.

The campaign kicks off Monday, October 28, in Lobby 10 and we need your help on the committee to support these awesome projects. You will make a huge impact on your classmates with just 4-6 hours of your time for the entire semester! If you’re interested in joining your class’ committee (2015, 2016, 2017) and helping other MIT students turn their ideas into reality, send an email to ugc@mit.edu. The deadline to apply is October 1, so don’t delay!

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding/Employment Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Sep 19: Leveraging Your International Experience

Thursday, September 19 noon-1pm; W20-306, Twenty Chimneys
Co-sponsored by MISTI and GECD.

Have you interned, researched, done public service and/or studied abroad (through GEO, IROP, PSC, D-Lab, etc)? Come to W20-306 to hear from corporate panelists and MIT presenters about marketing your international experience. You will also be given an opportunity to speak directly with MIT staff and panelists concerning your CV and elevator pitch following the discussion.

PSC, UPOP, GEL, F/ASIP, IROP/UROP, D-Lab, FL&L will host booths to speak with students about resumes, interview techniques and their experiences abroad. Lunch will be served.

http://web.mit.edu/misti/news/leveraging2013.html

Sep 28: Celebrate National Public Lands Day by helping to maintain the Fresh Pond Reservation (Deadline 9/19)

WHEN: Saturday, September 28th, 1:30 to 4:30 pm, rain or shine
WHERE: Fresh Pond Reservation, West Cambridge

Help improve Cambridge's drinking water supply through testing water quality, maintaining trails and taking visitor census in this unique opportunity to be a part of the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. It's a great chance to join thousands of volunteers nationwide in conserving our environment. No experience required. Register online by 9/19 at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd092813

Contact: Lori Tsurada, lori@pmd.org

Sep 29: Volunteer at Science Outreach Event - Rocket Day!

Saturday, September 28th at Danehy Park, Cambridge

Rocket Day is a free event for people of all ages. All participants need to bring is a 1 or 2-liter soda bottle and a tennis ball. We provide the rest of the materials and instructions for making your rocket. Rockets are powered by compressed air and water and can reach speeds close to 200 mph! Last year, participants built over 300 rockets, and launched an average of one rocket every 1.25 minutes for six and a half hours!

We are looking for volunteers and materials.

Volunteers! We are looking for volunteers from 10am to 5pm for everything from assisting participants with building rockets to managing the launches, set-up and more. If you are interested in helping, please sign up using the following form: http://www.cambridgesciencefestival.org/2014Festival/2013RescheduledEvents/RocketDay.aspx

Materials! In addition, we can always use lots of empty 1-liter and 2-liter drink bottles, and old tennis balls. We also need thin plastic or stiff paper such as file folders and card stock. If you have anything you can donate, please contact Sung Kim at sungmi@MIT.EDU.

Oct 1: Four Weeks for America Information Session

Information Session Tuesday, October 1, 7-8pm 4-231

The MIT Public Service Center and Teach For America have teamed up to offer MIT students an exciting challenge for IAP 2014. Work with current Teach For America teachers and help them develop more innovative and exciting ways to teach science and math. Gain firsthand experience of what it's like to Teach For America. Spend four weeks solving problems that matter, driving educational change and making a difference for kids!

Contact: 4foramerica@mit.eduhttp://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/fourweeks/

Oct 5: Harvest Festival: help run kids' activities! (Deadline 9/27)

The Somerville Community Growing Center in Union Square: http://thegrowingcenter.org/the-place/find-us/

Saturday October 5th, 12 noon to 5pm
Rain date: Sunday October 6th (same time)

Help coordinate apple bobbing, pumpkin carving, food tasting, butter-making, and other fun harvest activities for kids! Sign up to participate by 9/27 at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd100513.

Contact: Lori Tsurada, lori@pmd.org

Ongoing Opportunities

Boston Housing Authority Volunteer Interpreter

The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) is the largest landlord in New England. Our main mission is to provide affordable housing through the administration of rental assistance programs. Our clients are comprised of many racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities, many of whom are newcomers to the Boston area with limited English speaking and reading abilities.  As a response to the language needs of the BHA community, the Language Access Team under the BHA Office of Civil Rights has established the Volunteer Interpreters Program (VIP). The purpose of BHA-VIP is to recruit and train volunteer interpreters to provide interpretation and translation services to Limited English Proficiency families who are seeking or residing in subsidized housing.   The VIP program offers volunteers the opportunity to enhance their bilingual skills, and to gain exposure to affordable housing policies and practices while helping the BHA families.

Responsibilities: 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; Attend a mandatory interpreter training and orientation; Comply with BHA agency rules and regulations; Attend a mandatory interpreter training and orientation; Serve 10 hrs or less a month, on an on-call basis

Contact: Sheyla Carew, Sheyla.Carew@Bostonhousing.org; 617.988.4032

Volunteer at the MIT Soup Kitchen

The MIT Soup Kitchen is looking for students to fill one-hour volunteer shifts on Wednesdays. This soup kitchen - run jointly by students and members of the St. Bartholomew's Church - provides free meals to the poor in Cambridge. The soup kitchen is located at 239 Harvard St in Central Square. Every Wednesday, meals are prepared from 3:00-6:00 and served from 6:00-7:00pm. Cleanup proceeds from 7:00-7:30pm.

Contact: soupkitchen-admin@mit.edu.

Mentor local middle schoolers at Saturday brunches (Deadline: 9/20)

This academic year, in just eight Saturdays, you could change the life of a middle school student from Boston, Cambridge or Lawrence, Massachusetts. The MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) is actively recruiting mentors for our OEOP Middle School Mentoring Program. Each Saturday brunch will give you an opportunity to help reinforce your mentee's understanding of concepts they learned in our summer STEM Program. You and your mentee will work closely with other mentors and middle school students, go on field trips, and participate in social events. The application, due September 20, is available here: http://mit.edu/stem/2013%20Mentor%20Application.pdf.

More Information: stem@mit.edu, http://mit.edu/stem

LGBTQ/HIV Legal InfoLine seeking volunteers (Deadline: 10/11)

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), New England’s leading LGBTQ/HIV legal rights organization, seeks committed volunteers to staff GLAD Answers, the new name for GLAD’s Legal InfoLine! Be trained in LGBTQ/HIV civil rights legal issues. No prior legal experience is needed.

Register now for the next training, October 15 & 17 (5:30-9:30pm) and October 19 (9am-4pm). Volunteer one weekday afternoon a week from 1:30-4:30pm helping people who have experienced discrimination by providing legal information that can make a real difference in their lives!

You can get more information and an application by contacting Bruce Bell, (617) 426-1350 or email bbell@glad.org, or online at: www.glad.org/rights/infoline/volunteer/.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Apply for MIT Community Service Fund grants (Deadline: 9/30)

MIT staff, graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and retirees are eligible to apply for CSF grants to support their personal public service initiatives, which include programs that they run or would like to start, or projects that they want to work on that enhance the public service work of an existing organization or school.

CSF funding is seed funding or project funding: it provides only short-term support. It can help you fill a short-term need, build an enhancement that is self-sustaining, or launch a new organization that will be supported by other sources in the long term. It is possible to reapply for additional CSF funding several times if funds are needed, but the Board will not consider applications for funding beyond a three-year period, and they will typically only supply partial funding within that period for ongoing work.

For application instructions, visit http://web.mit.edu/csf. Contact csf-staff@mit.edu with any questions. Applications are due September 30 for late fall allocation.

CITE Web Content Developer (Deadline: 9/30)

The Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation (CITE) focuses on evaluating technologies for the developing world and is searching for a student to develop content for its website. Responsibilities include gathering the most relevant information about CITE and formatting it using a form-based Drupal Cloud platform. Content should be derived from pre-existing CITE reports and will be created in collaboration with CITE faculty and staff. Students must have an engaging writing style, be able to work independently, and communicate technical issues effectively to non-technical audiences.  This position would initially focus on extensive web content development but would transition into basic web maintenance. The work would entail approximately 60 hours over the course of the semester and would be paid hourly based on experience. Please send a resume and statement of interest to cite-positions@mit.edu. Qualified applicants will be selected for an interview. Applications are preferred by September 30.

CITE Product Researcher (Deadline: 9/30)

The Comprehensive Evaluation for Technology Evaluation (CITE) is hiring a small team of student researchers to expand its existing database of products designed for the developing world. The product database will be invaluable in informing the next product families that CITE will evaluate. This primarily web-based research position will focus on compiling all background information on a range of products designed for the developing world. These data include but are not limited to: Technical specifications, Origin, Main users, Unit cost, Maintenance requirements, Number sold or distributed, Manufacturer.

Students must be detail oriented, have clear communication skills, and should have previous experience with a detailed research project.  Students should be able to start immediately and work approximately 10 hours/week. Please send a resume and statement of interest to cite-positions@mit.edu. Qualified applicants will be selected for an interview. Graduate students and experienced undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Applications are preferred by September 30.

Apply for a PSC Expedition Grant (Deadline: 10/9)

The PSC is now accepting Expedition Grant applications for IAP 2014!  Since Expedition Grants are sponsored by the Underclassmen Giving Campaign, we are putting the final choices in the hands of underclassmen, who can vote for their favorite finalist during the Campaign!

Expedition Grants, open to all continuing MIT freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, enable students to serve someplace that they have never been before. The purpose of an Expedition Grant is to help you travel to an unfamiliar region to do work on a project of potential continuing interest. These grants are intended for service projects that are exploratory in nature, and we hope that this service work might even set the groundwork for future projects that have the prospect of sustainable benefit for the community.

Applications are due Wednesday, Oct. 9, by 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/grants/apply/expedapp.html.

Apply for a funded public service Fellowship or Internship for IAP (Deadline: 10/18)

The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects. Students work with community-focused organizations including non-profits and social enterprises. These can include a student's own social enterprise.
You can create your own project, continue work on an enterprise you already started, or find project ideas on our website.
We welcome a wide range of community service projects and support work in the US and abroad. In addition, this IAP, we are promoting two aspects of technology development:

CITE-PSC Internships
We are partnering with the Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation http://d-lab.mit.edu/cite to offer CITE-PSC Internships working with USAID and NGO partners.
Work with development organizations like USAID, Mercy Corps, the World Food Programme, Oxfam, and more. During IAP, you could conduct market research, product testing or needs assessment at one of our partner locations around he globe! We are looking for motivated, detail-oriented, curious students to help generate, prioritize, and test/assess products designed for the developing world. Travel, accommodation, and living expenses are covered through an internship stipend. Contact Chris Pilcavage for more information csp18@mit.edu

Poverty Alleviating Technology
We encourage applications that will further the development of poverty alleviating technology. If you are working on a promising technology that needs field testing, community partner input, or a feasibility study, apply for a Fellowship. We are particularly interested in hardware technologies that have the potential to receive later support through D-Lab Scale-Ups  http://d-lab.mit.edu/scale-ups/fellowships, but we also welcome applications for software and technologies that will be implemented beyond the developing world.

Applications for IAP Fellowships and Internships projects must be submitted by noon on October 18th.

Find more information about both programs at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/internshipsandfellowships/
Questions? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

Action for Boston Community Development seeking Benefits Assistant Intern

Assist the Benefits Administrator in the operation of ABCD’s benefit programs, including employee enrollment, processing benefit forms, and record-keeping. Assist in maintaining benefit files and processing of forms. Work on various projects within benefits program. Provide general office support including copying, faxing and data entry. Perform other related duties as needed. Must be able to work sensitively and effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Undergraduate level students, Juniors and/or Seniors preferred. Fall-Spring semester, 10-15 hours per week. Unpaid internship, but students with work-study awards are eligible for compensation

Contact: Jaelyn Rue, 617-348-6387, jaelyn.rue@bostonabcd.org

Action for Boston Community Development seeking Communications Intern

Assist with the production and distribution of the agency’s volunteer services newsletter, including sourcing, writing and distributing. Communicate with hiring managers regarding event/program details, volunteer needs, and application status. Communicate with prospective volunteers to identify their interests with matching opportunities, while ensuring their applications are complete and processed in an accurate and timely manner. Establish and maintain working relationships with local colleges, agencies and companies to recruit volunteers for special events and ongoing projects. Perform other related duties as needed. Must be able to work sensitively and effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Undergraduate student majoring in Communications, Journalism or a related field preferred. Must submit two writing samples. Strong writing and communication skills required, with close attention to detail. Ongoing internship with flexible days/hours for 14-21 hours per week. Unpaid internship, but students with work-study awards are eligible for compensation.

Contact: Jaelyn Rue, 617-348-6387, jaelyn.rue@bostonabcd.org

Seeking Middle School STEM Program staff

Cambridge Community Center; 5 Callendar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm

The Cambridge Community Center has been helping people to learn, grow, and connect in the Riverside neighborhood for over 80 years. We are seeking student assistants for our Middle School STEM Program. This program will give middle school kids the opportunity to explore STEM activities and ideas under the guidance of MIT students. The students will work with a coordinator to present the STEM material in engaging ways! The program is expected to work with between 10 and 20 middle school students. Students who are eligible for Community Service Work-Study can be paid $10-12 an hour for this work.

Contact: Darrin Korte, Darrin.korte@gmail.com

The MIT 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 MIT 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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