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Community Service Bulletin

September 19, 2012


Register to participate in the CityDays Serve-Off!

CityDays is back! Volunteer at MIT’s CityDays Serve-Off and compete with your group to win a $400 prize.

Join us during the long holiday weekend, Tuesday, October 9, 2012, in giving back to the local community by participating in a community service project with your friends!

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center invites all undergraduate and graduate students to register to compete in the CityDays Serve-Off for a chance to win $400 to be used as a grant for future public service activities for the group or to be donated to a charitable organization of the group’s choosing.

Group categories include: Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living Groups; Residence Halls; Athletics (varsity and club); and Other Groups (all groups that don’t fall into the other three categories: academic, cultural, religious, service, and other groups, as well as “independents”).

Free food and a t-shirt included for all participants!

To learn more and register by September 24, visit web.mit.edu/citydays. Sign up now, as spots are limited!

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Volunteer for inaugural events in honor of MIT’s new President, Rafael Reif (9/21-22)

In MIT”s upcoming presidential inaugural celebration (see full schedule here: web.mit.edu/inauguration/index.html) there are many opportunities to volunteer and make a difference in the local community.

You could register for and participate in the Beaver Dash 5K on Sept. 22 at 10am, which benefits MIT Habitat for Humanity. Register and pledge here: mit.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp?id=222.

You can also volunteer to help run the Campus Quest event on the 22nd. Go here to register to volunteer: mitevents.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9vOPtlY70E9lEVL Contact inauguration@mit.edu with questions.

Register or volunteer for “Run for Someone Else’s Life” 5K Run/Walk (9/29)

The Samaritans 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Festival is a wonderful event for the entire community. On Saturday morning, September 29, 2012 over 2,500 runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators flock to Artesani Park, Brighton to raise both funds for Samaritans and awareness about suicide, the third leading cause of death for Massachusetts youth and the nation's tenth leading cause of death for all ages. Registration begins at 8:00 am, the race begins at 10:00 am.

To register for the "Run for Someone Else's Life" 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Festival, or to volunteer at the event, please contact Samaritans Event Manager Garrett Owen at 5K@samaritanshope.org or 617-536-2460, Ext. 5239, www.samaritanshope.org.

IDEAS Global Challenge: Fall Generator Dinner (10/16)

Working on an idea to help underserved communities? Need funding? Want to recruit new members for your IDEAS Global Challenge team? Want to get involved, but don't yet have an idea? Come to our Fall Generator Dinner! The dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 16 from 7-8:30pm in Walker Memorial, Morss Hall.

Learn about how to enter IDEAS Global Challenge. Hear what other teams are working on. Pitch your idea to woo and recruit teammates. Or pitch your skills to get hired onto a team. With the first chance to submit an Initial Scope Statement two weeks away (10/23), here’s your chance to share your idea, meet teammates and form a team. The Generator will include other activities to help everyone get connected with the right teammates (you don't have to give a pitch).

There are two types of pitches: Recruit The IDEAS Dream Team and Get Yourself "Hired". Pitches must be professional, practiced, and to the point. Participants will each have 60 seconds to pitch their projects to the audience. Feel free to bring along small prototypes and presentation materials that help describe your project. RSVP to Pitch here: http://bit.ly/UPOCTN.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. RSVP at http://bit.ly/UPOCTN Or email globalchallenge-rsvp@mit.edu.

Attend the Schweitzer Leadership Conference (11/3)

The 2012 Schweitzer Leadership Conference is an unparalleled opportunity for established and emerging professionals with an interest in building healthier communities. Attendees will learn from the examples set by strategic and innovative leaders who are shaping the way we think, talk, and act when it comes to health equity, health care, social change, and public policy.

The conference will be held on November 3, 2012 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. For the first time, the 2012 Schweitzer Leadership Conference is open to the public instead of just The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF)’s program alumni. Register online here.

Volunteer at a gala event for Julie Fund (11/10)

The Julie Fund has raised over $2 million for research, family support, and education pertaining to women’s cancers. On November 10th, the Julie Fund needs 3-6 volunteers to help set-up and run their 8th Annual Gala event held at Fenway Park. The volunteer shift is from 5:30pm-9pm. RSVP to Judy Paige at judypaige@verizon.net or (781) 237-4847 by October 19th.

For more information about the cause or the Gala, visit juliefund.org.

Learn more about the Lenana Project (info session: 9/19)

Interested inmaking a real impact on a community in Kenya?Interested increative engineering solutions to real world problems? The Lenana Project is in need of team members.

Working withThe Supply Education Group, we hope to implement awaste managementsolution at Lenana's secondary school. We intend to travel thisIAPfor an investigative trip and implement duringSummer 2013.


  1. Financial Lead: actively seek funding sources and manage budget
  2. Logistic/Recruiting Lead: plan trip logistics, help market/publicize to recruit team members when needed
  3. Community Research Lead: maintain communications with our community contact, research Lenana and the secondary school
  4. Technical Lead: develop waste management solution, design, and plan implementation and calculate cost

We also welcome individuals to join as a dedicated group member (not necessarily a lead) under any of the four groups listed above. Find more information onour facebookpage. Also, come to the info session on Wednesday, 9/19 at 9pm in 2-135. Questions? Email us atteamlenana@mit.edu.

Become a mentor for Leadership Training Institute! (deadline: 9/22)

The Leadership Training Institute (LTI) is a student organization at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that aims to change the world by teaching leadership to underprivileged high school students in the Greater Boston area. Our students come out of the program with a deeper understanding of who they are as a leader, and most importantly, with a community service project of their own that is sustainable beyond LTI. We are looking for mentors for our spring session, which runs on Sundays from February 3 to May 5, 2013. If you have a passion for leadership, service, and mentoring high school students, we want you!

Mentor applications can be found online at http://mitlti.org/apply.php and are due on September 22, 2012. Feel free to email lti-directors@mit.edu with any questions!

Be a science mentor for middle/high school students

Volunteer to be a mentor for the Science Mentor Program – a program that offers talented middle/high school students the opportunity to experience experimental science. As a mentor, you would guide your mentee to form a Science Fair project, fulfill the project, and hone his/her presentation skills. Mentors meet with their student mentee one or two hours after school each week from late September through January. The program is at Boston Latin School, but meetings could also take place at the mentor’s place.

If interested, contact Grace Zuo at Zuo1998us@gmail.com or (617) 229-6932. Also visit www.blsfms.org.

Help students get to College with Let's Get Ready!

Let's Get Ready's (LGR) mission is to empower high school students in under-served communities by guiding them through the college application process. LGR coaches are dynamic and motivated undergraduate students who are committed to equality and social justice. Coaches will work on site once a week to guide a small group of high school students through the college application process. We are looking to recruit exceptional college students to teach classes at our Boston site.

Volunteers must work from 6-9pm on Tuesday or Thursday each week from September – November. Responsibilities include preparing students for sections of the upcoming December 1st SAT, and assisting students on completion of key components of their application.

The program is located at Boston Higher Education Resource Center (HERC) at 62 Northampton Street. For more information about the program, visit http://www.letsgetready.org/Programs/Boston. Contact Jenny Zhang at letsgetready.boston@gmail.com or (310) 218-8827 with questions.

Take the Four Weeks for America Challenge during IAP (deadline: 10/12)

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center and Teach For America have teamed up to offer MIT students an exciting challenge for IAP 2013. Work with current Teach For America teachers and help them develop more innovative and exciting ways to teach science and math. Gain first hand 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, all expenses paid! (Some restrictions apply.)

Attend an information session on Tuesday, October 2, 7:00pm, 4-163. Hear from students who have participated in this program in past years. Dinner provided.

Apply to participate in the Four Weeks for America Challenge! Applications are due Friday, October 12, 2012, at 5pm. Invitations to interview will be sent out in late October. Participants must be available for a training session on Tuesday, November 28, 7:00pm.

More information and application materials can be found at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/fourweeks/index.html. Questions? Email 4foramerica@mit.edu

Work with communities in Colombia or Chile

Do you want to put your time and energy into resolving quality-of-life issues in one of these countries? We have funds that could make that possible. (Keep in mind that there are some travel restrictions for Colombia – we want you to work safely.) We’re looking for enterprising students who have public service initiatives or projects in mind that are focused on Colombia or Chile. If that’s you, email the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, psc@mit.edu.

Opportunities in DC over IAP

We have connections with an array of possible internships, work-study positions, jobs, and volunteer opportunities in the DC area over IAP. We also know some great people in the MIT Club of DC. Besides connections, we can help with arrangements and funding. Why not experience DC this IAP? If interested, email the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, psc@mit.edu.

Work with Takachar on design and engineering projects

Looking for impact in developing countries? Passionate about charcoal-related stuff? Takachar is looking for volunteers to work on its projects in the fall and over IAP.

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 several design projects we need help with this fall. If successful, you will have the opportunity to travel to Kenya over IAP to implement/test these!

(1) Designing and prototyping a smoke scrubber: Charcoal production kilns can be very smoky. We would like to design and test a low-cost scrubber to trap the smoke and reduce harmful emissions.

(2) Modifying the existing briquette press to produce multiple briquettes at once.

(3) 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.

(4) Furthering the work on a mechanism to dry waste effectively.

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

Implement curriculum through the Middle School Science Initiative

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center is looking for a dozen MIT students interested in learning hands-on science curriculum this fall and traveling over IAP to deliver that curriculum to middle school teachers and classes. So far, the sites we have are in Virginia and Florida. Attend an information session on September 27, 7pm, 4-402. Please RSVP to Sally Susnowitz at susnowit@mit.edu

STEM role models needed for area high school students

A high school in a neighboring town wants MIT students to show their students just how cool science, engineering, and math can be. Transportation will be provided. This is a low-key, creative chance to make a real difference for high school students who haven’t yet been inspired by science. If interested, email the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, psc@mit.edu.

Tutor with Tutoring Plus of Cambridge

Commit one night per week for a semester to support the academic, personal, and social growth of youth in Cambridge. Volunteer to be a tutor for grades 4-8 or 9-12 at local elementary, middle or high schools within 5-10 minute walking distance from Kendall/Central squares. Volunteer hours are available Monday through Thursday from 6-7 or 7:30pm. Programs start in October.

Although tutors provide assistance with homework and understanding of topics covered in school, the tutor often becomes a trusted friend and role model. For more information or to apply online to volunteer, visit www.tutoringplus.org.

Be a second grade math tutor

MedfordSchool Volunteers is recruiting volunteers from the community to be 2ndgrade math tutors for the 2012-13 school year. Volunteers will be matched with a 2ndgrader who could use a little boost in math skills and confidence around math topics. During the tutoring sessions, math concepts are reinforced through practice and games. Sessions are scheduled for 30-45 minutes, two times a week.

Sign up now to join us for a volunteer training session in October. All community members are encouraged to apply - volunteers from last year included college and high school students, senior citizens, working professionals, and parents. For additional information, please send an email to medfordvolunteers@gmail.com.

Lead volunteers at Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons invites you to focus on leadership and service by participating in their Giving Corps program. Two types of roles are available:

(1) College Corps Volunteer Leader -
Guide volunteer groups through a donation processing station to ensure high-quality product and to provide a positive volunteer experience. This is a 7-10 hour commitment per week. Apply by Wednesday, 9/19 by sending a resume and cover letter to Ashley Tarbet at Ashley@cradlestocrayons.org. Training takes place Saturday, 9/29 and Sunday, 9/30.

(2) Champion Corps -
Lead groups of 10-25 volunteers in a warehouse project station to impact children in need in Massachusetts. Work a 2.5 hours shift weekly or bi-weekly for at least one academic school year. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. To apply complete an interest form linked here.

Visit cradlestocrayons.org to learn more about the organization.

Join the Jimmy Fund Council of Colleges and Universities

We are seeking creative, service-oriented students from colleges and universities in Massachusetts to help us in our mission to conquer cancer by becoming a part of the Jimmy Fund Council of Colleges and Universities. This is a unique platform for students to collaborate with peers and working professionals, be creative, demonstrate commitment and leadership, broaden the educational experience, and make a difference. Together, we will create a fundraising event or program that gets students engaged and excited about conquering cancer. Our goal is to hold the first fundraising event in February of 2013.

Council members have the opportunity to host their own fundraising event each year, and they can also participate in Jimmy Fund Events all year round. From the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk to the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl, there are many ways to further their engagement as a participant or volunteer.

Join us as a Council Member or Faculty Advisor. Together, we can take one step closer to conquering cancer.

For more information, please contact the Jimmy Fund Council Co-President, Alex Donovan, at alexandra.donovan@my.mcphs.edu or 631-492-0331.

Volunteer to help rescue dogs and cats

Broken Tail Rescue, Inc is currently in need of volunteers who can help us care for rescued and surrendered animals, assist with adoptions and adoption events, or volunteer virtually. We would love to have MIT students, faculty and staff on our volunteer team.

Opportunities include: providing a temporary foster home for a homeless dog or cat, making telephone calls to arrange adoptions, caring for our cats at our Framingham and Cambridge sites, and donating or spreading awareness about our animals and our mission.

For more information about Broken Tail Rescue, visit http://www.brokentailrescue.org.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Help plan and implement a STEM program at the Cambridge Community Center (deadline: 9/19)

The Cambridge Community Center has been helping people to learn, grow, and connect in the Riverside neighborhood for over 80 years, building community and providing a place for neighbors to meet. In partnership with the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center we are seeking a coordinator for our new Middle School STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Program. This program will give middle school kids the opportunity to explore STEM activities and ideas under the guidance of MIT students. The Coordinator will work with CCC staff to choose a set of STEM activities, recruit MIT student volunteers to serve as group tutors, and present the material in engaging ways! The program is expected to work with between 10 and 20 middle school students during the hours of 3:30-5:30 one day per week for 6-8 weeks beginning in October 2012. This is a paid position.

Please email mcentire@mit.edu with questions or for an application, to be submitted by September 19.

Strategy Internship for uAspire, Boston

uAspire provides free college affordability advice and advocacy to students and families in Massachusetts and Miami, helping them to overcome the financial barriers to a college education. Since 1985, uAspire has provided financial aid advising to nearly 50,000 students and awarded more than $5 million in scholarships.

uAspire is seeking a Strategy Intern to work with the Director of Growth Initiatives to develop a business plan for a new strategic initiative. As an intern, you would perform market, competitor, and customer research; create cash flow models; and be a critical voice in the design process. You would have opportunities to interact with leaders in the non-profit, tech, and college access fields. This is an excellent opportunity for a college student or young professional interested in gaining experience at a start-up social enterprise.

This position requires at least 10 hours of work a week from September through December in the Back Bay office. It is an unpaid internship, but uAspire is willing to work with college students’ schools to find opportunities for course credit. For more information, contact Tim Clearly at timothyc@accessedu.org or 617-778-7195 x122. Also, find uAspire on the web at www.accessedu.org.

Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center Funded Fellowship and Internship Opportunities 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 such as non-profits, schools, and social enterprises.

In both programs, you can work by yourself, or as part of a small team; create a project from scratch, or find project ideas and community partners on our website; work locally, nationally, or internationally. For IAP, we particularly encourage projects in the Americas (including the US).

Looking for project ideas? Check-out the PKG Center's opportunities page http://web.mit.edu/opps

Applications for IAP 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

Help advance centrifuge design for D-Lab

A student team from MIT's D-Lab: Design class has developed a promising new manual centrifuge in spring 2011, and now we are seeking an innovative entrepreneur to help us generate strategies to move the product into the field. Please email coriolis@mit.edu for further details. Potential funding / year-long fellowship opportunities available.

Participate in a design-build camp in Ghana

If you are searching for a real project of real social value to put your design theory to the test, why not join one of our design-build camps in the historic Ashanti Region or the Dagomba nation in Northern Ghana? You will work side-by side with local people who will warm your heart and leave you smiling from ear to ear.

The challenge for each design-build camp is to use local materials together with local volunteers to generate a rest shelter over the landscape or a unit of a courtyard for rural livelihood skills empowerment that suggests a seamless relationship between art and architecture. The livelihood skills centre will consist of a media arts studio for IT and new media training. Another design-build project will focus on a pottery/ceramic studio with workspaces and a kiln for firing the earthen wares. Along the way, we will create a LandArt Museum, a multipurpose space for exhibition, community theatre and music performances. The results of the design-build will benefit not only the local community but also the global community. For persons of artistry from around the world, it will be a contact point for artist-in-residence for community arts, special projects, and environmental education.

The design-build camps are open to all students and graduates of design, architecture, engineering, the arts, and schools. Join us! Let us contribute to a real need and empower choices for those who say they are economically underprivileged despite the abundance of local resources. You will gain hands-on and international experience while meeting local community design needs, an essential part of education that employers and clients value.

View the press release here or download the design brief here for Sang Arts Village. For additional information on our previous projects go www.nkafoundation.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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