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Community Service Bulletin

September 12, 2014

Spotlight

Information Session - Volunteering for the IDEAS Global Challenge
Organization: MIT Public Service Center
When: 9/17/14 | 6 - 7 pm
Location:MIT
Building 1, Room 134,
Cambridge, MA 02139

Category: Community Service
The MIT IDEAS Global Challenge is looking for interested students, faculty, staff, and community members to volunteer throughout the year-long competition cycle. Volunteers can participate in a variety of ways, including helping at large events or serving as proposal reviewers. No prior experience required! Learn more about volunteer roles and the competition at the Info Session on Sept 17th! Food will be served.

Contact: Keely Swan | globalchallenge@mit.edu
More information: globalchallenge.mit.edu

 

Advocacy

Vote With Your Fork (Let's Talk About Food)

LGBTQ/HIV Legal Infoline (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders)

Arts

Volunteer in the Arts on Campus! (MIT List Visual Arts Center)

Community Service

Information Session - Volunteering for the IDEAS Global Challenge (MIT Public Service Center)

Assembling a storage shed (City of Cambridge Recycling Program)

Making Strides Walk (Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Boston)


Education/Tutoring

Four Weeks for America (MIT Public Service Center)

ReachOut: Share the Joys of Math and Reading with a Child (MIT Public Service Center)

Math/Science Mentors for Students Age 8 - 12 (TTT Mentor Program)

Volunteer Sitters (Sitters Without Borders, Inc.)

Support a Young Learner - Volunteer! (Tutoring Plus of Cambridge)

Adult Basic Education Volunteer (Cambridge Community Learning Center)

Volunteer Tutor (MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound)

Part-Time Educator (MIT Museum)

Grants + Competitions + Awards

IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner (MIT Public Service Center)

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award (National Grid)

Health + Environment

Enjoy the Outdoors and Celebrate National Public Lands Day (People Making a Difference)

Internships + Employment

Part-Time Educator (MIT Museum)

MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Publicity & Outreach Assistant - Student Worker (MIT Public Service Center)

Science + Technology

MIT Mini Maker Faire (MIT Maker Faire)

Work-Study

Community Service Work-Study (MIT Public Service Center)

 

Advocacy

Vote With Your Fork
Organization: Let's Talk About Food
When: 9/26/14 | 6 - 8 pm
Location: Trinity Church
206 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116

Category: Advocacy
It's almost time for our third annual Let's Talk About Food Festival, and we want you to be a part of it. For the first time ever, we're partnering with Food Policy Action to kick-off the festival with a special rally at 6 pm on September 26. To learn more and RSVP today visit: http://bit.ly/Vote-WithYourFork

Contact: Jasmine Ha | jasm.b.ha@gmail.com
More information: http://www.letstalkaboutfood.com/events/

 

LGBTQ/HIV Legal Infoline
Organization: Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
When: 10/14/2014 | 1:30 - 4:30 pm
RSVP by: 10/10/2014
Location: 30 Winter Street, Suite 800
Boston, MA 02108

Category: Advocacy
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), New England's leading LGBTQ/HIV legal rights organization, seeks committed volunteers to staff GLAD's legal information service, called GLAD Answers! No prior legal experience is needed, we will train you in LGBTQ/HIV civil rights legal issues. Register now for the next training, October 14 & 16 (5:30 - 9:30 pm) and October 18 (9 am - 4 pm). Volunteer one afternoon per week from 1:30 - 4:30 pm to help people who have experienced discrimination by providing legal information that can make a real difference in their lives!

Contact: Bruce Bell | bbell@glad.org | 617-426-1350

 

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Arts

Volunteer in the Arts on Campus!
Organization: MIT List Visual Arts Center
When: Ongoing flexible assignments
Location: E15

Category: Arts
Do you like the visual arts? Enjoy working with children? Exploring the arts on campus? The List Visual Arts Center (MIT's contemporary art museum) is looking for volunteers to help facilitate projects for monthly Family Day programs. Each day of programming offers art making, exhibition tours, and thinking about contemporary art for young visitors. Opportunities abound!

Contact: Courtney Klemens | cklemens@mit.edu
More information: http://listart.mit.edu

 

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Community Service

Volunteering for the IDEAS Global Challenge
Information Session

Organization: MIT Public Service Center
When: 9/17/14 | 6 - 7 pm
Location: MIT
Building 1, Room 134
Cambridge, MA 02139

Category: Community Service
The MIT IDEAS Global Challenge is looking for interested students, faculty, staff, and community members to volunteer throughout the year-long competition cycle. Volunteers can participate in a variety of ways, including helping at large events or serving as proposal reviewers. No prior experience required! Learn more about volunteer roles and the competition at the Info Session on Sept 17th! Food will be served.

Contact: Keely Swan | globalchallenge@mit.edu
More information: globalchallenge.mit.edu

 

Assembling a storage shed
Organization: City of Cambridge Recycling Program
When: 9/12/14 - 10/12/14 | Time and date flexible
RSVP by: 10/10/2014 | 10 am
Location: Cambridge Public Works Department
147 Hampshire Street
Cambridge MA 02139

Category: Community service
Cambridge Recycling bought a new storage shed for fluorescent bulbs. We'd love a group of MIT students to assemble it! This is a fun, outdoor, team project for folks that are comfortable following an instruction manual and using common tools. See the shed at http://thd.co/1oxqym0. Time and date are flexible but ideally during business hours:
Mondays 8:30 am - 8 pm, Tuesdays - Thursdays 8:30 am - 5pm, or Friday 8:30 am - 3 pm.

Contact: Ms. Randi Mail | rmail@cambridgema.gov | 617-349-4866
More information: http://www.cambridgema.gov/recycle

 

Making Strides Walk
Organization: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Boston
When: 10/4/14 - 10/5/14
RSVP by: 10/1/2014 | 12 pm
Location: DCR Hatch Shell
47 David G Mugar Way
Boston, MA 02108

Category: Community service
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, October 4, 12 - 4 pm, to help prepare snack bags for walkers, as well as set up for the following day’s event. On Sunday, October 5, volunteers are needed to help set up, clean up, pass out water or snacks, greet walkers at the T, and act as route monitors. Times vary depending on the volunteer role. All day and hourly opportunities are available.

Contact: Colleen Penkala | colleen.penkala@cancer.org | 508-270-4721
More information: http://bit.ly/1oxzXK9

 

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Education/Tutoring

Four Weeks for America
Organization: MIT Public Service Center
When: 1/5/15 | IAP Program
Location: Locations Across the Country

Category: Education/Tutoring
The MIT Public Service Center and Teach For America have teamed up to offer MIT students an exciting opportunity for IAP 2015. Spend your IAP solving problems that matter, learn about America’s education system, and make a difference for kids - all expenses paid.

Join us for an Info Session, September 30, 7 - 8 pm, in 4-231.

Contact: Kelsey Boivin | boivink@mit.edu
More information: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/fourweeks/

 

ReachOut: Share the Joys of Math and Reading with a Child
Organization: MIT Public Service Center
RSVP: Apply by Friday, September 12, 2014 | 3 pm

Category: Tutoring
ReachOut is a math and literacy tutoring program that matches MIT students with children at local after-school centers for tutoring at least twice a week. We will train you to work with young students to foster the love of reading and/or math. This is a great opportunity to work in the community, meet other MIT students, and make a difference in a child's life! Students may participate in ReachOut as volunteers or receive a paid position through Community Service Work-Study.

Contact: Linden McEntire | reachout-staff@mit.edu | 617-253-8065
More information: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/reachout/index.html

 

Math/Science Mentors for Students Age 8 - 12
Organization: TTT Mentor Program
When: 9/16/14 - 1/31/15
RSVP by: 09/19/2014 | 5 pm
Location: MIT
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 1-246
Cambridge, MA 02139

Category: Education/Tutoring
We are seeking volunteers to mentor culturally diverse children (ages 8 - 12) in math and science. Undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals are welcome. Volunteers are not responsible for lesson plans and grading. Only Saturday classes take place on the MIT Campus. Certificates are given to all mentors at the end of the program (January 2015).

Contact: K. Jones | tttmentorprogram@yahoo.com | 857-209-1295
More information: www.tttmentorprogram.mysite.com

 

Volunteer Sitters
Organization: Sitters Without Borders, Inc.
When: Ongoing, flexible schedule
Location:Greater Boston Area, accessible by public transport

Category: Education
Sitters Without Borders is a non-profit organization that supports low-income parents who are trying to graduate college by offering free weekly babysitting sessions. Our organization is run by passionate volunteers who want to make a difference in peoples' lives. Whether your experience is playing with your little cousin, or if you have extensive experience working with children, we will find a match for you! To apply, visit us at www.SittersWithoutBorders.com or email swob@sitterswithoutborders.com.

Contact: Oksana Hradyska | swob@sitterswithoutborders.com
More information: http://www.sitterswithoutborders.com/

 

Support a Young Learner - Volunteer!
Organization: Tutoring Plus of Cambridge
When: Ongoing from September 29, 2014 | 6 - 7 pm
Location: 225 Windsor Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Category: Tutoring
Volunteer as a tutor/mentor and support a young learner! Tutoring Plus of Cambridge provides free one-on-one tutoring for students in 4 - 12 grades. Our volunteers commit to a one-hour sesssion each week for a minimum of one semester and meet with the same student each session.

Contact: Kathryn Fenneman | fenneman@tutoringplus.org | 617.349.6588 x421
More information: www.tutoringplus.org

 

Adult Basic Education Volunteer
Organization: Cambridge Community Learning Center
When: 10/1/14 - 6/15/15 | Weekly for the duration of the school year
Location: Cambridge Community Learning Center
5 Western Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Category: Education/Tutoring
Would you like to help adults learn to speak English, improve reading, writing and math skills, or attain a high school equivalency diploma? Volunteer tutors and classroom aides assist day and evening students who attend our free classes. Trainings are to be held on two Saturday mornings in October at the CLC. Volunteers can expect a weekly commitment of 1.5 and up to 6 hours for the school year depending on their preference. Classes at the CLC are free and are open to Cambridge residents.

Contact: Whit Hendon | whendon@cambridgema.gov | 617-349-6366
More information: http://www.cambridgema.gov/DHSP/programsforadults/communitylearningcenter.aspx

 

Volunteer Tutor
Organization: MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound
When: 10/1/14 - 6/20/15
Mondays and Thursdays, 3 - 6 pm
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3 - 7 pm
RSVP by: 9/19/2014 | 5 pm
Location: MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program
265 Massachusetts Avenue, Room N52-130
Cambridge MA 02139

Category: Education/Tutoring
Volunteers are needed to provide academic assistance in Math, English, Science, Social Science, and World Language to disadvantaged high school students in our after school program. High school level tutoring experience is preferred. Send a cover letter and resume via email.

Contact: Elaine Thomas | enthomas@mit.edu | 617-253-5124

 

See also:
Part-Time Educator (MIT Museum)

 

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Grants + Competitions + Awards

IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner
Organization: MIT Public Service Center
When: 9/25/14 | 6:30 pm
Location: MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst Street, E14-674
Cambridge MA 02139

Category: Grants + Competitions + Awards
The IDEAS Global Challenge is a competition run by the Public Service Center that encourages students to develop innovative solutions to community problems. Come hear about real-world problems that you can start working on! Join us to mix and mingle with other students interested in social innovation and entrepreneurship, pitch ideas, and meet potential teammates. RSVP here: http://goo.gl/KnQ12m

Contact: Keely Swan | globalchallenge@mit.edu
More information: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/events/view/372

 

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
Organization: National Grid
When: Monday, January 19, 2015

Category: Grants + Awards
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. To apply, please develop a proposal for public service in this country or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by yourself alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations.

Contact: Amy Stacy | amy.stacy@nationalgrid.com
More information: www.nationalgridus.com/huntington.asp

 

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Health + Environment

Enjoy the Outdoors and Celebrate National Public Lands Day
Organization: People Making a Difference (PMD)
When: 9/27/2014 | 1:30 pm to 5 pm
RSVP by: 9/20/2014
Location: Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge MA (equidistant between Harvard Square and Alewife MBTA stations)

Category: Health + Environment
Test water quality, assemble hats and costumes for the upcoming Honk! parade, take visitor census by observing and recording usage, and maintain greenspaces and/or trails to improve the public enjoyment of Cambridge's drinking water supply.

Contact: Lori Tsuruda '89 | Lori@pmd.org | *82,1-781-963-0373
More information: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd092714

 

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Internships + Employment

MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Publicity & Outreach Assistant - Student Worker
Organization: MIT Public Service Center
When: TBD | 10 hours/week
Location: MIT

Category: Internships + Employment
Level of effort: 10 hours/week
Compensation: $10/hour

The student assistant will be an integral part of the team that makes the IDEAS Global Challenge possible! Depending on student’s skills, this position may be responsible for: overseeing the volunteer crew that helps run events, designing and distributing publicity materials, working with teams, public speaking, assisting with website and social media management, completing research on competition resources, and/or other tasks as needed. Qualifications: must be a full-time student at MIT, ability to multitask, detail oriented, personable, demonstrated writing skills and creativity, interest in the MIT entrepreneurship ecosystem appreciated, and experience with Drupal Cloud or other CMS applications is a plus.

Please send your resume and an email/letter of interest to Keely Swan at globalchallenge@mit.edu.

Contact: Keely Swan | globalchallenge@mit.edu
More information: globalchallenge.mit.edu

 

Part-Time Educator
Organization: MIT Museum
When: September 2014 - June 2015
Location: MIT Museum
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Category: Education
The MIT Museum is seeking educators to teach science, technology, and engineering workshops for middle and high school students. Successful candidates will have a STEM background, experience working with students in classroom or informal education settings, and an enthusiasm for learning about MIT Museum collections and current research. Three-hour shifts will be available Monday through Friday between 9:30 am and 4 pm. Anticipated commitment is 6 - 12 hours/month with the possibility of additional hours and extended employment. Compensation of $12-$15/hour, based on experience.

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for 2-3 references to edsearch@mit.edu.

Contact: Faith Dukes | dukes@mit.edu | 617-253-9607
More information: http://web.mit.edu/museum/about/work.html#paid

 

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Science + Technology

MIT Mini Maker Faire
Organization: MIT Maker Faire
When: 10/4/14 | 8 am – 8 pm
RSVP by: 9/30/2014 | 4 pm
Location: MIT
North Court
Cambridge, MA 02186

Category: Science + Technology
Looking for a fun volunteer/service project and a great way to find out about the Maker movement at MIT? Come and volunteer to help at the first-ever MIT Mini Maker Faire event on October 4. To sign up as a volunteer and learn more about the event, visit the MIT Mini Maker Faire website: makerfaire.mit.edu

Contact: Peggy Conant | pconant@mit.edu | 617-715-5142
More information: makerfaire.mit.edu

 

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Work-Study

Community Service Work-Study
Organization: MIT Public Service Center
When: Ongoing

Category: Work-Study
Community Service Work-Study is an opportunity for students with Federal work-study to give back to the community and earn a paycheck. Students who qualify for Federal work-study are able to add to their work experience while assisting nonprofit organizations with finding creative solutions to the problems they face. Consider working at Science Club for Girls, ReachOut, Girls’ Angle, Tutors for All, and many other organizations!

Contact: Linden McEntire | mcentire@mit.edu | 617-253-8065
More information: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/work-study/index.html

 

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